Guest blog: Why should I consider working for a startup?

Please note that the views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not those of SOAS Careers Service. If you consider this content to be in breach of the SOAS values, please alert careers@soas.ac.uk

index

It might come as a surprise to many to learn that the percentage of UK graduates who end up working for one of the well-known graduate employers is under 20%. Our recent research shows that there has been a significant shift in the type of role that graduates seek when they leave university, with over 50% of recent graduates now wanting to work for startups.

So, why are graduates moving away from traditional roles and what opportunities can startups offer to them?

You’ll receive a huge education – Working in a smaller company means that you’ll gain a real insight into how a business truly operates. You’ll also be given the chance to try on a lot of different hats as, being part of a small team, you’ll most likely be required to be involved in all aspects of the company – this is great if you are still making your mind up about what you’d like to do after university.

You’ll have responsibility from the word go Working in a small team means that there’ll probably be nobody else in the company with the same skill set as you or doing the same thing as you. You’ll be given freedom to explore and bring to life your own ideas. It also means that you’ll be an integral part of the team, which is pretty amazing for a recent graduate.

Youll really have an impact  – The high level of responsibility you’ll have means that you’ll really be able to see the value of your own footprint. This is not only very exciting but also incredibly rewarding! And your hard work and successes will definitely not go unnoticed.

Youll learn from true innovators – Working so closely with the founders of a startup gives you a unique opportunity to soak up all their knowledge and experience. Exposure like this is especially useful if you think you might like to start your own business one day.

Youll work in a great environment – Аt a startup up you get to know your co-workers very well very quickly! The atmosphere is relaxed (you can wear what you want and there is little or no hierarchy), but you can rest assured that there will never be a dull moment. At a startup up you are really encouraged to be yourself in order to realise your full potential.

Working at a startup presents you with an amazing opportunity to grow both personally and professionally – a great starting point for those of you straight out of uni. Of course, this does not mean that working for a startup is for everyone… But, to put it simply, if you like the sound of a fast-paced, energetic and creative work environment where you’ll get to try and learn about lots of new things then it’s probably for you!

For more information and exciting career opportunities in startups & SMEs, check out our website http://www.talentpool.com. 

 Guest blog by: Sophie (Head of Marketing at TalentPool)

Get started in law from the 1st Year of your degree

9986457286_06455a8e14_bGraduate recruitment at some of the top magic circle law firms in the UK have recently seen a refresh, just in time for Welcome Week, meaning that things are looking a little different this year.

The standout message is that all Vacation Schemes and Training Contract applications will now tend to be submitted in one window, typically opening in the Autumn until the end of the year. The good news is that the firm continue to encourage all students to apply, regardless of degree discipline – and are particularly keen to see anyone with maths skills.

So, what does this all mean for you if you’re interested in a career in corporate law? Crucially, it means that students can get real experience at the firm from their 1st year, and continue to do so every year till graduating, and after, as shown below.

1st years: Apply to specific First year undergraduate programmes

This involves a work experience programme and continuous support network, which is only on offer for 1st year undergraduates.

Penultimate or final year of study/Graduates (complete studies before July 2017)

Starting to look at law as a potential career: Apply for an open day

Opportunity to visit the firm’s central London offices, meet lawyers and trainees and get a feel for the realities of working at A&O.

Considering applying for a Training Contract: Apply for Vacation Schemes (taking place in Winter, Spring or Summer)

Gain real experience of assisting the teams, with the schemes taking place across the year and for varying lengths.

Definitely want a Training Contract: Apply for a Training Contract

Training contracts start in March/September 2018 or March/September 2019.

Second year in a 4 year course: Apply to Open Days

Offers for Training Contracts tend to be made at the end of the Vacation Scheme, or, if applying directly for a training contract, after the interview day.

For any support or information about careers in law, please visit the SOAS Careers webpage or call us on 020 7898 4115.

Alexis Fromageot

Emotional Intelligence and the interview process

Do happy employees create more profit?

Whatever your views about emotional intelligence (EQ), it is fair to say that a lot of organisations are keen to test how candidates can demonstrate it as part of the interview process.

Broadly, EQ is the ability to understand and manage your emotions in a positive way, which is generally considered to be one of the ways of managing stress effectively and fitting in to a variety of teams.

Here’s a link to an interesting page on Good Day At Work which identifies some potential interview questions to test EQ such as:

“What aspects of your work are you passionate about?”

“What makes you angry?”

“How do you like to have fun?”

If you get asked a question like this at an interview, then take a moment to make sure you give a really authentic answer which shows the interviewer what makes you tick, and how it will fit in with the organisation you are applying to join.

Philippa Hewett

What business skills will you need in the future?

Wouldn’t it be great to know what skills employers will be looking for in the future? As social media and technologies develop, so will the skills required to do these jobs be in greater demand. When thinking about your career, start thinking about what you may be required to know in the future and start developing those skills NOW. 

The inforgraphic below from Top Ten Online Colleges shows which capabilities will be most valued by 2020. For more information see: http://www.inc.com/graham-winfrey/the-most-important-work-skills-in-2020.html

2020-Business-Skills_28079