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:

Tue 17 Oct, 10 – 11am, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Career in Law with University of Law:

Wed 18 Oct, 11 – 12pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): BARBRI Presentation:

Wed 18 Oct, 1 – 4pm, Cloisters, Paul Webley Wing: Law & Justice Fair:

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

Fri 20 Oct, 4 – 5:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Human Rights Law in Action – a JUSTICE Workshop:

Alexis Fromageot


#FridayFeeling: Your Insight Into Office Life


Happy Friday! Hope you’ve enjoyed getting involved with Business, Finance and Management week.

Looking for even more of an insight into what working in an office could be like? Take a look at these hilarious memes that may just be a little real if you’re thinking about taking your next steps in an office

Coming up next is Law & Justice week, which launches on Mon 16 Oct at 3pm in SL62 with a presentation from the Civil Service all about their Fast Stream Programme.

See you there!

Alexis Fromageot



How to Use Your MI5-Levels of Facebook Stalking to Help You Land Your Dream Job


Are you the one your friends turn to when they need to find out everything about someone via social media? Ever found yourself in a rabbit-hole of click-bait articles?

The good news is that these skills can massively help you when trying to work out if the latest job ad you’ve found is actually The One. With company culture being such a massive part of day-to-day life when you’re in the job, this article will guide you through how to use your stalking skills to figure out if you’ll be a fit for a company.


  • Check Their Career Page to Learn About Their Mission
  • Check Out Their Other Profiles Around the Internet to See if It’s Consistent
  • Check Social Media to Get a Feel for a Company’s Personality
  • Check Company Reviews for the Truth
  • Check Out Google for Assorted News

Alexis Fromageot

#MondayMotivation: Business, Finance & Management Week


The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today ~ Japanese proverb

Thinking about taking your next steps in to the world of business and finance? This week at SOAS Careers is all about that! Come along to our great range of events and learn more about how you can shape your future.

Get booked on via MySOAS Student here.


4:30 – 6pm Government Economic Service Presentation, SL62


1 – 3:30pm Into University: Volunteer Training Session, SL62


1 – 4pm Business, Finance & Management Fair, Cloisters Paul Webley Wing


1 – 2pm Charity Job: Introduction to Charity Sector, SL62


2 – 3:30pm Open Society Foundations Presentation, SL62

See you there!

Alexis Fromageot

Something for the Weekend: Doing Well by Doing Good


Today brings SOAS Careers’ Part-Time Work & Volunteering week to an end. Massive thank you to all of you for getting involved with the Fair and workshops. What a great start to this year!

Need even more of a reason to be inspired to volunteer? Take a read through this article which outlines how volunteering can actually be a selfish activity, and make you happy!

Next week sees Business, Finance & Management week which kicks off with the Government Economic Service presentation on Monday 9 Oct at 4:30pm in SL62, Paul Webley Wing.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Alexis Fromageot

5 Ways to Make Sure You Smash it Every Day!


Ever had one of those days when everything just goes your way? Imagine having that awesome feeling every single day…

This really is within your grasp: this really insightful article takes a look at 5 habits you can take on to make sure that you’ll end every day feeling incredible!


1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

2. Reduce Context Switching

3. Create “If/When-Then” Plans

4. Exercise—Even if Only for a Few Minutes

5. Have a Shutdown Ritual

Alexis Fromageot



Learning expands great souls ~ Namibian proverb

Come along to our massive range of events this week to learn all about how you can shape your next steps after SOAS! Get booked on via MySOAS Student here.


10:15 – 10:45 Top Tips for Beginning your Career Journey, SL62

11:15 – 11:45 Part-time Work, SL62

14:15 – 14:45 Top Tips for an Effective CV, SL62

15:15 – 15:45 Top Tips for Interviews, SL62



10:15 – 10:45 CV for Masters Students

11:15 – 11:45 Volunteering – Top Tips to Make it Work

14:15 – 14:45 Top Tips for Beginning your Career Journey –

Where to Start

15:15 – 15:45 Part-time Work



10:15 – 10:45 How to get an Internship and Why

11:00 – 12:00 Benefits of Volunteering with Reach Out

11:15 – 11:45 Employer Session: Reach Out

13.00-16.00 Part-time Work and Volunteering Fair



10:15 – 10:45 Top Tips for an Effective CV

11:15 – 11:45 Using Social Media in your job-hunting/research

14:00 – 15:30 Volo Presentation about Volunteering

14:15 – 14:45 Employer Session: VOLO



10:15 – 10:45 Volunteering: Top Tips to Make it Work

11:15 – 11:45 Top Tips for Interviews

14:15 – 14:45 Part-time Work for International Students

15:15 – 15:45 Understanding Networking

Get involved!

Alexis Fromageot

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.


An In-[ctrl-V]-enient Truth


A student who copies and pastes

Has applications going to waste

They never hear back

Because it’s a fact

That personalisation will win you the race 

At this time of year in SOAS Careers Service we’re speaking to a lot of our students and graduates. A theme that has come up recently is ‘copy and paste’ applications. Whilst copy and paste is a convenient function, it’s not a great approach to writing an application.

The problem with copying and pasting your CVs, Covering Letters and job applications is that you’ll not address the nuances and specific criteria that each organisation expects for a role.

Picture yourself in the recruiter’s chair.

You receive a pile of job applications. Some that vaguely fit the role that you’re trying to fill, but not completely, a few of which at best go in the maybe pile. Applicants might say that they’re interested in the job opportunity, but they don’t clearly link their individual experiences to the job criteria, haven’t highlighted specific examples or even seem particularly interested in the role.

They start ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ as the opening and each share a number of similarities. They all profess a passion for the sector and organisation. What exactly is it that they are passionate about?

They love the recent bit of news about the organisation, but have barely engaged with anything from further back. And again, what is it that they love about that particular press release? They don’t even engage with the role and how it fits into the organisation. There’s a sense that these applications have been sent to more than just your organisation, a bit of a scatter-gun approach.

You then receive a few applications that have had more thought put into them and really address the needs of the role. Instantly you’re much more interested in these applicants. They’ve called to find out who to address their application to which is always a good start. They highlight what their motivation is, by actually saying what the organisation and sector mean to them.

Without using the word ‘passion’, they demonstrate their enthusiasm with much more clarity by using specific examples and precise language.

Their knowledge, skills and experiences are clearly linked to the role they’re applying for. They understand what the role is, and have clearly made the effort to engage with the job description. They haven’t just used examples, but also demonstrated the results of their work. The time and efforts that have gone into composing these applications make it easier to justify shortlisting for interview.

As a recruiter, the basics that you want in an application is a sense that the applicant has made an effort and understands the role that they’ve applied for. After that, it comes down to the applicants who demonstrate the best fit for the role, based on qualifications, experience and their attitude.

Using the copy and paste function is easy, but it’s unlikely to impress the recruiter when the application doesn’t specifically meet the needs of the role. Put yourself in the recruiter’s position for a moment and think about what they want from your application.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant