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.



Success of City’s 2017 Graduate Boot Camp

It was great to see plenty of grads at the boot camp last week! This year we focused on raising self-awareness, including understanding your own values and what you want to get out of your career, plus being able to describe your own strengths and skills with confidence. With all the personalities in the room, there was a varied and interesting response! The grads completed a values questionnaire and a skills audit to highlight their ideas. This went down well. We also looked at some company values on websites because it’s really important to align your own values to company values when you are applying for jobs.

Another good part of the day was when we welcomed back 4 City alumni for our panel activity: Georgia Skupinsky (2015 International Politics, Diversity and Inclusion Officer,King’s College, London), Nduka Ezediuno (2012 Mechanical Engineering, Transport for London), Ben Robinson (2014 Law, Community Volunteering Officer at City and  Arththi Uthayakumaran (2016 Mathematics, CityGoddess, soon to start as an Audit Trainee). They shared their experience of how they approached  job hunting and how they got into their current roles. Continue Reading


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.