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Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme 2014 – for students from minority ethnic groups OR underepresented socio-economic groups

Interested in government and politics? Like to get a taste of what it might be like to work as a high-powered civil servant? Then you might like to apply for the Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme which prepares you to compete more effectively for a place on the highly prestigious Fast Track Civil Service Graduate Scheme. The Fast Track programme leads to a careers in departments such as health, the environment, education, transport, the economy, justice, industry, agriculture, defence, welfare, taxation and  overseas development.

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Recruiters for the Diversity Scheme have recently told us how disappointed they are with the very low numbers of applicants from City students.  They received only 7 applications from City students last year and there are at least 162 places available.

What advantages would a 6-9 week Summer Diversity placement give me?

The Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme  can help you to win a place on exceptionally competitive Civil Service graduate scheme known as Fast Track by providing you with  relevant wiork experience.  During the internship, you would also be  provided with a Fast Track buddy who will support your through the Fast Track application process. On the Diversity Scheme, you will be placed in a government department where you will be involved in stretching and challenging project-related work, including research, supporting projects, assisting on policy documents, shadowing senior civil servants and attending critical meetings with senior advisors on major issues. There is a training allowance in London of £350 pw. Continue Reading

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Always read the label: part 3 of 3

A parable exists of a recruiter that specifically asked for candidates to give them descriptions of each of their work experiences that each time covered (1) what their main duties and responsibilities were, (2) a key challenge they overcame in the role and (3) what they learnt about themselves as a result.

The recruiter rejected every candidate that did not answer all 3 parts of the question. Which just happened to be 6 out of 10 applicants.

This isn’t just a parable. It’s also a true story. Always read the label.

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Networking – “Is emailing an effective networking tool?”

Networking is useful when you are looking to get information beyond what’s written (e.g. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the employer’s website). It can also be utilise to promote you to employers and may lead onto work experience then potentially to a graduate opportunity. It is in essence a tool for tapping into a hidden job market.

Often when I speak to students …………… Continue Reading

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Always read the label: part 2 of 3

A parable exists of a recruiter that specifically asked for candidates to give them one example of a time when they’d worked as part of a team in the competency section of their online applications form.  The recruiter rejected every candidate that gave them more than one example of doing this. Which just happened to be 3 out of 10 applicants.

This isn’t just a parable. It’s also a true story. Always read the label.

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Always read the label: part 1 of 3

A parable exists of a recruiter that included an instruction in the job description of the graduate job for candidates to reply by email with their cv and cover letter and include in the subject header of the email the job reference number and job title.

The recruiter immediately rejected every candidate that did not follow that instruction. Which just happened to be 9 out of 10 applicants.

This isn’t just a parable. It’s also a true story. Always read the label.

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Tellin’ stories – how to answer the “Why do you want to be a…” question

For those of us born in the 1970s and 1980s the past week has been a momentous one. Chiefly due to the return of Jackanory in which well known celebrities read childrens stories. That’s it. Nothing complicated. Just the thrill of hearing people who know how to deliver their lines in captivating ways bringing these stories to life.

In fact stories are inherently captivating. There’s a reason why the John Lewis’s and M&S’s of this world don’t just produce Xmas videos showing goods in their store and instead try to create an emotional connection with you by story telling instead.

What’s this got to do with finding a job, you might ask? Continue Reading

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Management Consultancy – an eclectic career opportunity

Why do more students  not consider a career in consulting? I sometimes wonder, but don’t have an answer. It certainly has a lot going for it as a profession. No specific degree subject is usually required. There is  plenty of variety. And for students with both strong analytical  and comnmunication skills, who like the idea of a client-facing role,  enjoy solving problems and have an interest in business, it could be the perfect match.

So what does  Trainee  Management Consultant do?  

In a nutshell, the role involves developing an understanding of different business sectors such as broadcasting, banking, telecoms and energy in order to advise clients on how to drive innovation and growth, manage cost and operate efficiently.You can be a generalist and work with many different sectors or operate as a specialist consultant , focussing on aspects which interest you such as business strategy, economics, risk or climate change and sustainability. Continue Reading