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 Basu 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.

How sales can give you a brilliant grounding

Think a weekend sales job is little more than a beer-funder? Think again – sales work can equip you with a fantastic grounding for the most unlikely of roles. We spoke to three former sales execs to find out more.

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Oliver Mackwood: Recruitment-consultant-turned-theatre-producer

Oliver, 30, worked in sales for 10 years before starting an apprenticeship in theatre production two years ago. “I enjoyed the pace of sales work, the interaction and the challenge, but the repetitiveness led me to question the purpose of what I was doing,” he says.

What is a business management degree good for?

We talked to two successful graduates on what they found most useful about their degrees, and how it helped them with their careers.

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Name: Samuel Hurley

Studied at: Cardiff University Business School

Course studied: Business Management BSc

Year graduated: 2013

Job title: Senior Marketing Executive

“During my time at the university I tried to specialise in marketing as much as I could. I studied buyer behaviour, accounting and finance, marketing strategy and advertising and marketing communications management, among others.

Living and working in: Birmingham

Birmingham: not only is it the hometown of Ozzy Osbourne – and therefore heavy metal – but it’s also home to another estimated 1,085,400 people, making it the most populated city in the UK outside London. Clearly, there must be a lot of good things going on to keep that many citizens living and working in the capital of the Midlands… so let’s find out what they are.

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What industries does it have?

Historically, Birmingham’s very name conjures up images of steel mills and ironworks, given its major role in Britain’s industrial revolution. These days, however,

Living and working in: Manchester

Manchester is world-famous for lots of things, including two very successful football teams and at least two musical revolutions. And now you can add another reason: in a recent survey conducted by The Global Liveability Survey and compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Manchester was voted the best UK city to live in. Clearly, it’s not grim up north. Manchester is a great place to live and work. Let’s find out why…

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Which industries are found there?

In case you didn’t know, Manchester is a huge contributor to the nation’s economy. According to the Guardian, it

5 Jobs for people who love to travel

The same desk in the same office with the same people every day. Some of us love familiarity and routine, but for others it’s stultifying. If your feet are far too itchy to be tied down to one city for long, here’s five great jobs that will help you see the world.

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1. English teacher (TEFL)

There’s more than 7 billion people in the world and only about a quarter can speak more than a word or two of the international language of business, science and movies: English. So, if you are patient and have a

The 5 things you need to succeed in the City

A job in the City is like no other. The pressure can be intense, the rewards immense and the competition cut-throat. Give yourself a head start with our list of the skills and abilities you’ll need to survive and thrive.

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1. Ambition and enthusiasm

Competition for jobs in the City is crazy. There are documented cases of more than 1,500 candidates applying for just one or two places with a top investment bank. And that’s as an intern – so there’s not even a guarantee of work at the end.