Interested in a career in the EU Civil Service?

Last Friday, myself and undegraduate International Politics student Sebastian Vogt visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  (FCO) to learn about the brilliant career  opportunities that working for the European Union offers. The Commission is looking for top quality graduates from a wide variety of degree disciplines  including Politics, Science, Business and Law. Administrators (as first level graduate  employees are known) play an important part in drafting policies, together with analytical and advisory work. The roles vary depending on what EU Institution they are working in, whether it is the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament etc.

Competition for posts is severe and  no wonder, with the variety, challenge and early responsibility these roles offer graduates, as well  as an attractive starting salary of around 40 000 Euros pa. British applicants are, however, in high demand and experience less competion for places than other nationalities. In fact, the term used was “desperate!”. All applicants need to speak fluent English, French or German. The second language does not need to be as fluent – a good A Level grade is a guideline. Continue Reading


Fancy spending your summer in a top London advertising agency?

If you are a second or final year student or a graduate who would like to gain experience in working on live briefs and pitches for a variety of clients, then you still have a day or two left to apply for the IPAs AdSchool and AdAcademy programmes for this summer, as previously mentioned in my blog.

Last year, AdSchool saw over 35 students rotate around some of the best agencies the country has to offer, including – Publicis, OgilvyOne, Geometry, VCCPme,  RAPP and Wunderman just to name a few.

A little bit more information on the programmes….

The AdSchool programme is purely for students in their penultimate year of study and runs for six weeks between July-August, with students rotating around three diverse agencies, giving them a real taste for the wide variety of roles, clients and cultures available within the industry. Students will be rewarded with a prize sum at the end of the programme.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.theadmission.wexo.co.uk/adschool

The AdAcademy programme is for final year students and grads – an eight week paid placement at a top London agency, again running between July and August. Students will also complete a group project and written assignment as part of their placement.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.theadmission.wexo.co.uk/adacademy

Students on both programmes will also attend regular evening sessions with industry luminaries, an invaluable chance to learn from the best and also to compile an enviable contact list.

Applications will close on March 28th.

IPA, 44 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QS
Switchboard: 020 7235 7020



Getting into the gaming industry – secrets revealed

With the connection between City University and the UK gaming industry continuing to grow I couldn’t miss out on the chance to attend a recent whole day session unveiling the secrets of how to get into the gaming industry. A heck of a lot of ground was covered by the representatives from Creative Skillset, Gamesys and Frontier (amongst others) but here are the top 5 things that stood out to me.

1. The role of the portfolio – a killer online portfolio can go a long way to getting you an interview. Make sure it’s kept up to date, is error free and looks professional. Feature specific games projects, ideally smaller less complex projects that you actually completed rather than unfinished more complex ones. Show the beginning, middle and end stages you went through to complete the project. This should include your thought processes and rationale behind the decisions you made along the way. Feature the range of capabilities you have by including a variety of projects.

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Guest Blog: Inside Careers talking “Life as an Actuary”

67729_10151261907809404_107931780_nWhat is an actuary?

As defined by Charles Young, a Consulting Actuary at Hymans Robertson: ‘Actuaries analyse past and present data to solve real business problems. A lot of actuaries’ work is about risk management: assessing how likely an event may be and the costs associated with it. Actuaries predict and measure emerging risks and then help to reduce them, putting financial safeguards in place.’

Areas of work

There are many areas in which you can work as an actuary including: consultancy, investment, insurance and pensions. If you are unsure which is best suited to you, check out our Areas of Work articles which explore the traditional and emerging areas in which actuaries operate. In your application, you may need to show employers what attracted you to work in that particular business area, so it is worth doing your research!

Skills needed to become an actuary

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