Guest Blog: Welcome back!

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 careers@soas.ac.uk

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So you are back on campus again – some for the first time.  At the start of term the Careers Service regularly see students who think they should be doing something careers wise but don’t know what.   Listed below therefore are some general rules of the road to steer you in the right direction.

If it is your first year.

  • Stop, breath and relax! Focus on your course, meeting new friends and working out how the campus works.
  • Finding work is always a good thing to do. Use the Careers Service website to find campus opportunities – however you are in the middle of London, approaching Christmas – there are lots of opportunities.  Don’t underestimate the impact of talking to people, walking into a shop asking for a job.
  • There are many careers events in the first term – just go along – even to ones that you know nothing about. However talk to people don’t just collect brochures and freebies.
  • It is never too early to have good CV in place, so spend time pulling it together. Use the Careers Service website and Prospects for ideas on the layout and content. Book an appointment with the Careers Service to get feedback
  • Most important – don’t let anything distract you from your studies – these must always remain your priority

Second year

  • You now need far more focus on your career. Attending events and getting a real sense of what you might want to do is important.  Use the Careers Website – e.g Careers Tagged, talk to friends, to your cohort to your tutors.  Most importantly – do your own research
  • Your CV needs to be in good shape. Take a long hard look at it – does it need strengthening in terms of for example experience? Use the Careers Service to get feedback – on both CV and potential career paths.
  • There are lots of opportunities for placements and they are a good thing to do – but it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get one. Maximize your chances by looking at different opportunities and companies – don’t just focus on the standard companies that all students go for.  The time taken on the applications is more than you might expect.  However it is good practice and you will get quicker and better.  If you are unsuccessful – reflect on what you can learn from the experience to improve the next one

Third year

  • There is a key early decision to make. You can focus on your studies and worry about a job after graduating.  Or you can throw yourself into job hunting.
  • If you jump in – don’t underestimate the time and commitment involved.  It is easy to get sucked into applying to lots of companies.  However each process is unique – you can’t just cut and paste.  Again use events. Prioritize the companies to apply to.  Really challenge yourself – do you really want to work for PWC or is it because everybody else is?  These companies have thousands of applicants each year – you may be the best ever student for them but there is still a risk of you getting lost in the deluge of applicants
  • The Careers Service can guide you through the application process.  Online tests, reviewing application answers, tidying your CV, mock assessment centres, practice interviews.  In whatever way you need support, we can help
  • If you decide to focus on your studies – that is great but you still need to think about what happens after you graduate. You should still be looking for experiences and roles to strengthen your CV.  Continue to build your network.  Having a great qualification is no guarantee of a job – it is only one small part of the process

 

In simple terms – each year you need to increase your career focus – whether it is staying in academia, getting a job.  And whatever your situation – don’t try and solve everything yourself.  The Careers Service has seen everything and will be able to help you navigate your way forward.

Ian

Ian is a Career Consultant in the SOAS Careers Service

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#MondayMotivation: Join us for Week 6 NOVEMBER 12, 2018 SOAS CAREERS

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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

Welcome back SOASians! Hope you had a good and productive Reading week.

Step in to the Careers Zone, SL62 this week to hear all about securing work in the Charity sector, recognizing your strengths, and how to turn that epiphany into a viable business . We’re running events every day! Not your jam, or looking for other career advice? No problem – we’re open as normal every day and on-hand to give advice about anything to do with your next steps after SOAS!

Discover all of the week’s events and book on with our online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

Tuesday 13 Nov

Wednesday 14 Nov

Friday 16 Nov

 

Don’t miss out – places are being booked out fast, so make sure you get involved by booking now!

Guest Blog: Making the most of Reading Week.

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 careers@soas.ac.uk

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Well done for getting through the first half of this term.

In order to make the most of reading week you will need to do some planning.  You might be visiting family, catching up on reading, applying for jobs or busy writing essays.  By creating a plan, you will be able to utilise your time effectively, allowing you to tick off many tasks on your do to list.

During this week, remember to keep an eye on application deadlines for internships and graduate roles. There are a number opportunities closing in early November.  Look for opportunities on careers.soas.ac.uk as well as targetjobs.co.uk and prospects.ac.uk/graduate-jobs

SOAS careers will be open as normal during reading week, offering drop-in sessions, booked appointments and CV/application checks as usual.

The Events programme will return next week, these include:

  • How to get a job in the charity sector – Wednesday 14th November
  • African Studies Alumni Careers Panel – Thursday 15th November

 

To view all of the week’s events and to book, go to the online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

If you are thinking about a part time job, there will be plenty available in the retail and hospitality sectors in the run up to Christmas, you can search for opportunities by visiting the recruiters’ websites or searching sites such as www.indeed.co.uk

 

Seema Shoor

Seema is a Career Consultant in the SOAS Careers Service

#MondayMotivation: Join us for Reading Week NOVEMBER 05, 2018 SOAS CAREERS

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“By reading we enrich the mind,  by conversation we polish it.” – Chinese proverb.

Happy 5th of November and welcome to Reading week!

Step into the Careers Zone, SL62, this Reading week for the usual CV clinics, career guidance and general advice about anything at all to do with your next steps after SOAS!  We’re open as normal every day, so do pop in!

Discover all of the week’s events and book on with our online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

 

#MondayMotivation: Join us for International Week OCTOBER 29, 2018 SOAS CAREERS

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“Strength cannot keep pace with intelligence.” Sumerian proverb

Step into the Careers Zone, SL62, this International week. We’re running events every day with an International focus. Want to work in Japan? International scholarships and internships? We have you covered. Not your wheelhouse? No worries! We’re open as normal every day, and on-hand to give advice about anything at all to do with your next steps after SOAS!

