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Graduate Coach offers free access to ‘Nail that Interview’ Course to help jobseekers of all ages succeed in stagnant market

Graduate Coach offers free access to ‘Nail that Interview’ Course to help jobseekers of all ages succeed in stagnant market

Graduate Coach is offering its online course, ‘Nail that Interview’, free of charge for the first 10 days to help job seekers excel in a stagnant job market by enhancing their interview skills. After this period, a direct debit of £99 will apply – a significant reduction from the original price of £249.

 

According to data from Adzuna, The UK job market flatlined in May despite GDP growing by 0.7% in the three months to April. Vacancies stood at 854,248 at the end of May marking only a 0.01% increase from April . Graduate Coach is on a mission to help job seekers shine despite these challenging conditions.

With over 20,000 hours of one-to-one coaching experience condensed into this comprehensive course, ‘Nail that Interview’ is the next best thing to receiving personal coaching. This course will help job seekers of all ages including career changers, those returning to work, or anyone looking to enhance their interview skills to secure their dream job.

 

Chris Davies, CEO, Graduate Coach says, “We understand how challenging the job market is right now for everyone and we want to provide the tools and support needed for job seekers to succeed. ‘Nail that Interview’ is designed to help candidates stand out and confidently secure their desired positions.”

Chris highlights several challenges facing jobseekers including:

  • Increased selectivity: Companies are becoming more selective, raising the bar for job applicants.
  • Technological changes: The rise of AI in the hiring process means candidates must be adept at digital assessments and ensure their CV is ATS compliant to get around the recruitment algorithms.
  • Economic instability: Recent layoffs and economic uncertainty have added to the challenges of securing a job.
  • Video Interviews: With the shift towards remote hiring, video interviews are now a critical step in the job application process and candidates need to know how to excel in video interviews.

 

Why Choose ‘Nail that Interview’?

  • Comprehensive content: Extensive modules covering every aspect of the interview process, from preparation and practice to execution and follow-up.
  • Unique Video interview practice: Participants can experience realistic interview scenarios with a video practice feature and receive personalised assessment and feedback to improve their performance.
  • Expert Insights: Knowledge and techniques developed over eight years of coaching, tailored to help participants stand out in competitive job markets.
  • Flexible Learning: Accessible online, allowing participants to learn at their own pace and revisit material as needed.

 

Course Highlights

  •      Preparation tips: Learn how to research companies, understand job roles, and prepare compelling answers to common interview questions.
  •      Confidence building: Strategies to boost confidence and manage interview anxiety.
  •      Effective communication: Master the art of clear and impactful communication, including body language and professional demeanour.
  •      Mock interviews: Real-world scenarios and constructive feedback to improve performance.

 

Special Offer

For a limited time, job seekers can start their journey to interview success with a 10-day free trial using this url: nailthatinterview.co

After the trial period, participants can continue to access all course features for just £99 – a fraction of the original £249 price. This is a unique opportunity for people to invest in their career and secure the job they’ve always wanted.

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About Graduate Coach

Graduate Coach is a UK-based graduate career coaching firm founded by Chris Davies. Since it was set up in 2010, Graduate Coach has helped over 5,000 UK and international graduates secure positions at leading UK companies including Amazon, Google, and J.P. Morgan, amongst others. With a focus on practical guidance and skill development, its services include one-to-one career coaching, immersive workshops, and personalised online resources. Additionally, Graduate Coach provides tailored internship opportunities and support services to further enhance graduates’ career prospects.

For more information, please visit www.graduatecoach.co.uk

ERS Hub issues grassroots rallying call as it looks to young people to fill the 100,000+ electrification jobs void

Engaging and boosting inclusivity at grassroots level with young people is going to be essential if the UK is going to fill the hundreds of thousands of expected job opportunities in electrification.

That’s the rallying call from Coventry University’s Deepak Farmah, who is currently helping to connect the emerging community through the Electric Revolution Skills Hub (ERS Hub), an integrated digital platform for providing inclusive access to training, development, and jobs in an electrified and greener future.

The Commercial Director for ERS Hub believes his team has made significant headway in creating an intuitive platform that has brought together education, training providers, employers and the future workforce all in one place, and with clear routes to courses and jobs.

