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How to manage multiple job, placement or internship offers

As career consultants we are often offering guidance on how to stay resilient during your job search. How to handle rejection and how to keep yourself motivated during what can seem like endless months of applications, tests and interviews.

However for some students, there is another challenge, and that is how to handle multiple job offers, how to remain professional when turning down an employer and how to ensure you are not burning any bridges for the future.

Here are our top tips for students in this position.

What do you want?

First things first, you need to decide which job offer you want to accept. You need to consider all the factors that led you to apply in the first place. Think about the role, location, time, salary and where the opportunity might lead, then match these things to your personal skills, circumstances and values.

Some students may want to make a list of pros and cons others will go with their gut feeling for an organisation. This is ultimately your choice, and whilst you may want to sound out other people for their opinions, this is about where you will be working and your career!

Don’t spend too long deciding

Put yourself in the position of the recruiter and other applicants. Whilst you need to make a considered decision, it’s not a good idea to keep the employer hanging on endlessly. When you receive the call or emails offering you the position – thank the employer and let them know when you will respond, provide a set time frame, 24 -48 hours maximum. You can say you need to discuss the offer with your family or academic institution.

How to say no

Within the time frame outlined call the employer or recruiter and politely decline any offers you don’t want to accept. Be professional and honest. There is no need to give too much detail. It is good practise to also decline the offer in writing.

Write to the person who has made you the offer, and as with all communication make sure you use exemplary language and punctuation. This is a formal letter and should be written as such.

An example of suitable text might be:

Thank you for your offer, and the opportunity to work or your company. It has been a very hard decision but I have decided to accept another position as I feel it a closer fit to my skills and career aspirations. I would like to thank you once again for your time and offering me the opportunity.

Can I use multiple job offers to leverage a better deal for myself.

Whilst this may be a tactic used by experienced hires, it is not something we would advocate for undergraduates or recent graduates. You have applied for a position for which the terms and conditions were outlined; the expectation would be that you have entered into the recruitment process knowing this. The sheer competitiveness of internship and graduate roles means negotiation is usually a fruitless task.

What if I have a job offer but I’m still waiting to hear from a company that I really want to work for?

This situation is really difficult. You should follow the advice given earlier on asking the employer offering you a role for time to consider the offer. Then it is worth contacting the other company to find out where they are with their recruitment process and when you can expect to hear from them. It may be worth mentioning that you have an offer in hand and that they are your preferred employer; however this may not speed up or influence the process.

Ultimately you will have to make a decision. You can’t leave the employer who has made the offer hanging on indefinitely nor can you pressure the prospective employer to make a decision any faster than they want to

Consider what you want from the placement or role and decide whether at this stage you can risk giving up the offer in hand.

Once you have decided, let all parties know, the employer whose offer you are rejecting or accepting and if applicable, the employer whose recruitment process you would like to withdraw from.

In Conclusion.

Whilst holding multiple offers is an envious position to be in, it is important that you communicate clearly and effectively throughout the process. You may wish to apply to an employer you reject now in the future or you may cross paths professionally with any of the individuals you have met during the recruitment process. The way in which you approach this process will dictate how you might be viewed in any future professional transactions.

Here at City Careers we would be happy to help you work through this scenario should it arise, book in to see a careers consultant.

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Guest blog: Why I chose to take a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (DPsych) by Kiran Bains

Kiran Bains is taking a professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (DPsych) and she also works for City’s Careers Service as an Applications Adviser. 

About me:

Like most people, it turns out, on my undergraduate psychology course I started off wanting to be a clinical psychologist. Then I went into my final year, where we got to choose which modules we want to take and I took one in health psychology, and it grabbed my interest. I wouldn’t say that going into the DPsych Health was like a romance novel, this is ‘the one’ for me, but health psychology was a field that interested me a great deal. It seemed to be ‘global’; the interplay of physical, social and to a point, mental health. It’s also relatively newer, so I felt a greater sense of opportunity to put my stamp on it in a wider context and make an impact. And finally, I was introduced to critical health psychology, which helped me think about how health and identities are constructed, and how the way we make meaning of these topics can feed into social inequalities.

