Welcome Week Buzz

Welcome Week is a busy time for everyone, and it was no exception for those of us at SOAS Careers Services. Last week over 2,000 students and graduates (2,115 to be exact) passed through our doors to meet with Careers Consultants for drop-ins, quick queries and other guidance.

Some were thinking ahead to life after graduation and had questions about how to secure work abroad following undergraduate studies, and some recent graduates were now turning their attention to finding full-time work with studies now complete. Others were planning for part-time work next summer, while a number of students had queries about identifying internships or volunteer work while studying. We also met with career changers who were interested to learn more about how to gain experience to give them an edge for their newly chosen professions, and some were at the start of exploring career options.

Our Careers Consultants also participated in 17 events, including workshops and fairs, providing information on the range of services available. All in all – an exciting week!

The SOAS Careers Service team is equipped to support you to find answers to these and other questions you might have about your career. Whether it be identifying the careers you can pursue with your degree, gaining work experience or preparing for job applications and interviews, we are here to help. You can book appointments on the day or drop by to browse the range of resources we have on hand.  Come in and say hello!

Tisha Pryor

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FREE employer guides and careers information!

Have you visited the SOAS Careers Service yet? If not, then come and see us in our lovely and sunny Room 101!  We can help you research information on jobs, internships and career planning, and advise about the appointments we have on offer. We have lots of resources for you to have a look at including sample CVs, career guides to different sectors and international resources.

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If you want to see what we have, please look at the Catalogue. Some of the books can be borrowed for 2 weeks with a £10 deposit. Others are reference only – we do have a scanner/photocopier and there are student pc’s here too.

You can also pick up a wealth of FREE information to take away with you and peruse at your leisure. For example:

  • The Ultimate Careers Guide 2016
  • The JobCrowd – The Top Companies for Graduates to Work For 2015/16
  • Student Career Guide 2015/16
  • Targetjobs City & Finance 2016

If you are a law student, we will be getting lots of law resources very soon – watch this space!!

We are open 10am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 11am-4pm on Friday. We would love to meet you!

Jo Cooper

Sponsored Field Study trip to India in August 2016

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Just starting Term 1 and already thinking about your plans for summer 2016?

The Sri Aurobindo Trust will support 5 SOAS students to take part in a field study trip to Auroville and Pondicherry in India next August. Through visiting the locations where Sir Aurobindo first practised his teachings, participants will be able to experience for themselves the communities and inspiring spiritual traditions which have grown from his and are still lived today.

A stipend will be provided for travel to India, and room, board and activities will be covered during the programme.

Applications will open later this autumn. Please note some preference will be given to students taking the new Modern Indian Philosophy module: http://www.soas.ac.uk/courseunits/100406.html

Interested or know someone who might be? Email l.welch@soas.ac.uk to register your interest and receive a reminder email when applications open.

Alexis Fromageot

2015 Busbud Scholarship of Travel Innovation of $5K

SOAS University of London has been registered and is eligible to participate in the Busbud Scholarship Program.

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Students interested in this opportunity can apply for the scholarship on Busbud. The deadline to provide your essay is currently set for November 30th, 2015.

Busbud (www.busbud.com), a leading tech startup in the field of public transportation based in Montreal, is trying to make bus travel around the world a simple and enjoyable experience. By connecting travellers to bus operators, Busbud makes it a breeze to search, compare, and book city-to-city bus schedules and tickets around the world.

The Busbud Scholarship of Travel Innovation  (www.busbud.com/promo-scholarship) strives to encourage young thinkers to help shape the future of intercity bus travel. The winners of the Busbud Scholarship of Travel Innovation will receive $5,000 in grants, an internship at their Montreal Headquarters, a three-month paid membership to Car2Go as well as having their housing paid for the duration of the internship.

Jo Cooper

The results of the Top Companies For Graduates To Work For in 2015/16 are out!

The Top Companies For Graduate To Work For rankings are unique because they are entirely based on employee feedback: given in thousands of reviews submitted on TheJobCrowd across the year by graduate employees at several hundred graduate employers. This means that the companies listed are those that actual graduate employees say are the best companies to work for, not just those who might be the best known. These are the companies who are really, truly, the best places to work.

Come to the Careers Service in R101 to pick up you free copy, or see TheJobCrowd’s Top Companies to Work For 2015/16 for more information.

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Where is your comfort zone?

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It’s the start of term – a time for all sorts of new beginnings and fresh starts.

Lots of people re-invent themselves a bit (or a lot) when they come to University for the first time, and so do lots of people at the start of the new academic year.

It can feel a bit uncomfortable to make changes, and it’s easy to slip back into the old comfortable way of doing things.

Here’s a challenge from Careers : step out of your comfort zone; use our Moodle resources or come and see us, and take the first step towards your new career!

 Philippa Hewett

Daiwa Scholarships 2016

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK during August 2016 before moving to Japan in mid-September 2016 for the remainder of the Scholarship.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

As of May 2015, 153 Daiwa Scholars – including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects – will have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

The closing date for the 2016 programme will be Thursday 3 December 2015.

For more information see: http://www.dajf.org.uk/scholarships/general-information

Jo Cooper

Get started in law from the 1st Year of your degree

9986457286_06455a8e14_bGraduate recruitment at some of the top magic circle law firms in the UK have recently seen a refresh, just in time for Welcome Week, meaning that things are looking a little different this year.

The standout message is that all Vacation Schemes and Training Contract applications will now tend to be submitted in one window, typically opening in the Autumn until the end of the year. The good news is that the firm continue to encourage all students to apply, regardless of degree discipline – and are particularly keen to see anyone with maths skills.

So, what does this all mean for you if you’re interested in a career in corporate law? Crucially, it means that students can get real experience at the firm from their 1st year, and continue to do so every year till graduating, and after, as shown below.

1st years: Apply to specific First year undergraduate programmes

This involves a work experience programme and continuous support network, which is only on offer for 1st year undergraduates.

Penultimate or final year of study/Graduates (complete studies before July 2017)

Starting to look at law as a potential career: Apply for an open day

Opportunity to visit the firm’s central London offices, meet lawyers and trainees and get a feel for the realities of working at A&O.

Considering applying for a Training Contract: Apply for Vacation Schemes (taking place in Winter, Spring or Summer)

Gain real experience of assisting the teams, with the schemes taking place across the year and for varying lengths.

Definitely want a Training Contract: Apply for a Training Contract

Training contracts start in March/September 2018 or March/September 2019.

Second year in a 4 year course: Apply to Open Days

Offers for Training Contracts tend to be made at the end of the Vacation Scheme, or, if applying directly for a training contract, after the interview day.

For any support or information about careers in law, please visit the SOAS Careers webpage or call us on 020 7898 4115.

Alexis Fromageot