28 November 2012 11:49 AM

Access to Finance - New Film Launch

We've made another film! Following the amazing success of our documentary about women in engineering, we've turned our attention to the world of finance.

If this word conjures up images of rich blokes swanning around in corner offices, you’re not alone! The finance industry can sometimes suffer a bit of an image problem among young people - many believe it’s only for people who went to private school, or the ‘right’ uni. But that's not the case - as this clip shows, anyone can get into finance if they have the drive and determination...

We’ve teamed up with the top talents of HSBC, the Chartered Insurance Institute, the ACCA and the Financial Skills Partnership to help spread the message among employers, schools, pupils and careers advisors. You can watch the full film, Access to Finance, by clicking here.

To make the film even easier to use we've divided it into handy chapters, which you can find here.

We’d love you to help us share the film on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you can think of - and make sure we get the message out there that finance has something for everyone. 

Also, don't forget to look out for our next mini-documentary project on careers in IT - coming soon to a YouTube channel near you!

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21 November 2012 09:34 AM

Five things you should know about graduate jobs in accounting

Interested in a graduate job in accounting? Accountancy isn’t just about number-crunching – you also need to be able to see the big picture when it comes to the future direction of a business. You will help companies of all sizes, from one-person businesses to multinational corporations and charities, manage their finances and comply with legislation. But what is a graduate career in accounting really like? Read on to find out the top five things you need to know before you start filling in that application form…

1. You will probably spend quite a lot of time away from home if you go into an audit role, especially if you work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, Ernst & Young). There’s lots of driving and nights away from home at client sites, so you’ll need to develop a certain fondness for hotels, motorway service stations and fast food. If the thought of this brings you out in a cold sweat, the good news is that tax roles tend to be much more office-based.

2. There are three main paths that a graduate accountancy trainee might take after finishing university. Perhaps the best-known route is to train within an accountancy firm (such as the Big 4 or a smaller firm), providing a consultancy-based service to clients. However, you can also train within the finance department of a public sector organisation or a commercial business. Which brings us to…

3. Qualifications! One of the best reasons to get a graduate job in accounting is the training on offer, as it will stand you in good stead for the rest of your working life. And best of all, it’s usually funded by the company. You might also get paid time off to study. The qualification you study for will depend on the organisation you’re training with and the area you want to work in. If you’ve working with an accountancy firm, you’ll probably study the ACA or the ACCA – the former probably has the edge in terms of prestige, but the latter is often said to have more international recognition. If you’re studying within a business to become a management accountant, you’ll take the CIMA exams. Public sector accountancy trainees will study for CIPFA (in case it’s eluded you thus far, accountancy is a profession littered with confusing acronyms – so brush up!)

4. Entry to the profession is fairly stringent – you’ll usually need at least a 2.1 for the bigger firms. However, there are lots of routes, including those aimed at school leavers, so a degree isn’t a prerequisite. A good tip for aspiring accountants at all stages of their education is to get as much work experience as you can, whether it’s in a high-street firm or on a vacation placement with one of the Big 4. All relevant experience is good experience when it comes to getting your first accountancy job.

5. One of the most valuable things you’ll learn as an accountant working with clients is how to relate to different people and businesses – it’s a great way to make contacts across a wide range of areas. Plus, it’s interesting! If you enjoy finding out how things work and thrive on variety, you’ll probably enjoy working with external clients. One client might give you a plush, peaceful working area with a comfy chair and coffee on tap, while a small business might be tight for desk space and have you working in a meeting room or even in a warehouse. Even if you’re in-house, you’ll still be expected to be adaptable and flexible, as you may still need to visit different business sites.

So there you have it! If you're keen to find out more about graduate jobs in accounting and financial services, click here.

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16 November 2012 08:38 AM

Guest Post: Graduate Development Programmes - Is a Bigger Company Better?

When you're finally out on your own after years of study, the first thing on your mind is getting a graduate job. People have different scenarios in their minds as to what getting out there and getting a job is going to be like. More often than that, people often also tend to have misconceptions and lack of direction. 

The general impression is that if you're seeking a job, the best thing to do is to apply at the biggest, most well-known company out there, right? But it's not necessarily always the best idea.

Though larger companies have organised graduate schemes in place, these are often very competitive. Smaller companies can sometimes be the best source of graduate schemes. Smaller companies may offer a more focussed graduate scheme with a ore personal feel to your training. While there may be less formal training on offer in a smaller company, graduates often get a much more hands-on approach to learning their trade. They may not be nationally known, but they're often willing to let you progress a lot faster than a larger company for a job well done. This early responsibility also looks great on your CV should you move on to a larger company in the future; you may find yourself managing within six months, whereas it may take five years for you to become a leader in a big corporation. 

