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GCU Careers Service: Corona Virus Update 6 January 2021

Although GCU Careers Service staff are currently working remotely on a temporary basis, we will still continue to provide the best service that we possibly can to GCU students and recent graduates.

You can book telephone appointments with us via our Careers Service homepage so please provide a phone number and the careers adviser will contact you.

If your appointment is for CV/Application form feedback, please email these documents in advance to the careers adviser you have booked with – email addresses can also be found on our webpage.

We will continue to post all the latest news and events on our social media channels, so to keep up to date  please follow us via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

 

View The Latest Graduate Vacancies On Our Career Success Portal

A graduate programme offers an exciting and rewarding way into the world of work and the good news is that there are plenty on offer right now. Whether you’re interested in accounting, technology, sales, engineering or something else entirely, there are plenty of opportunities out there that fit a wide range of backgrounds and interests.

Check out what we’ve highlighted below for you from the last 10 days and visit our Career Success portal to see the full list of live graduate vacancies, internships and placements.

WHITBREAD
Interested in a career in finance? Check out this opportunity to join Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality company, as part of their Dunstable-based Finance Graduate Scheme. Click the link to find out more.

ASTRAZENECA
Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is looking for statisticians to join its team in Cambridge as part of its Biometrics Graduate Programme.

CBRE
CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment company. It has just started recruiting for its London-based 2021 Graduate Programme. If you’re passionate about property, finance and want to learn something new, this may be the right opportunity for you.

PWC
Professional services firm PwC currently has an Audit Graduate Scheme on offer in Manchester. Competition tends to be fierce, so if you’re interested, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

DXC
Technology company DXC is recruiting for its Graduate Development Programme, with opportunities in different areas, from Business to Technical and Project.

CULHAM CENTRE FOR FUSION ENERGY
The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research. It is looking for candidates for its two-year graduate scheme. There are opportunities in the following engineering specialisms: software, electrical, mechanical, civil and control & instrumentation. Positions in other areas, including procurement, are also available. If any of these has piqued your interest, don’t hesitate to apply!

JISC
Jisc, a membership organisation providing digital solutions for UK education and research, has a two-year rotational IT graduate scheme on offer in Bristol, which will give you access to several parts of its technology teams, including software testing, data and infrastructure.

If you see something you like, get your application in soon!

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

Barclays Discovery Programme – Insight Events Starting Next Week

Launch Your Financial Services Career – About TheProgramme

In your second year of university and wondering what your career will hold? Kick-start your financial services career with our two-day diversity event. During the programme, you’ll take part in business workshops, hear from and network with industry experts, and receive specialised soft skill training. What’s more, you’ll get to find out about our career pathways, all while you learn about our supportive workplace from our diversity-focused employee networks.

Who should apply?

The Discovery programme is part of our ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive environment at Barclays – we want to ensure that diverse voices are heard and play an important role in our development as a business. We particularly encourage applications from first year students who identify as female, those who identify as LGBTQAI, those of black, asian and ethnic minority heritage, or who identify as having a disability. 

Perhaps you’re looking to learn more about our industry. Or maybe you’re wanting to get an inside look at our Summer Internship opportunities. No matter what, you’ll gain insight and be encouraged to start thinking about your next steps as a graduate.

Join our insight events.

Hear more about the programme by joining one of our insight events:

Monday 25 January, 09:30-10:30: Women in Banking & Barclays Discovery Diversity Programme. To register click here.

Monday 25 January, 11:00-12:00: LGBTQ+ Spectrum Network & Barclays Discovery Diversity Programme. To register click here.

Monday 25 January, 12:30-13:30: Embrace Multicultural Network & Barclays Discovery Diversity Programme. To register click here.

Monday 25 January, 14:00-15:00: Reach Disability, Mental Health and Neurodiversity Network & Barclays Discovery Diversity Programme.To register click here.

Monday 25 January, 15:30-16:30: Barclays Discovery Diversity Programme. To register click here.

To read more about the programme and apply, click here.

