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Win a Paid Internship for 3 to 6 Months in Amsterdam plus €3,000!

Travelbird have just announced the opportunity to win an internship at their HQ in Amsterdam, and current students at City University London are now eligible to participate.

The winner of the scholarship will receive a prize of €3,000 and qualify for an intern position of their related studies for 3 to 6 months at TravelBird in the Netherlands.

This internship will give the student an opportunity to work for an international startup and gain useful and relevant work experience within the industry.

To apply for this scholarship you need to be a current student and answer the following question “What has been your most inspirational travel experience?”

We encourage students to think carefully and approach the question from as wide, creative or inspiring a perspective as possible. Your application will be accepted in a variety of formats, whether you wish to write an essay or get creative by creating a video project, we are open to  creative entries.

Please go to the TravelBird website to read more about the scholarship and how to apply.

The application deadline is at 23:59 (CET) on May 31st, 2016, and the winner will be announced on June 15th at the TravelBird website http://travelbird.co.uk/.

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Guest Blog: Sales – the Ideal Graduate Job?

Guest Blog by Matt Arnerich, Inspiring Interns

With success driven rewards, competitive salaries and the chance to work in an area that interests you, graduate sales jobs have plenty to offer.

So long as there are things to sell, there will always be a place for graduates in a whole variety of sales roles. In fact, according to High Fliers more than a quarter of leading employers are looking to hire graduates in a sales role.

So, in the ever expanding world of graduate jobs, why might sales be the route for you?

Perks of the Job

Graduate jobs in sales can be an extremely attractive proposition. Besides the wining and dining, expenses lifestyle available, they often offer attractive salaries for graduates up to and including 24K. On top of this, the majority of sales roles involve some sort of commission package, with the exciting opportunity to achieve huge benefits based on your success.

As sales is a career that operates across sectors, there’s the opportunity to specialise in something you’re passionate about, including putting the technical knowledge you learnt in your degree to good use. Often a company car may be thrown in the mix, and career progression can be relatively speedy, as is moving across sectors.

Sell it to me

Even if you don’t see yourself as wanting a long term career in sales, it’s a great sector to get your first start in. You’ll gain invaluable skills in tons of different areas and graduate jobs are there to teach you something that can kick-start you career.

The most important thing you’ll learn from a career in sales is exemplary communication skills. Your day-to-day work life will be full of important customer contact and so you’ll have to quickly learn the best way to communicate in a professional and convincing way. The resilience you’ll gain will be essential moving forward with your career, as dealing with rejection is an integral part of sales. The confidence you’ll gain from being told “no” and picking yourself up will be huge.

Perhaps most importantly, sales will show you the best way to succeed. Fresh out of university, it will give you the drive to succeed in whatever you move on to, due to the culture of being judged by your results.

Convinced? Next Steps…

Before you start the hunt it’s worth thinking about what it is that you want, and what area might suit your skills. Sales roles are hugely varied, you need to think about whether you want to be based mainly in an office on the phones, or out in the field. It’s also worth deciding what kind of pay structure would suit you and of course what it is you think you’d be best suited to selling.

As ever, make sure you research the company before you apply for the role and find out as much as you can to work out if it’s suitable for your needs and skills.

Sell Yourself

So you’ve found the perfect sales job for you, what’s next? Even if you haven’t got any direct sales experience, any retail, hospitality or charity collection work you’ve done in your spare time will be impressive. Think of a time you’ve had to persuade someone to do something and how you did it. They WILL ask you this question in the interview.

It all sounds very Wolf of Wall Street, but the truth is they might ask you to sell them something in the interview, and it’s worth having a few practice rounds with your family and friends to prepare yourself.

Finally, remember that the interviewer won’t just be looking for your answers but the way you deliver them. They’ll be looking to see if you’re easy to get along with, friendly and enthusiastic.

Interested in sales graduate jobs London? Follow the link and search through our sales jobs!

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Guest Blog: 5 Ways Your Part-time Job Helps Your Graduate Prospects

Guest Blog by Matt Arnerich, Inspiring Interns

When you enter the world of graduate jobs without career specific work experience, it can be pretty daunting. But don’t despair, if you’ve done part-time work during your studies it can vastly improve your chances after you graduate.

It’s always important to employers that you have the kind of skills that they know will be useful in a professional environment. Displaying this experience in your CV or in an interview is a great way of providing proof of the skills you’ll bring to the role.

So if the only work experience you’ve got is in a coffee shop, on the telephones or in the student union bar, here’s how it’ll help your chances of getting shortlisted for those all-important graduate jobs.

Communication

As a new graduate working in a business, you’re always going to need great communication skills. If you’re in a client-facing role, the skills that you will have learnt from dealing with customers either over a counter or on the phone will be impressive to a new employer. At the very least, it’ll show you have the ability to communicate professionally with your new colleagues. Ensure you make it clear that you were dealing with customers on a daily basis in a professional way and they’ll know you can communicate.

