#MondayMotivation: What Does Your Future in International Development Look Like?

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Welcome to the start of a brand new week! We’re taking some time this week to explore what a future working in international development might look like, with a whole range of organisations and alumni coming back to SOAS to reflect on what this rewarding sector can offer you.

Head to the International Development Fair this Wed 21 Feb, 1 – 4pm in the Cloisters Paul Webley to find out more. Hear from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the London International Development Centre, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and loads more awesome social enterprises.

Come and get involved with all the other inspiring talks happening this week too.

Mon 19 Feb, 12 – 1pm, SL62: DISCO Presentation: BOOK NOW

Tue 20 Feb,  12 – 1pm, SL62: Top Tips for Interviews: BOOK NOW

Tue 20 Feb, 2:30 – 4:30pm, Brunei Gallery Suite: Diversity in the Civil Service Fast Stream: BOOK NOW

Wed 21 Feb, 12 – 2pm, SL62: Top Tips for Assessment Centres & Psychometric Testing: BOOK NOW

Alexis Fromageot

 

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I Bet(te Midler) you’re eager for some more career advice!

 

This week we’re looking at what the multi-talented Divine Miss M has to say that we can apply to our career journey. As a singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer, Bette Midler is no stranger to success. Known for her quick wit, sharp tongue and eccentric nature, Midler proves that confidence is key! Sadly a great many quotes did not make it in for obvious reasons but below are the some of the most socially acceptable things she’s said and how you can use them to maximise your success!

 

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“I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.”

Whilst they might not be the be-all-and-end-all of career success, a snazzy pair of shoes can have a big impact on your confidence and make a great impression. If you can strike the balance between function, comfort and style with your footwear then you’ll really be on top of the world.

 

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“I have my standards. They’re low, but I have them.”

Keeping your standards higher than Bette is advisable (a quick search on the web’ll tell you where her career began) but be pragmatic. Sometimes you need to lower your standards in terms of salary or responsibility in order to get the experience needed to progress. Thinking about things in the long-term will keep you motivated. Jobs that seem mundane are often opportunities to really develop essential workplace skills.

 

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“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.”

Don’t be embarrassed to stand out. Nurture qualities, interests and skills that set you apart from the rest. If you have a niche skillset or ability it might feel like it’s not useful but there will be an opportunity for you out there – fret not! Don’t let what sets you apart slip away – be proud of all you can bring to the workplace.

 

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“People are not the best because they work hard. They work hard because they are the best.”

For most people, The Divine Miss M most of all, success doesn’t come easy! Each and every one of us has a natural talent – something they excel at with ease. It could be maths, or making people smile. It doesn’t matter. Find out what you do the best and work hard doing it.

 

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“A person’s life is a journey, a road. Sometimes you go off the road and sometimes you stay on all the way through. But you are the only one on that road. It’s your road.”

Like a road, there are bumps along the way. Try visualising how far you’ll have travelled in a year, five years or thirty years when the road gets tough and you are feeling stuck. No matter how slow you feel you are going, you are making progress. Each day brings with it new experiences and a chance to develop your skills and abilities, and if you see it like this then you can maximise what you get out it and soon you’ll be cruising along!

 

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“You have to think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, but you have to know that you’re not.”

A healthy dose of confidence can go a long way, yet the line between being confident and being arrogant can be pretty slim. Knowing yourself is an important part of projecting confidence. Know your flaws as well as your strengths, and work to develop those areas you’re weaker in and you’ll be well on your way to being as self-actualised as Bette!

 

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“When I finally did stop and look at my life, I realized that I had done what I’d set out to do. In my pitiful little way, I had climbed the mountain I had chosen. And there I was, on top.”

It’s important to turn around and take stock of all that you’ve achieved – whether that be an academic, a personal or a professional achievement. We’re all success stories in our own way but increasingly people minimise the things they’ve accomplished. Be proud of what you’ve done no matter how small it seems as it’s these small victories that form the foundation of the mountain. Setting long-term goals can help keep you climbing when the incline is steep.

 

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“You gotta have some friends!”

Cheating a bit here, as it’s technically a song lyric but the sentiment stands. Friends will get you through the down days, will be there to celebrate the successes, and above all they’ll keep you sane when work is tough. Find good friends and keep them close!