 

However, he also feels that the big challenge now is to reach out to young people at primary and secondary schools, colleges and hard-to-reach youth groups to get them excited about the world of electrification as a diverse and inclusive sector.

“It is still a fledgling industry. The career paths and the type of jobs available are difficult enough to understand for adults, let alone young people trying to work out what the future holds,” explained Deepak.

“In a Gigafactory alone there are more than17 different roles you can aspire to, whilst in PEMD there are up to 80 knowledge profiles, ranging from motor engineer and design lead through to testing and validation. Our role is about showcasing these and demystifying how you get there.”

He continued: We’ve already started this work, with the aim of engaging with tens of thousands of pupils and hundreds of schools and groups already, but this is just the beginning.

“Our experts have been attending career fairs, industry events, launching podcasts and providing curiosity boxes to educational establishments. These are a great way to start the conversation and encourage young people to build a motor from scratch following a simple lesson plan that can be delivered by any teacher – not just a STEM one.”

The ERS Hub, which is co-funded by Coventry University and UKRI, is keen to support more STEM related activities at grassroots levels and recently threw its weight behind ProtoEV, the ultimate motorsport competition for schools, colleges, youth clubs and apprentices in the UK.

Organised by the Blair Project, five youth teams from South London spent twelve weeks of tireless work and testing to retrofit a fully electric e-kart, before putting it through its paces to try to claim the fastest lap at TRAQ Motor Racing in Croydon.

Leaways School took the first prize for its combined efforts on design, innovation, teamwork and speed, with Liam Palmer also securing the best teacher award. Oasis Play’s two teams finished second and third, as well as claiming the fastest lap accolade.

Experts from the ERS Hub joined Formula 1, Teamsport Karting and Innovate UK in a career session to raise awareness of possible jobs and careers in electrification.

“By providing hands-on experience in clean tech, we not only equip young people with essential skills but also ignite their passion for sustainable solutions and diversity in engineering. Witnessing their creativity and determination reassures me that the future of motorsports and clean technology is in capable and diverse hands,” added Deepak.

Richard Lane, Product Development Director at the ERS Hub, said: “Events like the ProtoEV Challenge are crucial in inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators.

“Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a major focus. We want to start conversations with youngsters from different backgrounds, who may not have access to mainstream career advice or opportunities.

“That is the only way we are going to create the pipeline of talent the UK is going to need to grasp the opportunity of electrification. Reducing barriers to entry is key and – the next generation can’t do it, if they can’t see their own path to get there.”

ERS Hub is in the early stages of its grassroots journey and the longer-term plan involves ‘educating the educators on the opportunities’ and pressing the button on a more youth-friendly platform that will appeal to young people.

For further information, please visit www.ershub.co.uk or follow it across its social media platforms.

 

Shropshire Businesses aim to inspire future leaders at new careers event

Business ambassadors from across Shropshire will have an opportunity to inspire future leaders at Shrewsbury School at the launch of an innovative careers event next week.

‘Future Leaders – Celebrating Shropshire’ is the brainchild of Andrew Goff, managing director of Interactive Opportunities Ltd. In collaboration with Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and Shrewsbury School, he is keen to demonstrate to students the vast and exciting range of career opportunities that exist within Shropshire and the surrounding area.

Comprising a range of diverse workshops with ambassadors from 20 businesses and a student feedback session, the afternoon event on Monday, June 10 has been arranged for fourth form students at Shrewsbury School.

Andrew said he was delighted to be working with partners to launch the interactive “futures event” in Shropshire. “This event is very much about emphasising the exciting career opportunities available for young, emerging talent and the brilliant businesses we have in this region,” he explained.

“Business ambassadors will share what they do daily and what they enjoy about their work, while the students will have the opportunity to question them.

“We hope that the afternoon of authentic interactions will inspire the students to think about their futures, imagine what they could achieve, explore making those careers happen and see what purpose and enjoyment from those careers they could achieve.

“Making best use of emerging AI technologies, students will also have the opportunity to carry out an AI video interview post event which will add further to their careers advice support.”

