Dear soon-to-be SOAS Graduate,
Dear soon-to-be SOAS Graduate,
Wed 7 June
2 – 3pm
Careers Service, SL62 Paul Webley Wing
Financial Support for Students are delivering a workshop TODAY! The team regularly delivers workshops across the UK to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Come along to find out more about the plethora of non-repayable sources that can be accessed to obtain grants in order to avoid: dropping out of education, incurring further debt.
Have you thought about volunteering but not sure what or how? Would you like to find a volunteering opportunity for the summer?
SOAS Volunteering Unit is hosting an event this THURSDAY 1st June 2-4 in the Cloisters, Paul Webley wing designed to help YOU!
Come along to:
Sign up to volunteer over the summer
Listen to volunteers’ stories in our Speaking Library
Find out about upcoming training at SOAS
Share your own volunteering opportunities
Emma Frampton, Volunteering Intern
On 24 May SOAS Careers will be celebrating the achievements of our students at the annual Make a Difference awards, which will be held on the grand staircase in the Atrium of the Paul Webley Wing from 6 pm.
This year we have four categories:
Winners will be announced at the event.
Come along to hear about the achievements of SOAS students and join Valerie Amos in congratulating them. Refreshments and networking will be available after the event.
As we head towards the end of the Summer term, we’ve got some good news: your studies ending doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye completely to that Uni lifestyle you’ve cherished all these years!
Get inspired by how your full-time job will be just like being at uni…. more or less!
Good luck with exams, and remember that SOAS Careers is open all the way through the summer too. We’re always happy to have a chat about your next steps after SOAS, have a look here or come by the Careers Learning Zone in SL62, Paul Webley Wing!
Remember it’s not too late to find something interesting and rewarding to do during your summer! Paid work and internships, volunteering and work experience or placements all look great on your CV and help you develop valuable skills.
There are still lots of brilliant opportunities out there with a range of different employers so check out the SOAS Careers section of MySOAS Student for great tips & insights!
Here you’ll also find details about how to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to discuss your options if you haven’t found anything to apply for yet but still want to make the most of your summer.
Kathy Williams, Careers Consultant
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This guest blog comes from Kimberly Hovish, Staff Learning and Development Officer at SOAS, University of London.
I’ve volunteered on and off in various roles for about 20 years – not because I’m a ‘good person’ (which is what people tend to assume!) but because I’m pretty selfish. The fact is, volunteering helps me by enhancing my quality of life, providing training opportunities and making me more marketable.
Studies have shown that volunteering increases happiness and general wellbeing and decreases depression. Volunteering also helps people appreciate what they have through downwards social comparisons. My personal favourite is the feeling that I’m making a contribution to the society in which I live. I currently volunteer with a charity that facilitates community mediations to resolve conflict. Words can’t describe seeing people who entered a room hating each other (with resentments building up over months or years) leaving the same room two hours later smiling and inviting each other over for tea. You know that warm, fuzzy feeling? Yeah, it’s that. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to know YOU made that happen.
Whether you want to change careers, get promoted, or learn something new just for the sake of it, volunteering will give you this opportunity – for free! Through various volunteering roles I’ve attended formal training workshops in mediation, mentoring, and solution-focussed coaching practice, all of which have been fantastic learning experiences and didn’t cost me a penny! But the most useful experience I gained was through volunteering at a women’s sexual violence support service in my late 20’s, when my paid work wasn’t progressing much. I received invaluable, ‘on-the-job’ training and experience in: being part of an executive committee; heading up an organisation; managing finances and fundraising projects; spearheading a marketing campaign; chairing meetings; and responding to people in crisis situations (to name just a few things….). No formal workshops could ever have provided me with the real world experience I gained during this time. It was the most challenging role I’ve ever had, as well as the most rewarding, and my confidence skyrocketed!
Sounding awesome in job interviews
You know in a job interview your mind goes blank when you are asked things like ‘Give me an example of when you have dealt with a difficult situation’ or ‘Tell me about a time when you have demonstrated your time management skills’? Volunteering means you will actually look forward to these questions being asked! Difficult situation? TICK. Teamwork? TICK. Time management? TICK. Communication skills? TICK. For instance, when asked in job interviews for an example of time management, I like to use volunteering as proof I can successfully manage full-time work with other commitments. Working alongside other volunteers demonstrates teamwork and a willingness to go the extra mile (especially as you’re not being paid!). Dealing with people’s conflicts, whether internal or external, shows good listening skills, problem solving skills and communication skills. You will NAIL those awkward interview questions with a bit of volunteering experience!
If you’re feeling a little selfish and you’d like to learn more about how you can volunteer and become happier, more skilled and marketable contact Emma Frampton on firstname.lastname@example.org. Head to the Volunteering pages on MySOAS Student to find out more about volunteering.
This guest article has been written by Kimberly Hovish (email@example.com), Staff Learning and Development Officer at SOAS, University of London
SOAS Careers is excited to announce that two awesome new graduate interns have recently joined the team. Staying until this summer’s Graduation, each intern has taken on specific projects to help transform students’ experience of Careers at SOAS.
Recent Anthropology graduate Emma Frampton has been amping up volunteering provision for SOAS students and recent grads. Having been awed by the great volunteering activity that’s already taking place on campus, Emma’s working on bringing together a real community of students and alumni who are changing the world. She’s particularly enjoyed the chance to liaise between students and professional and academic staff.
Having graduated with a degree in African Language & Culture with Swahili, Rupert Wilkinson has been taking a look at internship provision at SOAS. He’s actively been involved in some of the unique programmes on offer for SOAS students, including Microplacments – a careers education programme for second year Undergraduates from a range of departments, culminating in a two week placement. Rupert’s also taken a look at the Careers events run at SOAS, and how to optimise these for students.
Careers provision at SOAS has massively benefited from the great work both Emma and Rupert have put in so far. Having recent grads in the team has offered an extra depth, as the interns are so much more aware of the immediate issues that are of obvious concern to the student body. The pair have excelled at talking to students, graduates, employers and SOAS staff alike and will no doubt continue to have a real impact on Careers at SOAS.
Emma and Rupert can be found in the brand new Careers Learning Zone in SL62, Paul Webley Wing – and are on hand for any Careers questions you may have.
… Then we want to hear from you!
SOAS Careers is excited to run this year’s Make A Difference Awards. The Awards are a unique opportunity to recognise the awesome talents we have here at SOAS, and the amazing contributions you make to supporting other’s lives.
We’ve got four Awards this year, and you can either self-nominate or suggest a classmate or group for any of these:
Each winner will be decided by a panel of judges from across SOAS. All nominees will be invited to a celebration event in May, with prizes for the finalists in each category.
This really is your chance to spread the word about some of the great work that’s happening here at SOAS, and bring together a real community of change-makers on campus.
Head here to nominate by midnight Tuesday 9 May, and spread the word with #soasawards.
It’s coming to the end of the first week of the Easter break, and you’re no doubt still eyeing up that seemingly never ending pile of essays and revision that you’d promised yourself you’d get done this week. And to top it off, that glorious sun seems to have reached its quota for the British springtime…….
We’re here at SOAS Careers for everything to do with your next steps after SOAS – and are on hand to help you make that journey as smooth as possible. We’re all moved in to our shiny new Careers Zone in SL62 (Paul Webley Wing), so swing by any time for a quick chat.
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