Team Work

If you’re competing with someone else for the same type of graduate job, one of the most important things that will set you apart is your ability to fit into a team. Make it clear that you were part of a close knit team and they’ll know you’ve got the personality to slip right into the office environment at their company.

Organisational skills

If you’ve juggled an academic, social and work life at university, you’ve already proven yourself to have superior organisational skills. Companies looking to hire a graduate will see this and know they’ll have someone who can manage their time and responsibilities successfully.

Problem Solving

Have you ever had to deal with a customer complaint at a bar or found yourself on the other end of the line from an angry caller on the uni phones? Then you’ve already had plenty of problem solving experience. Prepare yourself for this question in interviews, and think of a time you’ve had to deal with a potentially disastrous situation, acted calmly and found a solution. You’ll find this kind of critical thinking is a valuable skill across a whole range of graduate jobs.

Responsibility/Honesty

If you’ve been given any extra roles at work, especially if it had anything to do with money, make this clear on your CV. Simply stating that you’re honest or responsible in a profile is unlikely to send a very strong message, while proof that you’ve handled money or more advanced roles with integrity will scream that you’re somebody they can trust.

Where can I find a part-time job?

  • Working for City is a great way to gain experience.  All temporary roles in the university are advertised on Unitemps.
  • Check our vacancy listings on CareersHub.  In addition to full-time graduate roles, we also advertise many part-time jobs that you can do while you’re studying.
  • Don’t be afraid of retail and food service!  These jobs provide great experience in many of the skills graduate employers are looking for.
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Guest Blog: What To Do If You Get a 2:2?

Guest blog by Matt Arnerich, Inspiring Intern

It may seem like it when the grades come in and you’ve missed out on your coveted 2:1, but a 2:2 really needn’t be the end of your search for the top graduate jobs.

The most important thing to remember is to stay positive, you don’t have to give up on your ambitions by any means. A 2:2 from a top university or in a sought after subject is still incredibly valuable, and even if this is not the case you still have plenty of options.

With some helpful advice, and some hard work, the graduate job of your dreams is still very much in your hands.

Review your starting point

It is true that some graduate jobs for a number of top companies specify a 2:1 or above. However, this doesn’t mean these companies are out of your reach, just that you need to reassess your path to getting there.

It may be that your best bet is to think small, and find an SME looking to hire a graduate that suits your needs and long term job ambitions. Be selective in the company you choose, but remember that if you are applying to a smaller business they are likely to have fewer applicants. They are therefore much less likely to have the same kind of strict vetting process that companies with thousands of applicants will have.

More importantly it gives you the opportunity to emphasise the other skills you have, and find a way to relate them to the role you’re applying for.

Specific Skills and Experience

Are you a secret Adobe wizard? Are you fluent in another language? Have you run social media pages for a small business or team? Once you have the opportunity to show off the rest of your capabilities, make sure they know about any potentially valuable ‘hard’ skills you have.

If you don’t have anything you think might be useful, it’s never too late to take an informal beginners course in something like coding or Adobe Photoshop to bolster your CV.

Also don’t forget to take into account the relevance of things you did outside of your academic life at University. If you had an important role in a large society at the Student’s Union, this displays you’ve had some experience in a leadership position. Also anything to do with sponsorship shows understanding of what it takes to build a business to business relationship

Apply Directly

A direct approach can sometimes be effective with SMEs and smaller companies.

Applying speculatively by calling up companies and seeing if they have any graduate roles available is a great way of giving yourself a chance to put your best qualities across first, and avoid being filtered out of the process.

Source a company that you’d love to work for, and prepare a short pitch as you may need to sell yourself over the phone. That way when you send your CV in you’ll be memorable to the recruiter looking at it.

 Get Some Help

Graduate recruitment agencies like Inspiring Interns have loads of graduate jobs online that accept applications from graduates with 2:2. They’ll be able to give you tons of helpful advice and land the job of your dreams!

How can the Careers Service help?

  • Book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to review your CV, cover letters and applications to make sure you’re highlighting your skills and achievements effectively.
  • Register your interest for the Santander Internships scheme – we can help you get an internship with a local SME.  There are many exciting opportunities with small businesses in London.  Many of our interns go on to permanent employment with the same company.
  • Build your experience with temporary jobs.  Check out Unitemps for all the latest listings.
  • Check our vacancy listings on CareersHub for jobs and internships with SMEs.
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International Women’s Day Event for students at City. 8th March 2016.

2016 Women's Day

On 8th March 2016 City will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a programme of events for students and staff.

Our student event Successful Women in the Workplace: How to shine? will take place from 1pm and 3pm in the Northampton Suite.  The panel will be made up of inspirational women in senior roles from a range of industries such as  IT, arts and social sciences, law and finance, who will share their insights and experience to help women shine when applying for jobs and once established in the workplace. We will be contacting students who might like to submit a question for the panel to consider in advance, but there will also an opportunity to raise questions at the event. The event is being hosted by Antonia Clark, City Careers Consultant and Mona Vadher, Employer Engagement Manager at City. Afterwards, will be an opportunity to network.

You can register for a place on CareersHub.