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Ruth Ross, added:  “Shropshire is not just a place of stunning natural beauty but also a hub of innovation and enterprise. This event highlights our commitment to fostering a community where seasoned professionals and emerging talent shape the future together.

“This event offers students a unique opportunity to gain insights into diverse career paths, understand emerging technologies like AI and explore opportunities in Shropshire. By providing a platform for these exchanges, we are investing in future leaders who will drive our community towards greater innovation and success.”

Thanking all the business ambassadors for agreeing to participate, she described the event as “a cornerstone for future career inspiration” which would “ignite a passion for lifelong learning and achievement in our young attendees”.

Chris Wain, Shrewsbury School’s Head of Futures, said: “This event will offer Shrewsbury School pupils a glimpse into the rich heritage and innovation this beautiful county offers.

“With the impact of AI dominating headlines associated with the ‘Future of Work’, this is a brilliant way for our pupils to understand how local businesses, many with a global presence, are adapting to the potential and challenges that this technology presents.

“I am confident that this will become an annual fixture in our futures calendar, which can be further extended to partner schools in the locality.”

Speakers at the workshops will include ambassadors from Halls, 8 Financial Planning, Barclays Bank, AO Recycling, VITAL Drinks, Lily Shippen Recruitment, Start Tech, New Era Printing, Morris Lubricants, Thomas Horton Racing, Furrows Group, Shoothill, Shropshire Business Live TV, Agrii, EVC Solutions, Lanyon Bowdler, Sales Geek Shropshire, BUY-FROM Creative Agency, Lingen Davies Cancer Charity and Makefast.

From setback to success: Overcoming job rejection

Written by Nadia Alaee, Head of People, Deel

Many crossroads, challenges, and unexpected setbacks mark the journey to professional success. Whether fresh out of university or looking to make a career switch after years of experience, it’s essential to handle job rejection with a positive and professional attitude.

The labour market is unpredictable and constantly evolving. Leaving more and more candidates facing job rejection due to a lack of skills. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) recently predicted that AI will put eight million jobs at risk as employees will lack the technical skills required to keep pace with the technology.

But, with the right approach, candidates can turn a difficult situation into a powerful learning experience. By reframing rejection as an opportunity for growth, they can improve their candidacy, boost their confidence and focus on learning new skills. Meaning they will be ready to ace their next interview.

 

Embracing resilience and maintaining a positive mindset

Job rejection is a natural part of even the most successful careers. Before his success with founding Apple, Steve Jobs was famously fired from the company he helped create.

While this is just one example of job rejection, it underlines a crucial factor that should be applied to all disappointing work situations. Prioritising a positive mindset. This allows us to be more receptive to valuable insights, which can help pave the way for future success.

Some practical ways to embrace resilience include reframing rejection as redirection, practising self compassion, honing in on strengths, and seeking support from your network.

 

Leveraging networking opportunities and connections

Networking is an invaluable tool in any candidate’s arsenal. Having the right contacts can help develop and improve skill sets, stay on the pulse of industry trends, and meet prospective mentors, partners and clients.

A vast and diverse network can offer insights, experiences, and perspectives that expand your own knowledge and thinking – making you an invaluable resource to both clients and colleagues. It also helps you brush up on your communication skills – from managing in-person and virtual environments to providing constructive feedback and navigating difficult conversations.

Each contact you make in the working world needs to be nurtured. So, if you receive a rejection letter, try to maintain a professional and positive attitude. Keep the door open, and leave a positive lasting impression. You will not only grow professionally but will be front of mind when a future opportunity arises.

 

Seeking professional development and skill enhancement

Many people retreat into themselves after a rejection letter or lean into disappointment. However, these reactions are counter-productive. Instead, rejection can be used as inspiration for growth by revealing areas for professional growth and skill development.

For example, say you were interviewing for an entry-level marketing position and the hiring manager said that, while you ticked a lot of boxes, they went with the candidate who had more experience with Google Adwords. Rather than feel deflated about the rejection, begin researching courses which teach you the fundamentals in Adwords.

In the ever-evolving world of work, it is vital to grow professionally and hone your skills, regardless of your role’s seniority. By continually reflecting on past job rejections, you can identify gaps in your knowledge and develop these, so that when your next interview arrives, you will be fully prepared for whatever the hiring manager might throw at you.

