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.



Secure a 2017 graduate scheme with one of the ‘Big 4’ before your final year even starts

So have I got your attention? I’m pretty sure the headline has peaked your interest. KPMG have teamed up with recruitment agency Sanctuary Graduates to allow you to do just this. And in graduate recruitment terms a rubicon has been crossed. Yes, this is the first instance I have come across of one of the big name graduate recruiters giving you the chance to apply to their grad scheme even before July. In their words:

Want to secure a 2017 Audit graduate scheme with one of the ‘Big 4’ before your final year even starts? Get ahead of the competition and apply now for KPMG’s Audit Graduate scheme, exclusively through Sanctuary Graduates. Follow the link below to upload your CV and we’ll be in touch to progress your application. You can choose from office locations across England and Scotland.

How to apply:
Upload your CV to: http://bit.ly/1TWo9WV using the referral code ‘DEPT’. Deadline is the 27th June 2016. Sanctuary Graduates will then be in touch to provide further information about the scheme and the company, and guide you through the KPMG recruitment process well before applications open to the general public in a few weeks’ time. Sanctuary Graduates offers a free service to all students.

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The Discover Risk website – a mine of great jobs – and not just in finance!


Ant portraitHello again

In my job as a careers consultant at City, I sometimes take time to promote job vacancies. And today, I want to highlight some vacancies at XL Catlin, a global insurance and re-insurance firm. The insurance sector is a big recruiter of graduates, though not many students are aware of this. It is a also growing sector that offers steady employment and a good work-life balance. So insurance is clearly a good option for students interested in a career in finance – but who else might it suit? Well, XL Catlin are currently looking for a Compliance Trainee. So this might particularly suit a Law student who has decided against becoming a solicitor or barrister, although it could suit students who are studying other subjects too. The company are also looking for a Marketing Trainee. Marketing is a notoriously competitive career to get into as a graduate and often people who are interested in marketing only think of firms like Unilever and Nestle. But many good openings can be found in financial marketing and with experience you can then choose to move into a different sector if you like. Another interesting vacancy they have is for a Trainee Underwriter which is a client-facing role that requires good communication skills as well a strong analytical skills.  As well as these roles, the firm is also looking for a Business Management Trainee and a Finance and Accountancy Trainee at the moment plus other positions. Interestingly, XL Catlin accepts 2:2 degrees alongside 280 UCAS points (BBC).

Here is some more info about XL Catlin’s current vacancies and here’s a you can link to Discover Risk website which tells you about the insurance sector and includes lots of job vacancies.







PwC remove their UCAS points criteria for graduate jobs

PwCHere at City Careers, we are always keeping an eye out for changes in recruitment practices. We have noticed that some graduate employers have started to be more flexible about their entry requirements, which has got to be good news for graduates. The latest of these is PwC who have removed their UCAS points criteria for graduate jobs. PwC have stated that they believed their old practice of requiring UCAS points resulted in a lack of diverse applications from graduates because this put people from poorer backgrounds at a disadvantage. Richard Irwin, Head of Student Recruitment at PwC, says: “We want to target bright, talented people and extend our career opportunities to untapped talent in wider pockets of society’. PwC has defended the new policy by asserting that it could “drive radical changes in the social mobility and diversity of the professional services industry.” Read more what PwC have to say here. Will be interesting to see how the other three in the Big Four respond, along with other key graduate recruiters…….




Guest blog post: 4 extra-curricular activities that employers value


Guest blog post by Seb Atkinson

From Selesti, Creative Digital Agency http://www.selesti.com/

“Whether you’re approaching the end of your degree or starting a new academic year in September, adding extra-curricular activities to your CV is a great way to stand out when applying for jobs, and give you some great new experiences to talk about in your interview. Below are four examples of some skills that really add value to your CV and can really make a difference to your job applications!

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Why is a 2:1 not enough and how can using social media help?

Interesting article here by Rod Ardehali about why a 2:1 is not enough to get a graduate job. What I found most interesting was the comment made by Kate Parkinson, Recruitment Director at Accenture  who stresses how students who use social media effectively can get an edge on the competition. She advises not only following companies, but also using social media to connect with individuals in companies. It’s a great way of getting an insider’s view and learning more about company culture. Doing this demonstrates initiative and  the good networking skills that employers expect.

Last term, I hosted an employer presentation for students delivered by Paul Roberts, Graduate Resourcing Partner at Axa. He advocated using social media to get in touch with companies as a way of making yourself stand out. He is impressed by students and grads who get in touch and introduce themselves using social media. Paul  said he remembered their names and looked forward to meeting them at fairs and other employer events.


The Future of Graduate Assessment Centres – Assessment by immersion?



EYRecently, I went to an event to hear about the latest thinking on assessment centres run by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). Many blue chip employers were present. We heard how tired many companies are of hearing the same old answers to competency-based questions that are often trotted out by well prepped graduates. So – you can see why it’s in your interest to bring some variety to your replies! As well as this, we heard that although 70% of students attending assessment centres were positive about their experience, the remaining 30% – a large number- were left feeling negative about the company involved. So as employers don’t want bad press, employers are now trying to figure out ways they can improve on graduates’ experience at assessment centres.

A few years back, EY commissioned Capp (the leading strengths-based assessment, product and platform specialists) or more simply put- a leading firm of business psychologists-to redesign their recruitment system, in particular their interviews with graduates, to make them less predictable and more relevant. Since then, EY have operated a strengths-based interviewing approach which  has resulted in a better match of candidates who meet EY’s needs. Whilst I’m talking about strengths, it’s a good idea to take the Strengths Test on the EY Facebook page to get an instant print out of your strengths and skills.  https://www.facebook.com/EYUKcareers/app_219886381467405  Microsoft

Now Microsoft has employed CAPP to change their assessment centres to be much more engaging/immersive. Like EY, Microsoft felt that  candidates’ replies were highly rehearsed. They also felt that they were not getting what they wanted in terms of diversity. Microsoft wanted the selection process to be based on candidates’ potential rather than Continue Reading


Guest blog post: “Graduate job boards can be the worst… and I work for one”



Guest blog post by James Howell

Content & Marketing Executive at Graduate-jobs.com

“Graduate job boards can be really frustrating. They can promise so much and offer so little when you’re frantically trying to hunt for a position so you can get your career on the move. I know this more than most too, I work for one. It might be surprising that I’m being critical of graduate job boards while being on the pay roll at one but it wasn’t so long ago that I was on the job hunt myself and I know the trials and tribulations.

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Guest Blog Post: Introducing CPA Australia….

CPA Australia is delighted to be working with City to help open opportunities for students focussed on building dynamic and rewarding accounting and finance careers in the Asia-Pacific.  We are really excited to be meeting many of you at the Finding work in your home country session on Wednesday 11th Feb at 1pm-3pm in ELG11.  Before we do, we thought we would take a moment to introduce ourselves…

Who is CPA Australia?

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