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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A hidden Finance career option – Paraplanning

Caspar Bartington (@diskrisk) has been in touch to alert us to a hidden career option in Finance, namely Paraplanning. Which should grab your attention as “hidden” usually means “we can’t find enough good people to do these jobs and/or enough applicants”. A shorter queue. Here’s what Caspar had to say about Paraplanning.

Paraplanning is a little-known part of the financial advice/financial planning/wealth management sector, which in itself is not tremendously well understood. Whereas financial planners are client-facing in their work, paraplanners are based in the back office and have a focus on financial market research and report writing. Paraplanning is a stepping-stone to becoming a client-facing financial planner; it gives a member of staff time to take professional qualifications needed to do the financial planning role and gain valuable experience of the financial advice process. Paraplanning is also a career in its own right, for those who prefer the technical, analytical aspect of a role over client interaction.

Caspar also provided us with case study of a graduate in a Paraplanning career, a trainee paraplanner who works at Para-Sols, a leading paraplanning business. Who incidentally are looking for graduates now.

p.s. you might just want to follow Caspar on Twitter. He always has some hidden gems.



Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have released details about their 2016 Legal Trainee Scheme. You can find the full details including instructions how to apply here: Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme application guide. But in a  nutshell here’s what’s on offer.

  • The CPS is offering legal trainee posts to start in November 2016. Pupillage or Period of Recognised Training (PRT) are available, with posts offered in order of merit to the top performing candidates regardless of discipline sought.
  • Candidates must have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree. This does not have to be in law. Candidates with a degree in a subject other than Law will also have needed to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE).
  • Candidates are also required to have successfully completed, or be due to complete, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) to enable them to start with the CPS in November 2016.

According to the application guide the closing date for applications is the 12th of May 2016. If we can be of any assistance to you during the application process here in the Careers Service let us know.

Email: careers@city.ac.uk

Appointments: http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/for-students-and-recent-graduates/planning-your-career/book-an-appointment

Phone: 0207 0408093


Think it’s too late to secure a grad scheme job for 2016? Think again.

We are fullThe myths relating to those elusive 2 year graduate schemes/programmes with typically large employers are many. One relates to timing and the whisper that if you haven’t got one by, say, January or February you’ve had it. They are all full. Come back next time. Sorry.

Three things tell more of the truth. Firstly each year many graduate scheme positions go unfilled. They really do. Over 25% of vacancies in some cases in some sectors. The affected companies will continue to look for suitable applicants to fill these gaps. Secondly if we look at a couple of sites that are very clear about application deadlines, Gradcracker and TARGETjobs, there are still vacancies being advertised with deadlines into April and May. Even beyond that.

Finally we get companies coming in to City to tell us! This week it was global IT firm CGI’s turn to bring good news in the form of around 16 brand new graduate positions on their Business Graduate Programme, specifically working within their Financial Services & Digital business unit. Basically the part of CGI that does work for big name finance companies amongst others. You’ll be the Service Delivery Managers supporting the delivery of a first class service to these clients. You don’t need a technical background but you do need a genuine interest in working in the technology sector. The roles have elements of both data analytics and project management as well as plenty of client contact. All degree backgrounds will be considered as well as a predicted 2:1 or above in your (first) degree and 240+ UCAS points. What’s equally as interesting is that they have a relatively short application process. One application form, a very short phone call, and an assessment centre. That’s it. They also still have technology and year long placements available as well. Read the full job advert here: Business Grad Advert 2016.



A legal hidden job market right on your doorstep

If I told you that there was a hidden source of legal jobs that has provided the following numbers of vacancies in the last 12 months I’m sure you’d want to know about it:

  • 38 paralegal vacancies
  • 2 legal assistants vacancies
  • 2 pupillages
  • 3 training contracts
  • 5 vacation schemes
  • 16 other legal related vacancies

Where are they hidden? Our very own online vacancy board that you can find here. And why are they hidden? Well, one thing we do know is that a lot of companies that advertise their vacancies with us get frustrated at the lack of applications they then receive. Which is most probably because very few students look at this job board. Which is why you might just want to. If you are one of the few students looking out for these vacancies there is a high chance there will be a very short queue of applicants if you do choose to apply.


Deadline for applying to be an English or Maths tutor is 4 Jan 2015

Add value to you to your CV , help a young person who is struggling at school and get paid for it! The deadline for applying to be an English or Maths tutor for pupils in Islington schools is midnight, 4 Jan 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for City students organised by the Widening Participation Team at City University. Although suitable for all students, it is ideal for anyone considering becoming a teacher and doing a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) after City. More details and how to apply in the link.





Graduate vacancies are up! But there’s a catch

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.

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Graduated, now what?

The-Next-Step-College-GraduateExams are now a distant memory and you have probably returned all the books to the library by now leaving you with just a few journal articles on your night stand to remind you of the sweet 3 years (or maybe more) that have gone by faster than you had ever thought they would. The memories of sitting through never-ending lectures or seminars that resembled the Great Inquisition will slowly fade away and the sense of reality will kick in before you know it.

So here are my 7 tips on how you can get over the nostalgia and jump on the job market saddle ASAP:

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