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Guest blog post: Caspar from CII talks tips for students in the City

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Caspar Bartington is the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Relationship Manager for Education and can be contacted on discover@cii.co.uk – and on Linkedin: http://linkd.in/1uAsocI 

“Getting your first placement or job does not have to be a daunting experience. With the world’s leading financial centre on your doorstep, City University students are ideally-placed to take advantage of a huge diversity of roles. Some are well known, some less so.

The CII is the world’s largest professional body for insurance and financial services. Or, should you prefer, risk management and wealth management. We have more than 115,000 members in over 150 countries. That gives us plenty of insight into employer sentiment.

Each year, I meet students at universities around the country, who ask me what they can do to increase their chances of securing an internship or graduate place. So, here are the views from where I stand:

  • Discover – go to a range of careers events that may seem of peripheral interest. We all think we know what different sectors do – we don’t! You may be inspired
  • Make the most of the resources of the Careers and Employability teams who are there to help; whether it’s a mock assessment centre, a commercial awareness course or just brushing up your CV and interview skills, you can only benefit from talking to them
  • Network now – don’t leave networking until after you have graduated. You should be doing this from your first year onwards. It has never been easier to network, whether through student societies and employer events or through sites like LinkedIn that bring you closer to millions of professionals. You could even look to a professional body membership to link with practitioners for little effort and no cost
  • Exams – my personal view is that the only exams you should be taking are ones in your degree; networking is more important than exams. If you’re a good fit for a company, they will pay for all your exams once you join them”

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The CII is the world’s leading professional organisation for insurance and financial services. Its more than 115,000 members are committed to maintaining the highest standards of technical competence and ethical conduct. Find out more: http://www.cii.co.uk/about/ 

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