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.


Why City Joining the University of London is a Big Deal

Includes reasons from City’s very own Vice-Chancellor. ivubhsjn

In September 2016, City joined the University of London federation, which is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse unis’s in the world.

But what does joining the University of London mean to City and its thousands of students and staff?

In her latest piece, second-year law student Christianah Babajide digs out reasons from City’s students and staff to find out why City joining the University of London is such a big deal.

Here are CityCareers top 9:

  • Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor (now President)

“Joining the university of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a great opportunity and a recognition of our far we have come as an institution.”

  • Emma Hancock-Taylor, BSc Speech and Language Therapy

“The University is London is well recognised around the world so to graduate as part of City but also as part of the University of London would be really good. it is very recognisable and it’s such a global brand.”

  • Professor Andrew Jones, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)

“City already has strong international research relationship of course but in joining such a strong brand as the University of London, then that really enhances our capacity to reach out to universities and academic research across the globe.”

  • Edoardo Faini, BSc Management

“Student experience at City will improve because I have access to the Senate House, which is the central library for universities of London.

  • Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor

“City joining the federation demonstrates that the University of London continues to be a focus for academic excellence. City also brings unique links with many of the institutions in the City of London including the Lord Mayor’s Office, the Livery Companies and businesses in the Square Mile.”

  • Sumaiyah Javic, BPTC

“The libraries [Senate House] are so beautiful. You are kind of spoilt for choice!”

  • Christianah Babajide, Bachelor of Lawsshouting

“It is a big deal because it is a key milestone in City’s long history and stands as recognition of the great strides that it has made as an institution over the last decade.”

  • Michelle Preston, Head of Student Services

“Joining the University of London means that students will gain access to the intercollegiate Halls of Residence. The University of London Housing Services Team is quite extensive and provides some really good support for students living in the private sector.”

  • Issy Cooke, Former President of City’s Students’ Union

“The Career Service at the University of London will offer our students a much broader range of opportunities and access to different businesses, different organisations and different events.”


Christianah Babajide is a legal journalist and aspiring barrister. She is studying her Bachelor of LawAuthor: Christianah Babajides at The City Law School. On behalf of City University London’s Careers Service, she hopes to write event reviews and be sharing crucial tips she has learnt over the years in her LLB degree on this blog. Christianah also writes for Lawbore as a Future Lawyer. 


Workshops with leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills for first year students of all disciplines interested in a career in law – Apply now!


Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world’s leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Find out how you could be a part of it.
It’s never too early to start thinking about becoming a brilliant lawyer. And getting a taste of Herbert Smith Freehills during your first year of study is a great opportunity to find out what you’ll need to do to successfully apply for a vacation scheme or training contract later on.

Each spring, we run two-day workshops at our London office. These are designed to give you an idea of what life at the firm is really like. You’ll hear from leading lawyers, take part in interactive projects, discover the variety of the law we practice, and shadow one of our current trainees.

Applications for our 2017 workshops will open to first year students from any discipline from 1 – 31 January 2017. We screen on a rolling basis so we advise you to get your application in as early as possible.

  • 23 – 24 March 2017
  • 12 – 13 April 2017

In order to apply, you will need to complete our online application form and an online verbal reasoning test. We do not interview for places on the workshop.

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong academic performance to date and have shown initiative by getting involved in lots of different things at university.


How to Network Like a Pro

They say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.networking-communications-events-pr03534693af2d64e1b49cff00008aa896

Second-year law student Christianah Babajide, interviewed top law students across the country to dig out the best and most effective tips for newbie networkers.

Now, more than ever, you will hear a lot about the importance of “networking.” In other walks of life, networking simply means getting to know people but the meaning weighs heavier for law students. Nowadays, networking can either make or break your legal career.

Networking events usually consists of the attendees networking in a room over lunch or canapes, and demonstrating their commercial awareness, or lack of it, to big-shot City Lawyers.

Whether you like it or not, as law students, you have to network, network and network some more. But If you play your cards right, you can find yourself networking your way to Continue Reading


Teach English abroad for The British Council and Get Paid for it!

Applications for students and graduates to work as British Council English Language Assistants are open!british-council

Positions in French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking countries, and also China.

Fantastic opportunity to become immersed in another language and culture, gain work experience…and get paid.


Inspire and be inspired! Apply by 28 February 2017.   Find out more







How to Make Yourself More Employable in 7 Seconds


Seven seconds. That, according to psychologists, is how long it takes to form a first impression. Considering creating a good first impression is only less important than work experience in clinching a job offer, getting those seven seconds right when you walk into an interview room is crucial.

