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September 8, 2017
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How to get the most out of the MSc Careers Fair on September the 29th

In our last blog entry Relationship Manager, Sara Williams, talks you through how to best prepare for the annual Cass MSc careers fair….

 

About the Fair:

Cass holds its annual careers fair for MSc students during the induction period before term begins – this year it is taking place on Friday 29th of September and full details will be given in your induction presentation as well in the fair guidebook you will receive in the induction week.

Careers fairs give you the chance to meet employers face-to-face, and to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available. The recruiters are trying to market their organisations to you. However, the Careers fair is also an opportunity for you to market yourself to potential employers.

Why do we hold it so early?

We hold it at this time because many of the employers attending the fair will have already opened their graduate recruitment process and many will have deadlines for applications in October / November.

How to prepare:

It can be difficult for students to stand out at Fairs as there are so many people there and it can seem overwhelming. Being prepared therefore is the best way to make a good impression and get noticed.

Do your research

Do your research beforehand so you can use the time during the fair to ask intelligent, business-focused questions to company representatives.

Where can I start researching companies coming to the fair?

  • A full list of attendees for the fair on the 29th can be found on the induction website
  • Refer to the company profiles in the fair guide which you will receive during induction
  • Research companies through their websites, LinkedIn profiles and Twitter feeds
  • Trade Press can also be useful to gain knowledge for the industries you are interested in e.g. Marketing Week, The Grocer, FT.com, Accountancy Age, The Actuary, The Hedge Fund Journal, The Insurance Insider, Management Consulting Association etc.

Plan the questions you want to ask

Try to ask consistent questions to different organisations at the fair, as this will help you compare answers to make a considered decision about later applications.

Don’t ask “What do you do?” or any questions you could answer yourself by looking at the company website such as “Do you sponsor?”

Demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm for the sector and the company and make a winning first impression.

Prepare your answers

Be prepared to answer questions about your interests and motivations. You may need to write these down beforehand to practice and focus your ‘pitch’ about yourself.

On the day:

Dress to impress

First impressions count so ensure you are in business dress for the fair Presenting yourself professionally by wearing business dress is a must, as is keeping accessories, jewellery, perfume, aftershave and make-up to a minimum. Men should wear a conservative suit, shirt and tie in neutral colours, (typically, black, dark blue and grey). Women should wear trouser or dress suits with a blouse and medium height heeled shoes.

Do:

  • Decide which employers you definitely want to visit. Use the floor plan in the fair guide to plot a route around the fair.
  • Introduce yourself to make a positive impression – tell them your name and the course you are studying
  • Demonstrate that you have done some research on the company.
  • Ask pertinent questions, and try to establish a dialogue.
  • Bring other, hovering students into the conversation – recruiters like people who demonstrate an awareness of others’ needs.
  • Collect names, contact details or cards as appropriate.
  • Take notes after you have spoken to an employer – it might be useful for your application.
  • Thank them for their time!

Don’t:

  • Dismiss organisations based on their industry – A large number of companies attending the fairs recruit from any degree discipline and don’t necessarily seek a course related to their industry.
  • Bring stacks of CVs – employers want to talk to you rather than read about you and most will have online application systems
  • Bring rucksacks and big coats – there is no cloakroom and it will get warm and very busy
  • Ask questions which are answered in the fair guide! Or questions around sponsorship, salary and holidays
  • Come across as arrogant – for example by asking “Why should I join your company? What have you got to offer me?”
  • Just grab a freebie and leave.

After the event:

Ensure that you follow up with anyone who passed you their contact details – e-mail them to thank them for their time and advice and if appropriate try and arrange a follow up meeting

Want to learn more?

Watch and listen to our guide on preparing for the fair using the link below

https://mediaspace.city.ac.uk/media/Screen+Capture+-+2017+Sep+08+03A25A06/1_45neykuz

Here’s our students talking about their experiences of the Cass Careers Fair

If you have any questions between now and the 18th September please contact us at cass-careers@city.ac.uk

 

August 30, 2017
by MSc Cass Careers
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The UK Graduate Recruitment Market in 2017

The UK Graduate Recruitment Market in 2017

In the second of our guest blogs from the careers service – David Shute, MSc Careers Relationship Manager, gives you an insight into what the outlook is for the graduate jobs market in 2017…

We often get a lot of questions early in the year from students about what their options are for getting into the job market in the UK. Here we explore two popular options for Cass students; graduate schemes, and entry level vacancies.

