Job Vacancy in Careers Service – Careers Information Assistant (Marketing and Social Media)

Would you like to work at City? We are currently looking to recruit a Careers Information Assistant whose role will include focusing on marketing and promoting our service to students via social media. Interested? Take a look here.  The deadline for applications is 8 December 2016. The job would suit  someone who is interested in information, marketing and  customer service .



LinkedIn – from “I don’t know ” to Invitation to connect accepted!

Every Monday I return to my desk and sort through my emails. Standard stuff. Chances are I’ll have a few new LinkedIn connection requests from people. Goes with the territory of my job to an extent. I’m continually recommending students to utilize LinkedIn and am happy to accept connection requests. Almost all of the time. Apart from a few times. When I’m looking at the person’s profile and can see no connection whatsoever between us. No shared university. No shared friends. Not studying in a subject area I tend to specialize my careers advice in. And no message explaining why they have chosen me out of the million plus LinkedIn members. So I refuse the request and select “I don’t know <person’s name>” from the drop down.

A missed opportunity. Because if that person had taken the time to tailor their connect request to me I probably would have accepted it. I’m sure I’m not alone. Don’t endanger your chance of a successful connection request. Tailor the message.


5 Habits That Successful People Cultivate

Wanna be a star? Don’t we all. If flying high were all about changing a few habits here and there, we’d all be at it.

But while it’s true that there are many sides to success, there are some things you can do to increase your productivity, maximise your potential and get your head in the game…


Plan ahead

“What’re you up to tomorrow?”

“Oh, y’know. Same old.”

We all know what we’re doing tomorrow – vaguely. It might be going to lectures, or trundling off to work, or watching old-school Justin Bieber music videos on repeat. What we don’t do is write all this stuff down the night before, because – well – that’s more effort than it’s worth, right?

The rich and famous disagree. From Ben Franklin to Obama, political superstars are famous for planning every day with meticulous care, and they’re not the only ones. Organising your day before it starts, setting daily goals and waking up with a concrete sense of doing stuff can help you get seriously productive.

So get yourself a diary and plan, every night, what you’re going to get accomplished the following day. Or use the 18-minute method. Whatever – just get organised.


Wake up early

So many high-fliers swear by early starts, it’s hard not to feel guilty swanning into college at midday. Believe the hype: getting up early enhances your productivity, boosts your health and benefits your overall mind-set.

In 2010, Christoph Randler conducted a survey of 367 university students. His research suggested that early risers were more productive, proactive and self-confident than their night-owl counterparts.

“When it comes to business success,” he concluded, “morning people hold the important cards. My earlier research showed that they tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them.”

You don’t have to be up at 4.30 AM to make the most of your morning. Take it slow at first; go to bed 15 minutes earlier, and rise at that interval again. Repeat until you’re getting up at 8 AM latest – earlier if you can. You’ll find so much more time opens up in the day, those few bleary-eyed minutes will be worth it.



Yes, you knew this was coming. A devout fitness regime seems to be a prerequisite for success – just look at the number of celebrities who boast one! If you want to join their number, you’d better hop on that treadmill fast.

Exercise is seriously good for not only your physical but your mental health. It’s motivating, inspiring and empowering. So whether it’s joining the gym round the corner, buying those tasty running shoes or unearthing that yoga book your mum bought you last Christmas, get sweaty to get ahead.


Eat smart

Steve Jobs’ carrots obsession. Novak Djokovic’s post-match grass-munching. Renee Zellweger and her ice cubes… Okay, maybe you don’t want to eat exactly like the stars. But eating smart does not equal eating weird; there are ways to improve your daily intake that don’t mean turning orange.

Start the day with a glass of lemon water – literally lemon juice in water, with optional salt. This morning tonic aids digestion and decreases bloating, energising you for the day ahead.

Always eat breakfast. Apart from metabolism and weight-control benefits, a 2013 study by the University of Minnesota indicated that people who eat breakfast have significantly lower risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes when compared to subjects who skip it.

Indulge in smaller meals at shorter intervals to keep blood sugar up, and try not to eat too close to bedtime – it could ruin your sleep. Lastly, caffeine takes eight hours to escape the system, so don’t drink it after 2 PM if you go to bed at ten.


Mr Popular

Did you know that the people you’re closest to may be a measure of who you are as a person? So said Jim Rohn, the businessman and motivational speaker who thought that everyone is equivalent to the average of the five people they spend the most time with.

Successful people know this. That’s why they cultivate friendships with other high-fliers – to maximise their environment. Just look at Taylor Swift, whose all-powerful ‘squad’ can be seen with her wherever she goes. Or any high-profile business couple, for that matter.

