Women in Tech Career Accelerator Event

A Women in Tech Careers Accelerator event will take place in central London on 4 October 2022.

This is an opportunity for candidates to meet amazing local tech employers (such as BCS, Compare the Market, Thales, Hudl and more to be confirmed!), career experts and leaders. Ultimately, get the knowledge, advice, and inspiration they need to become a woman in tech!

The aim is to connect local employers with local female candidates who want to start a career in tech, upskill or reskill.

Where: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue, London, EC2R 7BP

When: 4 October 4 pm – 7.15 pm

This event is free.

Find out more at: https://escalla.tech/

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Amazon Devices Career Day

Amazon Devices is hosting an in-person and virtual career day, its first in Europe.

The career day will highlight what our leadership principals are what they mean to employees and customers, insights from Senior Leaders on how their teams are making an impact and opportunities for candidates. Our recruiting team will guide you through our hiring process, from application through to final interview.

We will be hosting a panel discussion with Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE, Ashleigh Ainsley and Richard Riakporhe on the importance of a diverse workplace and how as a candidate you can my yourself stand out from the crowd. Learn more about each speaker below.

There will be a workshop on goal setting with Antoine Allen and a chance to listen to our employee resource groups leaders, from The Black Employee Network and Women@Amazon.

Each person attending in-person or virtually will receive an Amazon Device.

This event is open to everyone as we have both internships and graduate roles to promote as part of the event across both technical and non-technical disciplines.

Register you interest today at: https://link.colorintech.org/Amazon-Devices-Career-Day-Sep02

Registration closes August 22 2022.

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Bright Network upcoming events

 ·       Presidents’ Day LIVE 2022 – 10 August:  Applications are now live for this in-person skills-building event for society presidents on Wednesday 10th August.

·       Bright Network FESTIVAL – 7 September

·       Women in TEC – 12 September

·       Future Lawyers – 13 September

·       Women in Leadership – 16 September

·       Black Heritage Future Leaders – 26 September

·       Breaking Barriers – 19 October

·       Proud to B – 25 October

·       Diverse Legal Leaders – 4 November

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Free webinars for students interested in the financial services industry

Event 1: Markets in Action
Date: 20 July 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Register: https://bit.ly/3y0jtZ0

There will also be a Q&A segment where you can ask any questions you have about the industry and investing in general.

Agenda

6:00 – 7:00 pm

* Use the ReTrader app to experience some of the most recent major market events.
* Gain a practical understanding of what matters for markets now.

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Live Q&A

Event 2: Finance in Practice Simulation
Date: 21 July 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Register now: https://bit.ly/38tI65x

Agenda:
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion around

* Feel the buzz of the trading floor and experience the same simulation used by the world’s largest asset managers, investment banks and hedge funds.
* A unique experience will allow you to gain role-specific skills and develop your edge in the application process.

7:00 – 7:30 pm

Live Q&A

 

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August webinars

Tuesday 2 August 11.00am-12.00pm

Excelling at Psychometric testing Psychometric testing: SJTS

Situational judgement tests are used by employers to measure your behaviour and attitudes to work-related scenarios. This workshop will explain what they are, how they work and give you the opportunity to try some. 

Wednesday 3 August 3.00-4.00pm

Creating an excellent CV and cover letter

In an increasingly competitive job market, you need to make an impact when completing your CV and cover letter. Come along to this workshop to find out how you can make the most of your skills and promote yourself effectively in your CV and covering letter. 

Tuesday 9 August 1.00-2.00pm

Networking and creating opportunities

Networks are essential for career success and as a student, getting started building a network can be daunting. This session will explain how to do so both online and face-face environments. 

Friday 12 August . 2.00-3.00pm

Career planning: get the job you want

Know what job you want, but not sure how to get it? Understand that you need work experience but not sure how to go about getting it. This interactive session will help you to start formulating a career plan to set yourself achievable steps in order to reach your career goals

Tuesday 16 August 11.00am-12.00pm

Finding the Job you want

Job Search can be a complicated process. This workshop will help you develop strategies when looking for part time and full time vacancies and make your job search more effective. 

Friday 19 August 11.00am-12.00pm

Creating an excellent CV and cover letter

In an increasingly competitive job market, you need to make an impact when completing your CV and cover letter. Come along to this workshop to find out how you can make the most of your skills and promote yourself effectively in your CV and covering letter.

Wednesday 24 August 2.00-3.00pm

Career planning: get the job you want

Know what job you want, but not sure how to get it? Understand that you need work experience but not sure how to go about getting it. This interactive session will help you to start formulating a career plan to set yourself achievable steps in order to reach your career goals. 

