#MondayMotivation: Graduate Scheme Week

Focus on the problem

Final year got you toying with the idea of graduate schemes? SOAS Careers is here to help!

This week we’re taking a look at everything to do with those notorious programs. Come by the Careers Zone in SL62 to take a look at the really relevant resources we’ve got all about flying through the recruitment process, and drop by to get insight into how we can best support you.

Take a look as well at the awesome employers we’ve got coming on to campus to talk to you!

Wed 1 Nov, 2 – 5pm, Atrium (Paul Webley Wing): Bright Scholar: https://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=35&service=Careers+Service

Wed 1 Nov, 5:30 – 7pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Bright Scholar Presentation: https://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=37&service=Careers+Service

Wed 1 Nov, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Cloisters, Paul Webley Wing: SOAS’ Dragons’ Den: https://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=129&service=Careers+Service 

Thu 2 Nov, 3 – 4:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Civil Service Alumni Panel: https://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=119&service=Careers+Service

Thu 2 Nov, 5 – 6:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): PwC: Applications and Interviews Skills Session: https://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=159&service=Careers+Service


Alexis Fromageot


#FridayFeeling: Join the Team at SOAS


Happy Friday! Graduated recently and miss being in the midst of the incredible world of SOAS? 

Good news: SOAS Careers is looking for a recent SOAS graduate to act as a graduate intern for the rest of the academic year (till the end of July).

Your role would be to work with the Events and Internships team to support activity in sourcing interesting employers to come onto campus or for our students do do internships. For more information, take a look at the Job Description.

If you are interested, please complete this Google form and send us a copy of your CV to careers@soas.ac.uk by midday on Wednesday 1 November.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 7 November

Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Alexis Fromageot

3 Ways You Can Shine at Careers Fairs


Attending a careers fair is one of the most valuable things to do at university, when you’re thinking about your next steps. To avoid common mistakes at the next SOAS careers fair, here’s 3 quick and easy tips to help get the most benefit from attending.

1 – Research who the employers at the fair are, before you attend
Come to the fair knowing who you want to speak with, as you might waste time and energy speaking with employers that don’t interest you. Rather than going to see all the employers, have a read through their online content like websites, social media and industry related sites. Then decide which employers appeal to you the most, and therefore who you want to speak with at the fair.

2 – Think about what information you want to get out of the fair
To stand out and make an employer want to engage with you further, plan out the questions that specifically address what you want to find out. Once you know which employers you want to speak with, think about what you already know from your research, and what gaps are there.

Employers are always more impressed by somebody who has prepared what they want to ask and therefore already engaged with who they are. It really helps you to make a positive first impression, and you’re also more likely to have a great conversation with the representative at the fair.

3 – Be positive when you communicate
Attending a careers fair gives you the chance to have a conversation with a recruiter or alum from each respective employer. It’s worth thinking about the details of how you can make a great impression on them and leave them wanting to hear more about you. This isn’t simply a vague statement of how to sell yourself, but rather thinking more specifically about how you present yourself.

Have a think about how you phrase questions so that you’re enabling a conversation rather than getting yes/no answers. Try to convey confidence with your body language, by having a firm handshake where appropriate, maintaining eye contact and having a good posture. Listen to what the alum or recruiter is saying, and try to highlight some of the experiences or skills that you have when they’re mentioned. It’s helpful to keep a focus on positive language. If you haven’t got a particular type experience or skill that they’re looking for, ask them for example of how you might demonstrate and develop those skills. You’ll be surprised at how simple some of the suggestions might be.

Lastly, don’t highlight weaknesses to the employer. Doubting yourself will not help you make a positive first impression. Think about what you have achieved so far and also focus on your goals.

Focusing on these will hopefully frame your experiences and ambitions in a positive way, which will help you to present yourself more enthusiastically to a potential employer.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant

#MondayMotivation: Public Sector Week


Fancy changing the world? This week at SOAS Careers is all about life in the Public Sector! Come along the Careers Zone in SL62 to meet a massive range of employers from the Public Sector, and get some really pertinent advice about taking your next steps in that direction.


Not interested in the public sector? Don’t even worry – pop by SL62 and we can talk through anything else to do with your next steps.

Mon 23 Oct, 3 – 4:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): NHS Assessment Centre Game: http://bit.ly/2gAOZrh

Wed 25 Oct, 11:30 – 12:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Premier Pathways Presentation: http://bit.ly/2itZpJZ

Wed 25 Oct, 1 – 4pm, Cloisters, Paul Webley Wing: Public Sector & Teaching Fair: http://bit.ly/2gAfoWc

Thu 26 Oct, 11 – 12pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Shanghai Meiji Presentation: http://bit.ly/2laKG7y

Thu 26 Oct, 1:20 – 2:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): JET Presentation: http://bit.ly/2gvIJNX

Thu 26 Oct, 2:30 – 3:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): DAIWA Presentation: http://bit.ly/2zvLRAR

Get involved!

Alexis Fromageot

#FridayFeeling: 5 Things To Avoid Saying in an Interview


Got a big interview lined up? Did you know that you can have a practice interview with one of the really skilled Careers Consultants in SOAS Careers? Just drop by the Careers Zone in SL62, Paul Webley Wing and we’ll let you know how to organise it.

In the meantime, here’s some pertinent advice Lord Sugar’s sidekick in The Apprentice, Claude Littner about what you should never say in a job interview.


  1. Nail the basics – they matter
  2. Take your pulse from the interviewer
  3. Don’t be too friendly
  4. Don’t walk out in a rush
  5. Don’t compare yourself to other candidates.

Alexis Fromageot

Kick Start Your Business with up to £5,000 cash prizes up for grabs!

Get your business idea up and running by entering the SOAS Dragons Den Competition!

The competition gives you the chance to pitch for a prize of up to £250 in SOAS.  Plus the winner also gets to pitch at the central University of London competition with a chance of winning a prize of mentoring from Michael Hayman MBE, founder of Start Up Britain, Seven Hills (communications consultancy) and presenter of The Capital Conversation, London Live, plus there’s cash prizes worth up to £5000 to be won.
Please be aware that this competition is only open to students/graduates with business ideas who are not actively trading.
To apply, follow this link.
The deadline for application is 12noon on Friday 27th October.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant

#MondayMotivation: Law & Justice Week

photo-1493087670264-2f7f5844b402The harder you work, the luckier you get – Mike Adenuga

This week at SOAS Careers we take a look at how to take your next steps in to the world of law! Come and hear practical, real-life advice and examples about getting your journey started, with great advice from a wide range of people and employers.

Don’t worry if you’re not interested in law – pop by SL62 and we can talk through anything else to do with your future.

Mon 16 Oct, 3 – 4:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Civil Service Fast Stream Presentation: http://bit.ly/2ieuqkT

Tue 17 Oct, 10 – 11am, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Career in Law with University of Law: http://bit.ly/2idVvop

Wed 18 Oct, 11 – 12pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): BARBRI Presentation: http://bit.ly/2wZ1IHk

Wed 18 Oct, 1 – 4pm, Cloisters, Paul Webley Wing: Law & Justice Fair: http://bit.ly/2yolPjJ

Thu 19 Oct, 2 – 3:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): University of Law, Professional Skills Workshop: Commercial Awareness: http://bit.ly/2wY0gF3

Fri 20 Oct, 4 – 5:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Human Rights Law in Action – a JUSTICE Workshop: http://bit.ly/2ig6YDP

Alexis Fromageot