This time of year sees the mass exodus of twenty-somethings as they prepare to move back to the suburbs, after their four years of conquering the city as university students. With final exams at last in sight and the glittering promise of graduation, for many young people it can seem disheartening to move home. As they divide their things into packing boxes they are reminded of their reckless university days and the memories they have made. It’s easy to see why they worry that they’re giving up their independence in their decision to move back home. However, it’s essential to know that by making this decision, young people are actually taking their first steps in the direction of total autonomy.
The graduate job market in the UK is more tough and competitive than ever before. This is due to more students gaining a degree than in the past. In the 1950s just 3.4% of young people went to university, now this figure has risen to almost 50%. It is now necessary for graduates to have more than just a degree when applying for their dream jobs. Employers are now looking for candidates to have a wider portfolio of experience. Rather than leaving your application process to the last minute why not start early, before you have graduated to ensure that you are giving yourself the best chance possible. Here are our top tips to secure your dream graduate placement:
When it comes to business, the key to building good working relationships is communication. If you plan to take your business abroad, it’s always advisable to learn the language of the country where you intend to set up. Even if you’re only flirting with the idea of international business right now, being proficient in a language other than your mother tongue is always an asset to your CV. So if you’re planning on breaking into the foreign business sector in 2017, what languages should you be learning?
Growing a business is a difficult task. Finding the right opportunities – be they business opportunities, professional connections, new markets, or anything else – can be a tiresome and grueling slog. It can often seem that every lead results in a dead end, which, over time, can sap morale and drive. There is a solution here though. Many of us explain away the lack of conversion or growth as something along the lines of “It wasn’t right for me” or “It wasn’t right for the business” or “They didn’t know what the wanted”. Regardless of the excuse itself, it is just that: an excuse. Conversion is not altered by the client but by the business developer.
There are several techniques and checkpoints that any business development manager should be focusing on to unlock new business potentials. These are by no means instant-win tricks, rather helpful information and tactics to utilise as and when appropriate. No guide or information is as useful as gut instinct and interpersonal skills. This does not mean, however, that we shouldn’t have a few tools to fall back on when it looks like a potential client is slipping through our fingers. Continue reading “Unlocking The Doors To More Business” »