Campus News January 2020
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
TARGETjobs Monthly News

2020 vision for graduates
The Graduate Benchmark
Employability Strategy Award
Top tips from TV shows
Undergraduate of the Year Awards

2020 vision: what will this year hold for graduates?

Whether you are the type of person who revels in the champagne and stays up till dawn or who turns off all the lights and goes to bed early on New Year’s Eve, there is no doubt that New Year’s Day is a time for new beginnings and looking to the future. So, this January, TARGETjobs has peered into its crystal ball to see what 2020 has in store for job seeking graduates. In our new feature ‘Job skills for 2020’, we have scoured the latest recruitment trends to devise ten top tips for students seeking to future proof their careers. (We do mention the B-word, but only briefly.) And in our feature ‘What are the best ways to find a graduate job in 2020?’, we have analysed the results of the latest Trendence Research Graduate Survey – the largest and most comprehensive survey of students’ attitudes towards job-hunting – to discover what students are doing to secure their graduate career. We have distilled the findings into a four-point action plan for students, which is both practical and achievable for the year ahead.

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Students make their mark with the Graduate Benchmark

Have your students taken the Graduate Benchmark yet? It is a series of free online aptitude tests – numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning – that allows your students to identify their strengths and weaknesses for the recruitment process ahead. We also have sufficient data for them to anonymously review their results against those of their peers across subject, year group and university. Find out more about the Graduate Benchmark.

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Entries closing soon for the 'Best university employability strategy' award!

There is still time to submit entries for the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Entries will close on Friday 24 January, with the awards being held on Thursday 2 April at Grosvenor House, London.

Once again, we will be presenting an award for the 'best university employability strategy’ and this year it is supported by the ICAEW. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements being made by higher education institutions to ensure their undergraduates are best equipped to achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment.

If you think your university offers the very best in careers and employability student support, then click here for more information. Don’t miss out on the recognition that your hard work deserves!

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Careers advice from our favourite TV shows

Looking for a way to get your students’ minds back onto CVs and interviews after the Christmas break? Why not ease them into it by catching up on The Apprentice and careers at the same time?

Season 15 of the BBC show wasn’t only good for drama, entertainment and a new business partner for Lord Sugar. The contestants also provided us with some unmissable careers advice... mostly what not to do to if you’re hoping to land a job. Take a look at our new article on what The Apprentice can teach us about getting a graduate job – and share with your students so they don’t (metaphorically) take a trip to the losers’ cafĂ© too. In case you missed them, we also have a few other articles in our series of TV-themed careers advice articles for you to catch up on. So, if The Apprentice isn’t some of your students’ cup of tea, maybe they’ll enjoy:
Career dos and don’ts: Friends edition
Ten skills we can learn from The Great British Bake Off
Eight career lessons from Love Island

Who knew TV shows could be so full of helpful careers advice?

Have another TV show in mind that you and your students would like us to put a careers spin on? Let us know. Our editors love a reason to binge-watch TV.

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There’s still time for your students to enter the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards!

The deadline for the 2020 Undergraduate of the Year Awards is 31 January, so there is still time for your students to enter one of the 13 awards, which are all partnered by top employers. We’re looking for motivated students from a variety of disciplines who want to raise their profile amongst employers. Prizes include trips abroad, placements and much more.

New awards for this year include The First Generation Undergraduate of the Year Award with HSBC and The Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year Award with Police Now. Both of these organisations are looking for confident, resilient and proactive students from your university!

If we can offer any promotional materials, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

We also have other fantastic events and competitions for your students coming up this year including:

IT’s not just for the boys!
28 February

Be Inmarsat
9 March & 20 April

Inside City Law
2 March

Discover your path to law with Clyde & Co
3 March

Competition closes Monday 20 April 2020

Event Careers Live
24 January

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