Paid work in Summer & Autumn with young people on The Challenge, NCS (National Citizen Service)

NCSGain excellent experience for a career involving working with young people like teaching, youth work or social work whilst developing your own leadership skills for those graduate application forms! Need an interest in music, media, drama, photography, sport or enterprise. Next deadline: 31 March 2015, but will recruit again later in the year in Autumn, so watch this site www.ncsthechallenge.org/seasonal-roles

Can I just say that this is a fantastic opportunity – some of you may have taken part in The Challenge yourself when you were 17 or 18. It is a personal development programme that really develops teenagers’ self-confidence and self awareness whilst also benefitting their local communities.


Final countdown for applications to become a CityBuddy coming up!

It is the final countdown for applications to become a CityBuddy this week. The deadline is Friday at 5pm.

A good number of applications have been received so far across Cass, Law, SASS and SHS but this is going to be a big programme across City, so we are encouraging more people to apply, whatever you are studying. We would  particularly welcome more applications from Journalism and Economics students.

This would be a great addition to your CV as buddying (a kind of mentoring really) is classed as a leadership role – a quality that is highly regarded by many  graduate employers. It is also very rewarding, the time commitment is not major and you do not have to be a friend for life!

Students can apply online at www.city.ac.uk/buddy



Career blogging all over the world

Well, as far as America that is. Yes, if you look to the right of our blog home page you’ll find an item called the Blogroll. “What is it?” you may ask. Simply put it’s a list of blogs written by other people about all things to do with careers, employability skills and job finding which are as insightful, engaging and informative as we like to think our own blog is. We just thought we’d share them with you as well.

You might in particular want to check out the Widening Participation blog and a recent item on a City University London student who has used their time working for the Widening Participation team to add to their employability skill set whilst really making a difference to a young person’s life. Read Asiya’s story here. And if you’d like to get involved yourself in the activities that the Widening Participation team are running email wpteam@city.ac.uk to find out how it works.


Are you interested in working with offenders, their families or young people at risk of crime?

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


How to get valuable work experience as a Psychology student

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