Ready? Start the clock.


1… Unfold Your Arms

Body language is important. When we assess how someone else is feeling, over half of our analysis is derived from the way they hold themselves. So unless you want your interviewer to think you’re defensive, insecure, inflexible and closed-minded, don’t cross your arms.

We fold our arms to create a barrier between ourselves and the person we’re talking to. It’s a common way to deal with nervousness, but it’s the ultimate subconscious faux pas. So don’t do it!


2… Stand Up Straight

Even if you’re five-foot-nothing, always draw yourself up to your full height when greeting your interviewer. Good posture doesn’t just make you look more professional and self-assured, it makes you act more confident too. So-called ‘power postures’ are so effective that they inspire more assertiveness in an individual than giving them a powerful job title.

Creating an impression of height works in your favour too. Research shows that taller people are more successful than their diminutive counterparts. The logic is that evolutionary tics make us equate tallness with leadership and competence.


3… Smile

It sounds obvious, but it’s super easy to forget when you’re overcome with nerves and focused on rehearsing your CV in your head. So make a mental note to bare your pearly whites!

Smiley people are more likeable. In fact, research shows that when we have to pick someone to exclude from a group (read: reject for a job) we’re more likely to chuck out someone we think is unfriendly than someone we think is incompetent.

How many job applications ask for “positive” candidates? Ticking this box can be as simple as smiling sincerely. Smiley people are not just pleasant to be around, they make those they’re smiling at feel more positive too. And who wouldn’t want to hire the candidate that makes them feel good?


4… Hold Eye Contact

Not maintaining eye contact is the top body-language mistake a candidate can make, according to over two-thirds of employers. While you shouldn’t be staring someone out (think: blink) keeping good eye contact throughout an interview is essential.

Human beings tend to naturally maintain eye contact with people they like or admire, and look away when they are embarrassed or not paying attention. Because we are aware of the difference on at least a subconscious level, we look for the same cues in the people we’re talking to and judge them accordingly.

That’s why public speakers who maintain eye contact are thought to be more competent and believable, and why cereal whose cartoons are drawn to stare at shoppers are more likely to be bought.


5… Shake Hands Firmly

It sounds like a small thing, but a good handshake can make or break your interview. One study found that it mattered more than agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability. Hold your hand out first – it is a subtle way to show confidence and take control of the interview without seeming domineering.

Always grip the interviewers’ hand as firmly as you can without crushing their fingers, and if you’re prone to sweaty hands make sure you’ve discreetly wiped it on your suit before going in for the kill. Timing is everything – drop their hand too quickly and you convey disgust; hold their hand too long and you give the impression that you like them a little too much.


6… Introduce Yourself

Even if they have your name written down in front of them in three-foot-high letters, always greet an interviewer with “Hi [THEIR NAME], I’m [YOUR NAME]. It’s lovely to meet you.”

Why? It’s an easy way to break the ice, and shows confidence and assertiveness. Introductions are a social cue – swapping names makes you seem more personable, while referring to how pleased you are to be there shows enthusiasm for the opportunity.

It’s important to refer to the interview by name (and doubly important that you get their name right! Take some time to memorise it beforehand). People love to be treated as individuals, and few things wrap up our identity more powerfully than our name. That’s why it’s common knowledge amongst salespeople that repeatedly addressing a client by name helps integrate yourself with them. It might sound barmy, but science shows that when we hear our name it causes different parts of our brain to activate than those that are associated with regular speech.


7… Stay Standing

Finding the line between confidence (good) and arrogance (very, very bad) in a job interview can be tricky. The best candidates maintain a balance between taking charge of the situation and deferring to the interviewer who is, after all, the decision maker.

Having gone in with a strong handshake and assertive introduction, wait to take a seat until either you are invited to by the interviewer or they sit down. It’s polite without being self-doubting, and it indicates that you have respect for them and their authority in this situation.


Beth Leslie writes graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency specialising in matching candidates to their dream internship. Check out their graduate jobs London listings for roles or, if you’re looking to hire an intern, have a look at their innovative Video CVs.









Job Vacancy in Careers Service – Careers Information Assistant (Marketing and Social Media)

Would you like to work at City? We are currently looking to recruit a Careers Information Assistant whose role will include focusing on marketing and promoting our service to students via social media. Interested? Take a look here.  The deadline for applications is 8 December 2016. The job would suit  someone who is interested in information, marketing and  customer service .



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.