Only a few days left to apply for THB  – a graduate scheme in insurance – work in the City!

THB graduate scheme now open - work in the City!

Insurance is not a sector that many students think about who are interested in a career in finance. Yet the sector employs a high number of grads in prestigious premises in an industry that is growing, with a good work/life balance.  Having spoken to many young grads in the sector, they have talked positively to me about having interesting and  challenging work, with early responsibility. This is a new grad scheme and THB are interested in grads of any discipline.

THB is a specialist mid-sized insurance and risk management company with more than 700 people, nearly $2 billion of premium placed and offices in:

Middle East
North America
South America

THB’s head office is in the heart of London, which is where it is hosting its new graduate scheme.

The Programme
The newly-launched, 18-month graduate programme offers you the chance to learn about roles within THB’s Technical, Claims and Broking teams based in London.

You will visit 3 or 4 business units, as well as spending time in Central Operations and undertaking an external placement. It’s a great way to understand how the business operates.

The aim of the graduate programme is to give THB a pipeline of talented people who want to develop a long-term career with the business.

You will receive:

  • An induction programme that gives you the essential skills and knowledge you will need to succeed at THB
  • Exposure to different part of the business
  • A short-term external underwriting placement
  • An appreciation of the roles of the THB central operations team
  • A THB mentor who will give you advice and support throughout the scheme
  • An active network of colleagues and resources.

Your Development
You will spend around one day per month focusing on your personal development during the programme.  You will attend relevant workshops available through the current in-house THB Learning and Development offering, in addition to technical and professional learning.

Your induction programme will quickly integrate you into THB, letting you navigate the business, building on processes, and equip you with an essential toolkit of knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective during the programme and beyond.

As part of the programme you will complete the CII Award in London Market Insurance within the first six months and complete the CII Diploma in Insurance by the end of the programme. Beyond that you would be expected to achieve full ACII status within 2-3 years.

Every graduate will be matched with an existing THB employee to mentor and support you.

You are welcome to apply to the THB programme if:

  • You are eligible to work in the UK
  • You have a 2:1 degree or above in any subject
  • You have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English – minimum grade C.

THB is a relationship business so we are looking for enthusiastic people with fantastic communication skills, a great work ethic, the desire to learn and the ability to build relationships really quickly.

How to Apply
We want to make sure you are right for us and we are right for you, so our selection process is challenging. It’ll give you a great insight into how we do things at THB.  The stages are:

  1. Application with CV and cover letter – deadline 31 January 2017
  2. Telephone interview – during February 2017
  3. Verbal and numeric reasoning tests – during February 2017
  4. Full day assessment centre including interviews – 25 April 2017

Application to the scheme does guarantee a particular role or business unit – permanent placement will be confirmed towards the end of the programme.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@THBGroup.com, explaining why you think you are the right person to join the programme. More info is available on the Careers page of their website.


Why City Joining the University of London is a Big Deal

Includes reasons from City’s very own Vice-Chancellor. ivubhsjn

In September 2016, City joined the University of London federation, which is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse unis’s in the world.

But what does joining the University of London mean to City and its thousands of students and staff?

In her latest piece, second-year law student Christianah Babajide digs out reasons from City’s students and staff to find out why City joining the University of London is such a big deal.

Here are CityCareers top 9:

  • Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor (now President)

“Joining the university of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a great opportunity and a recognition of our far we have come as an institution.”

  • Emma Hancock-Taylor, BSc Speech and Language Therapy

“The University is London is well recognised around the world so to graduate as part of City but also as part of the University of London would be really good. it is very recognisable and it’s such a global brand.”

  • Professor Andrew Jones, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)

“City already has strong international research relationship of course but in joining such a strong brand as the University of London, then that really enhances our capacity to reach out to universities and academic research across the globe.”

  • Edoardo Faini, BSc Management

“Student experience at City will improve because I have access to the Senate House, which is the central library for universities of London.

  • Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor

“City joining the federation demonstrates that the University of London continues to be a focus for academic excellence. City also brings unique links with many of the institutions in the City of London including the Lord Mayor’s Office, the Livery Companies and businesses in the Square Mile.”

  • Sumaiyah Javic, BPTC

“The libraries [Senate House] are so beautiful. You are kind of spoilt for choice!”

  • Christianah Babajide, Bachelor of Lawsshouting

“It is a big deal because it is a key milestone in City’s long history and stands as recognition of the great strides that it has made as an institution over the last decade.”

  • Michelle Preston, Head of Student Services

“Joining the University of London means that students will gain access to the intercollegiate Halls of Residence. The University of London Housing Services Team is quite extensive and provides some really good support for students living in the private sector.”

  • Issy Cooke, Former President of City’s Students’ Union

“The Career Service at the University of London will offer our students a much broader range of opportunities and access to different businesses, different organisations and different events.”


Christianah Babajide is a legal journalist and aspiring barrister. She is studying her Bachelor of LawAuthor: Christianah Babajides at The City Law School. On behalf of City University London’s Careers Service, she hopes to write event reviews and be sharing crucial tips she has learnt over the years in her LLB degree on this blog. Christianah also writes for Lawbore as a Future Lawyer. 


