Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have released details about their 2016 Legal Trainee Scheme. You can find the full details including instructions how to apply here: Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme application guide. But in a  nutshell here’s what’s on offer.

  • The CPS is offering legal trainee posts to start in November 2016. Pupillage or Period of Recognised Training (PRT) are available, with posts offered in order of merit to the top performing candidates regardless of discipline sought.
  • Candidates must have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree. This does not have to be in law. Candidates with a degree in a subject other than Law will also have needed to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE).
  • Candidates are also required to have successfully completed, or be due to complete, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) to enable them to start with the CPS in November 2016.

According to the application guide the closing date for applications is the 12th of May 2016. If we can be of any assistance to you during the application process here in the Careers Service let us know.

Email: careers@city.ac.uk

Appointments: http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/for-students-and-recent-graduates/planning-your-career/book-an-appointment

Phone: 0207 0408093


Guest Blog: How your internship can help get you a full time job


Guest post from Matt Arnerich, Inspiring Interns

Once you’ve secured an internship or work placement after university or during the summer, it’s important to consider your next move. Of course, you get to gain all important experience, both in terms of the skills you learn and the opportunity to supplement your CV when you go on to apply for other graduate jobs

But it doesn’t end there. A survey on the top 100 graduate employers in the country revealed that almost a third of graduate positions will be filled with people who have already worked there. On top of that, more than 60% wouldn’t consider a candidate with no work experience whatsoever.

So what do you need to do to impress and make sure they keep you on?

Set targets and smash them!

If you’re working with a company who have a well-established internship or summer placement scheme, the chances are this will be done for you. They’ll sit down at the start and tell you what they expect of you, what you should have learnt and what you should have achieved by the end of the internship period.

Make sure that you get these goals in writing and ensure that you do everything you can to meet them. There’s not a lot better than having concrete evidence that you’ve exceeded the goals that the company themselves set.

If your placement is at an SME, or a company with a newly established internship scheme, it could be that this won’t happen organically. If it doesn’t, ask for a meeting with your line manager or mentor and see if there are some specifics that need to be achieved. This way you have targets to work to and will also demonstrate that you’re proactive about meeting them.

Make yourself vital to the company

A key way to secure the all-important full-time position is to make yourself indispensable while you’re there. Ask to pick up ad-hoc duties so that you can learn as many of the systems as possible, and they’ll know that they can hire you across a range of departments without needing to spend the time training you up as they would with a completely new recruit.

Even more important would be to see if certain hard skills that you have could be advantageous to the company. For example, you could be well versed in social media, or be able to code in some languages. Perhaps you’re fluent in a foreign language and could pick up accounts with foreign clients. By undertaking these sorts of duties, you might get to the end of your internship and find that the company can’t afford to let you go.

Add worth to the business

Understandably, internships and work experience are about getting as much out as you can. They’re a fantastic opportunity to become adept on certain systems or programs, as well as learning certain soft skills crucial to working life.

If you want to be retained by the company though, it’s important to show that you’re not just learning, but adding value to the business. This is about taking to everything that’s asked of you with eagerness and focus but also trying to be as proactive as possible.

Once your tasks are completed, ask what else you can do, and don’t be afraid to propose the kind of fresh, innovative suggestions that are probably the reason why they chose to hire a graduate in the first place. It’ll also show that you’ve taken the time to really understand the business and think about how you think certain things might be improved.

Network, Network, Network

At any level, it’s important to try and ingratiate yourself within the company as much as possible, particularly if you’re a new to the business. Take every opportunity to meet and chat to people from different departments both in the office and at networking events.

When it comes to the end of your internship, these kind of ties can be invaluable. When the people higher up the company are making the decision on whether or not to offer you a job, or ask you back, positives voices and opinions from elsewhere in the company can be invaluable.

Go the extra mile

After all, the best advice is the most obvious; the real key to being kept on is being an all-round impressive employee. Punctuality is important and understand that some days you might need to stay late. It’s not ideal, but it’s just the way it is sometimes and by accepting and going the extra mile, you’ll show you’re not averse to putting the hard work in.

Try to take even the most simple tasks as enthusiastically as possible, and as we’ve already covered, take every opportunity to show that you’ve taken the time to understand the business and come up with innovative solutions to problem. When push comes to shove, it will be your ideas and your attitude that count as much as anything else.

Keep in touch

Things don’t always work out in internships. Sometimes they’re factors beyond your control, and sometimes they’re factors even beyond your managers control such as budget cuts or that they’re not sure they’ll have enough work for you in quieter periods of the year.

Either way, make sure you keep their contact details and get in touch when you’re next looking for a job. Try to keep contact with them in the interim time, and, if something does come up, you’ll be the first person they think of.


Using recruitment agents

Recruitment agencies are an important tool for job seekers and most people will use an agency at some point in their lives. This blog will address how to find an agency and what to expect.

How do recruitment agencies work?

Agencies work on behalf of organisations to find the most suitable person for a job vacancy. Many employers choose to recruit through agencies to save time as they can outsource the initial sifting of CVs and associated administration.

Usually employers will send a job description to their chosen agency and the agency will send them a shortlist of candidates sourced from their pool of candidates. The employer will choose its preferred candidates to interview and ask the agency to arrange this. The employer pays the agency a fee for this service. This is usually a percentage fee based on the starting salary of the candidate or an upfront fee.  There is no fee for the job seeker.

Some agencies will specialise in a particular sector or geographical region while others such as Reed and Hays will cover lots of different sectors and regions.

Why use a recruitment agency?

Using an agency can give you access to roles that are not advertised elsewhere. A good agency should have inside information on an employer and the market that they can pass to you before an interview to help you prepare.

How to find a recruitment agency

  • Use the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (the professional body for recruitment) members list
  • Through agency central’s directory
  • Look at a jobs board (e.g. Totaljobs) specialising in your sector and the names of agencies advertising jobs there
  • Word of mouth

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Think it’s too late to secure a grad scheme job for 2016? Think again.

We are fullThe myths relating to those elusive 2 year graduate schemes/programmes with typically large employers are many. One relates to timing and the whisper that if you haven’t got one by, say, January or February you’ve had it. They are all full. Come back next time. Sorry.

Three things tell more of the truth. Firstly each year many graduate scheme positions go unfilled. They really do. Over 25% of vacancies in some cases in some sectors. The affected companies will continue to look for suitable applicants to fill these gaps. Secondly if we look at a couple of sites that are very clear about application deadlines, Gradcracker and TARGETjobs, there are still vacancies being advertised with deadlines into April and May. Even beyond that.

Finally we get companies coming in to City to tell us! This week it was global IT firm CGI’s turn to bring good news in the form of around 16 brand new graduate positions on their Business Graduate Programme, specifically working within their Financial Services & Digital business unit. Basically the part of CGI that does work for big name finance companies amongst others. You’ll be the Service Delivery Managers supporting the delivery of a first class service to these clients. You don’t need a technical background but you do need a genuine interest in working in the technology sector. The roles have elements of both data analytics and project management as well as plenty of client contact. All degree backgrounds will be considered as well as a predicted 2:1 or above in your (first) degree and 240+ UCAS points. What’s equally as interesting is that they have a relatively short application process. One application form, a very short phone call, and an assessment centre. That’s it. They also still have technology and year long placements available as well. Read the full job advert here: Business Grad Advert 2016.