FDM January Workshops Announced

FDM will be hosting their first workshop series of 2021 for all students and graduates:

Monday 18 January: Excel – Part 1, 2.30 – 4pm

In today’s climate, technology influences almost everything we do. That’s why at FDM Group we are passionate about equipping students & graduates with the skills to shape our digital future.  Part one of our two – part 1 of the Excel series will explore the fundamentals of Excel by going through the implementation of formulas, referencing, tables, data cleaning, data validation and filtering. Ideal if you’re new to using the different features of Excel, or if you already have a basic understanding and looking to refresh your skills! Sign up here.

Wednesday 20 January: Excel – Part 2, 2.30 – 4pm

Part two of our three-part Excel series will expand on the fundamentals of Excel by going into demonstrating the value of various Excel Functions. We will be taking you through aggregation functions, logic functions and look-up functions.  Sign up here.

Friday 22 January: Excel – Part 3, 2.30 – 4pm

The final part of our three-part Excel series will cover Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts and how to create your very own interactive Excel Dashboard using Excel Formulas.  Sign up here.

Monday 25 January: Intro to SQL, 10.30am – 12pm

Think coding is too hard? Think again. This session will provide final year students and graduates an insight into SQL – a coding language any data enthusiast should have in their skillset. We will provide you with a dataset and show you how to query and manipulate using an example business case.  Sign up here.

Wednesday 27 January: HTML/CSS, 10.30am – 12pm

We will explore the fundamentals of HTML and CSS by going through the building blocks that make up the websites you visit every day! This session is ideal if you’re completely new to coding.  Sign up here.

Friday 29 January: Python, 10.30am – 12pm

An introductory session for those looking to learn the basics of programming in Python. There is a practical demonstration for this event to allow you to follow along – so please use an online tool such as Repl.it or download a python interpreter to your computer.  Sign up here.

Law Students – The Future Legal Minds Award is Now Open

A search for the most promising legal talent of 2021 is now underway. The Future Legal Mind Award is run annually by National Accident Helpline to find the UK’s brightest legal prospect.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to law students and to legal trainees who are within the first two years of their careers.

This year’s winner will receive a £2,000 prize fund to support their career development and will take part in mentoring with experienced lawyers from the National Accident Helpline team.

Jonathan White, Legal Director of National Accident Helpline, said: “Running this competition shows us, year after year, that there are so many talented people across the UK pursuing careers in law, which is great news for the sector.

“Each year, we look forward to finding and championing that standout individual who shows us they’ve got what it takes to go far in the legal world.

“We’re always pleased and proud to see our past winners and finalists going on to make their mark in different areas of the law – and we look forward to finding this year’s most talented and promising lawyer-to-be.”

The winner of Future Legal Mind 2020 was Joseph Kelen, then a University of Cambridge student, who is now studying the Bar Vocational Course at The City Law School in London.

Joseph said: “Entering Future Legal Mind is great advocacy experience and great fun.

“It presents exactly the sort of challenge – advocating for a change in the law and for yourself, in a short amount of time and in plain, simple terms – that I definitely hadn’t had many opportunities to do before.”

To enter Future Legal Mind 2021, students and trainees are invited to write an essay response to a question about their legal passions and which area of the law they would like to see reformed.

The full essay question can be found at https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/future-legal-mind

Essays must be submitted by midnight on Friday 26th February 2021 and will be reviewed by a panel, who will whittle the entries down to a shortlist of 10 people.

The shortlist of 10 will each be asked to submit a smartphone video to support their written entry, and the competition judges will review the essays and videos to decide who will be named Future Legal Mind 2021.

Career Success: How To Set Realistic Goals For The New Year

Whether you’re an avid believer in New Year’s resolutions or not, those first few weeks of the year usually come with a liberating feeling of a fresh start. After the busy holiday period, it’s a time to recalibrate, to get back into a work mindset and to start thinking about the personal career goals you want to achieve in the months to come.

Coming up with these goals can be pretty easy – you might want to learn a particular skill or expand your work experience – the tricky part is setting goals that are achievable – i.e. you won’t lose motivation come February.

This checklist will help set you up for success.