 

Build a development plan

In 2023, two-thirds (66%) of large UK businesses said they struggle to recruit employees with the skills they need. With that in mind, you should channel your energy into developing a strategic roadmap for development.

Candidates should begin by identifying areas for improvement, along with the skills needed for your desired role, then set clear and achievable goals. Next, create actionable steps to achieve these goals – from enrolling in relevant courses, attending industry conferences, or seeking out mentorship opportunities.

Job rejection is never easy. We have all wallowed in that feeling of self doubt, where you think you are not good enough and might never be. But, by altering your perspective around rejection with these tips, you can shape yourself into the ideal candidate and turn a short-lived loss into a long-term win.

The power of learning: Nottingham IT Engineer and Team Lead offer career tips during Learning at Work Week 2024

A DHL team lead and a hardware test engineer from Nottingham are sharing their career stories during Learning at Work Week 2024 (13th-19th May) to celebrate the career progress they’ve made thanks to the lifelong learning programmes at Amazon.

Learning at Work Week is an annual programme run by the charity Campaign for Learning. The charity works with organisations around the UK to create activities and fun challenges in the workplace to help employees learn and grow.

This year’s theme, Learning power, explores how lifelong and continual learning gives people power to change, grow and achieve individual, team and organisational goals.

 

Simona Jarda, (pictured above) who works at DHL East Midlands, and Bohumil Kolouch, a Nottingham-based engineer, used Amazon’s development and training opportunities to shape their professional careers.

One of the programmes the pair took part in at Amazon is Amazon Career Choice. The programme, which has been running at Amazon for the past decade, pre-pays up to 95% of tuition and fees for courses in high-demand fields, up to £8,000 over four years, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Courses available include accountancy, HGV driving and software development, and are designed to help employees build careers at Amazon or elsewhere. It means that eligible employees are given the opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications needed to follow their career aspirations.

 

Simona, who used the programme to help secure her role as a team lead at DHL, has shared her story to encourage others to take their career to the next level using the Amazon Career Choice programme.

Simona lives in Long Eaton and is a team lead at DHL East Midlands. Before joining DHL, Simona worked at Amazon, and used the company’s Career Choice programme to gain a qualification that boosted her career progression.

“I joined Amazon in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and didn’t expect to stay as long as I did,” Simona said. “In the two years I worked at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Kegworth, I was given the chance to progress and engage with internal learning opportunities that made me believe in myself, and the company.

“Whilst at Amazon I completed a Career Choice programme that gave me a qualification in human resources. Getting that allowed me to update my CV and move on to new opportunities outside of Amazon. I’ve wanted to be a team leader for a long time, and thanks to Career Choice I now have that role at DHL.”

Outside of work, Simona is studying towards a degree in management and marketing. Whilst she’s happy to take her time on her career journey, she hopes it will one day help her achieve a management role.

What advice does Simona give to people hoping to boost their careers? Trust the process.

“If you take courses and work towards your professional development, you will see success. Trust that you can make it.”

Bohumil also secured his dream job thanks to Amazon Career Choice.

Bohumil works at Agilitas IT Solutions as a hardware test engineer. He’s worked at the company for six months and used the career development opportunities at his previous job at Amazon to secure his dream role working with computers.

 

Before joining Agilitas IT Solutions, Bohumil worked at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Kegworth for five years. He joined the team when the Kegworth site opened in 2019.

At Amazon in Kegworth, Bohumil participated in Amazon Career Choice to gain a diploma in IT support engineering. Bohumil’s training was delivered by Peterborough-based Pitman Training.

Bohumil had always wanted to work with technology, and the opportunity to work a steady job whilst studying for a new qualification really appealed to him.

 

“Doing Amazon Career Choice gave me the chance to change career and get a job in my dream field, with the qualifications I needed to back my progression,” said Bohumil. “I had experience in IT from helping out family and friends with their computers, but doing Amazon Career Choice meant that I had skills that made me stand out in interviews when I applied for roles outside of Amazon.