When you are working for a smaller company it can often seem like you’re making a massive difference for the company and deservedly get recognition from managers. A lot of graduates like the idea of making a difference to a business in order to standout and receive recognition of their abilities. Getting noticed for an accomplishment or number thereof is very important when it comes to your job. It also increases your sense of self-worth in regards to your career.
Regardless of where you choose to apply, there will always be a steep learning curve with the your first real graduate role. But, if you're not able to find your dream graduate position in a large company, a small business might give you faster advancement and better chances of achieving your dream job in five years than at a large company. So don't limit your graduate job search - a small business might just be the best way to move forward.

Author Bio:
Marie Warren works for Recruitment Revolution.com, the only online recruitment agency specialising in finding the perfect match between candidate and job. Marie has worked at several recruitment agencies and has great advice for all those looking to stand out from the crowd by using specialist online recruitment techniques.

14 November 2012 08:55 AM

Victory! CareerPlayer wins Best Employment Advice Website at the NORAS

Well, we did it again!

Here's Adam and Rob collecting the award in London last week and doing the obligatory 'Hey, we won!' pose

We won the award for Best Employment Advice Website at the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs) for the 4th year running, because we're just that great.
Modest too. How do we do it?
We were pretty chuffed to win again - considering we were up against Monster, the Government jobs website, Jobsite and Guardian Careers. There were 164,000 nominations for 583 separate recruitment websites - yes, you read that right. We may be small but we're scrappy!

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09 November 2012 08:35 AM

Guest Post: New Courses Prepare Students for Cruise and Maritime Industry Employment

With the recent announcements for completion dates of not one but two specialist business training schools, the tide is turning for maritime employment education in the UK. While traditional routes are still going strong, alternative possibilities are being raised which train students to work in a business environment, tailoring their education for the end goal of finding employment. Southampton City College will sponsor and host a programme known as the 'Studio School' from September 2013, with the backing of the Associated British Ports, Southampton University Hospitals Trust and Southampton City Council amongst others. The aim of the school is train students in the usual educational qualifications alongside experience of business, focusing heavily on the marine, port and cruise industry.

Southampton City Colleges’ Helen Mason commented: “Our able and motivated students will spend time in the workplace, studying all year round and for longer days. Our focus will be the marine and cruise specialisms to meet the job opportunities of the next five to ten years.”

Adding to this new wave of training, in 2014 Whitfield will see the completion of its new survival centre and maritime training academy, projects with construction costs of an estimated at £6.5 million. The training offered there is not only for younger students but also for graduates with an interest in maritime employment and those needing to recertify to comply with legalisation in the marine industry.

The creation of these schools will not only see young people trained for a growing industry, clear on the path they need to take to become employable but also provide thousands of jobs in construction as well as teaching roles in the schools open to graduates. The roles available onboard the cruise ships and in the ports will highlight the range of choice.

The cruise industry is a sector set to grow as consumer demand is ever increasing. The Passenger Shipping Association recently reported that the industry provides jobs for more than 63,000 people in the UK alone. Working on a cruise does not necessarily require you to have maritime skills. Cruise lines recruit graduates and undergraduates for diverse roles including florists, tailors, chefs and sports professionals. The value of working on a cruise is not only stable employment but also include a host of opportunities to see the wider world. Visiting cruise provider
www.cruise1st.co.uk will highlight the myriad possibilities of seeing some of the world’s most desirable cruising destinations.

If you are interested in training for the marine sector and can’t wait for the emergence of new specialised schools, there are a number of ways to train. Universities already offer a number of courses, such as cruise industry management at Solent University, which is fully recognised and well-regarded by the cruise industry. One of the cruise lines available at Cruise 1st, Carnival UK, backs the course on its website, saying: "The BA (Hons) Cruise Industry Management is a fantastic idea, particularly due to the growth of the cruise market within the UK and abroad.” Carnival UK is also one of many cruise lines offering cadet programmes to help trainees gain valuable experience and train in the cruise industry. The training goes towards recognised qualifications, fees are paid, and a salary is provided.

07 November 2012 10:29 AM

Get Ahead Of The Graduate Jobs Game With A First-Year Insight Day

With competition for graduate jobs and internships getting stronger every year, it's essential to start your graduate job research early. While internships have been a familar aspect of the graduate job world for some time, insight days are relatively new, so you may not be familar with them.

Aimed at first-year undergraduate students, these are 'mini-internships' ranging in length from a day to a few days. They're designed to give you a taste of what it would be like to do an internship, placement or graduate programme with an employer. You'll meet current graduate trainees, attend presentations, and perhaps take a tour of the offices. Insight days are a fantastic addition to your CV, as well as a great way to network and get yourself noticed by future employers.

Many large graduate employers, including PwC and Lloyds Banking Group, will be running insight days in 2013.  Some recruiters say that they look for applicants who've done an insight day with the company when they come to select students for internships and placements. So it's definitely worth trying to bag a few if you can - click here to find out how to make great applications.

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