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CAREERS: WHAT NEXT?

First, let’s shatter a few myths.

  1. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU VISIT THE CAREERS CENTRE. There – I’ve said it.  Part of our role is to support you in starting from scratch, deciding between several options or even just going away and reflecting on what’s best for you.
  2. We won’t laugh, gasp or throw up our hands in horror if you come up with a careers idea that seems a little off the wall, up in the air or out of left field.  Believe me, we have heard it all before and we can offer practical advice on turning a dream, however elusive, into reality. Anything is possible – although modifications may be needed along the way….
  3. No pressure. You don’t necessarily have to choose a ‘career’, let alone the ‘correct’ career.   You merely need to get the next step in place, with perhaps a Plan B hovering in case it’s needed.   A career is organic, open to modification and transformation, not something that can be selected only once and is either right or wrong.
  4. Apropos the last point, we would reckon that today’s graduates would have at least three separate careers (not just jobs) during their working lives.  That gives you plenty of leeway to explore and experiment. Given the pace of change in the labour market, you might even end up doing a job that doesn’t even exist yet.

Graduation is exciting, but for many it’s also pretty daunting. Not knowing what happens next is alarming at best, intimidating at worst. So how can we, in Careers, help you at this turning point?Once any student graduates, they can use the careers service and its facilities, for free, for up to three years. That includes attending events such as careers fairs and employer presentations as well as obtaining in depth guidance, not to mention the nuts and bolts stuff such as CV checks or advice on applications and interviews.

We are based in the Drysdale Building, Northampton Square in Room E125.  Feel free to book an appointment via Careershub to see a consultant: careershub.city.uk. If you have any difficulty accessing Careershub, you can contact us via email: careers@city.ac.uk  or on 020 7 040 8093.  Yes, we are here throughout the summer, although not at weekends or before 9am /after 5pm.

We’re friendly, we’re knowledgeable and we’re keen to help.  What’s not to like?

We look forward to seeing you and working towards your future together.

Gill Sharp, Freelance Careers Consultant

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Unitemps of the Year Awards 2018

We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who attended our second Unitemps of the Year Awards at City on Thursday 12th April 2018. We celebrated and rewarded the hard work, dedication and outstanding contributions that temps and hiring managers have made over the past year.

Unitemps (City) are proud of all the individuals that we have placed in roles and of all the managers who go the extra mile to develop their temps.

We would like to congratulate all nominees and winners this year!

Unitemps of the Year Awards 2018 Nominees and Winners

Invigilator Award

Nominees: Bojan Nikolic; Sophen Tew; Paul Richards; Jacqueline Hind

Shortlist: Sophen Tew; Paul Richards

Winner: Sophen Tew

Hiring Manager Award

Nominees: Katharine Knight; Marius Stancu; Jason Barlow; Joe Thuraisamy; Marilyn Parris-Bell; Miles Battye; Ben Copsey; Thalia Anagnostopoulou; Russell Best; Leanne Allen

Shortlist:; Leanne Allen; Ben Copsey; Marilyn Parris-Bell

Joint Winners: Leanne Allen and Ben Copsey

External Temp Award

Nominees: Jack Fargher; Eleanor Gill; Wei Qiang Lim

Shortlist: Wei Qiang Lim; Eleanor Gill

Winner: Eleanor Gill

Student Ambassador Award

Nominees: Bhavik Patel; Anne Marie Schofield; Charlotte Erin Bird; Homaira Rahimi; Menka Shah; Thomas Robert Edward Kell; Tommaso Ciani Sciolla; Maria Chiara De Vito; Godswill Udo; Birsem Tilki; Heena Kapoor; Jasmine Sookprechar; Danisha Mudalige; Rebeca Torres; Tanzyla Khan Tareen; Dillon Thompson; Yi Jiun Tan; Olivia Mante; Syeda Sadia Khatun Choudhury; Haneefa Yousaf; Marie Wemme; Ali Ahdash; Arjun Sarai; Magdalena Farynska; Zonaah Tariq

Honourable mentions: Jasmine Sookprechar; Syeda Sadia Khatun Choudhury; Anne Marie Schofield; Rebeca Torres; Maria Chiara De Vito

Shortlist: Birsem Tilki; Charlotte Erin Bird; Tanzyla Khan Tareen

Winner: Tanzyla Khan Tareen

Unitemp of the Year Award

Nominees: Ana Lanchin; Sathya Mathivanan; Ernestina Palm; Abigail Hardiman; Thomas Alcock; Leanne Allen; Maria Parvez; Saddam Miah; Selin Keskin; Glens Andersons; Carolina Are; Marwa Sharif; Mustapha El Bouabi; Devlin Nangpal; Homaira Rahimi; Chantal Gyamfi

Shortlist: Ernestina Palm; Selin Keskin; Carolina Are

Winner: Ernestina Palm

Thank you so much for giving me the award of Unitemp of the Year 2018. I am so grateful.

