Careers Advice

Think of this as like Battersea Dogs Home, but instead of cats and dogs, it's the home of the best application and student career advice on placements and internships you'll ever get.


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Writing an Internship Cover Letter (with Examples)

Writing an internship cover letter? Follow these steps and employers will be fighting over you from here to Timbuktu.

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The £10K Giveaway: Meet some of our Winners

We gave £1,000 to some very lucky first and second year students. Find out who the winners of our huge £10K Giveaway are.

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What Are Transferable Skills?

Did you know that a lot of the skills you possess are transferable? Read on to find out all about transferable skills and what they are.

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Why You Should Go to A Careers Fair

Careers fairs are the perfect opportunity to get yourself on the career ladder. Here's why you should be attending.

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What to do after University

What are YOU going to do after university? It's a huge question, and we're here to make it easier. Here's a summary of what to do after university.

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How to Thrive Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stepping outside your comfort zone is probably one of the most important skills you’ll use, here's three tips to help you.

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Top Applications Tips: Hear from Key Student Employers

Getting ready to finalise your applications? Hear direct from employers on how to get an edge on your application.

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A Placement Student’s Do’s and Don’ts of the Application Process

Application season is here, and we know it can feel tough juggling uni deadlines with getting off those all important CVs. Our Placement Student shares her experience.

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Ins and Outs for 2024: Careers Edition

2024 is here! And just like the rest of the world, we’ve been scribbling down our Ins and Outs for the year ahead (careers edition)...

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RateMyPlacement’s 12 Days of Christmas

On the 12 days of Christmas RateMyPlacement gave to me… their most popular resources, so sit down with a cuppa tea.

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Environmental Internships

Saving the planet is a collective responsibility. Find your environmental internship today and make a difference for future generations.

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6 Jobs You Can Get With A Psychology Degree

Are you a psychology graduate? Wondering what to do with your degree? Here are six jobs you can pursue once you leave university.

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How To Spot The Green Flags In A Company

Finding the right employer is everything when it comes to launching your career. Learn how to spot the green flags right from the get-go!

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University Initiatives: Supporting Your Mental Health

Moved away from home and struggling to settle in? Discover how your university can support your wellbeing through initiatives.

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What Are My Rights on Work Experience?

If you're doing an internship, placement or work experience, knowing your employee rights will ensure that you're not taken advantage of.

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Disclosing Your Disability to an Employer: 5 Reasons to be Open

Do you have a disability or health condition? We give you 5 reasons why it helps to be open about your disability when applying for a job.

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Using Your Disability to Stand Out: What’s Your ‘Plus’?

We spoke to MyPlus Students’ Club to find out how to market your disability as a 'plus' to future employers.

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What is a Compliance Administrator?

If you’re someone who loves processes and has a strong work ethic, a career in compliance might be for you. Here’s how you can land yourself a role.

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Mental Health: Taking Care of Yourself

University is tough, there's no question about it. That's why looking after your mental health is so important. Here are some ways to do that.

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A week in the life of a GSK placement student

GSK are one of the UK's top employers - here is an insight into what it is like to work for them, written by a GSK placement student!

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The Exciting Life of a Deloitte Placement Student

Meet Henry Parker, a student from Durham university who tells us about his seven-month placement as a scholar at the prestigious Deloitte.

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A Day in the Life of a Marketing Placement Student

Meet Holly, a BSc Marketing student from the University of Southampton who tells us what her placement was like working at Fresh Relevance.

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Case Study: How Your Careers Office Can Help You

This week I completed my first five months on placement. All it took was five minutes talking to a member of the careers office to change the course of my university journey forever...

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A Day in the Life: ProspectSoft

Meet Ted, a current placement student at ProspectSoft. They gave us a full rundown of what their day as a placement student looks like.

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Case Study: My Placement Experience in an SME

Abigail Shelvin, marketing placement student at ProspectSoft, joins RateMyPlacement to tell us all about her experience working in an SME.

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Work as a Web Designer: Do a Web Design Internship

One major reason to go down this path is because web designers are always going to be in demand in the IT industry.

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Commuting To University: Will I Miss Out?

Commuting to uni? Scared of missing out? Rhea shares 5 top tips on juggling home and uni life to help you make the most of your time.

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Webinar: How to Build Your Personal Brand

Discover the 8 key ingredients that will help you build your personal brand and fire up your employability.

