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Volunteering with the Citizen Advice Epping Forest District

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

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Law Student Help are looking for Law Student Volunteers & Student Ambassadors!

Do you want to become a Student Ambassador?
Do you want to Volunteer for an upcoming legal website?
Then Get Involved with Law Student Help!

 Law Student Help is a newly launched website aiming

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What could a career in the European Commission offer me?

European CommissionHave you ever wondered what working in the EU would involve? There will be a great opportunity to hear about all the different careers that are available in the European Commission via a presentation delivered by Francesca Manchi from the European Commission on  11 March (1-2pm) in B307 B/C (University Building). The European Commission is like the European branch of the Civil Service, so this will appeal to a wide range of students from all disciplines including Maths, Science, Law, Social Sciences and Business. There are specific opportunities available according to different interests including working in legal teams or within a Science –related area.

For a paid 6 month internship, known as a ‘stage’ or traineeship, you need to speak another European language other than the one you are fluent in, such as a rusty A Level, though you will need to brush this up! Your language ability will not be tested beforehand. The ‘stage’ is taken after you have graduated.

For the graduate programme, the procedure is known as the ’Concours’. It is very competitive  and you will have to demonstrate your ability in another European language.

In both cases, you will work in either Brussels or Luxembourg.

Students can register to attend this presentation here: https://careershub.city.ac.uk/students/events/detail/538860

 

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Win a scholarship of 2000Euro & 1-3 month paid internship!

City University London is now a participant of the GoEuro Scholarship Programme

City University London has been registered and is eligible to participate in the GoEuro Scholarship Programme. The winning student will receive a scholarship of €2000 and the chance to complete a 1-3 month paid internship at GoEuro’s Berlin office.

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Groundbreaking placement scheme for ethnic minority students who want to work in the heritage sector after graduating

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  • A long-established cultural organisation(Cultural Cooperation) is now  offering  a bursary-supported 12 month work-based training programme to attract young people particularly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds  into the heritage sectors, from any  subject discipline.  The placement programme is known as SOCL (Strengthening Our Common Life)  and the tax free bursary is for £13 750. 17 placements are available in 2015 and 17 more in 2016. The placements are in the UK’s foremost museums, galleries, historic houses and cultural institutions. e.g. The British Museum, The Southbank Centre, Historic Royal palaces, the National Army Museum, the Foundling Museum and Wilton’s Music Hall. There are opportunities to work on many projects and to innovate. The chance to take a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage is also offered as part of the deal. The programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

  •  Applicants can come from any degree background – you do not have to be studying for a degree in the creative sector.  You do not need to have a lot of experience in the sector. Enthusiasm for  heritage and the arts is crucial and some experience of volunteering (though not necessarily in the sector) might also be useful. Continue Reading
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Guest blog post: Caspar from CII talks tips for students in the City

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Caspar Bartington is the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Relationship Manager for Education and can be contacted on discover@cii.co.uk – and on Linkedin: http://linkd.in/1uAsocI 

“Getting your first placement or job does not have to be a daunting experience. With the world’s leading financial centre on your doorstep, City University students are ideally-placed to take advantage of a huge diversity of roles. Some are well known, some less so.

The CII is the world’s largest professional body for insurance and financial services. Or, should you prefer, risk management and wealth management. We have more than 115,000 members in over 150 countries. That gives us plenty of insight into employer sentiment.

Each year, I meet students at universities around the country, who ask me what they can do to increase their chances of securing an internship or graduate place. So, here are the views from where I stand:

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Deadline extension: Crime/homicide-related internship opportunity with Victim Support (casual hours)

An internship opportunity exclusively for City students with Victim Support is now available, requiring only casual hours (with occasional unsocial hours).

This Internship opportunity is a Homicide team support role, lasting 6 – 12 months. The role commences early – likely to start in July 2014.

The application closing deadline has been extended to 27 JUNE 2014. Apply ASAP if interested  as they may close applications very soon if they receive a high number of applicants. https://careershub.city.ac.uk/ViewJob.chpx?id=490679

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Should I do an Internship or Placement?

Work-Experience-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