Something for the Weekend: Law & Justice Week


Great to have seen so many of you get involved with our Law & Justice week – hopefully you got lots out of our range of events.

Enjoy your Friday afternoon with this great insight into President Barack Obama’s Practice Interview in the lead up to him needing a new job come January!

Got your own interview lined up? We can support you with your own Practice Interview session – where you’ll spend an hour with a Careers Consultants going through strategies to make sure you present yourself in the best possible light to an employer. Get booked in by emailing

Have a lovely weekend, and see you next week for Public Sector Week!

Alexis Fromageot

Law for All: Legal Careers for Non-Law Students


There are many, many different areas of legal practice ranging from Human Rights, to Family, from Banking and Finance to Shipping.  The size of these practice areas can be very different but the sheer variety illustrates the centrality of law to many aspects of life. This variety is reflected in the backgrounds of those joining the legal profession; graduates in Politics, Languages, History and Development Studies to name just a few degrees are working within the sector.

As a non-law graduate you have a great deal to offer. You can bring a different perspective through the study of your subject and your degree, plus all the other things which you will have done outside of your academic work will have helped you develop the key skills which the law profession values. These include excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills as well as strong problem solving abilities. Language skills are often highly valued by employers and, in some global firms, with offices in many different parts of the world, there are chances, even for trainees to experience working in the legal sector outside of the UK.

What is your image of a lawyer? Working in a large, multinational commercial environment on major business deals? Addressing the jury at the end of a trial? Advising someone on their rights relating to custody of children? There are many different types of law firms from local and national government, global and smaller specialist firms and lots in between not forgetting barristers’ chambers. Be prepared for your assumptions to be challenged in many ways when you start to research a career in law.

Where to start? If you are just beginning to explore options, then websites such as Allaboutlaw, and TARGETjobs Law, provide good starting points.  Follow the links on My SOAS Careers to the ‘careers by sector’ section of the Moodle for lots more resources. You will also find more detailed information on the different areas of legal practice, how to find work experience and vacancies and more

It is good to talk so once you have done some basic research, if you need some help to work out what to do next, then make an appointment to talk to a Careers Consultant. You can also look out for more opportunities to develop your knowledge of the legal profession through Careers Service events

The SOAS Law Fair on 20th October will give you a good opportunity to find out more about training routes and also to talk to recent graduates working in some law firms. To make the most of your time at the Fair though please do some basic research first using the websites listed above so you can do yourself justice (no pun intended!).

Claire Rees, Careers Consultant

What’s on this week: Law & Justice Week


This week at SOAS Careers is all about Law & Justice!

We’ve got a whole range of events to support you and your career in law, as well as our one-to-one appointments every afternoon. Don’t miss out!

Mon 17 Oct 11.30 – 1pm, 4426 – Pecsa Employer Presentation:

Mon 17 Oct 5.30 – 6.30pm, B111 – Working with Vulnerable Young People with Frontline:

Wed 19 Oct 11 – 12pm, S209 – MBTI Workshop:

Wed 19 Oct  1:30pm – 3pm, S118 – The University of Law, Springboard into Law – Part 1: Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes:

Thurs 20 Oct 1 – 4pm,  Cloisters Senate House North Block – Law & Justice Fair:

See you there!

Alexis Fromageot

Something for the Weekend: Business, Finance & Management Week


Thanks to everyone who’s been involved in our run of events this week all about Business, Finance & Management – we hope you’ve got lots out of it!

Here’s a reassuring article for a Friday – all about how what you do every day really can support your next career step.

We’re open every day to support you and your career aspirations – with one-to-one consultations, a great range of events and millions of online resources. Make the most of it!

Have a great weekend, and see you next week for Law & Justice Week!

Alexis Fromageot

I want to change the world – why should I be interested in business or finance?

This is a completely understandable comment we hear from a lot of students at SOAS, and it is not surprising – a lot of our alumni have gone on to do just that and  hold positions of responsibility in charities and NGOs.

However, is it worth taking a moment to consider that if you know where you want to get to, what is the most sensible way to get there? Sometimes the seemingly most direct route to a goal is not the most sensible one.

So, take the case of a student wanting to work in a charity. It is entirely possible to follow the usual route – get lots of voluntary experience, move on to vacation work or internships, and eventually graduate and move into an entry level role before working up to a senior position, and a great many SOAS students do just that.

An alternative might be to consider taking a more indirect route to your goal. A lot of students now take a slightly sideways step into (say) accountancy, get qualified with a commercial firm, and then are able to find themselves a role at a more senior level in the charity or NGO of their choice.

Worth a thought maybe? If you’d like to explore options around this area, come and see the Careers team and a selection of interesting organisations at the Business & Finance Fair tomorrow in the Cloisters, Paul Webley Wing from 1-4.


Philippa Hewett

What’s on this week: Business, Finance & Management Week


This week at SOAS University of London Careers is all about Business, Finance and Management!

We’ve got a whole range of events to support you, as well as our one-to-one appointments every afternoon. Don’t miss out!

