Guest Blog Post: City Alumna, Nancy O’Hare on working globally

Live the World, One Country at a Time

What has your career-path been: how did you get where you are today?

“I envisioned living overseas ever since my inaugural trip across the Atlantic at the impressionable age of 13. This nascent desire gained further traction throughout my undergraduate years and eventually attracted me towards the global business environment. Accordingly, I completed a 30-month Chartered Accountant programme with Deloitte Canada in 1999 and transferred to Australia to gain additional experience internationally. Financial advisory expertise is essential across several industries and remains a marketable attribute for the global finance professional.

Since leaving public practice with Deloitte, my career has principally focused upon the upstream oil and gas industry and spanned a broad spectrum of responsibilities within finance that includes corporate governance, financial reporting, taxation, commercial, budgeting, treasury and merger & acquisition activity.  As a recent graduate of the Executive MBA programme at Cass Business School with a 20-year blend of comprehensive management and advisory expertise, I consider myself privileged to have lived and worked across five continents that include such disparate countries as Australia, Switzerland, the Sultanate of Oman and Nigeria.”

What does your current role entail? What do you like most about your job?

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Opportunities for Non-Chinese students in China: with the British Council

British CouncilGeneration UK – China was launched by the British Council in 2013. It aims to help students from the UK boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China.

Funded Internships

As companies from across the globe engage with China at various levels, work experience in China is increasingly valued by employers. Working in China is a way for students to enhance their cultural awareness and is an excellent investment in their future. Our internships are within a range of different industries across six cities within China and are selected by our two partner companies (InternChina and CRCCAsia), who also guarantee a high level of pastoral care while students are in China. Application is open to

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What could a career in the European Commission offer me?

European CommissionHave you ever wondered what working in the EU would involve? There will be a great opportunity to hear about all the different careers that are available in the European Commission via a presentation delivered by Francesca Manchi from the European Commission on  11 March (1-2pm) in B307 B/C (University Building). The European Commission is like the European branch of the Civil Service, so this will appeal to a wide range of students from all disciplines including Maths, Science, Law, Social Sciences and Business. There are specific opportunities available according to different interests including working in legal teams or within a Science –related area.

For a paid 6 month internship, known as a ‘stage’ or traineeship, you need to speak another European language other than the one you are fluent in, such as a rusty A Level, though you will need to brush this up! Your language ability will not be tested beforehand. The ‘stage’ is taken after you have graduated.

For the graduate programme, the procedure is known as the ’Concours’. It is very competitive  and you will have to demonstrate your ability in another European language.

In both cases, you will work in either Brussels or Luxembourg.

Students can register to attend this presentation here: https://careershub.city.ac.uk/students/events/detail/538860



Guest Blog: A career in IT with any degree, Written by Sophie Woods, Marketing Engagement and PR Assistant at FDM



FDM is committed to championing diversity in the work place not only with different cultures and nationalities, but also with different academic backgrounds. FDM recruits hundreds of graduates every year from a variety of disciplines; however the majority of these have a degree in a STEM (science,technology, engineering, maths) subject, or more specifically, a computing-related degree. As part of our ongoing blog series, we spoke with FDM Consultants whose degrees couldn’t be further from the IT world; to discuss their success in the tech industry, despite arriving there via a less conventional route. The pie chart, right, shows all non-STEM and non-Business related degree disciplines recruited in 2014: showing the diverse range of graduates recruited including Archaeology, Media and Design and Modern Foreign Languages, to name a few.

Leaving Law behind to pursue a career in Technology: the journey of an IT Consultant

Ashik Nanji


Name: Ashik Nanji
Then: LLB Law, City University
Now: Technical Analyst, Virgin Media

Ashik Nanji studied LLB Law at City University in London and completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury.  He applied to FDM to pursue, in his eyes, a more interesting career path. Ashik is now an FDM Consultant on site at Virgin Media.

Ashik emphasised that, “regardless of the industry you work in, you need to have some level of passion for what you do”, and despite having enjoyed his degree, found himself “lacking that passion in law”, so looked to an alternative career path facilitated by FDM.

For Ashik, changing industry was a daunting process but his keen interest in technology and the opportunities available ensured his transition was a success; “Working for FDM opens doors that would otherwise be inaccessible to people with non-traditional IT backgrounds. The fact that after my training, I would be in a role at one of FDM’s many reputable clients gave me the confidence to take that step.”

Although law and IT are seemingly disparate fields, Ashik’s grounding in law provided him with a multitude of transferable skills such as the ability to extract and analyse information from a variety of sources, which has proven very useful in his current role. He commented on the well-recognised and valuable qualifications gained at FDM, which have further advanced his skill set. Ashik was quick to point out that he has “always had a loose ambition to work on the business side of a technology related product, though he never envisaged himself working within an actual Development team!”

When asked what the best thing about working at FDM was, Ashik said, “It’s hard to overstate the pervasiveness of IT in current times. Working in this industry, you know you’re developing a useful skill set that will likely have value in any industry that you may eventually move in to.”

Working with some of the most interesting businesses around today, in a fast-paced and fascinating field, is what drives Ashik. He concluded, “Most of all, technology is continuously evolving, so there’s always a new challenge to pit yourself against.”

Ashik’s story outlines the importance of passion as well as prospects in your career choice and once again, highlights the successful transition of a non-STEM graduate to an FDM Consultant.

Our Recruitment Team is on hand to give you advice on your career options at FDM, to get in touch please email uk.recruitment@fdmgroup.com or apply online atwww.fdmgroup.com/uk/apply


Guest Blog Post: Introducing CPA Australia….

CPA Australia is delighted to be working with City to help open opportunities for students focussed on building dynamic and rewarding accounting and finance careers in the Asia-Pacific.  We are really excited to be meeting many of you at the Finding work in your home country session on Wednesday 11th Feb at 1pm-3pm in ELG11.  Before we do, we thought we would take a moment to introduce ourselves…

Who is CPA Australia?

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Guest Blog Post: City student Jennifer Murphy on “The Undergraduate Awards”

City students at the closing ceremony at Christchurch Cathedral

City students at the closing ceremony at Christchurch Cathedral

Guest Blog Post written by Jennifer Murphy

3rd year BSc Psychology student

City University London


“As a BSc psychology student, currently in my 3rd year, I heard about the undergraduate awards towards the end of my 2nd year. I soon realised that to enter all I had to do was submit a piece of existing coursework and 15 minutes later I had submitted my piece entitled ‘Susceptibility to false memory: factors that facilitate and inhibit’.

I was thrilled to discover that my piece had been highly commended by the judges, renowned experts in their fields. Before attending the UA summit in Dublin 2014 I wasn’t sure what to expect and was nervous about the prospect of spending 3 days with such incredibly accomplished undergraduates from all over the world. However, upon attending I encountered was a group of incredibly friendly, modest and inspirational undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to medicine.

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