10 October 2012 10:06 AM

Looking for graduate teacher training? Try Teach First

Nearly 50% of children claiming free school meals fail to gain any GCSEs above grade D. Just 16% will make it to university, compared with 96% of private school leavers. If you believe that a child's success shouldn't be restricted by their family's social status, Teach First might be for you.

Teach First is a pretty unique entity in the graduate recruitment world. In a nutshell, graduates are placed in a two-year teaching role in some of the most challenging schools in the UK. You can even apply to certain graduate schemes, such as the PwC graduate scheme or the Accenture graduate scheme, and defer your entry - so you get the chance to spend two years making a real difference to childrens' lives before moving on to a corporate role.

The role of a Teach First teacher is to inspire kids from tricky educational and social backgrounds, as well as developing vital business skills like diplomacy, assertiveness and a sense of humour! Watch a secondary school teacher talk about why there's never a dull moment in his job.

This role certainly isn't for everyone - teaching is hard work at the best of times, and when your students have challenging behavioural and social issues as well, it's even trickier. But if you're resilient and up for the challenge, you could change people's lives. Seriously. 



You’ll need a minimum of a 2.1 degree, and more importantly you'll need to be smart, determined, a great communicator. You'll need to be tough - the kids you'll be working with will be challenging; but you'll also need to have empathy as many of them won't have had the best start in life.

Teach First is all about becoming a leader and achieving success – both for yourself and for others. It’s an intensive two years starting with the Summer Institute and continuing onto the Leadership Development Programme combines working, qualifying and training as a teacher with leadership development training, coaching and mentoring, and a range of networking and internship opportunities.

Sound good? Click here to find out more. 
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26 September 2012 11:39 AM

How about a job at...the Civil Service Fast Stream?

The Civil Service Fast Stream is a unique graduate scheme that's designed to catapult the very best graduates into top-level roles across the UK. Sound good? Read on!

The Fast Stream allows you to gain a huge range of experience in a very short time. Fast Streamers undertake a variety of placements, move between projects and try out areas of work to build up a portfolio of experience that's hard to beat. Find out more about government and public sector careers here.

Starting salaries usually range between around £25, 000 and £27,000 and you'll be expected to be flexible - you need to follow the job wherever it takes you across the UK!

Click here to find out more!

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22 August 2012 10:21 AM

5 Things You Need to Know About Engineering Graduate Jobs

Engineering can get a bit of a bad rep, unfortunately, which is a shame because it has the potential to be one of the most satisfying and stable careers out there. Read on to find out five things every aspiring engineer must know:

  1. It's not just for the guys! Watch this film to find out what women who work in engineering have to say - the general consensus seems to be that not only is it not nearly as 'blokey' as you might think, it's also easier to get noticed for being good at your job when you're the only woman on the team!
  2. There are plenty of jobs in engineering companies for non-engineers - think Sales and Marketing, Project Management, HR, Logistics. A graduate scheme at an engineering company can be a great way to get transferable business skill that will translate to a wide range of careers.
  3. It can offer some of the most flexible hours of any professional job - many companies offer perks like flexitime, and some even give you every Friday afternoon off - yes, really! 
  4. Some engineering graduate schemes will consider candidates with a 2.2 - so this industry can be a good choice if you've not quite hit the grade you hoped for.
  5. Engineering can offer the option of lots of international travel if that's something that takes your fancy - definitely worth bearing in mind, we say!

For more information on careers in engineering, click here.

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15 August 2012 12:27 PM

3 things graduates need to know about consulting

For many graduates, consulting has a glamourous ring to it – the idea of walking into a different organisation every fortnight and helping to smooth out their business issues. However, it’s notorious for being a highly demanding career path – have you got what it takes?

1.    Commitment

Consulting is not a profession for graduates who aren’t 100% committed to their career – it involves frequent travel and long hours, with often only a day week spent in your base office. If the idea of becoming closely acquainted with a variety of hotel facilities across the UK doesn’t faze you, then a graduate job in consulting might suit you.