“Amazon Career Choice is about allowing people to do what they love. Once you complete your course, you’re free to move on to new opportunities, like I did, and Amazon supports you as you do so.

“The natural path of progression for me after doing Career Choice was to move to a full-time role in IT, and that happened to be at Agilitas IT Solutions. When I moved to the UK from Slovakia seeking better prospects for my family, I knew Amazon would provide that. Working at Amazon and taking part in Career Choice has enabled me to have the career I have today, and I’m really grateful for the support I received during my time with the company.”

 

Amazon also provides opportunities to improve existing skills or learn new ones through internal career progression opportunities such as apprenticeships, transferring to a different department and promotion to a managerial role.

 

Amazon Kegworth General Manager, Vivek Khanka, added: “We are proud of Simona and Bohumil’s success through the Amazon Career Choice programme. Career development is at the core of our culture at Amazon, where lifelong learning is promoted at every turn. Many of our team members have taken part in Career Choice and are now fulfilling their potential on Amazon teams all over the UK, Ireland and further afield. Others have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, and we are proud to have supported them in their professional development by giving them extra tools for success in their new roles. We look forward to offering employees even more choices in the future as Amazon Career Choice evolves and grows.”

 

Amazon employees receive competitive pay and comprehensive benefits. Pay starts at a minimum of £12.30 per hour in Kegworth and employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection and an employee discount as well as a company pension plan.

Amazon has been named as a ‘Top Employer UK 2024’ by the Top Employer Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious certifications in the field of human resources management. This award recognises Amazon’s commitment to the development and well-being of its employees. In addition to the UK accolade, Amazon has also been certified as one of the Top Employers in Europe for a second consecutive year.

In 2023, Amazon ranked in second place on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list — an annual list that identifies the most sought-after places to work and grow your career in the UK. Using data from LinkedIn’s 900 million members, LinkedIn’s Top Companies list is designed to help professionals identify the best companies to grow their careers.

 

To find out more about a career with Amazon, visit Amazon Jobs.

From Teacher to HR: Amazon Employee Shares Her Career Journey and Tips for Learning at Work Week 2024

An HR associate partner from Chesterfield is sharing her career story during Learning at Work Week 2024 (13th-19th May) to celebrate the career progress they’ve made thanks to the lifelong learning programmes at Amazon.

Learning at Work Week is an annual programme run by the charity Campaign for Learning. The charity works with organisations around the UK to create activities and fun challenges in the workplace to help employees learn and grow.

This year’s theme, Learning power, explores how lifelong and continual learning gives people power to change, grow and achieve individual, team and organisational goals.

Amazon.
Career Choice : MAN4 Anna Cooper, HR Associate Partner. 9 May 24.
© Victor De Jesus / UNP 0845 600 7737

Anna Cooper, who works at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Chesterfield, has used Amazon’s development and training opportunities to shape her professional career.

 

One of the programmes Anna has taken part in at Amazon is Amazon Career Choice. The programme, which has been running at Amazon for the past decade, pre-pays up to 95% of tuition and fees for courses in high-demand fields, up to £8,000 over four years, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Courses available include accountancy, HGV driving and software development, and are designed to help employees build careers at Amazon or elsewhere. It means that eligible employees are given the opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications needed to follow their career aspirations.

 

Anna, who used the programme to help secure their role as a HR business partner, has shared their story to encourage others to take their career to the next level using the Amazon Career Choice programme.

Anna is an HR associate partner at Amazon in Chesterfield. She joined the company during the COVID-19 pandemic in a temporary role.

 

Before joining Amazon, Anna worked as a primary school teacher for four years. She said:

“I joined Amazon because I wanted a change from teaching, so I worked in a temporary role in the Inventory Control and Quality Assurance department. I ended up enjoying working at Amazon so much that I never left. I spent a bit of time in recruiting before moving across into HR.”

 

Anna completed the CIPD Level 3 HR qualification through Amazon Career Choice. She added:

“When I first joined the HR team, I knew I wanted to complete the CIPD course as it’s an industry standard for HR. I loved that I was able to continue working full time and study at my own pace. I did the course through Avado, which gave me clear deadlines and the support I needed.”

