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Communicating Your Transferable Skills

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On Thursday 17th March 2016, we hosted our second alumni careers webinar. The topic was “Communicating your Transferable Skills”, and focussed on how to best showcase your skills.

This webinar was recorded and is now available here. Running Time 35 mins.

NOTE you may not be able to see the links as mentioned in some of the answers, please find the Prospects job profiles here and the City Careers website here.

This presentation was given by David Gilchrist. For more from him click here.

Cass Alumnus is Barnet’s Youngest Ever Mayor

Careers, Cass Business School News , .

Official mayor photoCouncillor Mark Shooter, Mayor of Barnet, is the youngest ever person to hold this position, and an Actuarial Science graduate from 1992. We went to interview him for a chat about how he got into politics, the diversity of Barnet and the pressures of funding cuts, as well as going on safari in South Africa.

What was your time at Cass like?

“I studied Actuarial Science at Northampton Square, and it was a very hard course requiring lots of studying. The exams in particular were very intense. I thought it was a fantastic course and it let me to a top job in an actuarial consultant’s office straight after I graduated. I was also exempt from six of the formal actuarial examinations thanks to the academic rigour of the course.

How did you go from Actuarial Science to Mayor of Barnet?

“I stayed in that first actuarial role for two years, taking two further examinations towards being a certified actuarial analyst, but then I decided I wanted to do something else. As a profession, it’s too risk-averse and I wanted to do something that involved a little more risk. I moved on to Swiss Bank, dealing with investment banks, trading and hedge funds.

“In 2010 the market became quite volatile and I decided to seek new challenges. I was after something where I could give my time and energy to the community, as well as developing my charitable foundation. I wanted to do something really meaningful and then one day an information leaflet about ‘becoming a councillor’ dropped through my door. I didn’t really know what one did, and the only real interactions I’d had with the council were to get them to fix the pavement, to pay parking tickets, and for rubbish collection. I learned that Barnet council has a £1bn budget and is responsible for education, social welfare, the environment, voluntary organisations and more, and decided to get involved.

“I helped Matthew Offord become an MP and in return he backed me to become a councillor in Hendon. I have been a councillor for five years now, and enjoy making small differences to people’s lives, whether it’s by sending an email, going to a meeting, or by lobbying for someone’s interests or rights.”

Brooklands Junior School with Mayor

Was entering the public sector an easy transition?

“When I was first elected I wanted to take over the whole council but I missed out on becoming the leader. I realised then I actually needed to take a step back and take some time to find my feet in the public sector before pushing on forwards, so I focussed and took it a bit slower. Gradually, I took on more responsibility, before becoming the chairman of the pension fund, which ties in nicely with my actuarial background, as well as being a member of the planning committee. Barnet Council has £1bn pension fund, and together with all 33 London boroughs we have pension assets of over £30bn. The Government is trying to save on administrative costs, and to gather resources together for efficiency, so now I’m on the board of investors of all the London pension funds with an aim to push down the costs of administering the investments and return a high level of savings.”

What does being Mayor of Barnet actually involve?

“As a Mayor I have three main duties. The first is my civic duty to meet and greet royals who come to my constituency and to be present at official events such as Remembrance Day and Armed Forces Day. I get to open schools and libraries and also raise the profile of other local events by attending in my Mayoral capacity. The second is in upholding the council constitution. I chair the full council meetings, keep decorum and my decision is final if there are any disputes on rules. And my third duty is to raise money for charity. We pick an annual charity and I have actually convened a committee to help with this because I wanted to support a number of local causes. In the end we chose four different ones: a local cancer charity, a charity that works with homeless people in Barnet, a charity for muscular dystrophy which came about because a couple of the mothers on the committee have children with this condition, and an educational charity that supports children who require extra educational assistance but don’t have this provided through their school via a special needs statement.”

Would you recommend becoming a Councillor to other people?

“Becoming a councillor has been such a rewarding experience. I have had the chance to do so many and varied things, and it’s really enhanced my social life as well. I also like that it’s not a full time role, so that still gives me time to spend with my five kids, and on my charitable trust.”

What’s next for you?