 

James Hallett – Volunteering Advisor

Change your world today!

It’s never too early to start thinking!

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One of the great myths many students believe about Careers is that you can only come and see us if you have an idea what you want to do after SOAS.

This couldn’t be further from the truth! We do like to see students who have done research and are thinking about what they want to do after their course, but as you’ll have spotted when you registered for this year, we ask you where your career thinking is at the start of the year, and so we know how many of you have said you know what you want to do next. So far, this year and across all year groups and subjects, the total percentage of SOAS students still in the ‘deciding’ stage is 54%, so just over half, which is perfectly normal, so don’t worry if this is you.

However, now is a great time to start to advance your career thinking, no matter which year group you are in.

We’ll have sent you some online resources once you registered – these should be relevant to your stage of career thinking, so do please take a look at these.

Also, do take a look at the Careers Intranet site on MySoasStudent to see the full events listing and all the opportunities there are to find out more about different sectors – there are Fairs, employer presentations and a variety of Top Tips workshops to help you with different aspects of your own career journey. These are all free to attend, and vary through the year.

Finally, do come and see us! We are in SL62, down the grand staircase in the Paul Webley Wing, and offer drop in advice all day, with the opportunity to book a guidance meeting if need be.

Philippa Hewett.

 

Need financial inspiration for next year?

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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.

Head here to register!

Alexis Fromageot

Something for the weekend: Careers advice from Humbug the Careers cat

If you were in the Paul Webley Wing cloisters last Thursday (4 May) visiting the Wellbeing for Exams stands, you might have seen Humbug the Careers cat.

He popped in to offer a calming purr to students in the throes of revision and exams, and gave us this exclusive interview.

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When asked what the most popular question was from students, Humbug noted that once they were cuddling him, their main questions were around why his fur was so soft, and how he could be so chilled when there were queues of people waiting to greet him.

He did point out that stroking a cat reduces both the human’s and the cat’s blood pressure, so he had generally enjoyed the experience even though it had involved public transport in the rush hour and so he did need a bit of a cuddle to help him recover.

Humbug’s top careers advice, useful for exams as well, is ‘make sure you get enough sleep’. Clearly as a cat, his idea of enough sleep is something more than 16 hours a day, but if we humans can get half of that we’d be doing rather well.

Humbug (or possibly his uncle, Professor Lupin) will be visiting us next Friday 11 May to dispense more cuddles and careers advice – and if you need to talk to anybody about your career ideas before then, you can try our website or simply pop in to see us in SL67 in the Paul Webley Wing.

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Philippa Hewett

 

 

 

All you need to know about Graduate Entrepreneur Tier 1 Visas

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Every year, SOAS has a small number of endorsement licenses that mean we can endorse our enterprising graduates.  These are exclusively available to Tier 4 visa holders who are current students.

The process for applying is simple.

If you have a viable and innovative business or enterprise idea and want to take this to market in the UK, this is a great opportunity for you.  The idea must show visible benefits to the local community.

As part of the application process for endorsement from SOAS, you will be expected to submit the following documentation:

  • A business plan summarising your business idea, market research, marketing plan, customer analysis and pricing model.
  • A 12 month financial forecast
  • CV
  • Covering Letter

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present their business idea to a panel. The next deadline for application is 11.59pm on May 31st 2017.  If you are shortlisted, the judging panel which you will be asked to present at is taking place on Thursday 29th June between 2pm – 4pm (each presentation slot will be 20 minutes maximum).

Before you apply you must first meet with the Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) to determine your eligibility for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

For support through the application process, you are welcome to book an enterprise appointment with the SOAS Careers Service.  These are available on Friday afternoons.

To apply, please submit the requested documents to studententerprise@soas.ac.uk.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant

Something for the Weekend: Masters Week

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As we hurtle ever closer to the end of term, here’s a guilt-free way to add 2 seconds on to your essay procrastination. To celebrate all things further education for Careers week, we’re taking a look at what Academics Say…!

Inspired to go on and study but not quite sure how you want your next steps after to SOAS to look? Not to worry – come by SL57 and we can have a chat about where to even start thinking about the future.

Alexis Fromageot