2.    Diplomacy and tact
Consultants are often brought in to help organisations that are having difficulties, so an ability to empathise, be tactful and work collaboratively to solve problems is a valuable skill. 

3.    Organisational skills

You’re not going to be based in the same place all the time, so your ability to get (and keep) yourself organized needs to be top-notch.

Still think you’ve got what it takes? Find out more about careers in consulting by clicking here.

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08 August 2012 10:30 AM

Four things you need to know about a graduate career in law

Every year many hopeful graduates apply for coveted and scarce graduate schemes at top law firms. Known in the industry as training contracts, these demanding but well-rewarded positions often come with a hefty sponsorship deal to help graduates through the final stages of their legal training before they join the firm. If you’re one of these hopefuls, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons! Read on for our top things you must think about before you even start to fill out application forms:

1. Make sure you want to work in law for the right reasons
Do you have a real and genuine interest in the law? Do you believe you will find the role as a solicitor or barrister enjoyable and challenging, or are you only interested in the money and perceived prestige it can bring? Do you enjoy logic, details and intellectual challenge? Are you happy working through piles of paperwork? Can you explain complex terms clearly, to people who have no idea what you’re talking about, without sounding patronising? Be honest about your personality and skills, and you’ll be happier in the long run. But equally, don’t rule out law just because you have visions of brash City boys spending 18 hours a day in the office – there are many different types of law and many different law firm cultures. Don’t assume you won’t fit in because of your gender, background or personality. Which leads on to…


2. Research!
If the idea of this makes you glaze over, law is probably not the profession for you – it’s research-intensive! If you’re the kind of person who can pick out vital bits of study texts and speedily interpret them without plodding though the whole book, this will stand you in good stead. Find out all you can about the career paths and firms that interest you. Do you know the day-to-day differences between being a solicitor and a barrister (beyond ‘one of them wears a wig’)? Do you have a specific idea of the geographical area or specialism you want to work in, or are you looking for a company that will give you a broad range of experience? 

3. Work experience
This doesn’t have to be legal, particularly if you can demonstrate decent business experience – for example, if you had a placement year at university. If you can get on a vacation scheme at a large firm, this will help you decide if commercial law is for you – but if you can’t it’s not the end of the world! Voluntary work with legal aid organisations, shadowing a family friend who’s a barrister, or working part-time as an office assistant at high street law firms all count. Good employers will accept that people come from different backgrounds and can bring different things to the table. Having said that, if you turn up for an interview and tell a senior partner that you’ve got no business or legal experience but you want to be a lawyer because you like watching Boston Legal and you want to make loads of money, expect to get short shrift.

4. Be realistic about your prospects
If you don’t have, at MINIMUM, a mid-to-high 2.1 and at least one or two As at A-Level, you stand little chance of making it into a top law firm. There is huge competition for places, and although firms will take your circumstances into account, they do have to have a cut-off point somewhere! Last year there were 4,874 training places available, whilst for the same year 7,064 people registered on the LPC (the last stage of academic legal training) – so you need to be one of the best. Becoming a barrister is even more competitive and is really not for the faint-hearted – there are far more applicants every year than there are training places, and as the Bar is very academic in slant you really do need a First (or a lot of luck and a 2.1) to be in with a chance. The moral of the story is that it is probably not worth forking out the many thousands it will cost you to train in either profession if you’re unlikely to get a job at the end of it and make that money back. The exception to this rule is if you have high grades but just haven’t managed to secure a training contract that pays for your training before you start your legal studies, or if you have good grades but want to work for a smaller firm that doesn’t offer sponsorship. But if you have less than a solid, 65%+ 2.1, you are probably better off pursuing other career paths. Honesty with yourself is the best policy!

To find out more about different careers in law, click here.

The Law Society and the Bar Council websites are packed with useful information and are great place to start researching your legal career.

