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.
After spending my first year at university studying law, learning all the theoretical elements and digging my head into the textbooks, I decided to volunteer at the citizen advice bureau to get an understanding of how the law impacts people on a day to day basis. Walking through the corridor on my first day at Citizen Advice, formerly known as the Citizen Advice Bureau. I was greeted with smiling faces. I was introduced to a friendly and caring environment in which all my colleagues were an instrumental factor in helping me settle in.
Citizens Advice thrives on the help of volunteers and the generosity of strangers. Clients come with a whole array of problems including homelessness, mental health issues, benefits and debts. This opportunity has allowed me to see at a practical level how to deal face to face with some very vulnerable clients. Additionally, I have seen how Citizens Advice helps clients on a personal level through the way my supervisor goes to all lengths possible to find the best solutions for her clients. The dedication posed by the volunteers is unmatched and is in many ways very moving.
My main role involves administration work, filing, writing and drafting letters and helping the advisors with anything they may need. Within my fair share of time, I have witnessed many unexpected situations, clients that seem frazzled and confused about the course of action to take as well as annoyed and agitated. I have learned the way to proceed with such clients and trying to calm them down. When such situations arise being able to listen is a key skill while allowing them to explain their problems. However, the most satisfying element of being a volunteer is when you see a client that is joyful and happy after their problems are sorted.
I decided to volunteer as a co-editor of the Bureau Buzz for the Epping district. I was lucky enough to be accepted and worked on my first newsletter in June. My role involves editing the format and layout of the buzz before sending them out to the staff members.
Although our roles individually seem minuscule, when looking at the bigger picture, you realise that all efforts are helping someone else’s life. I may be a volunteer for a short amount of time, but I would love to stay for longer and see many more smiles.
Written By: Rabiya Khawaja
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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