My career journey

I did not rush into this career choice, but my path has been like a series of stepping stones where I decided on each move as it came. I volunteered at university for the Epilepsy Society and , then worked with them as support worker after graduation. I then moved laterally to work with people with learning disabilities (there was an overlap with my clients). I found myself rethinking a lot of what I took for granted, around topics such as their communication and understanding, as this varied so widely. This helped me think critically when I did my masters in health psychology, and have an end purpose in using and applying my knowledge. After my masters I worked as a research assistant in a diabetes screening and prevention project aimed at adults with learning disabilities. I also did some work in LGBT research, and both of these areas informed parts of my training for my doctorate. It’s easier to understand social inequalities when you work with disadvantaged minority groups. Before I applied for my doctorate, however, I went back to the social care organisation I spent a significant amount of time working for on and off for several years, Continue Reading

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Correct email address to book a place on the National Probation Service Open Day/Briefing Event in London on Thursday 9 November 2017

 

If any of you have been trying to book a place for the National Probation Service Open Day coming up in London this Thursday 9 November 2017, this is because I was sent the wrong email address. Here is the correct email address:  In the subject box put PQiP Open Day. There are still places available for the event. It is a full day event and will include question time and advice about the application process. Even if you are just considering if this is the right thing for you – go along – it will help you to decide!

 

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National Probation Service Open Day for students in London. Thursday 9 November 2017, 10am

 

 

National Probation Service Briefing Event: Train to become a Probation Officer and Take the Professional Qualification In Probation (PQiP)

Graduates of any discipline can train to become a Probation Officer and you earn as you learn. So, you get paid to study and work at the same time! If you would like to train as  a Probation Officer in London after you graduate next year, be aware that applications for the next intake of PQiP Learners will go live on 13th November 2018 , with successful candidates appointed to commence in May 2018. PQiP =professional Qualification in Probation. All that is required to apply is:

  • Experience of working with people exhibiting challenging behaviour •  Any Honours or Foundation Degree or other level 5 qualification

The National Probation Service Divisional Training Team will be hosting an Open Day on Thursday 9th November at 10.00am at Mitre House, 223- 227 Borough High St, London, SE1 1JD (just by Borough tube station). This event will provide potential applicants with an opportunity to find out more about Community Justice Learning, including the pathways to becoming a probation officer, and to help gain an understanding of the application process for PQiP Learner and Probation Service Officer roles. If you would like to attend this Open Day, please email: LondonLearning&Development/LondonNPS/NPS, with PQiP Open Day in the subject box.

For further information please visit the Train to be a Probation Officer website http://www.traintobeaprobationofficer.com/ 

This is a great website where you can read about cases, make your own decision about what the sentence should be and then read about the actual decision!

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Need some business cards now that you are starting to network with employers?

The university has organized a link where you can order business cards for £25.00.00 +VAT here. Employers are impressed when students have a business card and this includes all sorts of organizations not just the world of business. You can give one to someone to help them to remember your name, especially if you plan to contact them to remind them of your meeting further down the line to ask them for advice, etc!

 

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Graduate Open Day: Find out what it would be like to work for the London insurance market on 16 October 2017

 

LMG Representing the London specialist insurance market

Insurance – Will you take the risk?

 

Save the date for a Graduate Open Day to find out more about the rewarding career opportunities that the London Insurance Market offers ambitious young people.

Insurance is an exciting and diverse sector: it balances risks (catastrophic hurricanes or a world-wide cyber breach) against probability and rapidly changing environments and customer demands. The London Insurance Market is the world-leading hub for insurance and reinsurance, employing over 52,000 people and handling $91bn worth of business. Come and find out how to be a part of it, and all the various roles that working in this dynamic market offers.