Let’s start with the most popular and the one that might need your most immediate attention – Graduate Schemes.

What is a graduate scheme?

Many students consider this the most prestigious route to employment post-graduation.  Some key points on graduate schemes:

  • Many organisations offer them – from professional services firms and consultancies, to banks and retail organisations.

 

  • They usually start in September/October. Typical duration is between 2-3 years, and they combine working with structured training.  They often lead to a permanent position (which, in some cases can be dependent upon obtaining the necessary professional qualification).

 

  • Some schemes are offered on a ‘rotational’ basis where graduates spend a certain period of time in different departments.

 

  • They typically target candidates with 0-2 years’ work experience. While anti-discrimination laws in the UK enable candidates of any age to apply, typically if you have had approximately 3+ years of relevant work experience you might want to consider an experienced hire position.

 

  • Starting salaries tend to be very competitive, with the median graduate scheme starting salary in the UK being £30,000. Salaries can vary significantly by industry and region.

 

 

The outlook on the graduate market is positive

  • The number of graduates hired by organisations featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers rose by 1.6% in 2016, compared with recruitment in 2015.

 

  • The UK’s top employers planned to increase their graduate recruitment by 4.3% in 2017, the fifth consecutive year that graduate vacancies have grown.

 

  • The biggest growth in vacancies is expected at public sector organisations and high street/online retailers, which together intend to recruit over 1,200 extra graduates in 2017.

 

  • Only eight of the UK’s leading employers have opted to reduce their graduate recruitment targets for 2017 because of uncertainty following the Brexit vote.

 

 

Sound Good?

 While this sounds like a highly attractive proposition, graduate schemes are not for everyone, for a number of reasons:

  • Typically, many of the larger organisations will start recruitment for their graduate schemes a year before the start date. So, for graduate schemes starting in 2018, many applications will open in September 2017.  Some employers, eg KPMG have started recruiting for 2018 already, and the application deadline has already passed for some positions with Morgan Stanley!

SO, IF YOU WANT A PLACE ON A GRADUATE SCHEME BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2018, FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH APPLICATION OPENING AND CLOSING DATES, AND APPLY EARLY!

  • The recruitment process can also be time consuming, sometimes taking a couple of months. You could go through several stages including, but not limited to; online application form, psychometric tests, first-round interview (often video or telephone), assessment centre and a final-round interview/presentation.

 

  • The popularity of these programmes also means that they are competitive. The average number of applications per graduate vacancy is 68, and for some sectors, eg Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) the figure is over 100.

 

  • Most companies require students to have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Check the academic entry criteria before applying.

 

  • Graduates may often be required to travel, often at short notice, and not always to glamorous destinations!!

 

HOWEVER….

Graduate employers are looking for candidates with more than just a 2:1 undergraduate degree. Work experience is key, so do apply for a part-time job if your work experience is limited.

Gaining experience will be valuable for your CV (and your bank account!)  It’s a win-win situation and future employers will find your application much more attractive.

The 2017 ‘High Fliers’ report states…

  • “Over a third of graduate recruiters repeated their warnings from previous years – that graduates who have no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process”

City University partners with Unitemps to help students find short-term employment.

 

What are my options outside of a Graduate Scheme?

Only between 6-10% of students who apply get offered a position on a graduate scheme. Getting a job on a graduate scheme is the exception, not the norm, and it isn’t for everyone. Most students in the UK find ‘entry level positions’.

What is an entry-level vacancy?

  • These roles are typically at the same level as a graduate in terms of the expectation level, but there may not be an opportunity to rotate around different business functions/departments, or receive as much structured training.

 

  • Job titles vary a lot but typical roles that Cass students have secured outside of the graduate schemes are; Actuarial Analyst, Market Risk Analyst, Research Analyst, Supply Chain Assistant, Competitor Insight Executive etc.

