The ‘poshness’ test

Earlier in the summer new research from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty commission caused controversy with its ruminations on the proportion of private school educated students finding their way into the “top of the society”. Chiefly by looking at the percentage who find their way into the top echelons of their career sector. That includes looking at job roles like court judges. Whilst there’s nothing the UK likes better than reflecting on class divide in its society, how diverse really is the legal profession in the UK?

What might surprise you is that on both the solicitor and barrister side both the The Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been actively tracking and reporting this information. The Bar Standards Board does so in its yearly “Bar Barometer” report. The SRA goes a step further and in 2011 announced that all firms regulated by the SRA would be required yearly to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data about the diversity make-up of their workforce. When it comes to publishing the data they can choose when during that 12 months and they aren’t required to report sexual orientation, and religion or belief. But all else is there to see.

Would this information influence your shortlist of Firms/Chambers?


Women students! Build your self-confidence with the Sprint London Programme for Female Undergrads and Postgrads!

wonder-woman1Do you often feel your voice is not heard and that others seem more confident?

Do you constantly kick yourself for not being more assertive?

Perhaps you  lack confidence in your own skills, with a poor sense of career direction?

The Sprint Programme is a fantastic opportunity for women undergraduates and postgraduates from all backgrounds, ages and stages in their lives and studies, regardless of their subject or career aspirations, to take hold of their personal development and achieve their ambitions. It is not too late to apply – with the deadline being this Sunday 6 July and you only need to submit a brief application – no more than 2500 characters, that’s characters, not words. About 30 lines will do or even less. That’s very little!

Across 4 action packed days, the programme covers a range of key development topics, with the aim help you to:

  • use your personal power and influence
  • identify your values, attitudes and direction
  • manage your time effectively Continue Reading

City students – Get paid to tutor young people in the local area in English or Maths

A great opportunity to support disadvantaged young people, a chance to develop your leadership skills whilst enhancing your CV, as well as earning around £12 an hour. What more could you ask? We are currently looking for students to tutor English or Maths in primary schools or for GCSE or A Level, to start this October. For more infomation contact Continue Reading


How to get into a Career in Advertising, Media or Communications

An excellent new website for people who want to get into advertising, media and communications is AdMISSION. ttp://www.theadmission.co.uk/  Key features include:

  • Industry Guide – the kind of agencies you could work in
  • Routes into the Industry – list of grad schemes, AdSchool (for penultimate year students), info for first year students and internternship and job vacancy details.
  • Job Roles -job descriptions
  • Careers Advice – includes tips for applying to grad schemes
  • Blog – good way to keep up withthe sector. You can also sign up for the IPA Student Newsletter.

The site is overseen by the IPA (Institute of Advertising Practitioners), the professional body for advertising. Althought the profession welcomes people from all backgrounds and cultures, ethnic minority groups are very underepresented in the sector.   As can be a hard profession to break into and as SEO have now  moved into working with employers in the creative sector,  applying via the SEO route would be a good move . Go to the Creative Industries  and Advertising section at  http://seolondon-careers.com/



Second Round of City’s professional Mentoring Scheme Now Open

Just thought I would do a bit of promo for our Professional Mentoring Scheme.  This year, due to its success, we are able to offer an additional 200 places, so have  have doubled the reach of the programme. An additional 200 places are available NOW.  A student I  was chatting to  last week described it as the most valuable extracurricular activity he had undertaken at City.  What greater recommendation could there be?! You will be partnered to a mentor for a 6 month period, but the time commitment is not onerous in any way. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2014, but early applications are preferred and advisable as it is a competitive scheme.

3 weeks on some of our mentees are already seeing the benefits “I’ve just come back from my first meeting with my mentor and I’m already feeling so positive!  I’ve got uni work coming out of my ears (as per usual), but rather than feeling typically stressed, I’m finding heaps of motivation to JUST GET ON WITH IT.  I think this is because I’m far less worried about the direction of my future, and can focus on getting things done in the present!  I’m don’t feel as lost as I had done before, which is not what I was expecting so soon into the programme 3rd Year International politics student Continue Reading


Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme 2014 – for students from minority ethnic groups OR underepresented socio-economic groups

Interested in government and politics? Like to get a taste of what it might be like to work as a high-powered civil servant? Then you might like to apply for the Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme which prepares you to compete more effectively for a place on the highly prestigious Fast Track Civil Service Graduate Scheme. The Fast Track programme leads to a careers in departments such as health, the environment, education, transport, the economy, justice, industry, agriculture, defence, welfare, taxation and  overseas development.

Vital Statistics

Recruiters for the Diversity Scheme have recently told us how disappointed they are with the very low numbers of applicants from City students.  They received only 7 applications from City students last year and there are at least 162 places available.

What advantages would a 6-9 week Summer Diversity placement give me?

The Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme  can help you to win a place on exceptionally competitive Civil Service graduate scheme known as Fast Track by providing you with  relevant wiork experience.  During the internship, you would also be  provided with a Fast Track buddy who will support your through the Fast Track application process. On the Diversity Scheme, you will be placed in a government department where you will be involved in stretching and challenging project-related work, including research, supporting projects, assisting on policy documents, shadowing senior civil servants and attending critical meetings with senior advisors on major issues. There is a training allowance in London of £350 pw. Continue Reading