The event is for undergraduates and we are particularly encouraging applications from women. The event will include interactive presentations and workshops and a networking opportunity with potential employers. You will also get to visit two of the City of London’s most iconic buildings not usually open to the public – Lloyd’s of London and the Leadenhall Building (‘the Cheesegrater’).

Date: Monday, 16 October 2017

Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Venues: Lloyd’s of London and the Leadenhall Building

The day is free to attend but places are limited. To register your interest or for more information, contact Faye Roney

In the meantime, why not find out more about career opportunities at London Insurance Market organisations by following @londoninsurancelife on Instagram and Facebook and @londoninslife on Twitter.

LMG

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Got a 2:2?

Here are some useful tips I’ve come across in a Guardian Careers article if you have graduated with a 2:2 . Totally agree with the advice in the article – especially what Laura Hooke says, an ex-careers consultant at City! Probably the worst part of getting a 2:2 is getting that first job. After you’ve proved yourself in a role, you will rarely be asked about your result again – the focus will be on your work experience and achievements at work. Just in case you are still hankering after a grad scheme though, UK Power Networks (Engineering and Business pathways), the Civil Service Fast Stream (some pathways) and the NHS Management grad scheme are all programmes are open to you and there are more if you take the time to research carefully.

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Jobs in Mental health Nursing are growing – and you don’t need to have done a degree in Nursing. You don’t need to be a woman either!



 

The growing need for mental health professionals continues and the NHS will be increasing the number of job opportunities in mental health by 20,000 by 2020.  Starting an accelerated course as a   graduate in September could be your next step if you are interested in making a difference to people’s lives in terms of mental health. Universities across the country still have places available for courses, which are around 2 years long. You’ll need to have a relevant degree such as Psychology – but check with individual institutions as some universities may be more flexible about subject areas.

“The biggest shame of all would be to overlook such a fantastic career opportunity, with all its life-changing experiences.”

Read Christopher’s story

For more advice:

Need further information? Either give NHS Careers a call on 0345 60 60 655, email them advice@healthcareers.uk  or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like the idea of working for a university?

Unless you are thinking about becoming an academic, you may not have thought about working for a university as your future career. But their are lots of interesting opportunities in many different teams! Most vacancies are advertised here. Some roles may want more experience than you have, but experience can include a wide range of activities including volunteering, so why not take a look?Working for a university can also include reduced costs for taking a Masters, if this interests you. Check the policy of the university in advance.

There are roles in student services, student administration, finance, quality and the Careers Service, to name but a few. Talking of which……Goldsmith’s (based in New Cross, SE14) are looking to recruit for 6 new posts in their Careers Service:

  • 2 Work Placement Co-ordinators at Grade 5
  • 2 Employer Engagement Co-ordinators at Grade 5
  • 1 Job Shop Administrator at Grade 4
  • 1 Volunteering Administrator at Grade 4

If you have never been to New Cross but have heard good things about Goldsmiths, this could be a good choice!

All posts are advertised on the Goldsmiths website. The link to all the above jobs is: https://jobs.gold.ac.uk/job-search.html

Please note that the closing dates for the Work Placement Co-ordinators and Volunteering Administrator are 12 noon on Fri 25th August so get your skates on if you are interested!  Closing dates for the other posts are midnight on 10th September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grad Scheme Opportunities for September 2017 Start – any degree subject

One of the presenters at our recent  Graduate Boot Camp (Honey Clarke, from the National Skills Academy for Financial Services) is working with a major financial services business (insurance sector) helping them secure high calibre candidates to join their three-year graduate rotation programme  in Sept 2017.  The programme provides the opportunity to gain experience working in various business functions including: Claims; Digital, Technology and Data; Finance; HR; Products, Pricing, and Underwriting; Risk; Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Roles are based in South East London and the North West of England.A competitive starting salary is offered alongside a joining bonus.  Each year graduates will be eligible for a salary increase.

Eligibility criteria

  • A Bachelors degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree, in any subject.
  • Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Honey Clarke, Employability Consultant at the Skills Academy for Financial Services.