 

  • These can be found in large companies but also in sectors or industries where graduate schemes are not common or established (e.g. Shipping), and also in small and medium sized organizations (known as SMEs).

 

  • Smaller businesses typically recruit graduates in entry-level roles, rather than running graduate schemes.  Employing graduates this way is more flexible, as they can recruit as and when there is a business need. Vacancies are therefore advertised throughout the year, but because of academic commitments, Cass students tend to start applying to these positions from April onwards.

 

  • The selection process is usually shorter in comparison to graduate schemes. CV and cover letters are more common than application forms, and there is less of an emphasis on assessment centres.

 

Where do I get started?

Start to think about type of role or skills you want to use in your career as well as industries you are interested in using links like:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner

https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/career-planning

Graduate jobs, internships, placements and school leaver schemes as well as the highest quality career advice by sector.

 

To find out more about who are some of the biggest/top graduate employers in the UK:

Times Top 100 Graduate Employers:  http://www.top100graduateemployers.com/

The Guardian Top 300 Graduate Employers: https://targetjobs.co.uk/uk300

 

Questions?

Drop us an email: cass-careers@city.ac.uk

Whether it’s a graduate scheme or an entry level position, the careers team are ready to support you on your journey.

Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for our next blog where we will be providing some guidance for preparing for the Cass MSc Careers Fair, taking place on Friday 29th September!

August 16, 2017
by MSc Cass Careers
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Hello and welcome from the Cass Careers & Professional Development team!

Many of you will be looking to study an MSc with a view to using it to help either start or progress your career. With that in mind engaging with Cass Careers and making the most of the opportunities and resources available to you should be high on your list of priorities.

The Careers team have a wealth of experience from across different industries and know what it takes to stand out from the competition, whether you are applying for a graduate position, an internship or an experienced hire role.

So how can we help?

Once you have paid your deposit you can start engaging with the careers team. Some of the Key ways to engage with Careers will be;

Cass Careers Online (CCO) – Once you start your course you will be given access to CCO which is our online careers portal. With everything from careers resources and job vacancies to registering for events and booking one to ones it provides invaluable assistance at every step of your career search.

Workshops – Our workshops are held throughout the academic year starting in September, with a higher concentration in October and November to reflect the typical cycle of recruitment processes during this time. Our workshops cover areas such as CV’s and applications, cover letters, assessment centres and presentation skills among others.

One to one support – Sit down with a member of the careers team for one to one guidance and advice on anything in the application process from job search, feedback on your CV to mock interviews in which we will give you individual feedback.

Opportunities to engage with employers – These will include but are not limited to company presentations, both on and off campus, panel events and the Autumn Careers fair which will be your first opportunity to engage with employers. This years’ Careers fair will be held on Friday 29th  September.

These opportunities are an incredibly valuable source to find out more about a company and start building your network, learning about the culture and skills a company is looking for will help you tailor your applications when you apply. We will be announcing which companies are confirmed for our fair through our facebook page over the next few months.

What can you do now?

Start thinking about where you want to apply and start your research. Check when companies open and close their applications and what their recruitment process is.

Once you have paid your deposit you will also be given access the Induction website where you will find more information and guidance from the Careers team to help you including information on updating your CV’s and LinkedIn profiles. If you are starting to make applications and need some advice or would like feedback on your CV before you send it then please contact us at

Cass-Careers@city.ac.uk  and if you are in London over the summer and would like to pop in for a chat then please email us to arrange a time.

Look out for our next blog in a couple of weeks time on the job market in the UK.

We look forward to meeting you all in September.

June 1, 2017
by MSc Admissions Team
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Advice for offer-holders 2017

As summer approaches, and you are making your plans, the following information may help you to prepare for joining Cass Business School in September. This advice is designed to help you avoid the most common problems encountered by students in the final weeks before joining the course. Please read it carefully, as it is advisable to plan ahead, particularly if you require a T4 student visa, rather than have lots to prepare at the last minute.