1. Be realistic
In a flash of new-year inspiration you might come up with a whole host of things that you want to do over the coming year, but before you commit to anything it’s important that you ask yourself how realistic your goals are. Too many of them can quickly become overwhelming, so pick your goals wisely. It may help to make a list and pick one or two priorities. Then think critically about your goal(s): ‘What does it take to reach this goal?’, ‘How challenging is it?’, ‘Is there any support I could get?’, ‘Do I have the time and financial means for it?’ Based on your answers you may have to adjust your goal or set out a longer time frame to achieve it.

2. Focus on what you want
When setting career goals ask yourself: ‘Is this what I want to be doing or what I think I should be doing?’ Often you will find that it’s the latter, with pressures imposed on us either by ourselves or others being the main driver behind these resolutions. For goals to be achievable the motivation for them has to come from within, i.e. your personal ambitions and aspirations that aren’t based on any external pressures. So, when setting goals always consider whether achieving them will bring you happiness and fulfilment – if the answer is ‘no’ it is likely that you’ll struggle to achieve them.

3. Plan ahead
Many of us set goals without actually planning how we intend to reach them. For example, you may want to learn how to use Photoshop. Ask yourself how you intend to reach this goal: are you thinking of signing up for a course? Or would you rather teach yourself through online tutorials? Make a list of the specific actions you’ll need to take. Breaking the goal up into smaller parts like this can make it more manageable. Devising a schedule can also help to keep you on track and keep note of your progress.

When it comes to achieving your goals it’s important to realise that there may well be hiccups along the way, and that’s totally fine. Be nice to yourself, take failure in your stride, celebrate your successes and keep focusing on that end goal and achieving it will be that much easier.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

Return To The Job Hunt – Kick Off The New Year In Style With Career Success

January is seen as a time for resolutions, new beginnings and a revamped and revitalised you. However when it comes to your job hunt, it shouldn’t be just a case of out with the old, in with the new. With things likely to take some time to get going after the holiday period, now’s the perfect time to reflect and review, take stock and put together a solid plan for the year ahead.

Here are our three R’s for blasting past the new year blues by building on rather than dismantling what you’ve already achieved:

1. Review
After the highs of the holiday season, getting back in the swing of job hunting can be tough and you may feel disheartened that last year’s efforts haven’t bagged you that dream role. Rather than giving into this negativity, think about the key things you achieved before the holiday hiatus. For example, did you make any valuable connections that you could reach out to? Or perhaps you found a helpful job board you could try? Really take the time to sit down and take stock of what went well, as this will give you a great starting point to resume your search.

Moreover, consider what wasn’t going so well and how you could improve it. For example, could you be using different search terms to identify more relevant roles? Are there any recruiters that could help?

2. Re-boot your brand
The slower New Year period is the perfect time to tweak your personal brand. This could mean giving your CV/resume or LinkedIn profile a long-awaited makeover or finally creating that personal website or blog you’ve been meaning to start. Also use this time to further expand your network, by joining interesting industry groups on LinkedIn, for example, and remind existing connections that you exist and are ready for new challenges and opportunities.

3. Reset your horizons
Having completed the first two steps, you should have a pretty strong indication of where your strengths and weaknesses lie and where there might be room for improvement. Next, consider the current climate in your sector or industry, and spend some time analysing which skills or areas of knowledge are likely to be in demand over the coming months. If you don’t already have these, now’s the time to go out and get them. From undertaking a training course to volunteering or taking on a part-time role, all of these can help you gain the skills and experience you need to truly stand out from the crowd.

Remember: January is not simply about kicking off the new year with a bang; it’s about putting all the right building blocks in place for the months ahead. So, be targeted and realistic in your approach, and you should be off to a great start.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

The Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarships

The Carnegie Vacation Scholarships aim to encourage undergraduates to develop their independent research skills. The Scheme is open to students enrolled on an undergraduate degree course at an eligible Scottish institution.

Awards enable them to learn how to manage a research project and prepare for postgraduate study. Students often see their research results published in academic journals or reported in conference presentations. Each year, the Trust organises a poster competition for Vacation Scholarship recipients to allow them to meet and network with each other.