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8 Reasons to Be a Brand Ambassador

Applying for placements? Want your CV to stand out? Keep reading to find out how becoming a Brand Ambassador will boost your employability...

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4 Ways to Improve Your Employability as a Student

There's plenty of ways you can boost your employability whilst you're still a student. Our partners at Enactus UK reveal their top tips here.

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5 Ways To Boost Your Employability

Work experience improves your employability. But there are lots more things you can do to impress employers and bag your dream role.

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5 Simple Ways To Show Off Your Skills In An Application

Think you don't have any skills? Think again. Discover how to identify your skills using your past experiences, from volunteering to pub work.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Tailor Your CV and Cover Letter

Sending out a generic CV and cover letter to every job you apply for just won’t do. Here are five reasons why you should tailor your CV and cover letter.

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Placement & Internship Application Tips From Industry Experts

We asked some industry experts what they think makes a stand-out candidate for a placement or internship.

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Why Should You Do a Placement With an SME?

Placement students at RMP Enterprise and ProspectSoft are here to tell you why working for an SME is great.

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A Placement Student’s Experience of The Application Process

Our very own placement student, Anna, is here to answer all your application questions and reassure you that everything will be okay!

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How to Break into the Legal Industry

Sarah Cunliffe and Saxan Lisle-Fenwick of Access Legal Solicitors offer their worldly wisdom on what it takes to become a high-flying lawyer.

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Software Engineering Internships: What You Need To Know

Looking for a career in software engineering? Read our guide to software engineering internships to find out how you can get work experience in the sector...

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Computing Work Experience and Where to Find It

Considering a career in computer science? This is our hilarious guide to computing work experience, and where to find it.

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Data Science Internships

Are you a numbers whizz? Do you love to crack code? If so, become a data science intern! Who knows, you might even get to work with robots...

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5 Unorthodox Careers to Get With a Science Degree

Guest blogger Ruby Clarkson lists FIVE careers you can get with a science degree that you probably haven't considered yet...

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Finding Chemical Engineering Work Experience

Want to use your skills to have a real impact on the world? Keep reading to find out how to ignite your career in chemical engineering...

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Biology Internships

Want to experience the warm waters of Fiji or help to find a cure for cancer? Start your journey today with a biology internship!

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Science Careers: Work as a Forensic Scientist

Read our career focus on working as a Forensic Scientist, with our top reasons to pursue this career path and how to find a forensic science internship.

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Applying For Placements… When You Haven’t Got Any Previous Experience

Are you applying for a placement? Got no experience? Find out how to increase your chances of finding a scheme.

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How I Found my Dream Placement Using RateMyPlacement.co.uk

In this blog, we hear from an incoming placement student, and her experience in finding her dream role through RateMyPlacement as well as some top tips so you can find one too.

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Creative Internships

Looking to bolster your creative CV with some work experience? Read all about how you can get involved with a creative internship.

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What Is Actuarial Consulting?

Actuarial consultants work in finance, analysing data and advising clients on how best to manage their money. Sound like you? Read on for more.

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Black Minds Matter UK: A Charity Spotlight

Black History Month is here. To celebrate and commemorate, our team will be fundraising for a very important charity: Black Minds Matter.

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What Is A Growth Hacker?

Want to use data-driven strategies to achieve business growth across multiple departments within a company? Growth hacking is for you.

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What Is An Auditor?

Want to work in finance, reviewing financial documents to ensure they comply with the law? Find out how you can start a career in auditing.

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Skills To Put On Your CV

Want to stand out as a candidate? Don't know how? Get these skills down on your CV and employers will drop everything to hire you!

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Why Joining A University Society Will Boost Your Career

Want to get ahead at university and boost your chances of bagging a permanent job once you graduate? Joining a society lets you do just that.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting First Year

About to head to uni? Make the most of your first year with top tips from a third year student who's been there and done it all.

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5 Top Tips for Freshers’ Week

The time has finally arrived… it’s freshers’ week! Follow our five top tips to make sure you have a fun, productive and memorable time.

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5 Ways to Network at University

Whether you’re in your first, second or third year of uni, you can always take steps to advance your career. One of the best ways of doing that is by networking.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Freshers’ Week

It’s that time already. You’re packed, fresh-faced and already lined your stomach - it’s Freshers’ Week! We’ve put together a few do’s and don'ts to help you along the way.