Friday 26 August 3.00-4.00pm

Develop your interview skills

In the current climate, employers are adopting a virtual approach to hiring and conducting interviews remotely. It takes you through the various types and stages of the interview process and what is typically involved. This is an interactive session to help you develop strategies for responding to interview questions and present your strengths so that employers see their value to the organisation. You will be introduced to additional resources that you can use to practice and hone your interview skills so that you approach the selection process with greater confidence. 

To book go to: londonmet.ac.uk/careersevents

 

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Guest blog: The Experience of an Intern

The Experience of an Intern: Q&A
Internships are a great way to get your foot into the world of work and most commonly, in
your desired field. This temporary professional learning experience is typically geared toward students or graduates that are on the lookout for opportunities in certain disciplines to give them the relevant experience and skills to progress in their chosen careers. In some instances, these temporary internships can turn into full-time positions. During the experience, you’ll also benefit from networking, learning more about the industry, and of course, confidence-building.
Laura Bill from Inspiring Interns chatted with past interns to find out about their professional experiences.

Firstly, we spoke to Amit Keshwala – a recent data intern working at Wildbrain CPLG who graduated from the University of Leicester in 2018.

Q: What was your internship role?
A: I was a Data intern at Wildbrain CPLG.

Q: Why did you decide to apply for an internship?
A: Before applying for the internship, I was looking for jobs after a short career break. I was considering permanent entry-level jobs in Data Project Management, but came across the internship role at Wildbrain CPLG, thanks to Inspiring Interns. As I had never worked in the industry before, I thought this would be a good stepping stone to get into the industry and find out more about what it entailed.

Q: What did you enjoy most about being an intern?
A: One of the most enjoyable aspects of internships is that it gives you the space to learn. I
worked in different industries before having the career break, and I believe that being an
intern helped me get back into the flow of the working world. It’s a great opportunity for any new graduate heading into a working role because it ultimately gets the ball rolling.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wildbrain CPLG. They provided support every step of the
way and allowed me to get on with my tasks without any pressure. They understand that
you’re new to the industry and give you the freedom to work in your preferred style, which I believe is key to a healthy working environment.

Q: Did the internship match your expectations?
A: I actually had no expectations before starting my internship. I was very open-minded, but once I started, I absolutely loved the role. One thing I would say is that if you’re looking for a very specific role, then an internship may not be for you. However, if you’re looking to branch into a certain industry, taking any role will be beneficial to you to help you get your foot in the door – you almost need to take on an umbrella search and see what is available at that time.

Q: What do you feel you have learned from your internship?
A: I believe my internship has equipped me with a wide range of skills including
organisation, time management, teamwork, and boosting my excel knowledge – which are
all needed in most industries and workplaces.

Q: Do you feel your internship helped your progress in your career?

A: Definitely. I think the fact you are taking on an internship to get into your desired field shows that you are proactive, which is a trait that employers look for. I edited my LinkedIn page to establish myself as a ‘Data Intern’ and I was bombarded with offers from various companies. I think the term ‘intern’ sparked their interest because it shows you’re trying to pursue your chosen career – and trying is the most important factor. I have been offered a full-time data role at Capgemini with a start date of August 2022 which is down to the fact that I now have the relevant experience in the data field.

Q: What advice would you give to other interns?
A: Don’t rush. Take the time to figure out what you want to do. Get some work experience in the field that interests you, but more importantly, follow your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life. You’ll face obstacles along the way but keep trying and stay proactive. Don’t give up hope  when you’re faced with disappointment – when one door closes, another opens!

We also spoke to Lina Sultani, Talent Development Manager at Inspiring Interns, who first started as an intern at the company.

Q: What was your internship role?
A: My role as a Talent Development Intern involved supporting recent graduates in their job search. My role was to pre-screen candidates for graduate and entry-level roles. Our
company uses an innovative tool which is Video CVs to maximise a candidate’s chances of
securing a role. I helped candidates create their Video CVs, manage our company CRM
system, Website, job boards, and marketing campaigns.

Q: Why did you decide to apply for an internship?
A: After deciding not to pursue Clinical Psychology following my graduation, I sought
opportunities where I could utilise my knowledge of Psychology. An internship felt like the
right choice as I would be offered training and exposure for a role that I didn’t have much
experience in.

Q: What did you enjoy most about being an intern?
A: I thoroughly enjoyed being able to help and support graduates as I have been in their
position before. I graduated in 2020, the year the pandemic started, and really struggled to
find opportunities during a time of uncertainty. I had the added pressure of pursuing a sector I didn’t have much experience in, so it was difficult to find an entry-level job whilst
transitioning. Through this internship, I was able to offer advice and my level of knowledge with the benefit of my personal experiences.

Q: Did the internship match your expectations?
A: Whilst I didn’t know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. I was offered a lot of
training and support as well as flexibility. I work with a great team and they have been very supportive since joining.

