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DSTL

DSTL

Application Advice: Think creatively about your competencies and try to source them from different experiences, rather than just one previous job or degree programme.

Interview Advice: Come prepared with knowledge about UK defence, especially if applying for an analytical role. Dstl is a defence organisation and this knowledge is very beneficial. Know your competencies and situations in which you have demonstrated them.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Other (please specify)

ESL English Teacher, ESL Teacher at Other (please specify)

Application Advice: The application progress can be technical when supplying documents but HR carefully guide you through

Interview Advice: Time Zone difference due to their recruitment office based in China

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Explore Learning

Customer Support Advisor, Customer Support at Explore Learning

Application Advice: Make sure that you display who you are in your application. Don't just rely on academic qualifications, show what makes you an individual and why you'd be a perfect fit within the company.

Interview Advice: Research the company as much as you can and much like the initial application, don't just rely on your academic achievements. Show who you are and make a good impression! Also prepare to get stuck into some role play during your interview because interviews at Explore Learning often include a bit of impromptu acting!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Explore Learning

Business Analyst, Finance at Explore Learning

Application Advice: Try to show passion for the role and the company itself.

Interview Advice: Research the company and ask relevant questions about it that you genuinely want the answer to.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Be honest with the personality testing. They're not looking for one type of person, they just want to know what individual characteristics you offer compared to others, and you will be asked questions in the interview based on what your personality test results are. Focus on the skills and traits you can offer rather than what degree you did. Although it is a requirement to have a degree, doing the job well is more about what kind of worker you are. They look out for people are self-driven, confident and motivated rather than people with the most prestigious qualifications. Don't let the English and Maths tests scare you off. They are deliberately hard and most people struggle with them. Even if you think you did terribly (like I did) you still have a chance. Make sure you back up everything you say about yourself with relevant experience. It doesn't have to be work experience. I used the fact that I moved far away from home to go to university as an example of a time I've taken a big risk. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application form, it is quite long and requires a lot of thought.

Interview Advice: Have at least 2 extra questions prepared to ask the interviewers to make yourself stand out. Don't pretend to be perfect, the role is for a graduate looking to be trained and moulded. Instead make it clear that you are ready to be taught, committed to the training qualifications and will push yourself to develop your skills. They are looking for a candidate who will eventually make a good project manager. Think about the skills that requires and think up examples of when you have shown these skills. You may be interviewed by a previous graduate, think of questions that you could ask them while you have the chance. This will also make it appear as though you have paid attention to the people you are interviewing with.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

Kent Graduate Programme Management Stream, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council

Application Advice: - Be honest about why you want to work in the public sector and what you hope to gain from this. - Emphasise personal development - e.g. outline the skills you have and the skills you'd like to develop. - Give examples of when you have been forward thinking and open to change. - Give examples of effective teamwork, and when you have lead teams or projects.

Interview Advice: - The majority of my interview questions were competency based, e.g. 'give me an example of when you have...' - Try and prepare examples of various different things you have done so you're not repeating yourself in the interview. - Think of examples of where you have effectively dealt with, and embraced, change. - Think of examples of where you have used initiative and put yourself forward for something. - I was also asked how I cope with stress, and we were asked to complete a personality questionnaire prior to the interview so some of the questions referenced answers provided in this. - Be honest in your answers. The application process is lengthy so any discrepancies or dishonesty will be spotted. - If you get to the end of your interview and suddenly think of a better answer to a question you've already answered, don't be afraid to ask the interviewers if you can go back to that question and answer it again. I did that for one of the questions I was asked and the interviewers were more than happy to re-visit any previous questions.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

Operational Research Graduate, Strategic and Corporate Services at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Ensure you are honest in your application about why you are applying and make sure to include your experiences inside and outside of University.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, the loudest person won't necessarily get the role. There are also plenty of opportunities to shine so do not worry if during the interview/assessment centre you do not do well 100% of the time.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

Gradute Management Trainee, Flexible at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Be honest and consider the challenges of the sector - e.g. financial constraints, political involvement. If these don't inspire you, don't bother.

