Recently, I hosted a presentation by 2 consultants from BDO – Tom Kelly and Ricky Shah, who were giving tips for City students about how to deliver presentations at graduate assessment centres. Although they gave useful advice, what really stood out for me was how well they got on together and the friendship they had formed since meeting as new graduates at BDO. The impression they gave about their company was very much about a working culture of friendliness as well as professionalism, together with an excellent work life balance. I could now say a bit about why friendliness and happiness at work is so important, but it just sounds too cheesy, so I won’t!
Many City students focus on getting into the ‘Big 4’ and this has understandable appeal. But if what I’ve said about the firm appeals to you, then it would certainly be worth considering BDO as a potential employer. Also – even if your A level results aren’t as strong as you would have liked, BDO could still be a possibility for you. Though they are the fifth largest professional services/accountancy firm, they are only asking for 280 UCAS points – that’s BBC. Maths and languages are always an advantage.
Each year, BDO offers 50 internships and 200 graduate opportunities, with 2 intakes a year. The career pathways on offer are audit, tax and advisory, which includes consultancy. For the consultancy pathway, graduates take the Certificate in Business Accounting, a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification and Prince 2. For audit, ACCA is taken. It is possible to gain experience in a wide range of sectors including business services, real estate/construction, leisure and hospitality, NGOs, retail, government services, healthcare and international projects. Read more about BDO here: http://www.bdograduaterecruitment.co.uk/Home
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Graduate Scheme (for Prison leadership) will be opening any day now for applications
The scheme will suit students interested in a management role within criminal justice. It provides excellent leadership training and a good salary. At least 1 year must be spent working as a Prison Officer as part of the programme to learn the ropes.
https://www.facebook.com/NOMSGraduateProgramme – use to keep up to date
The graduate scheme is highly competitive (no surprise there), so suggest you make full use of CityCareers when making your applications to aid your chances of success. We are always happy to answer questions and to provide support. Book your appointment online here www.city.ac.uk/careers
The Police have designed a new graduate scheme called Police Now along the lines of Teach First. They are currently recruiting 50 graduates to work in the Met, with a view to expanding the intake outside London later on. Graduates can still apply for The Police via the usual entry route.
What is Police Now?
Police Now is a 2 years development/leadership programme for graduates, where the graduates taken on board will have the role of a Dedicated Ward Officer and will be THE go-to person for their own ward (ward = an area of London of about 22 streets). At the end of the 2 years, the graduates will have the option to stay with the Police, or apply for jobs with the programme’s Platinum sponsors (e.g. PwC). This is why Police Now is very similar to Teach First and Front Line (for Social Work training).
What’s in it for grads?
- £29,000 per annum; free travel around London; 22 days of holiday
- Quick application process: 6 weeks from application to offer
- Responsibility from Day One
- They will be able to make a difference in people’s lives Continue Reading
The results of the Association of Graduate Recruiters‘ most recent survey of their members (typically the large employers with their large graduate scheme intakes) have been announced and there is good news to report. The report finds that those UK employers are reporting a 17% increase in the number of graduate vacancies this year compared to the previous graduate season. Positive news!
The perplexing additional news is that 23% of these employers still had unfilled vacancies at the end of the 2013 recruitment period. Anecdotally, graduate employers suggest this trend is continuing in 2014. It’s a sobering message. A growing graduate job market doesn’t mean the competition is any less fierce.
As Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the AGR, says Continue Reading
A two year high powered graduate scheme, called Frontline has been launched to attract graduates of exceptional quality into Social Work. Like Teach First, after a brief (5 week) a period of intensive training, you will be launched into the field, so will be placed in a Children and Families social work department, with a mentor, together with other trainees. The intensive programme means you qualify as a social worker within a year, gaining a postgraduate diploma after which you can progress to a Masters if you wish. A leadership development programme is integral to the course. Like all graduate training schemes, Frontline is paid employment. Entry requirements – A 2:1 is needed, together with 300 UCAS points.
For Teach First, plenty of experience of working with young people/leadership/teaching is expected, as well as evidence of extra curricular activities – so expectations may be similar with Frontline.The next round for applications will open in Autumn 2014.