Q: What do you feel you have learned from your internship?
A: I mostly enjoyed the exposure to Recruitment. The role introduced me to a vast array of
sectors, client/employer expectations, and the corporate life. I have been able to refine my
communication skills as I liaise with candidates and across departments at my team on a
day-to-day basis. My internship also helped me decide my future career plans as I’d now like to grow in my role and pursue Talent Development even further.

Q: Do you feel your internship helped your progress in your career?
A: Certainly, I now lead the team as Talent Development Manager, working closely
alongside my CEO, Marketing team, Head of IT & Growth to improve candidate experience.

Q: What advice would you give to other interns?
A: I would highlight the importance of creating the best CV. Working in Talent Development has taught me how important it is to ensure your CV shows the best version of yourself. This includes making sure it is up to date, no spelling/format errors, and that it is very concise. Your CV is an employer/agency’s first impression of you and with or without relevant experience, a good CV can carry your application much further than you may think.

Interested in applying for an internship? You can find a variety of internships on the Inspiring Interns jobs board today!

Article by Laura Bill, Inspiring Interns

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July careers webinars

Thursday 7 July 11.00am – 12.00pm

Applying for graduate jobs

This session will cover the differences between searching for and obtaining roles with SMEs and larger organisations. You will leave this session prepared to find opportunities and make excellent applications.

Friday 8 July 2.00-4.00pm

Develop your interview skills

In the current climate, employers are adopting a virtual approach to hiring and conducting interviews remotely. It takes you through the various types and stages of the interview process and what is typically involved.

This is an interactive session to help you develop strategies for responding to interview questions and present your strengths so that employers see their value to the organisation. You will be introduced to additional resources that you can use to practice and hone your interview skills so that you approach the selection process with greater confidence.

Thursday 14 July 11.00am-12.00pm

Creating an excellent CV and cover letter

In an increasingly competitive job market, you need to make an impact when completing your CV and cover letter. Come along to this workshop to find out how you can make the most of your skills and promote yourself effectively in your CV and covering letter.

Friday 15 July 11.00am-12.00pm

Applying for Masters: How to approach your personal statement

Are you applying for a masters? If so, the personal statement is a key element of the application process. Come along to this webinar to find out what selectors look for and get some tips on how to create a successful statement.

Thursday 21 July 11.00am-12.00pm

Finding a graduate Job

Information about this event to follow soon

Friday 22 July 11.00am-12.00pm

LinkedIn:Building a profile and creating a network

This workshop is an introduction to your professional presence online and the networking site LinkedIn. In this interactive session you will gain an insight into the different ways in which you can use LinkedIn and learn about the key elements of developing an effective LinkedIn profile.

Thursday 28 July  1.00-2.00pm

Common mistakes students make whilst searching and applying for jobs

This enjoyable session profiles common mistakes and, crucially, shows you how to avoid them

Friday 29 July  1.00-2.00pm

Excelling at Psychometric testing: verbal and numerical reasoning

During this workshop you will learn about both numerical and verbal reasoning tests used by employers during recruitment. Participants will get the chance to look at example questions as a group and work through some further examples in a supportive environment.

 

To book a place go to: londonmet.ac.uk/careersevents

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National Autistic Society – Autism at Work – Job opportunities for autistic students

The National Autistic Society has opportunities for autistic job seekers through their Autism at Work programme.

Full details of roles at IBM, CACI, Defence Equipment and Paragon can be found on their jobs board.

https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/employment/job-opportunities

 

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Future Female Entrepreneur – application deadline extended

Future Female Entrepreneur (FFE) is an opportunity for aspiring female entrepreneurs (aged 18-24) to spend the day with an established female entrepreneur at the business she has created and leads.

Over the course of the day the young women will gain insight and guidance, and be able to share their own business goals for advice from the entrepreneur they are with.

The course will take place from 20 -24 June.

All the details are here

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June webinars

Thursday 16 June 3.00–4.00pm

Creating an excellent CV and cover letter

In an increasingly competitive job market, you need to make an impact when completing your CV and cover letter. Come along to this workshop to find out how you can make the most of your skills and promote yourself effectively in your CV and covering letter.

Monday 27 June  11.00am-12.00pm

Career planning: get the job you want

Know what job you want, but not sure how to get it? Understand that you need work experience but not sure how to go about getting it. This interactive session will help you to start formulating a career plan to set yourself achievable steps in order to reach your career goals.

Thursday 30 June 2.00-3.00pm

LinkedIn: Building a profile and creating a network

This workshop is an introduction to your professional presence online and the networking site LinkedIn. In this interactive session you will gain an insight into the different ways in which you can use LinkedIn and learn about the key elements of developing an effective LinkedIn profile.

To book a place go to: londonmet.ac.uk/careersevents

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