What’s toast got to do with anything?

If you were watching the Student Hubs at SOAS or Ventures twitter feed last week (and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you?), you might have found a puzzling number of references to…toast.

That’s because we were running a problem solving workshop based on Tom Wujec’s toast drawing method, which you can watch here. We were exploring his ideas around drawing problems, visualising processes and working in teams. We then put those learnings to the test and tried to see if we could solve problems like: how not to spill your tea and dressing appropriately for the weather. World changing stuff.

The session was the first in a year long series of short lunchtime training sessions ‘lunch and learn’. You come along, we serve up some (free) lunch and then we spend some time looking into key entrepreneurial skills. The next one is tomorrow – check it out here, and you can see all events coming up this term on the Student Enterprise website.



#changeyourworld Tea with the UN photo competion

It has been really great to see so many interesting entries so far for our ‪#‎changeyourworld‬photo competition to have tea with the UN!

Here’s one from Laura, who’s been volunteering for AFS in Italy for the past two years:

Laura UN

We also got an entry taken from the Forest Rights Act in southern India, last year:

Karishma UN

Ginevra sent in a pic from her inspirational trip to Ghana where she visited schools and educated young people on issues like child prostitution, child abuse, child marriage, teenage pregnancy and gender inequality:

#changeyourworld- Ginevra Papi

To be in a chance of winning this unique opportunity to have tea with the UN before their talk at SOAS, just upload your photo about a time that you have changed someone else’s world in the past year. This could be during a great internship, volunteering or work placement that you’ve been involved in, or anything else that has led to you changing another’s world.

Upload the photo to our Facebook or Twitter sites, with a brief explanation, here with the tag #changeyourworld, or else email it directly to us at careers@soas.ac.uk

All entries must be in by Weds 4th November and the winner will be announced the following week. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges from SOAS, and all runner up images will be displayed at the UN talk.

To book your place at the UN talk with speaker John Ericson, Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York click here.

Alexis Fromageot

Celebrating 20 years of the Careers Service at SOAS!!


The Careers Service at SOAS opened its doors on the first day of the Autumn Term 1995. Before this, current students, graduates and alumni made use of the nearby University of London Careers Service (ULCS). By 1994/1995, it was felt that a stronger careers provision was needed onsite and during this year a dedicated information suite was established, managed by a newly appointed Information Assistant. A Careers Advisor was seconded from ULCS and together they created a new service by contacting companies and organisations at home and internationally with an interest in SOAS graduates.

To encourage students to use the new service, a programme of events was arranged including an Overseas Evening with representatives from the business and voluntary sectors, media and NGO forums, and a JobSearch Week for Finalists. During the year, students had the opportunity for individual guidance as well as group seminars to develop their employability skills. A comprehensive library of information on occupations, employers and postgraduate study was developed further, specialising in resources of particular relevance to SOAS students.

During its second full year of existence, the number of students using the Careers Service grew significantly – some 10,000 visits were recorded, and the provision of professional advice was integrated into the School’s life. The employer database was added to, more events were developed and individual students were prepared for types of tests they would face during psychometric testing sessions and mock interviews.

Over the years, the SOAS Careers Service has continued to develop and grow. The first SOAS Fair was held in the academic year of 1997/98 and was attended by employers from law, business, TEFL and development. Employer contacts increased, and a special promotional leaflet was designed to raise awareness of SOAS graduates to targeted employers. By 2003/04 the SOAS Careers Service, in conjunction with The Careers Group (formerly ULCS), successfully obtained Matrix Accreditation (HE quality standard) for its student guidance and information services.

By 2006/07, the Volunteering Unit was established in partnership with the Students’ Union and together collaborated on the first International Volunteering Fair. With the introduction of a dedicated Employer Liasion Officer, more events were developed, including the World Music Careers Form, the African Forum and SOAS’ first International Development Conference, with keynote speaker Simon Maxwell (then Director of the ODI). The award-winning ‘Take an Alum for Coffee Scheme” was also introduced during this time.

Since then, more Fairs and events have been introduced and continue to attract leading employers and organisations, and our thriving partnership with Santander for the provision of paid internships continues to benefit students, recent graduates and employers alike. The first Student Enterprise Programme was delivered in 2010/11 which included advice sessions, training and a one week Enterprise Boot Camp to improve student’s employability.

We have now grown to a service that consists of 10 members of staff, and are continuing to develop new services and events. Our exciting events programme this year included talks from the UN, DFID and the ICRC and we launched a new alumni event series “What I wish I’d known as a student at SOAS”. We moved to a wonderful new location offering more seating for students and bought lots more resources to support students in their career planning. Looking to the future, we are currently involved in lots more new projects such as a mentoring programme and a microplacements scheme, and will be moving to new premises in 2016. Here’s to the next 20 years of offering careers advice, guidance and information to SOAS students and graduates!!

Jo Cooper (with help from Emily Huns, Queen Mary University of London)

Your Career Lifeline – where are you with your thinking?

FINAL Careers Lifeline 2015-16The Careers Service at SOAS is here to help you with your career planning by offering advice, guidance and information. To help you get the most out of the service we offer, we encourage you to work out where you are within Your Career Lifeline. Within each section, you will see useful tips and advice which if you actively follow will take you forward in your career planning. For example, if you do not know what job you would like to do after you graduate, Discover and Decide by researching occupations with the SOAS Careers Moodle or Careers Tagged. If you do not know where to start with your research, please do ask the Information Officers based at the Information Desk in R101 or email us at careers@soas.ac.uk. We are happy to show you where good quality careers information can be found and can point you in the right direction. Any research you do will help you make the most of your time during one to one appointments with a Careers Consultant.

Jo Cooper

Law students – come and get your FREE careers information!!

Come to the Careers Service in R101 and get your free guides to a career in law, including:

  • The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook 2016
  • Prospects Law 2015/16
  • Chambers Student Guide to Law Firms and the Bar 2016
  • The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in Law 2016
  • Best in Law – making good candidates excellent 2015

First come, first served!

Our opening hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm and Fri 11am-4pm.

Jo Cooper

We’re giving you the chance to have tea with the UN

On Wed 18 November the UN is coming to SOAS to deliver a talk about Working for the United Nations. There’ll be a 45 minute talk, followed by a 45 minute Q&A session with speaker John Ericson, Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

SOAS Career’s Service is giving one student the chance to have tea with John Ericson before his talk. As we encourage students to #changeyourworld, we’re asking you to show us a time that you have done so!

To be in with a chance of winning this unique opportunity, you just need to upload a photo about a time that you have changed someone else’s world in the past year. This could be during a great internship, volunteering or work placement that you’ve been involved in, or anything else that has led to you changing another’s world.

To enter, upload the photo, with a brief explanation, to our Facebook or Twitter page with the tag #changeyourworld, or else email it directly to us at careers@soas.ac.uk.

All entries must be in by Weds 4th November and the winner will be announced the following week. The winner will be decided by a panel of judges from SOAS, and all runner up images will be displayed at the UN talk.

To register for the talk click here, and to enter the competition just upload your photo with #changeyourworld.


Alexis Fromageot