I would like to thank Unitemps as my employer and giving me the opportunity to work with them. Not only were Unitemps my employer but also my sponsors; helping me to fund my studies.

I would like to thank everyone that I have ever worked with and everyone I have worked for, as you have all given me great memories and helped me to build my character.

For everyone who has worked through Unitemps, this just goes to show how much hard work is still relevant. Always just give your best and push forward. No matter what you are going through there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep pushing and your hard work will pave way for you!

– Ernestina Palm, Unitemp of the Year 2018

We look forward to next year’s celebration!

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Unitemps of the Year Awards 2018

Unitemps will be hosting the annual ‘Unitemps of the Year Awards’ on Thursday 12th  April 2018, to thank and reward the hard work, dedication and outstanding contributions that temps and hiring managers have made over the duration of the year.

Nominations

Unitemps (City) are proud of all the individuals that we have placed in roles and of all the managers who go the extra mile to develop their temps.

Have you hired an amazing Ambassador or managed a fantastic full or part time temp?

Have you hired an outstanding Invigilator, Research Assistant or Exam Marker who has impressed you?

Are you a Student Ambassador or Temp with great tales to tell of times your peers have gone above and beyond or your hiring manager has been extremely supportive?

 

Click here to nominate!

Deadline for nominations: Tuesday 27th March 2018

 

Thank you!

The Unitemps Team

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Guest blog: Working at a tech startup with an economics degree

Many UK university graduates struggle to find their first job after getting their degree. The competitive landscape makes it hard to stand out, especially if you aren’t from a target university. In many ways I think the system is flawed, but this post is not the place to talk about it. I will rather explain how widening my job search scope brought unexpected results.

As an economics student I was constantly pressured by my peers to do consulting or investment banking. However, I realised that it’s not all about these two choices, one never has to confine himself to such boundaries. There are a bunch of amazing opportunities out there which have nothing to do with consulting or investment banking. I would even argue that trying out something which is not “in your field” teaches you a lot about life.

After I got my economics degree in July I decided to apply for a program which supports startups in Hungary: Bridge Budapest. I was given a chance to learn how to build a business from Samebug, a tech startup which aims to change the way programmers solve errors in their code. In October I was put in charge of Customer Relations. Notice that this is very different from what I studied before. I had some sales experience from volunteering at AIESEC, a not for profit youth-driven leadership platform but nothing else. Speaking with programmers and building a product for them was completely new to me.

My first week was quite difficult as I had to get used to the terminology. On my very first day I was given a task to go through a list of speakers at an upcoming conference. As the founders of the company planned to attend the event, I was left with the task to choose the people worth talking to. I honestly had no idea what I was doing but asking questions from colleagues was very useful to get started. The week went by fast and my knowledge about the industry kept growing at a really high rate. Last week the conference ran its course and I managed to arrange meetings with a couple of speakers.

After a month I can still say that there’s a lot more to learn. However, I learnt as much to be able to devise strategies for going forward. I picked up ownership of a number of tasks and contributed to a lot more. This has made me appreciate how much responsibility I can take up since now I see how much impact certain actions can have.

Samebug is a startup, which has its pros and cons. There’s not much hierarchy so we have a friendly atmosphere where employers and employees work together at the same table. Whenever I have a question or need some input, I can ask anyone (including my boss) in my vicinity. This brings together the people at the organisation because we can see everyone working hard for the same goal and that’s very inspiring. We have regular meetings to plan ahead and talk through processes, everyone’s input matters. We usually have lunch together and there are teambuilding sessions as well (last time we went to an escape room and got out in time).

The downside is that there is a lot of uncertainty. To demonstrate this, let me give an example: on the second week we conducted a series of interviews, both with individuals and teams at companies, to understand behaviours and how we could build the right product. At the end of the week we sat down to talk through our learnings and the immediate learning was that the problem does exist, but the solution we are presenting does not apply yet. Developers are solving this issue somehow and it takes a lot more to “convince” them to change the behaviour. The meeting had a very negative tone and I went home with a really bad feeling. However, on Monday we came back, everyone had new ideas on how to proceed and address the learnings and we once again knew how to proceed.

At Samebug we always knew we will win if we are able to present a solution which is worthy for developers to change their behaviours. We continue to work on that harder than ever. The whole past month was like this: a roller coaster ride of emotions.

At the beginning I wrote that an experience like this teaches you a lot about life. I still uphold this statement. Life is sometimes unfair and difficult, but you alone are responsible for how you react to it. You can have a negative conversation after some talks about how what you are doing is useless but ultimately, it’s up to you to choose whether you’ll be reactive or proactive. We chose to be proactive and changed our assumptions of our product. Was it a good idea? No one knows for sure, however, at least we did something about it.

Written by Istvan Erdo, BSc Economics Graduate