Discover all of the week’s events and book on with our online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

  • How to stand out and land your career as an International ‘returnee’ in Asia, Mon 29 Oct. 3-4pm, SL62: A skills session designed for international students to help them secure a career back in Asia, e.g. how to prepare for an interview, how to effectively introduce themselves, what to do after an interview etc.
  • Interested in doing a PhD? (for Masters students), Tues Oct 30, 1-2.30pm, SL62: In depth discussion about every aspect of a Doctorate, from application process to what to expect.
  • Working for the ICRC, Tues Oct 30, 4-5.30pm, SL62: Have you considered working as an interpreter in the humanitarian sector?  Would you like to work abroad?
    The International Committee of the Red Cross hires interpreters and delegates to play a crucial role in all our field operations assisting and protecting those affected by armed conflict around the world. 
    In this presentation ICRC employees will be giving a short talk on the work we do in the field as well as how you can be involved.
  • International Student Focus Group USA/ China/ Italy, Wed 31 Oct, 11.30am-1.30pm SL62: Did you study a degree in USA/ China/ Italy? Are you a current Masters/PhD Student? We want to hear from you! We are running an International Student Focus Group about your experiences of Careers Services in your home country and that of the Careers Service at SOAS. Information gathered will be anonymous. Refreshments will be available.
  • JET presentation, Wed 31 Oct, 2-3pm, SL62: The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a Japanese Government scheme aimed at improving foreign language teaching in schools and promoting international understanding. There are 2 positions available for UK graduates: Assistant Language Teacher (ALD) and Coordinator for International Relations (CJR). All degree disciplines welcome. Must have UK Citizenship.
  • DAIWA presentation, Wed 31 Oct, 3-4pm, SL62: UK nationals (graduates, finalists and those finishing Master’s or PhD courses) of all fields are welcome to attend the talk. We will be offering up to 8 Scholarships for the 2019 Daiwa Scholarship programme.Daiwa Scholarships comprise a 1-month Japanese language course in the UK prior to departure for Tokyo, a 12-month period of Japanese language study at the Center for Japanese Language at Waseda University in Tokyo, a 1-month homestay and a 6-month work placement. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is required.

 

Don’t miss out – places are being booked out fast, so make sure you get involved by booking now!

#MondayMotivation: Join us for Public Sector Week

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“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” – Confucius

Step in to the Careers Zone, SL62 this week and enter the world of the Public Sector and Teaching. We’re running events every day to let you in to the reality of working in the  Public sector. Not your jam? No worries! We’re open as normal every day, and on-hand to give advice about anything at all to do with your next steps after SOAS!

Discover all of the week’s events and book on with our online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

 

PUBLIC SECTOR & TEACHING FAIR – Wed 24 Oct, 1-4pm, Cloisters, SHNB: 

Join us at the Public Sector and Teaching Fair this week.

The aim of our 2018 Public Sector Fair is:

  1. To give employers the opportunity to meet high calibre students
  2. To give employers the chance to promote their opportunities and raise brand awareness
  3. To provide students with direct access to organisations

 

  • Graduate Recruitment Series: Assessment Centre (delivered by CharityWorks) Thurs 25 Oct, 1-2pm, SL62: In this session a representative from Charityworks will lead a mock assessment centre exercise based on their own application process. Participants will work together to complete the exercise, after which the Charityworks team will provide feedback on their performance
  • Working at the Bank of England, Thurs 25 Oct, 3-4pm, SL62: The Bank of England is the Central Bank of the United Kingdom. Please join two representatives who will discuss their pathways to the Bank as non-economist students.

Don’t miss out – places are being booked out fast, so make sure you get involved by booking now!

 

#MondayMotivation: Join us for Law & Justice Week

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“Man is born for Justice, and that Law and Equity are not a mere establishment of opinion, but an institution of Nature.” – Cicero

Step in to the Careers Zone, SL62 this week and enter the world of Law and Justice. We’re running events every day to let you in to the reality of working in this sector. Law and Justice not your jam? No worries! We’re open as normal every day, and on-hand to give advice about anything at all to do with your next steps after SOAS!

Discover all of the week’s events and book on with our online booking system CareersZONE. Just log in with your usual SOAS email and password.

LAW & JUSTICE FAIR – Wed 17 Oct, 1-4pm, Cloisters, SHNB: 

Our Law and Justice Fair will give you the opportunity to meet a wide range of law firms, education providers and human rights law organisations. You will have the opportunity to learn about both commercial and non-commercial careers in law and find out more about the opportunities organisations have available.

This session will help you:

Meet organisations that are interested in SOAS students and graduates
Find out more about opportunities in law.
Gain an insight into what a range of employers are looking for in successful applicants.

  • Graduate Recruitment Series: Phone and Video Interviews (delivered by Cancer Research UK) Thu 18 Oct, 1-2pm, SL62: Come and discover how to stand out in any online assessments involved in the recruitment process for your dream job.

  • October PhD drop-in, Fri 19 Oct, 11am-12pm, SL62

  • Self-Defence at Work: Your Employment Rights, Fri 12 Oct, 2-4pm, SL62: Do you know your rights? What are your protected characteristics? What constitutes harassment? Are you entitled to flexible working hours? Who do you contact if things go wrong with your employer?Find out in an interactive session with two employment law barristers, discussing ‘problem scenarios’ you might encounter and how to deal with them. This will be one of the most important sessions of your time at SOAS –don’t miss it!

Don’t miss out – places are being booked out fast, so make sure you get involved by booking now!