“Career Choice has given me a much broader understanding of my role in HR,” Anna continued. “I now understand our policies better and why Amazon is so unique in its culture. I’m now doing an apprenticeship, working to become an HR partner. I wouldn’t have been able to work towards this without Amazon supporting me through Career Choice and the apprenticeship programme.”

Amazon.
Career Choice : MAN4 Anna Cooper, HR Associate Partner. 9 May 24.
© Victor De Jesus / UNP 0845 600 7737

Anna has some advice for anyone considering furthering their careers through learning and development programmes.

“There are so many opportunities out there to develop your career, so make sure you seize them! Programmes like Amazon Career Choice offer such a wide variety of support for your career journey, so if you have the opportunity to take part in further learning through your job, then go for it.”

 

Amazon also provides opportunities to improve existing skills or learn new ones through internal career progression opportunities such as apprenticeships, transferring to a different department and promotion to a managerial role.

Amazon Chesterfield Site Leader, Kris Hammond, added: “We are proud of Anna’s success through the Amazon Career Choice programme. Career development is at the core of our culture at Amazon, where lifelong learning is promoted at every turn. Many of our team members have taken part in Career Choice and are now fulfilling their potential on Amazon teams all over the UK, Ireland and further afield. Others have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, and we are proud to have supported them in their professional development by giving them extra tools for success in their new roles. We look forward to offering employees even more choices in the future as Amazon Career Choice evolves and grows.”

 

Amazon employees receive competitive pay and comprehensive benefits. Pay starts at a minimum of £12.30 per hour in Chesterfield and employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection and an employee discount as well as a company pension plan.

 

Amazon has been named as a ‘Top Employer UK 2024’ by the Top Employer Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious certifications in the field of human resources management. This award recognises Amazon’s commitment to the development and well-being of its employees. In addition to the UK accolade, Amazon has also been certified as one of the Top Employers in Europe for a second consecutive year.

In 2023, Amazon ranked in second place on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list — an annual list that identifies the most sought-after places to work and grow your career in the UK. Using data from LinkedIn’s 900 million members, LinkedIn’s Top Companies list is designed to help professionals identify the best companies to grow their careers.

To find out more about a career with Amazon, visit Amazon Jobs.

“Connect and collaborate”: Early Career Network launched by Institute of Economic Development

The Institute of Economic Development (IED), the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities, has launched its Early Career Network: a dedicated platform to enable those in the early stages of their economic development careers to connect and collaborate.

The network’s mission is to create a pool of resources to help members’ progress their careers and build their knowledge of the opportunities available within the economic development industry via networking events, accessible channels of communication, and other activities including talks with experts on economic development.

As well as a dedicated on LinkedIn group, meetings will typically run on a monthly basis and take place online. These meetings will be accessible via a link shared exclusively to members in the network’s WhatsApp group chat, and include:

  • ‘Talks with experts’ – a series of interview-style sessions with speakers from the economic development sector, as suggested by members of the network.
  • Spotlight sessions – where members of the network take time out of the meeting to explain and describe what their day-to-day roles consist of, as well as sharing industry and events information. This will allow for networking and further understanding of the opportunities within the sector.
  • Bi-weekly admin meetings – run by a core group of five volunteer members, these meetings will take place to enable the ongoing running of the network and for members to touch base if they would like to. This group, which will rotate, will also own communications platforms and publish content.

Micaela Benvenuto, an Economic Development Consultant at Mickledore, is one of the volunteer members driving the network.

“We are really excited to launch the Early Career Network, which brings a valuable opportunity to connect with others in the early stages of their economic development career, and already we have 40 members,” she said. “Not only will members gain on-the-ground industry insights from other members, they will be able to expand their professional network which could lead to new business partnerships and/or potential career opportunities. Members can also build their personal brands and professional credibility by being a part of a network affiliated with a well-renowned organisation such as the IED.

“From my perspective, it is helping me to explore different areas of economic development and connect with peers of the sector to understand how we can better partner up to intervene in ways that may produce positive outcomes.”