“I’ve taken on a consultancy role within the Government, advising on pensions and investments, and I’m finally studying for my last actuarial exams, which have increased in number since I was last part of the profession. It’s hard to go back to studying as there’s huge competition from very bright youngsters with lots of energy. Competing against them with all my responsibilities is hard but I’m still feeling confident, energetic and nimble.”

Barnet Music and Literary Festival with Mayor

What’s the biggest issue facing Councillors today?

“Barnet council is the largest in London, with a very diverse 400,000 people living here. 35% of my constituents were born outside the UK, it’s home to the largest Chinese community in the country and there are large Jewish, Indian and Greek-Cypriot communities too, plus a large number of elderly residents. This diversity is good, but it also presents challenges locally, in terms of looking after all the different communities. This area is so successful because of the excellent schools, there are 124 here and we have to maintain standards. All of this is difficult because we are facing severe cutbacks in our budget. Other boroughs have been shutting down libraries and services, but we are trying to do it by making efficiency savings and schemes like turning some libraries into community libraries. We’ve also got 6 museums which we’re fighting to keep open, we really need to keep the cultural side of Barnet alive, so we’re outsourcing some things to save money. We’re struggling with the extra cuts from the new budget announced in the summer though. We are also committed to building a large number of houses, although that’s presenting us with some infrastructure challenges.”

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

“Well, I actually have a 16-year-old son, so I’ve been practising this lately. I’d say make sure you get good A-levels, they are crucial for university, so keep on with those GCSEs and make sure to get at least a B in English. Politics is good, but go through a roundabout route. Start a career first, so that you have some life experience when you go into politics, and make sure you get professional qualifications too. That doesn’t mean you can’t get involved along the way though; you should take an interest in politics, join local associations and get involved in events and electoral campaigns, they will build your experience and social skills, and you can make a difference as well.”

Finally – it’s the quick-fire question round!

Favourite place in London: “It’s got to be Barnet!”

Favourite holiday destination: “Israel.”

Must-check-everyday Website: “I have several – I always check the markets on the IG Index, Sky News and the Daily Mail app.”

Dream travel destination: “South Africa – I want to take my kids on safari.”

Cheese or chocolate: “Chocolate every time!”

Any other facts about yourself? “I’m 6’1”, I support Spurs, and I worked for 10 years at the Business Design Centre in Angel.”

Read more Cass-related blogs here.

City Alumni! Will you spare one hour of your time with a current student?

Careers, City Future Fund .

Snapshot Scheme

The Careers, Student Development and Outreach Department at City University London runs an initiative to help students engage with employers and helpful alumni to allow them to experience what the work environment is like.

Snapshot: Your Insight into Industry, is an initiative that offers a great opportunity for highly motivated students to get a “foot in the door” of business and the professions, develop their interpersonal skills and boost confidence, while offering you as Alumni a great way to keep in touch with the University and talent of the future.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for professionals who are able to spare one hour of their time in February to give a current student a short tour of their office environment and share some information on their career path to date.

How do students join the Scheme?

This is a highly popular scheme, where students have to apply for a place. The programme focuses on highly motivated students who will derive the most benefit from industry exposure and candidates are chosen based on their motivation and level of commitment.

How will you be matched with students?

Throughout the selection and recruitment process, students are asked to specify their industries of interest. We will then match them with employers and alumni who are able to provide them with more insight into their chosen field.

Does this really help students learn more about industry?

Absolutely! Many of our students join the scheme because they feel that they do not have access to professional networks. A recent Snapshot student, having attended a tour of Bloomberg’s offices, said “Bloomberg’s relaxed and diverse working environment really impressed me and this has encouraged me to do further research into their company. Hopefully I can send a graduate scheme application by the end of summer”.

The Scheme also received a commendation at the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for “Excellence in engagement with business, the professions and partner organisations”.

How can you help?

If you would like to volunteer your time to help out a student, please do get in touch with Vin Bhabra directly at manvinder.bhabra.1@city.ac.uk

This initiative is supported by City’s FutureFund.

Staying connected with City has helped Alumna to excel in her field

Alumni Notice Board, Careers, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

Jaz Rabadia (BEng Mechanical Engineering 2006, MSc Energy Environment Technology & Economics 2009) talks about how staying connected with the University has helped her to excel in her field, raise her profile and continue her professional development.