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Why Your First Year At University Matters

First year at university counts. More than you think. And if you do it right, you're on track to landing a role in your dream industry.

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8 Transferable Skills You Learn At University

In the competitive job market, it's the skills you learn outside of your university degree that will set you apart from the rest.

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Your 1st Year Checklist

About to start first year? We've created a downloadable checklist to help you prepare for placements, internships and insights.

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An Overview of Mechanical Engineering Placements & Internships

Put your career in the right gear with this essential guide to finding mechanical engineering placements and internships.

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The Best Places for Internships in the UK

Discover the best places for internships in the UK based on rating, salary and industry. As rated by previous interns to make your decision easier.

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The Highest Paid Internships & Placements in the UK

These are the highest-paid internships and placements in the UK in 2023. Discover how much you could earn by getting work experience...

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Cyber Security Internships & Placements: A Closer Look

Considering a career in cyber security? A smashing idea. Read our guide to cyber security internships & placements to find work experience.

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A Guide to Investment Banking Internships

Discover everything there is to know about investment banking internships, and how to secure one with the UK’s best student employers.

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Digital Marketing Internships

Have you ever thought about an internship in digital marketing? It's a buzzing industry. Find out all about them right here.

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Graphic Design Internships

Want to create Hollywood billboards, design a book's front cover or develop the latest video games? Bag yourself a graphic design internship!

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An Overview of Pharmaceutical Internships & Placements

Competition for graduate jobs in the pharmaceutical industry is INTENSE. Kickstart your career with pharmaceutical work experience...

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A Guide to Civil Engineering Internships & Placements

On track to graduate with a civil engineering degree? We've put together this guide to help you secure an internship or placement in the sector.

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A Guide to Chemistry Placements & Internships

Want to make a difference every time you go to work? Get yourself a degree and lots of relevant chemistry work experience, and you could do just that...

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Your Guide to Internships in London

London is a magnet for world-class banks, fashion firms & tech companies, with many offering well-paid internships and placements!

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How To Manage Stress At University

Going to university is fun, but a huge life change as well. Worried? Check out our creative stress busters to help you manage those nerves.

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How to Choose Your First Job

Looking for your first placement or internship? You might think that because you’re a newbie, you’re not allowed options. You are. Here are six ways to choose your first job.

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Applying For Placements: The Ultimate Toolkit

Finding your dream placement can be tough. But it doesn't have to be. Download our ultimate toolkit and slay your application.

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The 10 Stages of Applying for a Placement

If the application process of placements is getting you down, read our 10 stages of applying for a placement to get focused and motivated.

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Download Your FREE Guide to LinkedIn(ing)

Learn how to build an attractive LinkedIn profile, grow your professional network, and share engaging content across LinkedIn.

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The Student Placement Survival Guide

About to start a placement? This survival guide is filled with advice to help you get the best out of your placement year.

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8 Steps to Create the Ultimate LinkedIn Profile

Not sure how to use LinkedIn to network effectively? Follow these 8 easy steps to get ahead of your peers.

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The Ultimate Placement Year Timeline

Back at uni? Thinking about placement year applications? Read our timeline for some handy tips on how to ace your CV and bag your dream role!

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How to Write a Placement CV

Are you considering applying for a placement year? Read on for an expert guide and template for writing a placement CV.

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Five tips I Would Give To Any Student Starting Their Placement Year

To help you maximise your potential, I've come up with 5 work experience tips that I wish I'd received when starting my placement year.

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The Pros and Cons of Doing a Placement Year

You've heard so much about them, but what are the advantages of doing a placement year? We've put together a list of pros and cons to help you decide if it's worth it.

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Writing a Placement & Work Experience Cover Letter

An expert guide to writing a placement and work experience cover letter, with step-by-step instructions and some champion examples.

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6 Job-Landing Questions to Ask at an Interview

Another exciting guest blog for you... in this episode, we look at the best questions you can ask in an interview to secure your dream job

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Sandwich Courses Explained

A sandwich course or sandwich year is another way of describing a placement. Learn more about them.

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Your Guide to the STAR Interview Technique

Do you have an interview for a placement or internship approaching? Have you prepared? We recommend following the STAR interview technique. Read on to find out more

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What Are The Most Important Soft Skills?