As a student/graduate from City University London, it might seem like the natural option for you to look for work in the capital when you finish your course. It makes sense: a big variety of businesses hiring, most companies have their head offices in London, it’s a fast paced environment with people as competitive as they come and opportunities to match. On the other hand however, competition is fierce – you would not only be competing for jobs with fellow Londoners, but with graduates from all around UK, Europe and even the world.
While students are fighting for jobs, with some opportunities in London receiving up to 20,000 applications for 100 available places (e.g. L’Oreal Schemes), UK regional graduate recruiters are unable to fill in their vacancies due to a skills gap in the market.
So if you are still considering your options and are open to relocating within the UK, here are some jobs available for you on our City CareersHub:
South West & South East
– Simmons & Simmons – Online Services Administrator – £Competitive Salary – Bristol – apply here
– Burges Salmon – Training Contract – £33,000 p/a – Bristol – apply here
Please provide an overview of your career to date at J.P. Morgan.
I joined JP Morgan from another investment bank in December 2010 as a member of a Level 1 Operate team within Technology. While the role was similar to the role I had just left, I was attracted to it as it involved working closer with the business with less of a requirement for development and coding which I was trying to move away from. The role allowed me to continue to leverage my technical skill set while providing an opportunity for me to learn more about products across a range of asset classes and the associated system flows for which we were responsible. I spent two and a half years in the role and towards the latter part of my time in the team I was consciously getting involved in work of a more strategic nature and project focus. I then made an internal move to join a Middle Office Project Management team which I am still in today.
Describe your previous role and what motivated you to look for another role.
I had moved into my first role at JPM with the intention of learning more about the products and associated system workflows within banking. I never saw my long term future as being in Technology for the simple reason that I did not enjoy the technically hands-on coding and development aspects of the function and so I was pleasantly surprised when seeing the variety and scope of roles available within Technology, many of which did not require this hands-on element. The scope of the role gave me an appreciation of the end-to-end flow from trade execution through to settlement, clearing and the post trade services we offer to our clients and it was while learning about these operational and functional processes which drive the business that I knew I wanted to move into a role where I could be more involved in those areas.
What “top tips” would you give to someone thinking of changing roles / moving locations?
Latest stats from The Graduate Market in 2014 Report* has indicated that “ Recruiters have confirmed a record 37% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations – either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work – and therefore are not open to other students from the ‘Class of 2014’ ”. This stat confirms the strong value employers place on experience, so how do you choose which is right for you – internship or placement?
What’s the difference between the two? Continue Reading
Last Friday, myself and undegraduate International Politics student Sebastian Vogt visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to learn about the brilliant career opportunities that working for the European Union offers. The Commission is looking for top quality graduates from a wide variety of degree disciplines including Politics, Science, Business and Law. Administrators (as first level graduate employees are known) play an important part in drafting policies, together with analytical and advisory work. The roles vary depending on what EU Institution they are working in, whether it is the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament etc.
Competition for posts is severe and no wonder, with the variety, challenge and early responsibility these roles offer graduates, as well as an attractive starting salary of around 40 000 Euros pa. British applicants are, however, in high demand and experience less competion for places than other nationalities. In fact, the term used was “desperate!”. All applicants need to speak fluent English, French or German. The second language does not need to be as fluent – a good A Level grade is a guideline. Continue Reading
If you like working with figures and would like to work on financial projects with a human dimension, you might like the sound of the Society of London Treasurers Graduate Scheme. This well-established programme also offers a good work-life balance including generous holidays. It is one of the few grad schemes that will also accept a 2:2 degree from any degree background – GCSE Englsih and Maths at grade C are also required. The scheme brings together around 17 local authorities and other public services annually to recruit and train around 40 graduates a year who want to pursue a career in public finance. It’s all about putting talented graduates through a secure, four year programme that will form the first part of their journey towards senior management. The scheme also now recruits grads to work in Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.
Through rotations, trainees gain exposure to every element of local government finance, whilst attached to a specific local authority. The scheme has been carefully designed to maximise potential with work varying from key corporate processes to advising senior management and challenging project initiatives. Continue Reading