  • In-person registration starts on 18 September 2017 so please take this into account when making travel arrangements so you will not arrive late. Exact registration dates and hours for each MSc course will be listed on our Induction Website when they have been confirmed (the link to which is in your deposit receipt email).
  • Please make sure you advise your admissions officer of any change in contact details, particularly your email address, to ensure that you don’t miss vital information. Remember to check your email regularly as we will be sending out important information as the start date approaches. Information on induction and in-person registration and ID checks will also be posted on the Induction Website, and you are advised to check that regularly also.
  • Conditional offer holders, please send us documents required to upgrade your offer as you receive them, rather than wait until you have everything. If you have any questions about which documents are still outstanding, please contact your admissions officer for advice. Always include your student number when contacting us or sending documents.
  • We require an original or certified version of your final degree transcript to be sent to us as a hard copy (post/courier/personal delivery) in order to upgrade offers that are conditional on degree results – we cannot accept scans, photocopies or emails. If the transcript does not state that the degree has been awarded/conferred we will also need to receive the graduation certificate. Please post to your admissions officer at the following address: MSc Admissions Office, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, United Kingdom.
  • Planning to return to your home country/travel after you finish your exams? It may be possible to arrange for your university to post a copy of your transcript to us, so please think about that before you leave the UK.
  • IELTS score reports should be emailed to us so that we can verify your scores online.
  • GMAT scores must be made accessible to us online through GMAC (Institution Code 2C2-RO-84 – Masters in Science). Please notify us when you have done this.
  • If you still have references outstanding please follow up with your referees as soon as possible, as it can be harder to contact them during the summer break.
  • If you require a T4 student visa for your studies at Cass, plan ahead and ensure you do everything in good time, to avoid last minute panics. Make sure you understand the UKVI requirements for visa applications (they may have changed in the past few months), particularly with regard to the financial documents required for visa applications. For further information please visit our website and apply in good time for your application to be processed. Our visa advisers are ready to help you with any visa related issues, and can be contacted on visaadvice@city.ac.uk. You will receive information on how to request your CAS Statement when your offer is upgraded to unconditional.
  • Information is added to our Induction Website as it becomes available, so we advise you to check it regularly for updates and additions.
  • Unconditional offer-holders will receive an email inviting you to complete online registration when the system goes live (normally around late July/early August); after this date, conditional offer-holders will receive the link shortly after your offer is upgraded. If you do not receive this please contact your Admissions Officer.
  • Please note that once your offer is upgraded to unconditional it is almost impossible to be considered for a transfer to another course.

If you need any further information, please contact your Admissions Officer. A lot of information is also available in your offer pack, which was emailed to you as a PDF. If you have not received the offer pack please contact your Admissions Officer. Keep an eye on our Blog for further advice about registration later this summer. We look forward to meeting you in September!

 

April 19, 2017
by MSc Admissions Team
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Scholarships webinar 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Scholarships Webinar on 12 April – we hope you found it useful. If you weren’t able to join us, or would like to listen again, please click the link below for the recording.

Scholarship webinar 2017

Remember that the deadline for the majority of scholarship applications is 2 May 2017 – late applications will not be accepted. In order to be considered you must have fully accepted your offer by paying the deposit and submitting the online offer response form by 2 May.

We wish you good luck!

April 3, 2017
by MSc Admissions Team
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2017 scholarship applications open

We are pleased to announce that scholarship applications are now open for 2017 intake!

To see what we have on offer, and the eligibility criteria, please check out our website.

All applications must be made online, and there is a separate application form for each scholarship. We advise you to prepare your short essay answers in advance, as the form cannot be saved and returned to. You can preview the questions here.

To help you complete your application, we’ve put together a presentation giving an overview of the application process and a look at the application form itself:

Scholarships Presentation 2017

To be considered for a scholarship you must first have fully accepted, and paid the deposit for, a conditional or unconditional offer on a full-time MSc course. The deadline for Cass Scholarship applications is 5pm BST on 2nd May 2017.

Decisions are usually made by the awarding panel from June until August, and we will inform candidates of the decisions as and when they are made.