She said: “City University has been such an integral part of my career and the six years I spent there were six of my best. I feel indebted to the university as I am sure many others do. I would encourage more alumni to reach out and offer their insights and experience to current students to ensure we have a pipeline of future professionals ready for what the world will have to offer”.

Read full article…

John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme 2014 – Now Accepting Applications

Arts and Social Sciences News, Careers.

The John Schofield Trust is now accepting applications for its 2014 mentoring scheme.

The scheme is for young journalists with between two and five years’ experience and will start in April 2014.

There are up to 25 mentoring opportunities with leading news gatherers from the industry. Mentors who have volunteered for 2014 come from the newsrooms of the BBC, ITN and Sky, and include Fergal Keane, Rageh Omaar and Bridget Kendall.

There is no charge to apply to this pioneering scheme. Applications close on 31 January, 2014; the mentoring programmes start in April 2014. For further details, please see the John Schofield Trust website, www.johnschofieldtrust.org.uk.

Did you complete your course between 1st January and 31st August 2013?

Careers.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey is underway. The survey provides the University with invaluable information about the employment and further study circumstances of its graduates. All UK Higher Education institutions are required to conduct this survey, whose findings feed into the Universities’ employability tables.

Last year over 80% of City graduates included in the survey took part and helped the university assess the early careers of its alumni.

If you completed your course between 1st January and 31st August 2013 we are asking you to contribute a couple of minutes of your time when we contact you to carry out the survey. Alternatively you can do the survey online now.

Your input in the survey as a recent graduate will be greatly appreciated as it will aid students on your course in understanding their career options and help us maximise City’s students employability.

You can view results from last year’s survey, including employment statistics, median salaries and companies/roles by course of study.

Share your experiences with future I.T. professionals, enable your employer to engage with our student body and meet up with your former academics

Careers, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

On the evening of Monday the 4th November 2013, the Professional Liaison Unit in collaboration with our central Careers team will be running a structured speed networking event for Computing students here at City University London.

The purpose of this event is to help penultimate and final year students uncover what careers in I.T. really look like.

This event will give you the chance to share your own experiences with the I.T. professionals of the future as well as giving your employer an opportunity to engage with our student body and positively raise their profile.

You will also have the opportunity to meet up with your former academics.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in taking part, please reply to david.gilchrist.1@city.ac.uk and mohson.khan.1@city.ac.uk at the earliest opportunity.

Do you own a small business? Hire interns from City with support from Santander

Careers.

City has recently partnered with Santander to provide students and recent graduates paid-for work experience with small to medium sized businesses (SMEs).

The Programme enables participating businesses to recruit students and recent graduates from City University London free of charge on City’s website. There is also some financial support available from Santander.

How does the Programme work?

Provided that your internship meets with our general code of practice, we will advertise it online and free of charge:

  • The internship can be between 10-12 weeks in duration
  • You must pay the intern at least £1,000 per month. You can pay more than this if you wish to offer a more competitive salary
  • Santander (via City University London) will contribute £1,500 per internship offered. Your organisation will be expected to fund the rest of the interns salary.

How can you sign up?

If you are interested in hiring an intern, please tell us more about the role here.

Become a Professional Mentor to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates

Careers.

City is looking for professionals to inspire our students and assist them in making their first career steps. Evidence from the 2012-2013 cohort showed that 86% of 205 mentees felt that having a mentor had a direct impact on their securing a placement, internship or personal development.

City has a diverse student demographic but what the majority of our students have in common is that they are undertaking degrees at our institution with employability as one of their main end objectives. The students that we target to be supported by a Professional Mentor are:

  • Students from non-traditional academic backgrounds
  • Those with drive and ambition but a lack of knowledge on how to pursue their goals
  • Undergraduates who are unsure of what path/s their degrees can lead to
  • People who need support and guidance from a potential role model

This is a competitive scheme and all candidates undergo a formal assessment.

In 2013-14 we will be running two waves of entry to accommodate what will hopefully be 400-450 mentoring pairs. You have the option of mentoring a student from November 13th 2013 to May 2014, or February 18th to August 2014. Please check the form when signing up and select which one you would like to be considered for.

New mentors are expected to attend one training session, which will take place on campus on October, 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2013; the January 2014 dates are tbc.

More information / download an application form

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