Mon 10 Oct 5.30 – 5.30pm, B111 – Working in Finance Flash Talks:

Wed 12 Oct 1.30 – 3pm, S118 – Networking for Business Success with SOAS Alum Neville Crow:

Thurs 13 Oct 1 – 4pm, SHNB Cloisters – Business, Finance & Management Fair:

Fri 14 Oct 3.30 – 5pm, G3 – American Killer Questions: Job Interviews and Networking Functions:

See you there!

Alexis Fromageot

Something for the Weekend: Part-time Work & Volunteering Week


Reward yourself for making it through to Friday with our final post for Part-time work & Volunteering week!

Now that you know all there is to know about securing part-time work & volunteering opportunities, here are 18 photos that poke fun at job interviews

Have a great weekend, and see you next week for Business, Finance & Management Week!

Alexis Fromageot


Looking for Part Time work? Start here!


Working part time can be essential to provide financial income whilst studying. It can also be a fantastic opportunity to develop valuable skills, gain experience in a particular area, and make contacts useful moving forwards. Many part time and flexible opportunities exist across the majority of sectors. Keep an open mind when searching.

Example vacancies currently live include…

** Public Affairs Intern – 2 days a week**

** Freelance Arabic Translator at Family For Every Child (non-profit) – Flexible / piece work **

** Events Host at Royal Museums Greenwich – part time **

** English Tutor – flexible hours **

Your options:

  • What do you want to do? Look for opportunities within organisations and sectors which interest you.
  • What do you have to offer? What are your skills? Are you fluent in other languages? Do you have experience and understanding of another culture? Do you have experience in social media marketing? Ensure these are fully demonstrated on your CV, and use these to direct your job hunt.
  • Be realistic – how much time and energy do you have to offer alongside your course? How flexible can you be?
  • Are you on an International visa? This can mean restrictions on the amount of hours you can work, and the type of work you can do. See the UK Council for International Student Affairs for more details.


Where to start looking…


Know your rights:

It is important to be safe and aware when working and searching for jobs. Employers and agencies have obligations to treat you in a certain way.

  • When looking for work you should never have to pay an agency fees upfront for job searches
  • When working you must be given a written contract within two months.

Citizens Advice and the government have further details.


For further support, and to review CVs and applications, come to SOAS Careers.


** vacancies live 5th Oct 2016

Alice Moon, Careers Consultant

What’s on this week: Part-time Work & Volunteering Week


This week  (3 – 7 Oct) at SOAS University of London Careers is all about Part-time Work & Volunteering!

We’ve got a whole range of events to support you, as well as our Freshers’ Fortnight workshops. Don’t miss out!

Mon 3 Oct 5.30 – 7pm, B111 – Create a Winning CV:

Wed 5 Oct 1.30 – 3pm, S118 – Working in the UK for International Students:

Thurs 6 Oct 1 – 4pm, SHNB Cloisters – Part Time Work & Volunteering Fair:

See you there!

Alexis Fromageot

Guest Blog: Finding career opportunities in unlikely places

Guest blog from James, SOAS student, BA Religion (Graduating summer 2018)

Please note that the views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not those of SOAS Careers Service. If you consider this content to be in breach of the SOAS values, please alert


I am just about to start my second year studying religion as an undergraduate and although I love my course, it isn’t vocational and I sometimes worry about where my degree will take me. Like many other students who have chosen to study at SOAS, I want a career in international development, but how? And doing what?

At the start of the summer I worked for SOAS on the alumni calling campaign to raise money for scholarships. When you make these phone calls you cross your fingers and hope for the best. Unsurprisingly, we hear “no” a lot but occasionally you have a great conversation and we were encouraged to chat to alumni about careers and our hopes for the future.

That’s how I first got talking to Tara Carey, the Media Relations Manager for Farm Africa, an international development charity which supporters smallholder farmers across eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more.

During our chat Tara described what her job at Farm Africa involved and mentioned that they run a volunteer placement scheme in the communication team. When she suggested I send in my CV I jumped at the change, eagerly emailing it over to her before even putting the phone down.

Emails often get buried in people’ inboxes so a week later when I hadn’t heard anything I decided to drop off a hardcopy of my CV at Tara’s office. Looking back now it seems out of character and even pushy but I really think it made the difference. As I was waiting by the elevator to leave, Tara came dashing out to catch me. We had an impromptu interview and she offered me a work placement then and there.

Before I started, I imagined making lots of tea but it’s not been like that. Right from day one I’ve been included in the work. I’ve done research, picture editing and copywriting, I’ve even placed a couple of stories in the media. Throughout the time, Tara and the rest of the team have taught me tons about how a charity works and they have helped me develop a range of new skills.

Prior to Farm Africa I’d volunteered at two other charities but neither placement gave me much of a sense of what it would be like to work there, and I came away still unclear as to what type of job I would like to pursue.

I’d always had an intangible idea about being a writer, but when I became interested in international development I didn’t know how I could combine it. I’d never considered charity communications before but I’ve really enjoyed my Farm Africa placement – it’s a real buzz to see a piece of writing you have worked on appearing in a national newspaper or for an editor to take a story you have pitched. Beyond the skills and experience I have gained, I’ve gotten a new outlook on what my future career could be…

For more information about Farm Africa please visit or follow us on Twitter @FarmAfrica. Farm Africa also has a society at SOAS for more information email:

James, SOAS student, BA Religion (Graduating summer 2017)