Interview spotlight – tell me about yourself

When you go to a job interview it’s almost inevitable you will be asked: “Tell me about yourself.” Although this is a frequently asked question, interviewees can still find it difficult to answer, as it is such an unstructured question that is open to all sorts of interpretation.

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The interviewer will often open with this question for a number of reasons: to see how you conduct yourself in an unstructured situation, how confident you are, if you can think on your feet and whether you are articulate.

The job of fighting climate change

Engineering is a crucial part of some of the world’s biggest problems – not least the issue of climate change. At the forefront of that fight are people like Professor Saha, Founding Director of the Centre for Green Process Engineering in the School of Engineering at London South Bank University. The 2012 winner of The Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for his work on green energy, his most recent work includes a process for converting cooking oil into a biofuel that can be used in cars and generators.

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Who better, then, to ask about the

10 amazing eco-friendly constructions

Working with visionary architects and planners, construction engineers are building some of the most remarkable, environmentally friendly structures around. From ice palaces and reused grain silos to bird-friendly buildings, here are ten of the best ways engineers are helping safeguard or enrich the world around us.

1. Animal walkways

Bears, deer and elk are among the first animals to be pushed out by human expansion into the wilderness. The answer is to build animal walkways or “ecoducts”. Bridges for elk travel over motorways, covering known migration routes. Those for frogs, badgers and snakes run under structures. One of the

Charity fundraising – get paid for doing good

Let’s get this straight: working for a charity is cool. In fact, for many graduates and second-jobbers, the so-called third sector is now their first choice – offering jobs that can seem more exciting, more interesting and more fulfilling than their private-sector counterparts. And while it’s tempting to put this trend down to an anti-banking zeitgeist and general mistrust of corporates, for many in the charity and non-profit sector, that is to oversimplify matters.

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The “professionalisation” of the charity sector

Marcus Jamieson-Pond is head of partnerships at the non-profit careers website Plotr. He believes the third

How useful is an English degree for a career in finance?

How useful is an English literature or language degree for a career in the financial services sector? Very, as it turns out, because it can provide a great number of valuable transferable skills.

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If you want some notable examples of those who have started a financial career with an English qualification, look no further than Sir Jon Cunliffe, deputy governor of the Bank of England, who has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Bath and was a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Western Ontario.