Do you think you're ready for the big wide world? You've got the new suit, but do you have the skills companies are really looking for?

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Why Should YOU do a Placement Year?

I never did a placement. Didn't even consider it. After graduation, and the graduate job hunt began, I realised I might have made a mistake...

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How to Write a Student CV

Most employers and recruiters have to sift through hundreds of CVs before they find their perfect match. Here’s how to write a student CV that makes employers swipe right.

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What is a Placement Year?

Placements. Heard all about them, but what are they? Find out what it's like to do a placement year and why you should consider doing one.

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How to Write an Internship CV (With Template)

Writing an internship CV is a bit like wrapping an oddly-shaped present. It's fiddly. Here's a guide to writing one INCLUDING a CV template for internships.

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What To Do If You’re Feeling Homesick During Your First Year

Moving away for the first time can be really nerve-wracking. Here are some tips for when you’re feeling homesick.

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8 Ways to Make Friends at University

Making friends at university takes some serious work. Here are 8 ways to help you get out there and create lasting uni memories.

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13 Money Saving Hacks for Students

Living costs are on the rise, and everyone's feeling the pinch. Tight on cash? Follow these tips to make your money go further...

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Packing For University – What NOT To Bring

Freshers take note, this blog is worth its weight in gold! Read more to find out what you can leave at home when heading to uni.

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What to Bring to University

Living on campus for your first year? We’ve put together the ultimate MEGA packing list to make your job easier before move-in day.

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The Best Universities in the UK

Struggling to decide which is the best university for you ahead of the UCAS deadline? Let us help! Here are the best universities in the UK - ranked.

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Job

A summer job is a perfect way to gain work experience before an internship or placement. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the best out of it.

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What To Do When You Don’t Get The Results You Want

Feeling disappointed with your results? Not to worry! There are plenty of options to get you back on track, and onto your chosen career path.

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Career Focus: Work as a Financial Consultant

Interested in financial consultancy and what financial consultants do? Read for more info on what employers are looking for in graduates.

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A day in the life of a Toyota Placement Student

Have you ever wondered what a placement student at - we'll say Toyota - does on a day-to-day basis? Wonder no more...

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Cleaning Up Your Online Profile: 6 Handy Tips

Want to make sure your online profile doesn't turn away employers? Follow our handy guide to help ensure your social footprint is a positive one.

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5 Things I’ve Learnt During My Placement Year: Expectations vs Reality 

Meet Anna, our marketing placement student at RateMyPlacement.co.uk who's here to share what she learnt after a year working in industry.

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5 Ways To Develop Commercial Awareness

Beat the anxiety and get prepared for any interview question by developing your commercial awareness. Here are 5 ways to help you do that.

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Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills: What are They?

They're all over CVs and job descriptions. But what are soft and hard skills? And why do employers go crazy for them? Let us spill the tea...

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Real Student Stories: What To Do After Graduation

Is life after graduation becoming more and more daunting? Learn from ex-graduates and carve your own path with RateMyPlacement.

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A Guide To: Thriving on your Placement or Internship

Starting work experience soon? Our placement student, Anna, has put together some tips and tricks to help you thrive on your placement or internship.

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The Definitive Guide to Acing Your First Day at Work

Starting a new job? Feeling anxious? Check out our guide for some easy-to-follow tips and make an impression on your first day at work.

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7 Dos and Dont’s For The Night Before Your First Job

Starting a new job? Need a checklist on how to prepare for the big day? Have a read of our DO's and DON'Ts and smash your first day at work.

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Student Finance during your Placement Year

Did you know you could actually qualify for a maintenance loan from student finance during your placement year? Find out more about all the financial help available.

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Career Focus: Work as a Stockbroker or Trader in Banking

Stockbrokers spend their days buying and selling company stocks and shares on the stock exchange to make a profit for their clients – or avoid making any losses. Read more here.

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How to Make Money as a Student

Tired of seeing your bank balance melt away like a snow cone in Phoenix? Check out our awesome tips on how to pile those financial pounds on.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Gap Year

Tempted to take a gap year? Keep reading to find out how a productive year out could help you nab your dream job...

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Think Twice Before Doing an Unpaid Internship

Internships are there to propel you into your career, though sometimes they come at a cost. Think twice before doing an unpaid internship.

