Free stuff!!

Come & see all the resources and goodies we have available for you!

We’re open all week, with careers consultations running from 2.30 – 4.30pm and 2-4pm on Fridays! We are open throughout Reading Week (8-12 Feb) so please drop by and find out more about how we can help you. You can also pick up a free pen, post-it notes and careers guides.

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Jo Cooper

Celebrating 20 years of the Careers Service at SOAS!!

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The Careers Service at SOAS opened its doors on the first day of the Autumn Term 1995. Before this, current students, graduates and alumni made use of the nearby University of London Careers Service (ULCS). By 1994/1995, it was felt that a stronger careers provision was needed onsite and during this year a dedicated information suite was established, managed by a newly appointed Information Assistant. A Careers Advisor was seconded from ULCS and together they created a new service by contacting companies and organisations at home and internationally with an interest in SOAS graduates.

To encourage students to use the new service, a programme of events was arranged including an Overseas Evening with representatives from the business and voluntary sectors, media and NGO forums, and a JobSearch Week for Finalists. During the year, students had the opportunity for individual guidance as well as group seminars to develop their employability skills. A comprehensive library of information on occupations, employers and postgraduate study was developed further, specialising in resources of particular relevance to SOAS students.

During its second full year of existence, the number of students using the Careers Service grew significantly – some 10,000 visits were recorded, and the provision of professional advice was integrated into the School’s life. The employer database was added to, more events were developed and individual students were prepared for types of tests they would face during psychometric testing sessions and mock interviews.

Over the years, the SOAS Careers Service has continued to develop and grow. The first SOAS Fair was held in the academic year of 1997/98 and was attended by employers from law, business, TEFL and development. Employer contacts increased, and a special promotional leaflet was designed to raise awareness of SOAS graduates to targeted employers. By 2003/04 the SOAS Careers Service, in conjunction with The Careers Group (formerly ULCS), successfully obtained Matrix Accreditation (HE quality standard) for its student guidance and information services.

By 2006/07, the Volunteering Unit was established in partnership with the Students’ Union and together collaborated on the first International Volunteering Fair. With the introduction of a dedicated Employer Liasion Officer, more events were developed, including the World Music Careers Form, the African Forum and SOAS’ first International Development Conference, with keynote speaker Simon Maxwell (then Director of the ODI). The award-winning ‘Take an Alum for Coffee Scheme” was also introduced during this time.

Since then, more Fairs and events have been introduced and continue to attract leading employers and organisations, and our thriving partnership with Santander for the provision of paid internships continues to benefit students, recent graduates and employers alike. The first Student Enterprise Programme was delivered in 2010/11 which included advice sessions, training and a one week Enterprise Boot Camp to improve student’s employability.

We have now grown to a service that consists of 10 members of staff, and are continuing to develop new services and events. Our exciting events programme this year included talks from the UN, DFID and the ICRC and we launched a new alumni event series “What I wish I’d known as a student at SOAS”. We moved to a wonderful new location offering more seating for students and bought lots more resources to support students in their career planning. Looking to the future, we are currently involved in lots more new projects such as a mentoring programme and a microplacements scheme, and will be moving to new premises in 2016. Here’s to the next 20 years of offering careers advice, guidance and information to SOAS students and graduates!!

Jo Cooper (with help from Emily Huns, Queen Mary University of London)

FREE employer guides and careers information!

Have you visited the SOAS Careers Service yet? If not, then come and see us in our lovely and sunny Room 101!  We can help you research information on jobs, internships and career planning, and advise about the appointments we have on offer. We have lots of resources for you to have a look at including sample CVs, career guides to different sectors and international resources.

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If you want to see what we have, please look at the Catalogue. Some of the books can be borrowed for 2 weeks with a £10 deposit. Others are reference only – we do have a scanner/photocopier and there are student pc’s here too.

You can also pick up a wealth of FREE information to take away with you and peruse at your leisure. For example:

  • The Ultimate Careers Guide 2016
  • The JobCrowd – The Top Companies for Graduates to Work For 2015/16
  • Student Career Guide 2015/16
  • Targetjobs City & Finance 2016

If you are a law student, we will be getting lots of law resources very soon – watch this space!!

We are open 10am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 11am-4pm on Friday. We would love to meet you!

Jo Cooper

Daiwa Scholarships 2016

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK during August 2016 before moving to Japan in mid-September 2016 for the remainder of the Scholarship.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

As of May 2015, 153 Daiwa Scholars – including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects – will have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

The closing date for the 2016 programme will be Thursday 3 December 2015.

For more information see: http://www.dajf.org.uk/scholarships/general-information

Jo Cooper

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

New resources – find out more about how to get into your chosen career

Do you want to know how to get into International Development, or how to get an internship or want advice on interview skills, numerical reasoning tests and CVs?

