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If I were 22…borrowing benefits of hindsight

If I were 22Not sure about the grammar involved (shouldn’t that be “I was”?) but give yourself a present and spend some time reading through the LinkedIn page If I were 22. It’s full of personal stories from people that have been there and done it in their careers passing on the benefit of their hindsight. Lots of different careers represented. Lots of different perspectives. None of them are the answer or the truth but I’m sure you’ll find some nuggets that feel right for you.

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Deadline extension: Crime/homicide-related internship opportunity with Victim Support (casual hours)

An internship opportunity exclusively for City students with Victim Support is now available, requiring only casual hours (with occasional unsocial hours).

This Internship opportunity is a Homicide team support role, lasting 6 – 12 months. The role commences early – likely to start in July 2014.

The application closing deadline has been extended to 27 JUNE 2014. Apply ASAP if interested  as they may close applications very soon if they receive a high number of applicants. https://careershub.city.ac.uk/ViewJob.chpx?id=490679

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Making the Most of Your Student Guide

A guest blog post from The Lex 100

The internet brings good tidings: you are, at any point, exactly one “How to… law” Google search away from an embarrassment of information riches on how to ground and grow your legal career. To add to that, you can also count on student guides to law for overviews and peer to peer reviews of the training contracts of particular firms.

Because we kphotonow it can be difficult to filter through all the facts and figures that student guides have to offer, we’ve put together a list of five key points we think will help you research even more efficiently:

1)      Says who?  We get everyone’s input when we’re in a spot, but we generally only take advice from people we trust. Conversely, always look into where a guide’s coming from and how it got its information, and make sure that what you’re reading came from sources and through methods you find both convincing and reliable.

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Interview with Meny, Cleared Derivatives Projects at JP Morgan

Please provide an overview of your career to date at J.P. Morgan.

I joined JP Morgan from another investment bank in December 2010 as a member of a Level 1 Operate team within Technology. While the role was similar to the role I had just left, I was attracted to it as it involved working closer with the business with less of a requirement for development and coding which I was trying to move away from. The role allowed me to continue to leverage my technical skill set while providing an opportunity for me to learn more about products across a range of asset classes and the associated system flows for which we were responsible. I spent two and a half years in the role and towards the latter part of my time in the team I was consciously getting involved in work of a more strategic nature and project focus. I then made an internal move to join a Middle Office Project Management team which I am still in today.

Describe your previous role and what motivated you to look for another role.

I had moved into my first role at JPM with the intention of learning more about the products and associated system workflows within banking. I never saw my long term future as being in Technology for the simple reason that I did not enjoy the technically hands-on coding and development aspects of the function and so I was pleasantly surprised when seeing the variety and scope of roles available within Technology, many of which did not require this hands-on element. The scope of the role gave me an appreciation of the end-to-end flow from trade execution through to settlement, clearing and the post trade services we offer to our clients and it was while learning about these operational and functional processes which drive the business that I knew I wanted to move into a role where I could be more involved in those areas.

What “top tips” would you give to someone thinking of changing roles / moving locations?

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