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What’s new, pussycat?

It’s been a while since I posted my first blog post about the Snapshot: Your Insight into Industry Scheme, so here is a short update on what’s been going on with our lovely Snapshotters*!

For the past 4 months, our students have met several employers both on campus and off campus, and have learned more about the variety of industries out there: from Banking & Finance to working for an NGO.

There are so many things that I enjoyed about my first Snapshot meeting. Joanna was a very lovely person and was very insightful and it was clear just how passionate she was about the work she does. This really inspired me to have a career in a field that I was passionate about.” (Psychology student)

My work shadowing day at JP Morgan was a fantastic experience and I feel that I learnt a lot. The opportunity was exactly what I was hoping to get from the Scheme so I would like to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the team who helped to organise the placement.” (Banking and International Finance student)

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Are you interested in working with offenders, their families or young people at risk of crime?

Volunteering is the main way in to a career of this kind, such as working in a Youth Offending team, Probation Officer, Prison Governor, Social Worker or Youth Worker. An excellent new online resource  “Your Guide to Volunteering Opportunities in the Criminal Justice System”  outlines all sorts of opportunities. The opportunities are suitable for all students who would like to get involved in this kind of volunteering – not just Sociololgy or Criminology students. Perhaps you would would like to mentor a young person at risk, take part in a project for offenders on probation or to be a Youth Offending Panel Member?

Excellent training is often available, so do take your application seriously. You might like to book a short appointment for advice on your application or to have it checked at the Careers and Skills Development Service or to book a 45 minute appointment for a mock interview. Continue Reading

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Keep calm and carry on!

When you have been job hunting for some time, it’s easy to fall into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. You start by thinking something upsetting. This thought leads to another, and before you know it, you are going deeper and deeper and you are out of control. Negative thinking is the job seeker’s worst enemy. If you go to a job interview thinking that you are not going to get the job, chances are your prediction will become true. You will come across as unconfident and your interviewers will pick up on this.

Some people will tell you that breaking the chain is difficult. But isn’t that a negative thought in itself? Well, let me tell you, it can be done! Continue Reading

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Could a career in Finance be for you?

A new myth-busting video “What is Finance?” could help you decide.

Although there is no shortage of City business grads going into careers in finance, every year arts, social science, engineering, informatics, law and health grads also chose to make their career in finance. You might be thinking “But do I need to be really good at Maths?” and the answer is “No, you don’t”. Only GCSE Maths grade B – C or above is expected for many roles.

The documentary style video film has 10 sections, so you can dip in and out, as you like.

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How to get valuable work experience as a Psychology student

Are you a Psychology student who is aiming to become a Psychologist, Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker or another professional role needing knowledge of mental health issues? Then you need to build relevant work experience into your CV whilst at City. Graduating without any relevant experience will mean you will have to volunteer after graduation to gain work experience, when you could be entering paid employment if you had gained experience beforehand. If you are planning to take a Psychology Masters, be aware that only a fifth of applicants are successful in winning a place on a course. So demonstrating your interest and commitment through work experience could help you to stand out against the competition.

When to start though? First year is ideal, as it will leave you time to take on a variety of roles, which will add depth to your CV, but if you are a second or third year, it is never too late to start.

Volunteering is the main way to get experience of working with people who have mental health issues and a huge range of opportunities exist. Continue Reading