We have been buying lots of new books and resources for the Information Room. Please come and have a browse in our lovely space and find out more about the services we have on offer.

New titles include:

  • Working in International Development and Humanitarian Development
  • Working in the City
  • Employability Skills for Law Students
  • Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests
  • Commecial Awareness
  • How to Get an Internship or Work Placement

You can search for more titles using the SOAS Careers catalogue.

We are in R101 and are open 10am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 11am-4pm on Friday.

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Jo Cooper

Is this one interview question people don’t prepare for?

We all know interviews are a bit of a game – they have rules (of a sort) and there are many well-rehearsed formulae for answering questions (and if the above comes as news to you, then either take a look at the Careers pages for some ideas, or book a Quick Query in the Careers Service).

The Good Day At Work site has just published a really interesting article about the latest ‘killer question’ designed to get to the real you rather than the well-rehearsed actor.

It is this:

‘Tell me something I wouldn’t know from looking at your CV’

This might sound odd, given how much time everybody spends perfecting their CV, but what it is designed to do is find out a bit more about the real you – your enthusiasms, your ideas, what makes you tick – to see how close a fit you are to the organisation you are applying for.

Read the full article here: http://tinyurl.com/SOASinterviewQ

If you’d like to practice your interview skills and don’t have a real interview booked, why not come to one of the alumni interview sessions? These are held monthly and are designed to give you the experience of both being interviewed and being on the interviewing panel, so you can see what works in a safe environment. The next one is on 5th March from 2:00 – 4:30 and will be hosted by Olamide Bada who is now a corporate lawyer – here’s a link to book a place.

Philippa Hewett

Calling all Law students – Free Careers Guides!!

Are you thinking of a Career in Law or the legal sector? Then get ahead of the competition by doing some research and come to the Careers Service in R101 to pick up some FREE careers guides.

We have the following publications for you to take:

Targetjobs: Law – How to get hired
Includes tips on skills you’ll need, CVs and covering letters, how to research for jobs, how to look for training contracts and further study.

All About Law – Top Law Firms for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes
Packed with useful careers advice and information, insights into the different areas of law, and includes a handy kit to track your application progress.

LawCareers.Net – The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook 2015 – the Essential Law Careers Guide
Includes information on the legal scene, key competencies, application techniques, career timetables and a training contract directory.

The Lex 100 – the Student Guide to the UK’s premier law firms 2014/15
Has information on LPC providers, first year opportunities, and lots of tips on what it is really like to work in a particular firm or practice area.

Prospects Law 2014/15 – Everything you need to know for a successful career in law
Includes information on how to become a solicitor or barrister, comprehensive guides to the UK’s top legal cities, and law opportunities listings.

First come, first served!

“Called careers information, Have you got yourself an occupation?”

Older students might recognise this lyric from the Elvis Costello song “Oliver’s Army”; younger students might wonder who on earth is Elvis Costello?!

Here at the SOAS Careers Service we have a wealth of valuable careers information that we can point you in the direction of to help you get yourself an occupation. For example, on the SOAS Careers Moodle, we have researched 1000s of resources to create Occupational Sector pages ranging from Actuarial Work, Pensions and Insurance right through to Transport and Logistics!

The information on these pages are checked for accuracy, currency and quality by careers professionals – a good place to start your research, rather than going straight to Google. There are also sections on Job Hunting – including where to look for jobs, interview tips, sample CVs, examples of psychometric tests, Postgraduate Study and Funding, Working outside the UK, and loads, loads more. We have even uploaded presentations and videos of workshops that you may have missed.

So next time you are wondering how to become a Charity Officer, Arts Administrator or Trade Mark Attorney – it’s called careers information, and you might just be able to get yourself an occupation!

Free Books and Publications!!

Not only can you come and sit in our lovely new space and enjoy our flowers, sweets and find out about an array of careers, you can also help yourself to free leaflets, publications and directories!

Titles include:

  • The Guardian UK 300 2014/15 – a guide to the most popular graduate employers as voted by students and graduates.
  • The Job Crowd – The Top Companies For Graduates to Work For 2014/2015 – the best graduate employers based entirely on graduate employee feedback
  • RateMyPlacement – A Student’s Guide to the Top Employers 2014/2015
  • TargetJobs: Law – How to Get Hired
  • TargetJobs: Management Consulting – How to Get Hired
  • TargetJobs: City & Finance – How to Get Hired
  • The Ultimate Careers Guide: London 2015
  • Prospects: Work Experience 2014/15
  • Prospects: Employer Directory 2014/15
  • Prospects: Funding Guide 2014/15

We also have an array of hand-outs written by Careers professionals, including How to Write a CV, How to Write a Covering Letter, Interviews, Personal Statements, Securing Internships and many, many more.

So come and visit us, say hello and take away some light reading!