The network is open to anyone who is a member of the IED and in their early stages of their economic development career or aspiring to join the sector, including students. Those who do not hold an IED membership but are interested in joining the network are encouraged to communicate with admin@ied.co.uk and attend one of the network’s meetings and/or be co-opted into the group for an agreed period of time.

Claire Hill, Economic Growth Officer at West Lindsey Council, said: “Having worked across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, I have arrived in economic development later than others. The professional networks I have already established are outside of this area of work. The Early Career Network therefore seemed an ideal opportunity to connect with others in a similar position, and further my understanding of the wider work happening in this field.”

“I am excited by the opportunities this network brings, especially in terms of learning from my industry peers and staying up-to-date with the latest developments,” added Martin Owen, Planning/Regeneration Consultant at BE Group.

IED Executive Director Nigel Wilcock commented: “The Early Career Network is a fantastic initiative to unite professionals in the early stages of their career across the economic development sector. It is built very much on the principle of co-creation between members of the network, and we are excited by its potential to inform and inspire the progression of up-and-coming economic development professionals.”

More information about the Early Career Network, and its membership, can be found here.

With nearly 1,400 IED members overall, professionals are drawn from the public sector (local authorities, universities and government departments) and the private sector (consultancies supporting economic development in its widest sense). For higher education the IED offers student membership for full or part-time students working towards a qualification in a relevant discipline but who are not in employment.

Graduate Coach to help thousands of UK graduates secure their dream jobs through cut price online course

To help thousands of graduates searching for jobs this summer, Graduate Coach, a UK leading graduate coaching company, has significantly dropped the price of its ‘Turn Your Degree into a Career’ course from £249 to £24.95.

The three-week online course will provide graduates with the skills, knowledge and insights to secure their first graduate job in an increasingly tough and competitive job market.

Graduate Coach highlights that approximately 2 million graduates are seeking jobs, while there are only around 17,500 new graduate roles are available each month. This is a sharp decline from the 25,000 jobs per month five years ago. Additionally, many graduates are ‘underemployed,’ working in unskilled jobs that are completely unrelated to their degrees.

 

Chris Davies, founder and CEO of Graduate Coach says, “The reality of the job market for graduates is stark. There is currently a job famine. The market is not only saturated with new grads, but they are competing with graduates from last year who are working their way out of underemployment into graduate jobs. Unfortunately, this means around 193 graduates are fighting for each graduate role advertised.

He adds, “We are seeing talented graduates face endless rejections and often silence from employers. We want to change this and have significantly reduced the price of our online course to help many more graduates and equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to secure their first graduate role.”

 

The course will help graduates understand which career path best suits them, their own skill set and how to prepare for interviews. They will also learn how to prepare a first class CV, write a cover letter that will stand out to employers, and to optimise their job hunt to find the best jobs, then master the interview and land a job.

Graduate Coach has helped thousands of students to secure their dream graduate job:

‘Graduate Coach was excellent in helping me streamline my CV and making sure that I was representing myself correctly and allowed me to discover talents and value that I would not have discovered on my own.’ – Alex, UK graduate.

Sign up to Graduate Coach’s Turn Your Degree into a Career course now, to gain key employability skills and stand out against your competitors in the graduate job market.

Contact: Chris Davies, gethelp@graduatecoach.co.uk, +44 (0)2070149547

Editor’s Note

Graduate Coach is a UK-based graduate career coaching firm founded by Chris Davies. Since it was set up in 2010, Graduate Coach has helped over 5,000 UK and international graduates secure positions at leading UK companies including Amazon, Google, J.P. Morgan, amongst others. With a focus on practical guidance and skill development, its services include one-to-one career coaching, immersive workshops, and personalised online resources. Additionally, Graduate Coach provides tailored internship opportunities and support services to further enhance graduates’ career prospects.

For more information, please visit https://graduatecoach.co.uk/

or their link tree https://linktr.ee/graduatecoachuk

 

Alternative Career Paths for Former Hotel Managers

Managers working in the hospitality sector understand that in today’s economic climate, the job doesn’t just involve late nights and busy weekends, it’s also about getting more people through the door and balancing the books. With a growing number of hotel managers wanting to take their skills in a new direction, Mike Smith, Director at Stocktake UK discusses the opportunities a stocktaking franchise offers to hospitality professionals seeking an alternative career path.