Some scholarships are awaiting confirmation for 2017 intake. Please keep an eye on our website for further information.

If you are not eligible for a Cass Scholarship, you might be eligible for an external award or student loan.

We look forward to receiving your scholarship application forms – good luck!

February 10, 2017
by MSc Admissions Team
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How to apply for a Cass MSc

Are you interested in applying for one of our MSc courses and want to get a head-start on preparing your application? We have lots of advice in our new ‘How to apply’ video, covering everything from how to gather information about our courses, to submitting the application and what steps to take after receiving an offer.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but recommend that you apply as early as possible to maximise your chances. To see how you could benefit from submitting an early application, see our previous post.

As always, if you have any questions please get in contact!

January 11, 2017
by MSc Admissions Team
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Spotlight on our Quants courses

Are you interested in studying one of our Quants courses, but not sure which one to apply for? There is increasing demand from employers for recruits with strong quantitative skills, so earning a Masters in one of our quantitative courses could be your key to success if you have the right background. Read on, as we focus on our quantitative courses, and what we are looking for in successful candidates.

The three quantitative programmes (MSc Financial Mathematics, MSc Quantitative Finance and MSc Mathematical Trading and Finance) share many similarities. To be specific, they share some of the same modules in Term one and Term two, such as ‘Asset Pricing’ ‘Derivatives’, ‘Fixed Income’, ‘Stochastic Modelling in Finance’ and ‘Risk Analysis.’ All programmes enable students to acquire the sophisticated mathematics and computer-modelling skills required to employ newly developed investment products and financial strategies for pricing, hedging, trading and portfolio management decisions.

Each programme has its own specialism and career prospects associated with it. These differences are summarised below, in brief, along with the academic entry requirements: Continue Reading →

November 10, 2016
by MSc Admissions Team
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2017 applications open! Why apply early?

We are pleased to announce that applications for 2017 intake are now open! In this post we explore the benefits of submitting an early application, as well as considering circumstances when it might be worth taking more time before hitting the submit button.

So why apply early?

  • It gives you more time to meet offer conditions. If you’ve been made an offer that is conditional on achieving a certain grade or taking a test such as the GMAT or IELTS, you will have more time to meet our requirements (and, if necessary, retake tests to achieve the required score). Applicants who submit late applications sometimes find that they have very little time in which to meet their offer conditions, particularly if they also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Applying early means you have more control over the situation, can pick suitable test dates before they get fully booked, and remove unnecessary stress from the process.
  • Scholarship applications often have early deadlines. The deadline for most Cass Scholarships is early May, but many external scholarship providers have much earlier deadlines. In order to apply for a Cass Scholarship you must have first received and fully accepted an offer on one of our MSc courses, and this is also often a requirement for external scholarships. Applying early ensures that you are more likely to meet the scholarship application deadline.
  • There is a greater chance that your first-choice course will still be accepting applications. We do not have a set deadline for closing courses, as we accept applications on a rolling basis. This means, however, that some of our most popular courses tend to close earlier in the admissions cycle as they become full. Maximise your chances of being accepted onto your first choice course by submitting an early application.
  • Continue Reading →

September 9, 2016
by MSc Cass Careers
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How to get the most out of the MSc Careers Fair on September the 19th

In our final blog Careers Relationship Manager, Charlie Statham, gives us an insight into how you can prepare for the annual MSc Careers Fair.

About the Fair:

Careers fairs give you the chance to meet employers face-to-face, and to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available. The recruiters are trying to market their organisations to you.

Cass holds its annual careers fair during the induction period before term begins – this year it is taking place on Monday the 19th of September between 14:00 and 17:30 at etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD.

Why do we hold it so early?  We hold it at this time because many of the employers attending the fair will have already opened their graduate recruitment process and many will have deadlines for applications in October / November

The fair is an opportunity for you to ask questions and market yourself to potential employers. Often the stands will be manned by graduate recruitment staff, recent alumni and / or senior managers.  It can be difficult for students to stand out at Fairs as there are so many people there and it can seem overwhelming. Being prepared therefore is the best way to make a good impression and get noticed. Continue Reading →

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