  • Your project must be a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks in duration.
  • The project must address a clearly specified research question or hypothesis and will engage you in full-time personal research.
  • The project should give you sufficient scope to develop your ideas, use your initiative and build your research and analytical skills.
  • The project can be undertaken either at your home university or anywhere else in the world, provided the host organisation has suitable facilities and appropriate supervision is in place both at your home university and where the research is to be conducted. The supervisor at your host organisation must also be an established researcher or academic.
  • You must write your own project proposal and will be disqualified if the application and/or case for support appear to have been written by your supervisor or any other person.

Award timeline:

Early December 2020 Application portal opens

31st January 2021 Closing date for applications

Mid April 2021 Students and Supervisors notified of outcome

Mid May – August 2021 Vacation projects take place

Early September 2021 Poster Competition for Vacation Scholars

To find out more about Vacation Scholarships and to apply visit the Carnegie Trust webpage.

Find Out About Forage Work Experience Programmes

Forage virtual work experience programs give students the opportunity to learn career skills from Fortune 500 companies. Virtual work experience programs replicate work at top companies, and connect students to the companies themselves. Learn relevant tools and skills necessary to complete similar tasks during your work day.

Virtual Work Experience Programs are 100% free, open-access, and self-paced. No experience or application is required!

  • Learn highly relevant skills in your own time, at your own pace
  • Your talent matters more than your connections
  • Experience work with virtual programs from innovative global companies

Companies currently offering virtual work experience programmes include:

  • Linklaters
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Accenture
  • Citi
  • KPMG
  • White & Chase

To find out more and to register visit the Forage webpage.

View The Latest Graduate Vacancies in Our Career Success Portal

Are you ready to kickstart your career this year? From sales to IT to finance, there are currently hundreds of opportunities on offer for students and graduates across the country. Whatever your background and interests, there’s something out there for everyone, all you need to do is to take at what’s on offer in our Career Succes portal.

Check out what we’ve highlighted below for you from the last 10 days – log in to see the full selection of opportunities available.

PREMIER FOODS
One of the UK’s biggest food companies, Premier Foods, is currently recruiting for an Operations & Supply Chain and IT Business Support Graduate Scheme, both based in St Albans. Click the link to find out more.

RED BULL
Energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull has six London-based graduate schemes on offer, including a Finance, Product Marketing and Sales programme.

BDO
Are you looking for a career in accounting? If so, make sure to check out professional services firm BDO’s Tax Graduate Scheme, based in London.

SAGE
If you’re passionate about tech, don’t miss out on this chance to join software company Sage’s Product & Tech Graduate Scheme, with roles in software development, product marketing, data analysis, and much more on offer.

GENERAL MILLS
Food company General Mills is looking for candidates for its Finance Partner Graduate Scheme. If you’re passionate about all things finance, ambitious and have strong analytical skills, they want to hear from you!

PWC
Professional services firm PwC has two graduate schemes available: a London-based Graduate Digital Audit Programme and a Graduate Audit Programme, based in Newcastle.

Self Development With Career Success:

This article has originally been published in our Career Success portal. We have hundreds of key resources in Careers Success:

  • There are over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; self-development.
  • In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Students and staff new to Career Success can register by clicking on the link on our homepage

If you have already registered to use Career Success click here.

Want A Career In Teaching? Find Out More With A New Series Of Webinars From Teach In Scotland

A new series of webinars from Teach In Scotland will be taking place from Monday 18th January 2021 – ‘Talking Teaching with The Mac Twins’.

The Mac Twins will be hosting ‘Talking Teaching’ events for the ‘What Teaching Taught Me’ campaign. They’ll be joined by a number of speakers, discussing a wide range of topics – from how to apply for a PGDE, to progression within this challenging and rewarding career. There’ll even be an interactive Q&A session too.

If you’re interested in choosing this career path and would like to find out more, have a
look at the upcoming events and sign up to come along – click here.

A new topic will be covered each day:

  • Monday 18th January, 3pm – 3:40pm – Applying for a PGDE
  • Tuesday 19th January, 12 – 12:40pm – Study and Mindfulness Workshop
  • Wednesday 20th January, 5pm – 5:40pm – NQT presents ‘Life as a Teacher’
  • Thursday 21st January, 6pm – 6:40pm – Career Changers
  • Friday 22nd January, 11am – 11:40am – Progressing in Teaching