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.
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
Then a current internship vacancy at Portland may interest you. They are looking for a final year student who is interested in gaining experience in Public Relations as they specialise in reputation management. The role willl include political intelligence gathering and would suit someone with a strong interest in elections and campaigns. Read more here: http://www.portland-communications.com/jobs/internship-corporate-communications-and-public-affairs-team/
Volunteering is the main way in to a career of this kind, such as working in a Youth Offending team, Probation Officer, Prison Governor, Social Worker or Youth Worker. An excellent new online resource “Your Guide to Volunteering Opportunities in the Criminal Justice System” outlines all sorts of opportunities. The opportunities are suitable for all students who would like to get involved in this kind of volunteering – not just Sociololgy or Criminology students. Perhaps you would would like to mentor a young person at risk, take part in a project for offenders on probation or to be a Youth Offending Panel Member?
Excellent training is often available, so do take your application seriously. You might like to book a short appointment for advice on your application or to have it checked at the Careers and Skills Development Service or to book a 45 minute appointment for a mock interview. Continue Reading
Are you a Psychology student who is aiming to become a Psychologist, Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker or another professional role needing knowledge of mental health issues? Then you need to build relevant work experience into your CV whilst at City. Graduating without any relevant experience will mean you will have to volunteer after graduation to gain work experience, when you could be entering paid employment if you had gained experience beforehand. If you are planning to take a Psychology Masters, be aware that only a fifth of applicants are successful in winning a place on a course. So demonstrating your interest and commitment through work experience could help you to stand out against the competition.
When to start though? First year is ideal, as it will leave you time to take on a variety of roles, which will add depth to your CV, but if you are a second or third year, it is never too late to start.
Volunteering is the main way to get experience of working with people who have mental health issues and a huge range of opportunities exist. Continue Reading