Interview Advice: Understand yourself, your competencies and your values

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

, at Kent County Council

Application Advice: Make sure you're answering the questions and not diverting away from the required answer.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and yourself. Research KCC and have be prepared for questions about your experiences

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Kent County Council

Graduate Development Planner, Transport and Development Planning at Kent County Council

Interview Advice: Research the schemes and values that Kent County Council upholds, have a feel for the area and understand some of the local issues and challenges the county council faces.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Financial Conduct Authority

Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: Understand what the FCA's mission is and why we do what we do.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Explore Learning

Financial Accountant, Finance at Explore Learning

Interview Advice: Research the company's vision and values and think about how you can apply these to the role you're applying for. Be open, friendly and passionate about the company and role.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Link questions to the charity and be aware of wider fundraising environment (GDPR/Opt-in, Disintermediation etc.).

Interview Advice: Link your answers to the role/scheme you are applying for and show what it is that makes you stand out. Questions around interesting fundraising product, challenges to fundraising.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Be aware of the issues affecting the charity sector. Demonstrate your skills with examples (especially extra-curricular).

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Be professional and punctual.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Cancer Research UK

Policy and Information Graduate Trainee, Policy, Information and Communications at Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Use recent examples. Show that you know about what CRUK does, specifically the department that you're applying for. e.g. recent campaigns, recent policy work.

Interview Advice: Use STAR, know your stuff about CRUK, be passionate, show how you can cope with change and uncertainty.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Bright Young Things

Assistant Client Manager, Agency at Bright Young Things

Application Advice: Send in a detailed CV and a convincing cover letter. Call and speak to the team.

Interview Advice: Have an engaging manner and ask questions.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Cancer Research UK

Digital Producer, Technology at Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Make sure to tailor your application to display that you've done research, both about the charity sector and a broader industry knowledge of the stream you are applying for, whether that is fundraising and marketing, technology or scientific research.

Interview Advice: Be honest and open about your strengths and be prepared to talk about how you plan to work on your areas for improvement. They want to see people who are eager to learn and have potential to grow rather than people who are already completely polished.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Bright Young Things

Assistant Director of Operations, Operations at Bright Young Things

Application Advice: Have an interest in education and prove that you can be self-led.

Interview Advice: Gain insight into what the company does.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things

Application Advice: Show your personality and capability through confidence.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Financial Conduct Authority

Associate, Markets Policy at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: Be interested and read up on what the FCA does.

Interview Advice: Be interested in what people have to say and ask questions.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Financial Conduct Authority

Associate, Consumer Credit Supervision at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: Do your research - the FCA publish a heck of a lot of stuff so there's no reason to not know what their priorities are!

Interview Advice: Be genuine - this isn't somewhere you have to be a particular type of person to work. There's a whole range of people here.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector

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Change Agents UK

Sustainability Projects Assistant at the University of Sheffield, at Change Agents UK

Application Advice: Don't settle for anything you're not passionate about. I did a lot of volunteering before this job because I was passionate about sustainability and my circle back then was trying to discourage me from "wasting time" on non-profitable activities, but it was all this voluntary experience that distinguished me from other candidates and gave me the job.

Interview Advice: Be fun and enthusiastic. Try to demonstrate a broad range of experiences rather than talking about the same role all the time. Practice possible questions. Make sure you do your research about the organisation and throw in a couple of facts about them to impress them. Use the STAR technique but also following it with what you learned and how you link it to the role.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, CSR Manager

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Berkeley Group

Berkeley Group

Application Advice: Do your research about the company and the wider sector, and be confident about your answers.

Interview Advice: Turn up with time to spare, dress appropriately, and have some prepared answers in your head.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Admin

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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Graduate, Compass Group UK & Ireland at Compass Group

Application Advice: Ensure your CV is up to date including all voluntary and work experience relevant to the position you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Be confident and show your passion for the role.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Training Provision

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