02 August 2012 03:18 PM

What to expect from summer internships

Summer internships are a great way to work out if a particular career path is right for you – and when you get to the stage of filling in application forms and going for graduate job interviews, they will help you demonstrate your motivation and understanding of the industry you want to work in. Placements in large organisations such as banks, law firms and consultancies tend to be highly structured and place great emphasis on giving you a real taster of life at a particular company.

On a typical summer placement with a large company, you’ll likely get to have a go at some of the following: 
    •    Going along to seminars or presentations
    •    Office-based work such as helping with research on projects
    •    Going to client meetings
    •    Taking part in a business task with other placement students and giving a presentation on this at the end of the placement
    •    Socials – many firms will wine and dine you at least once during your internship!

By the end of your placement, you’ll have a definite idea of whether the company – and the career itself – is a good fit for you. For more info on how to make the most of graduate internships, click here.

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13 August 2010 03:23 PM

Graduate Jobs In Advertising...

You want a job in Advertising. Excellent choice.

You want to meet companies on campus to discuss your options. Ah.

Lots of Industries are really well represented on campus. Like banking, law and consulting. But if you're interested in the creative industries you're in trouble.

The Oxford Advertising Society got started for this very reason, as its president explains: if you want a career which doesn't involve wearing a suit then you're going to struggle to find information on campus.

A big hurdle for students is that it's actually very hard to establish which companies exist that can offer them a job. Few are household names, in fact most of them don't have names but funny acronyms. And if they're not on campus it's pretty much impossible to establish where to apply.

To help you all out, here's a starting list. Lots of Ad agencies who recruit grads, information resources for the industry and some marketing and advertising specific job boards. Aren't we lovely!

Happy hunting... 

P.S. To research your options don't forget our graduate jobs in advertising section.









































01 November 2009 05:00 PM

Graduate Jobs - Deadlines for November

Lots of application deadlines for graduate jobs this month as things hot-up towards the end of the year. Take a look below for a quick round-up of the hottest vacancies. And don't forget to checkout CareerPlayer for application tips, careers advice and insights into each of the sectors. Good luck!

Graduate Jobs in Finance
06.11.09 Watson Wyatt Financial Services Graduate Programme

06.11.09 Bank of America Banking and Investment Graduate Programme

08.11.09 Citi Banking and Investment Graduate Programme

08.11.09 J. P. Morgan Banking and Investment Graduate Programme

09.11.09 Hyman Robertson Financial Services Graduate Programme

12.11.09 Hewitt Graduate Finance Scheme

13.11.09 HSBC Banking and Investment Graduate Schemes

13.11.09 RBC Capital Markets Graduate Scheme

15.11.09 Barclays Capital Banking Graudate Schemes

15.11.09 Deutsche Bank Graduate Analyst Programme

16.11.09 Audit Commission Graduate Finance Scheme

Graduate Jobs in Management Consulting
06.11.09 The Boston Consulting Group Managment Consulting Graduate Programme

08.11.09 Monitor Group Managment Consulting Graduate Programme

11.11.09 Oliver Wyman Graduate Consultant

13.11.09 Diamond Graduate scheme

Graduate Jobs in IT
09.11.09 NYSE Graduate Scheme

(Send CV and Cover letter to nysetechnologies@gtisolutions.co.uk)

Graduate Jobs in Law
09.11.09 FSA Legal Trainee Scheme

Graduate Jobs in Marketing
09.11.09 Halfords Marketing graduate scheme

17.11.09 WPP Marketing Fellowship

26 October 2009 09:56 AM

Graduate Jobs and Schemes in Advertising


If you're looking to break into advertising the chaps at AdGrads have done a sterling job pulling all of the agencies accepting applications into a simple list.

Check out their blog and good luck with the applications! Remember, advertising applications are pretty different to your bog standard competency based form. Try and be original and interesting. Agencies want people with spark - if you're too earnest you're probably going to be sidelined for someone who looks more interesting. Try and corner your mates for a brain storm about different ways to approach things. After all that's how most agencies start with a client brief.

For more information on advertising check out our vids:

Advertising Overview

Key Skills for Advertising

Top Tips for Advertising

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