As Will Rogers once said: “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” We’re guessing this goes for women, too.


As for two habits the successful few don’t boast about…


Trying to please everyone

The sooner you realise the impossibility of this, the better. Nobody can go through life pleasing everyone; there is give and take whoever you are, and what delights one person will find a more critical audience elsewhere. Don’t hold yourself hostage to other people’s hang-ups – do what you believe in, for the people you value most.


Comparing yourself to others

People progress at different speeds throughout life. Some make it young and burn out, some smash suddenly through the ceiling at 50, and some enjoy long-term, rewarding careers that, for whatever reason, invite few accolades from those around them. Whichever you are, don’t despair; you are not your peers, and never will be. Take joy in your own success, and you will be fulfilled.



Inspiring Interns is a graduate recruitment agency which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and giving out graduate careers advice. To hire graduates or browse graduate jobs London, visit their website.


Day 4: Careers in Tech week – Did you know?

1.1m (62%) [of UK Tech professionals work] within tech businesses (in tech or support roles) and a further 0.7m (38%) [are] working as tech specialists within other parts of the economy [i.e. non tech companies].

Source – Tech Partnership Datasheet, The Tech Industry worksforce, February 2016

Remember – these Careers in Tech events are taking place TODAY:

1.Thursday (3-4pm): Succeeding in Technical Job Interviews workshop

2.Thursday (6-8pm): Career Options in Cyber Security panel event

Click on the event name to book your place. See you there. Over 150 people have signed up for events in the Careers in Technology week already.


Day 3: Careers in Tech week – Did you know?

A quarter of all tech enterprises [in the UK] are less than 2 years old – compared with 19% for industry as a whole

Source – Tech Partnership Tech Insights, The Digital Economy March 2015

Remember – these Careers in Tech events are taking place TODAY:

1.Wednesday (10am-1pm): Get in the Game (Computer Gaming) Careers talk

2.Wednesday (6-8pm): Meet your Technology and Computer Science Predecessors networking event

Click on the event name to book your place. See you there. Over 150 people have signed up for events in the Careers in Technology week already.


Day 2: Careers in Tech week – Did you know?

Almost 45% of marketing businesses are digital tech businesses, [where] digital tech businesses are defined as businesses that provide a digital technical service/product/platform/hardware, or heavily rely on it, as a primary revenue source. “

Source – econsultancy.com Five key stats from the UK’s tech nation report, February 2016

Remember – these Careers in Tech events are taking place TODAY:

1.Tuesday (1-2pm): What an Outstanding Tech Graduate Looks Like talk

2.Tuesday (6-8pm): Developing as a Developer with City Tech Society talk

Click on the event name to book your place. See you there. Over 150 people have signed up for events in the Careers in Technology week already.


Day 1: Careers in Tech week – Did you know?

“The [UK tech] skills shortage [in 2016] covers five main disciplines: IT security, cloud computing, mobile, big data and web development. “

Source – Experis Tech Cities Job Watch report for the second quarter of 2016

Remember – these Careers in Tech events are taking place TODAY:

1.Monday (10-11am): Introduction to the UK Tech sector talk

2.Monday (1-2pm): Introduction to the UK Cyber Security sector talk

3.Monday (6-8pm): Careers in Technology panel event

Click on the event name to book your place. See you there. Over 150 people have signed up for events in the Careers in Technology week already.


7 Work Tips Nobody Tells New Graduates 

No matter how many supermarket shelves you stacked in your summer holidays, nothing quite prepares you for leaving behind your comfortable university life and being thrown into the world of work full-time.

Sure, you’ll figure it out eventually, but at first the whole thing can be scary, disorientating, and really, really confusing. To help you out, here are the seven things that all workers wish they’d known as new graduates:


  1. The Most Important Thing About a Company is Its Culture

You are going to spend 1/3 of your entire life at work. Consider that you’ll be asleep for another third of your time and you’ll quickly realise that unhappy workplace = unhappy life. Whether a company is a household name, offers a certain job title or pays a certain salary is ultimately not as important as finding somewhere you fit in.
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Careers in Technology Week 2016 is just round the corner. Get ready…

careers-in-tech-posterAll next week (7th-11th November) we have a series of events all related to Careers in the Technology sector. Which ones are a good fit for you?

If you’re wondering what’s expected of you as a tech student candidate

If you are researching your tech career options and even a bit unclear about what’s on offer or what direction the sector is going in

If you want to meet some real life tech professionals and hear things directly from them

If you know which tech careers you want to target but are now trying to get through the recruitment processes