What’s on this Week: Media Week


Interested in a career in media? Then this week at SOAS Careers is designed for you!

Come along to our wide range of events which will help you work out how to get your dream media job, and make sure to get booked in to a one-to-one appointment for further support.

Mon 31 Oct, 5.30 – 7pm, B111, Working for Reuters: http://bit.ly/2eLR9B1

Tues 1 Nov, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Careers Service SL57, What I Wish I’d Known: Camellia Elerman: http://bit.ly/2fmodBw

Wed 2 Nov, 1.30 – 3pm, S118, Creative Job Hunting: http://bit.ly/2eTwJE3

Thurs 3 Nov, 5.30 – 7pm, G3, Working in Broadcast Media: http://bit.ly/2dUJe57

See you soon!

Alexis Fromageot


Something for the Weekend: Public Sector Week


It’s been fantastic hear that Public Sector week has shown you what life working in this sector is really like.

Here’s an easy read for the weekend to wrap up the week! If you’ve ever had to repeat what you’re career dreams are, you’ll definitely relate to this list of 9 Things People With Unusual Career Goals Are Tired of Hearing.

Enjoy your weekend, and see you next week for Media Week!

Alexis Fromageot

#changeyourworld: Your chance to have a reception with the UN!


SOAS Careers is excited to announce that on Wed 16 November the UN is coming to SOAS to deliver a talk about Working for the United Nations! There’ll be a talk and Q&A session with the Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York, John Ericson.

We’re giving one of you the chance to have a personal reception with John Ericson after his presentation. As we encourage you 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 of 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.

Get inspired by taking a look at last year’s winning entries, from Florence and Georgina!


Florence’s photo was taken in Sierra Leone. She travelled there with an ex-child soldier from Rwanda, who wanted to go and meet with child soldiers from Sierra Leone. The aim was to see how to best help those suffering following the civil war. They visited a ‘ghetto’ of ex-child soldiers, built on a rubbish heap by the port. Deep in the slum they found ex-rebels, who lived in this tunnel. They spoke about their experiences and the group discussed ways to help.


Georgina’s photo was taken in Chile at a march calling for the liberalisation of abortion laws. She spent the summer researching the effects of restrictive abortion laws on maternal health at the Human Rights Centre in Santiago, thanks to a scholarship from Santander. The results of the research will be presented at a special hearing at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in Washington D.C.

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

All entries must be in by Friday 4th November and the winner will be announced in this newsletter 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

Public Sector and LGBT equality: Recognition for 30+ employers in Stonewall’s Top 100


Over 30 Public Sector employers have been recognised as great places to work for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality, in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2016. The WEI is a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

The index is formed from a submission from the employer on their policies and practices, plus feedback directly from staff on their experiences of the working culture:

  • Are lesbian, gay and bi people comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation at work?
  • Are there visible lesbian, gay, bi and trans role models in the organisation?
  • Are lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees supported by managers and senior managers?
  • Are staff confident reporting homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in the workplace

Whilst not making it into the Top 100 this year, many more are listed as Diversity Champions in Stonewall’s ‘Starting Out Guide’ – the definitive guide to LGBT-inclusive employers.


Ask employers including the Civil Service and HM Treasury about their policies and culture in person at the Public Sector Fair at SOAS on Thursday 27th October!

Check out the full lists of Stonewall’s Top 100 and the Diversity Champions here.


The Public Sector includes a huge variety of roles and opportunities. Here, we run through some examples of LGBT-inclusive employers and possible routes of entry for graduates.

Civil service Departments and Agencies:

The Home Office receives high accolade as a Star Performer in 2016, having been ranked in Stonewall’s Top 10 three times in the past five years. The Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Justice feature as Diversity Champions. The Civil Service Fast Stream is a highly rated graduate scheme (currently 18th in the Guardian Top 300 graduate employers) in which staff work across a variety of departments. Also see individual department websites and civil service jobs for opportunities.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) comes in at 36 in the Top 100. ONS offers graduate analytical positions, including Economic Researchers which they are currently recruiting* for 14 positions.

Local Government

In London, Tower Hamlets and Islington are feature in the Top 100 as do, more widely, Birmingham City and Newcastle City Councils. Eight other London Boroughs are featured as Diversity Champions, including Hackney, Newham and Sutton. Opportunities for graduates include the National Graduate Development Program, a graduate scheme run by the Local Government Association in which different councils participate. Also see local websites.

Local Councils, an organisation which represents the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London, also features as a Diversity Champion. London Councils offers opportunities including in policy and research roles.

Devolved Governments and Offices

Wales is strongly represented with The National Assembly for Wales comes in at an impressive 3rd in the Top 100, with The Welsh Government ranked 17th. Opportunities include via the Civil Service Fast Stream, and see their websites.

Scotland’s Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service features at 25th, and offers opportunities including Solicitor Traineeships for law graduates.

Policing and Defence

Six Police Forces and the National Crime Agency are featured in the Top 100, plus many more on the Diversity Champions list, including London’s Metropolitan Police. Originating in the Met Police, there is now a national Policing Graduate Scheme Police:Now.

International Security Intelligence Service MI6 ranks at 36th. Opportunities include language specialists and intelligence officers. MI5 features as the top employer in the Top 100, and offers three different graduate programmes.

NHS Trusts and Emergency Services

These also featured strongly in the Top 100. See local sites for opportunities.


* Live at time of writing

Alice Moon, Careers Consultant

What’s on this Week: Public Sector Week


This week at SOAS Careers is all about working in the Public Sector!

Come along to our whole host of events designed to support you and your career in the public sector, as well as our one-to-one appointments every afternoon. Don’t miss out!

Mon 24 Oct 5.30 – 7pm, B111: SOAS Alumni: What the Civil Service Fast Stream is really like: http://bit.ly/2dCf5mh

Wed 26 Oct 1.30 – 3pm, S118: JET and Daiwa Presentation: http://bit.ly/2eZwHhM

Thurs 27 Oct 1 – 4pm, Cloisters, Senate House North Block: Public Sector Fair: http://bit.ly/2eJYO0M

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Alexis Fromageot


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 careers@soas.ac.uk.

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, Lawcareers.net 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