Campus News November 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019

Our monthly Campus News brings you the latest news from GTI concerning our services and products for those involved in higher education.

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Read the latest edition below:

The Graduate Benchmark
TARGETjobs in a nutshell
Autumn term actions
TARGETjobs Awards
Gamification in recruitment
Events and competitions
Autumn fairs

NEW – the Graduate Benchmark

After months in development, October saw the release of one of the most innovative products that GTI has ever launched – the Graduate Benchmark. This gives students free access to practise (and then take) the three most-used standard tests in the graduate recruitment process – verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning. That in itself is of huge benefit to students of all year groups and all disciplines. But, uniquely, what GTI has done is add the facility for students to benchmark their performance. So, students can view their results using a wide range of filters, enabling them to see how they compare against their peers in their uni, their year group, their discipline or even nationally. As you’d expect, we have wrapped loads of great content around the Graduate Benchmark to help students understand their scores and help them in their career thinking. See and please promote the Graduate Benchmark to all of your students!

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For careers advisers – TARGETjobs in a nutshell

We know there’s a lot of content on the TARGETjobs website, which is why we’ve put together a handy summary page for careers advisers, pointing you off to the different sections that can help with different student and graduate needs. Bookmark it for when you’re next wondering what we have on a particular topic. On the subject of finding your way around the site, you can also now browse our advice content via the search bar at the top of each page.

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Autumn term actions for your students – and an excuse for them to hit the shops

Fingers crossed your students have now settled down into the new academic year – hopefully some of them have started making job or internship applications! Here at TARGETjobs we’re continuing to add new content to the site and should have something for everyone this November.

Fielding queries from students who’ve started their job hunt but are struggling to hack through the language of recruitment advertising? If they’ve no idea whether they’re a dynamic, forward-thinking individual with end-user perspective, point them to our guide to graduate job hunting jargon.

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Keen to encourage employability on the sly? Autumn term can be a great time for students to sign up for a new activity or try approaching uni life slightly differently, even if they’re not ready to think about their post-university future. Our nine things to do at uni that aren’t your degree include plenty of activities that help students develop skills and become more employable – such as joining a society or getting out of their comfort zone – but without being too explicit about jobs and careers (OK, we’ve snuck in ‘pay a visit to your careers service’ at number four).
Got students who’re interested in retail careers? Direct them to our academic year action plan (straight through cosmetics, turn right at womenswear and on past soft furnishings) to get them going with autumnal actions such as finding a part-time job in store (non-finalists) and hitting those first graduate scheme deadlines (finalists). Students making applications this year have the perfect excuse to go Christmas shopping or Black Friday bargain-hunting – show them how their day at the shops can help them get hired with our advice on making the most of store visits.

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Compete to win the best university employability strategy – an excuse for you to hit the shops?

The TARGETjobs Awards take place in spring each year (think black-tie glitz and glamour) and celebrate the world of graduate recruitment. That includes you! The ‘best university employability strategy’ award focuses on the achievements made by higher education institutions in helping their undergraduates achieve their potential and transition to employment. We’re keen to hear from careers services, and it’s a great way to boost your profile on campus and more widely. You can find out more on the Awards website; the deadline to submit your entry is 24 January. In the meantime, Patty will be in touch over the Christmas period in case you’d like to discuss any aspect of the award in more detail.

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Let the games begin – five things you need to know about gamification in recruitment

Video and computer gaming, or gamification, is well on its way to becoming a primary tool in the recruitment process. Gametrack estimates that 18.8 million people were gaming in 2016. With such a large gaming community, it is no surprise that gamification has started to seep into recruitment processes in order to attract more applications and to test candidates’ skills and intelligence in novel ways. Our latest article explores what careers services should know about this upcoming 'recruitainment' technique and also provides advice that can be shared with students on how to prepare for recruitment games!

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Events and competitions from TARGETjobs

Firstly, thank you to those of you who have helped us promote our events and the Undergraduate of the Year Awards so far! We have had a fantastic start to our events calendar and have met some wonderful students from your universities!

Still to come...

The TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair

When? Saturday 30 November 2019
Where? Gray’s Inn, London
Who’s it for? Anyone considering a career in law

Register here

Come along to meet over 35 exhibitors ranging from leading chambers to course providers and Bar associations.

It’s competition time! The ICAEW Top 100 competition is back, it’s open to all current students and it takes just 30 minutes complete. The student with the highest overall score will win a cash prize of £5,000 and a range of other prizes are up for grabs. Visit for more information.

Finally, the Undergraduate of the Year Awards are still live and we want your students to take part! They can practise assessment centre skills, meet leading employers and see your university crowned victorious! Encourage your students to take part and visit before 31 January 2020. If we can offer any promotional materials, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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Autumn fairs

Our student marketing team has been busy with the autumn fair season. We have attended 106 careers fairs, freshers’ fairs and campus days since September, and only have six more to go before the season ends. Then it will be time to start gearing up for refreshers in January! We’ve spoken to hundreds of thousands of students, offering careers advice and handing out our merch and publications. And watch out – our holiday competition closes at the end of November. To enter (and potentially win £1,000) your students should follow us at @targetjobs on Instagram and tag a friend in our holiday competition post.


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