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How to Boost Your CV During the Holidays

Are you feeling bored over the holidays? Wish you had something to do? Boost your CV and make yourself employable!

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Finding University Accommodation for 2nd Year

Finding a place to live is like stroking a cactus. It can be tricky. And if you're not careful, you could get badly stung.

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A Guide To Finding Accommodation In London

If you're going to be starting a placement year or internship in the city, you'll need somewhere to live. Here's how to find a place that doesn't leave you penniless or strike fear into you every time you open the front door.

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The Study Motivation Checklist

Checking in with yourself during exam season is so important. Here are some ways to ensure you’re being kind to yourself during your exams.

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How To Deal With Burnout During Exam Season

Burnout getting you down? If you're struggling to stay motivated in the run up to exams, read our tips and you'll be in full swing again!

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How to Revise Effectively for Your University Exams

Is revision getting you down? Don't worry, we've got a blog with some of the best tips out there.

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Why I Regret Doing an Unpaid Internship

Speaking from personal experience, our content writer Louise tells us why four unpaid internships hindered rather than helped her career.

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7 Signs You Will Get the Job After an Interview

You’ve had a job interview and feel good about it. Amazing! But what happens now? How will you know you have the job? Here are seven signs you will get the job after an interview.

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5 Fun Revision Games To Boss Your Exams

Finding your dream placement can be tough. But it doesn't have to be. Download our ultimate toolkit and slay your application.

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Common Internship Interview Questions

This is your guide to the most common internship interview questions, with some tips and tricks for how to answer them.

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Introducing: Our Partnership With Students In Placement

Starting your placement year and feeling worried? You're not alone. Join Students in Placement, an online forum helping you make new friends.

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How To Deal With Rejection

We've all faced rejection at some point in our lives. It's tough. But don't let it get you down. Read our tips and smash your next interview!

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A 2nd Year Student’s Top Tips on How to Prepare for an Assessment Centre

Want the inside scoop on smashing your assessment centre? Rhea, our recently hired placement student is here to tell you all about it.

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How to Break into Digital Marketing

Considering a career in digital marketing? This article has been put together by Evoluted, a digital marketing agency with some advice on how to break in.

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International Women’s Day 2023

International Women's Day celebrates all the remarkable women in the world who have fought hard for the freedom and rights we enjoy today.

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The Cost-of-Living Crisis: What can you do?

Financial fears affecting your studies? Find out what you can do to help lower your stress about the cost of living crisis.

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Applications Closing Early? Be One Step Ahead!

Why do employers decide to close their applications early? We delve into the reasons why, and share tips to stay on top of your job search.

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5 Ways to Ace Group Tasks in Assessment Centres

93% of employers use assessment centres to screen applicants. Here are 5 was to ace group tasks in assessment centres.

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Placement Interviews & Assessment Centres: Top Tips

Made it to the final stages of the application process? Read this guide to give yourself the best shot at securing your dream placement.

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Your New Year Checklist: 2023 Edition

A new year. A fresh start. An opportunity to kick start your career by securing yourself a placement year, internship, or insight scheme.

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The £10k Giveaway: Meet our Winners

This year, we ran a competition that was bigger and better than ever before. 10 lucky university students won £1,000 each. Meet them here and find out what they'll spend their money on.

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How To Overcome Lack of Experience In Job Interviews

Worried about lack of experience affecting your job applications? Learn how to champion your existing skills in your CV.

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Ballin’ On A Budget: The Festive Edition

From Christmas Markets to hosting a Friendsmas and getting crafty, our team share their favourite festive activities on a budget.

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Top 5 Uni Meals

Running out of inspiration when it comes to cooking your grub? If so then look no further than this blog post for 5 great ideas to add to your armoury.

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5 Quick & Easy Student Recipes

Here are our Top 5 Quick, Cheap & Easy Student Recipes. No more plain pasta. No more bacteria on toast. No more tears at dinner.

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Best 100 Student Employers for skills development, inclusion and CSR

Want to work for a company that champions initiatives like skills development, inclusion and CSR? Read our BSE mini tables for more insights!

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Free Download: Your RateMyPlacement Guide to Paid Internships & Placements 2022-2023

Download your FREE copy of The RateMyPlacement Guide 2022-2023, jam-packed full of top-tier application advice and our Best Student Employers.