“Essential first year advice” by Chris White of Aspiring Solicitors

My name is Chris White and I am a solicitor at a leading global law firm.

When I started university as a law student 10 years ago(!), I didn’t really know what to expect. I was a “first generation undergraduate” in my family and had no “family contacts” in the legal profession, but I knew I wanted to become a solicitor. However, very early on in my first year I made a huge error, one that nearly prevented me from securing my goal of becoming a solicitor at a leading global law firm.

At a Law Society event, I made the error of listening to a third year law student who told me that first year grades at law school “didn’t count”. This person was on the Committee of the Law Society so I automatically added extra weight to his advice. Looking back at this advice, I can honestly say that it was the worst piece of advice I received throughout my entire 4 year degree course.

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Tailor your cv! But what does that actually mean?

The cv season is upon us!

Tis the season to get your cv up to scratch to win that fabulous part-time job, internship, placement or graduate scheme. In the next few weeks, my colleagues and I will be checking some 250 cvs per week. One of the messages that you will hear us repeating each time is that your cv must be tailored to the job for which you are applying. But what does that actually mean? Continue Reading


A warm welcome from the Senior Careers Consultant!

I’d just like to add a really warm welcome to our new and returning students. Plus as with every year I’d also like to emphasise that we are very much your career service no matter which school you belong to. The autumn term is our busiest period – particular October. This is no surprise since we understand the importance of applying for internships and graduate schemes to secure a future. Many of these you will be aware have already opened. Some may have even opened at the tail end of the summer.

Our short (20 minute) appointments are perfect for advice and support on opportunity search and applications. Then as you move to the later part of the term you may wish to take advantage of our longer (45 minute) appointments either for career guidance and coaching or a mock interview.

To help you get off to a flying start we have also put together some excellent workshops (our Skills Session + Plus + series) run by our professionally qualified team of Careers Consultants. These focus on essential topics which will aid you in gaining that key opportunity. They are designed also to help you accelerate the time it takes to prepare an application or for selection.

For appointments and events, which include our workshops please go to: www.city.ac.uk/careers

All the best for the coming year! We very much look forward to meeting you and accelerating your career!


Welcome to our all new Careers blog

Hi and welcome to the all new Career and Skills Development Service blog. Well, I say new, it’s been up and running for a few weeks now but we know this may be the first time you’ve had a chance to look. It also means we’ve already been able to start creating a wealth of careers related posts for you to get started with. So join us in the new term of 2013-2014 for regular bite sized careers information including…

  • Employers opinions and perspectives
  • Upcoming careers events
  • Applications and assessment hints and tips
  • How to get support for your own career ambitions
  • Much more..!

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Guest blog from Simon Copsey – Technologist at Goldman Sachs

Simon Copsey – Technologist at Goldman Sachs will be attending our “Careers within an Investment Bank” panel on 31 October. We asked him to provide us with a short bio – here is what he had to say!

“It feels as if I started using a computer before I learnt to walk, though perhaps I just learnt to walk late in life. Ever since that moment I’ve felt an affinity with technology and, especially, with software development.

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Snapshot: Wake me up when September ends

If you thought that Green Day`s “Wake me up when September ends” song was all about love – you are right. But what you did not know is that this American rock band also meant: Keep an eye out for the opening for Snapshot applications, 2013 intake!

   This year, applications can be submitted online from the 23rd September 2013         (start    of    Welcome Week – hooray, hooray) till the 31st October 2013! This gives you a generous 5  weeks to write up the best, and most exciting application form, which will ultimately land      you an interview with us, the Employer Liaison team.

So who are we looking for this year?

Energetic, enthusiastic, interested, passionate, and engaged students who are currently  enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at City University London. Surely you  can find yourself in this description!

What should you expect during the selection process?

If you are successful at the interview stage and we are absolutely charmed by you, we will invite you to attend a training & assessment day in December – unfortunately, this will take place on City campus, and NOT at Winder Wonderland, but we do apologize for any inconvenience in advance! During this 2 hour session, we will tell you more about us, and expect you to show us what you are capable of! We don’t want to reveal all our secrets just yet, but you will participate in a variety of individual and group exercises.


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Nurses and midwives: these are the skills that you are expected to possess

This blog post is for all the student nurses and midwives out there!

This summer, I interviewed Cathy Taylor, the Careers Adviser at the Royal College of Nursing. Cathy knows everything there is to know about nursing and midwifery, and the chat I had with her, which is transcribed below, is packed with useful tips for both newly qualified professionals and students. For more information about the RCN, visit www.rcn.org.uk Continue Reading