5 Graduation Speeches Every Student Should Listen To

Life lesson for students: graduation is always closer than you think. One moment you’re hanging out with friends in Freshers Week, the next you’re capped, gowned, and thrust out into the big wide world.

Unfortunately, that world tends to be confusing, difficult, and scary. Fortunately, universities attempt to equip students with some inspirational advice before they go. Graduation speeches by illustrious alumni or celebrity speakers are designed to set students off on the right road. Listen up to the best of the best, and you’ll find this adulting malarkey a whole lot easier:


“No matter what path you choose, I want you to make sure it’s you choosing it, and not someone else.” – Michelle Obama (full speech)

Life is a series of choices. Which career will you pick? Where will you live? Will you take time out after uni or plunge straight into the world of work? Everyone around you will have an opinion on which choice is best, and those opinions will differ wildly from each other.

While it’s important to listen to the advice of those who care about you, every decision you make should be your own. Never feel pressured to define yourself by someone else’s idea of success. We only become the best we can be when we feel passionate about the project we’re undertaking, so without following your own dreams you’ll never realise your full potential. Yes, you’ll probably make mistakes, change your mind, reverse course… but that’s what makes life interesting. Just don’t get yourself into a position where you waste years of your life on something that you never wanted.


 “If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be full of cowboys and princesses.” – Stephen Colbert (full speech)

It’s always okay to change direction. Maybe you studied a law degree only to realise that you don’t want to be a lawyer. Maybe you studied art and now do want to be a lawyer. Either way, don’t beat yourself up for getting it “wrong”. Instead, come up with a plan for getting what you want.

Remember that we’re always growing as people. We want dramatically different things at different points in time because we’ve become a different person. Keep listening to yourself and keep adapting. Variety is good for us.

By the same token, if you’ve been holding on to hopelessly unrealistic dreams then now is the time to let them go. Measure your expectations against your reality and if they don’t match, reassess.


“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” – K. Rowling (full speech)

Or blaming anyone else, FYI. The whole point of being an adult is that you take on full responsibility for yourself and your actions. Holding yourself accountable motivates you to get the task done. It allows you assess failures with a clearer head. And success, when it comes, feels sweeter, because you know that you alone earned it.

Bad things happen, and they can throw everything off kilter. It’s okay to be upset, to struggle, to ask for help. But don’t ever let anything negative drag you down to the point where you give up. Every step forward, however small, is a step in the right direction. Keep trying and your effort will pay off. Good things don’t come to those who wait, but those who work.


“We must think critically, and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat.” – Tim Minchin (full speech)

The rise of the phrase “post-truth” to describe the prevalence of inaccurate statements in modern media and politics shows how important it is to never take anything at face value. Modern graduates hold a unique position of privilege: not only are they highly educated in the traditional sense, but the smartphones that most carry around in their pockets give them access to an unprecedented amount of information. Take advantage of these opportunities; keep learning.

The best way to challenge your beliefs is to expose them to opposing views. Attend debates. Discuss issues with peers. Read voraciously. All these things will make you more informed, more balanced, and more accurate in the opinions you hold.


“Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face—and there will be barriers—be external, not internal.” – Sheryl Sandberg (full speech)

There are always going to be problems in your life. There are always going to be obstacles between you and what you want. Learning to tackle and surmount them is the basis of success. But you can help yourself immensely by limiting your struggles to facing barriers that are outside your control.

Self-belief and confidence are the most important skills you can ever develop. Nobody else will see potential in you if you cannot see it in yourself. So many tasks are deemed impossible until someone comes along to try, to work, to sacrifice, and to prove the doubters wrong. You are just as good as anyone else, and you have just as much chance to succeed. Believe that, and you’ll be amazed how far you can go.


Beth Leslie writes graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency specialising in matching candidates to their dream internship. Check out their graduate jobs listings for roles. Or; if you’re looking to hire an intern, have a look at their innovative Video CVs.



Workshops with leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for first year students of all disciplines interested in a career in law – Apply now!


Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world’s leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Find out how you could be a part of it.
It’s never too early to start thinking about becoming a brilliant lawyer. And getting a taste of Herbert Smith Freehills during your first year of study is a great opportunity to find out what you’ll need to do to successfully apply for a vacation scheme or training contract later on.

Each spring, we run two-day workshops at our London office. These are designed to give you an idea of what life at the firm is really like. You’ll hear from leading lawyers, take part in interactive projects, discover the variety of the law we practice, and shadow one of our current trainees.

Applications for our 2017 workshops will open to first year students from any discipline from 1 – 31 January 2017. We screen on a rolling basis so we advise you to get your application in as early as possible.

  • 23 – 24 March 2017
  • 12 – 13 April 2017

In order to apply, you will need to complete our online application form and an online verbal reasoning test. We do not interview for places on the workshop.

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong academic performance to date and have shown initiative by getting involved in lots of different things at university.