The ups and downs of hospitality

The last few years have been exceptionally challenging for UK hotels. Brexit led to a shortage of workers, income dried up during the pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis has impacted bookings and high inflation has made it far harder to maintain profitability.

Demand for Stocktakers

Faced with higher costs and fewer visitors, it has become increasingly important for hotel owners across the sector to improve inventory management so they can eliminate waste and increase sales margins. This need has led to a growing number of hotels, large and small, seeking the services of professional stocktakers.

Indeed, many now find this an indispensable service, as it provides managers with the means to keep check on their stock levels, make informed purchases and eradicate over and understocking. Essentially, it enables them to fulfil customer demand in the most cost-efficient way.

From Hotel Manager to Stocktaking Franchisee

With the steadily rising demand for stocktaking services, becoming a stocktaking franchisee enables former hotel managers to start their own business in an area that offers both stability and growth while being fully supported by the parent company. Stocktake UK’s franchise programme offers hotel managers an alternative way to utilise their existing skills and experience while remaining in a familiar sector. Potential earnings are promising too, with the average franchisee making around £50K a year and top partners accruing in excess of £125K.

For many hotel managers, the main attraction of a stocktaking franchise is the lifestyle change it offers. Instead of the inconvenience of long days and unsociable hours, franchisees have far greater flexibility when it comes to organising their working days and, indeed, the days they work. This brings the promise of a better work-life balance and more time to spend on what they enjoy.

Getting started as a stocktaking franchisee

For hotel managers considering a stocktaking franchise, joining Stocktake UK’s national network of professional stock auditors means being supported from day one. Franchisees need no previous stocktaking experience, as they receive full training in everything from business management to using specialist stocktaking software. Additionally, all equipment is provided and continuous support, together with regular leads, are provided from the head office.

With over 25 years’ experience, Stocktake UK is a leading provider of professional stocktaking services to hotels and the hospitality industry at large. We have an extensive client portfolio that includes everything from independent clubs and restaurants to regional pub chains and distinguished hotel groups.

For more information, visit Stocktake UK.

Key promotion at industrial electronic repair specialist

One of the UK’s leading providers of industrial electronic repairs has announced a key promotion within its sales team.

Zach Taylor has been promoted from Account Manager to Regional Sales Manager, taking on the new position in February.

Zach joined the Bridgend-based business, which works with leading manufacturers and businesses globally, in December 2020 as a Commercial Management Trainee while studying for a degree in business.

He quickly progressed to an Account Manager role in south-west England and as the newly appointed Regional Sales Manager, Zach will now be looking after customers in Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dorset, Exeter, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton, Taunton, Torquay and Truro.

In his new role, Zach will meet with new and existing customers in the region, building and maintaining relationships to ensure they receive the best possible solutions and service from the firm.

Zach said: “Since starting at Kontroltek, the company has been very supportive of my progression and growth. I am excited to take on this new role and I am fortunate to visit businesses of all sizes in the south-west, with a variety of needs whether it be repair, supply or on-site engineer visits.”

Cath Demaid, Director of Commercial and HR, said: “Zach is a fantastic addition to our regional sales team. The experience and knowledge he has built since he started with us perfectly places him to provide an excellent level of service and expertise to our customers in the south-west region.”

Outside of work, Zach enjoys playing rugby and is the captain of local club Pencoed RFC, which Kontroltek has sponsored for a decade.

This year’s sponsorship includes an addition designed to enhance the game experience for both the Pencoed RFC senior and current U15s age groups. Kontroltek has invested in a Veo camera, a state-of-the-art technology that promises to transform the way the sport is played and analysed. The Veo camera enables detailed video analysis and performance tracking, offering players and coaches valuable insights to further develop their skills and strategies.

Zach said: “It’s a real privilege to represent both Kontroltek and Pencoed RFC. The Veo camera is a gamechanger for us with regards to how it will help our team improve and develop. Thanks to Kontroltek for their ongoing support of both my professional and sporting endeavours.”

Founded in 2011, Kontroltek specialises in industrial electronic repairs and supply nationwide employing more than 60 staff.