Update on the detective training front for grads…..

The Met are currently arranging events where those who wish to speak to Detectives about the role will be able to. If you are interested contact The Met to register an interest.

Here is a dedicated e-mail address for enquiries or try this.  Alternatively Tel:0845 835 4412. Here is an article about the new graduate detective training scheme which is worth a read.



Now you can train straight away as a Police Detective with The Met!

A new graduate scheme is being promoted by the Metropolitan Police called the External Entry Detective Constable programme. Graduates (including recent graduates) will go straight into the role as a Detective Constable without the traditional requirements of working in uniform for two years and progressing through the ranks. Starting pay is £28 000.  The programme is awaiting Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) accreditation, which will be mandatory for new recruits by 2020. The Met hope the new programme will create a new, younger and diverse workplace.

The application process is in 2 stages.

Stage 1

Applicants must have resided in London for at least 3 out of the past 6 years and must  hold a level 6 qualification (any discipline).

Verbal reasoning test if you pass application stage.

One day assessment centre incorporating police and detective competency tests.

Medical, fitness test and person/family vetting.

Pre-join knowledge learning and self-assessment. After completing Stage 1, there will be further assessments including mandatory training, National Investigator exams and passing 2 years of probation.

Prior to starting work, there is an 18 week training period including 3 knowledge exams, 3 role plays and 2 written assessments. Candidates will have 3 to 4 months of working in their boroughs to put their skills into practice before being entered for their first national investigators exams (PIP 1).Then candidates will  take a 7 week detective course which includes 5 assessments and then will re-join their borough to undertake further development and work towards the second national investigators exam (PIP2).

There will be two intakes, the first being on or around the end of May/Beginning of June and the second being early September. About  80 trainees per cohort.

As well as this, don’t forget the Police Now graduate scheme, which is different. Graduates can also join the force in the usual way, as a non-graduate trainee.



Year 1 Insight Day: Investment Banking for Women on 10 July – any degree subject

Investment banking is keen to recruit more female applicants – it doesn’t matter what subject you are studying for your degree. This is a great opportunity that is coming up in the next couple of weeks for Year 1 and  Year 2 (if you are doing a 4 year degree)- so apply soon!

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and RBC are running a careers event for female first year undergraduates interested in investment banking.It is an ideal opportunity for female undergraduates from all degree disciplines to find out more about investment banking opportunities within these companies and network with representatives from the firms, ­as well as a great insight day that students can add to their CVs.

FreshLook ­careers event for female undergraduates

DATE: Monday 10th July 2017

TIME: 15.30 -­ 19.30

LOCATION: London (travel expenses up to £75 reimbursed)

FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY: http://www.freshlookbanking.com/

FreshLook careers event for female first year undergraduates: Monday 10th July 2017. Hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and RBC in central London. Travel expenses reimbursed.


Live chat – How to be more productive at work. Thursday 15 June from 1–2.30pm

Easily distracted?

Find it hard top juggle your workload?

Learn how to turn this around with The Guardian’s Q and A livechat on Thursday 15 June from 1–2.30pm. Chat with the experts. Includes:

  • Techniques for improving your productivity
  • How to spend your time wisely
  • Advice on achieving a good work-life balance

Although the focus may be on working people, I am sure the advice will apply to students too!

To take part – see the link what you need to do in advance.

That’s my final post for the day!


Paid teaching internships

Did you know that there is now a national graduate teaching internship scheme – a paid opportunity for grads to try teaching? Next question………how many City grads have applied so far? Eleven. Yes, only 11, out of 350,000 applications nationwide. Internships last between 1 and 3 terms and start at any point in the academic year.  A paid opportunity too – sounds good to me!  Here is the website to find out more. A great way to test out if teaching is for you.





Volunteering opportunity with Sense

I’ve had an email about volunteering opportunities from a City graduate who now works at the charity Sense with Sense’s Tower Hamlets Befriending Service. She says “We offer weekly short breaks for children and young people who are disabled and have other complex needs in Tower Hamlets. Our befriending sessions could not happen without our fantastic volunteers who support the children and young people to get involved in their community. I think that City students and graduates especially those studying Health Sciences/Psychology, Sociology or who are who are interested in a related career or in social care or education would be amazing volunteers.

Volunteering as a befriender is great fun! Befriending sessions take place weekly, so students can build on their existing skills and enjoy new activities and experiences.  Volunteers plan activities with their buddies based on shared interests – from sports to pottery, cooking to canoeing; and in doing so will aid a young person to develop confidence and independence”.

You can read more about volunteering as a befriender for Sense on their  webpage at https://www.sense.org.uk/content/volunteering-tower-hamlets









What’s holding you back?

Here in the Careers Service, we see a lot of people who are starting out on their career, but we also see older people who are career changers who have come to City to do a course that will change their career direction. Whatever stage you are at, here is an interesting article that was featured in The Guardian about what sort sort of things can hold people back in the career – and what you can do about it. There are some useful tips! Challenge yourself to make a change – do something differently!


Considering a career in teaching? Find out more through these upcoming webinars and work experience opportunities

More and more students have been signing up for webinars offered by the Get into Teaching as a Career website, (the official govement site) and there are 2 more webinars coming up soon:

20 March 2017, 6.30-7.30 pm. Advice for first years and second years considering a career in teaching

29 March 2017, 6.30-7.30 pm. Information for students interested in a career in Early Years Teaching (including nursery education)

Book here: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teaching-events

Finding it difficult to get teaching work experience? One of the best ways is to apply to be a paid English/Maths/Science tutor via the Widening Participation team at City. You will teach 1-1 or a small group and the age range is from Class 5 to year 11 – so plenty of choice! You  tutor for 1-4 hours a week in local schools, so it fits easily around your studies. We will again soon be  advertising 100 paid tutor posts in April this year. Look out for these on the WP website  http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/city-opportunities/widening-participation-ambassador!

As well as this, you  can  search for schools to get experience in here https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/school-experience and the site also has other useful suggestions of other ways to get relevant work experience. Don’t forget, you can also you can book a careers appointment with one of the CityCareers Consultants to discuss the full range of work experience that is considered useful for teaching.

Finally, most PGCE applicants are eligible for a student loan (apparently lots of students are unaware of this!) And bursaries are available too , in some cases.



Improve your proofreading skills for assignments and job applications!

One of the biggest moans  we hear  from graduate recruiters is  that loads of graduate applications include grammar and spelling errors that could have been avoided by effective proofreading. Many graduate firms take these errors very seriously and as indicative of a causal attitude that they do not approve of. These errors often stop your applications from progressing. Compared with academic assignments, employers expect a much higher standard in terms of how you express yourself.

So to give yourself an edge with your job applications and to improve your academic writing, take advantage of this work shop offered jointly by CityCareers and Learning for Success on:

1st Mar. Review and proofread your essays and job applications, 13:00 – 13:50, in Room C303

The session is  free and open to all City students. There’s no need to book; just come along.

If you miss a session, you will find the learning materials on the Learning Success Moodle page http://tiny.cc/learningsuccess

If you have a question about any of the workshops, please phone 020 7040 0246 or email academiclearningsupport@city.ac.uk





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.