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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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Graduate Confession: “I miss my university already”

Anjeli JaiswalDuring the summer break, Christianah Babajide, one of Lawbore’s legal journalists, caught up with City University Law Graduate- from the class of 2016- and aspiring solicitor— Miss Anjeli Jaiswal.

Law School isn’t for everyone. It is not uncommon to see a flock of law graduates turn to the Student Room to complain about how much university life sucked.
But not this former law student— who has only just graduated—and is missing her university already!
During the interview, Anjeli reminisced about the good times spent at City and talks about the challenges she faced during her three-year law degree.

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Secure a 2017 graduate scheme with one of the ‘Big 4’ before your final year even starts

So have I got your attention? I’m pretty sure the headline has peaked your interest. KPMG have teamed up with recruitment agency Sanctuary Graduates to allow you to do just this. And in graduate recruitment terms a rubicon has been crossed. Yes, this is the first instance I have come across of one of the big name graduate recruiters giving you the chance to apply to their grad scheme even before July. In their words:

Want to secure a 2017 Audit graduate scheme with one of the ‘Big 4’ before your final year even starts? Get ahead of the competition and apply now for KPMG’s Audit Graduate scheme, exclusively through Sanctuary Graduates. Follow the link below to upload your CV and we’ll be in touch to progress your application. You can choose from office locations across England and Scotland.

How to apply:
Upload your CV to: http://bit.ly/1TWo9WV using the referral code ‘DEPT’. Deadline is the 27th June 2016. Sanctuary Graduates will then be in touch to provide further information about the scheme and the company, and guide you through the KPMG recruitment process well before applications open to the general public in a few weeks’ time. Sanctuary Graduates offers a free service to all students.

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