How Students Can Get Experience in Their Dream Job at University

“Graduate job: Two years of experience required”.

 All graduates have encountered this frustrating sentence when looking for a job after university. We’re all wondering the same thing: how can I already have two years of experience if I’ve only just graduated?

However, experience doesn’t just mean a full-time job within the industry. Experience can include many things, such as internships, part-time jobs, side hustles, extracurricular activities, and even hobbies related to the career you want to pursue. If you want to get ahead of the competition, you’ll need to include these elements in your CV.

So, how can you get experience for your dream job while studying at university? Here are some of the best strategies for building skills and experience in four popular subject areas: finance, journalism, writing, and digital marketing.

Finance

 If you want to work in the finance sector, you’ll be facing fierce competition. However, even though getting a job in this industry could be tough, you’ll be rewarded with a high salary and a stable, in-demand career.

But what are the possible career paths for finance students? The four main areas are:

  •  Accountancy
  • Investment management
  • Banking (retail and investment)
  • Insurance (related fields include actuarial science)

To enter these careers, you could study a range of subjects, including finance, business management, economics, accounting, and investment banking. If you want to become an accountant, you may not need to go to university at all; you can study for your AAT qualifications to enter this field.

Once you go into the finance industry, you can expect to find junior roles in accountancy firms, banks, or any company that requires an accountant or other finance professional. If you’re especially talented or have a lot of experience, you could end up working for prestigious finance and investment companies like J.P. Morgan or Goldman Sachs.

What kind of experience would be beneficial? First of all, you’ll need to be aware of financial developments like the Making Tax Digital initiative or changes in inflation, as this shows you’re committed to keeping up with the world of finance. Also, it’s a good idea to find internships with accountancy firms or banks that you could do in the summer months to gain important networking skills. Some university courses even offer a year in industry so you can learn more about your future career.

If you want to earn money as you gain experience, you could find a paid internship or start online tutoring. With websites like MyTutor, you can teach a subject you’re an expert in (such as maths or economics) to A-level and GCSE students. You’ll earn up to £20 an hour and gain vital communication, time management, and leadership skills.

Journalism

 Journalism is another incredibly popular subject, and just like finance, there’s a lot of competition for journalism jobs. These jobs include being a reporter, editor, photojournalist, or newsreader.

To enter the journalism industry, you’ll either need an undergraduate degree in journalism or an undergraduate degree in another subject plus a postgraduate degree in journalism. However, to secure an entry-level role in the industry as a junior reporter or editorial assistant, you need to display your experience and passion to compete with other graduates.

An obvious way to gain this experience and develop important skills like writing, editing, communication, and research is to join your university’s student newspaper. You could take on a variety of roles to suit your interests, including photography, film/music writing, and news reporting.

Another option is to start your own blog. By doing this, you can write about topics you’re passionate about and also gain experience with content management systems like WordPress. You could even earn money with your blog through adverts or affiliate marketing, or you could pitch your articles to newspapers or magazines to earn a one-off payment and build your reputation in the industry.

Writing

 Writing is a very similar subject to journalism, but since it’s a lot broader, there are so many career paths you can pursue if you study it. Some examples of writing jobs include:

  •  Copywriter
  • Technical writer
  • PR and communications officer
  • Screenwriter
  • Journalist

Unfortunately, these writing jobs are highly competitive, so if you want to gain an entry-level role as, for example, a PR assistant or junior copywriter, you’ll need to find extracurricular activities or side hustles at university to boost your CV.

To start with, you’ll need to study an appropriate writing-based subject. These include:

  •  Creative writing
  • English
  • Marketing
  • Media studies
  • Journalism
  • Film studies
  • A STEM subject (for the technical writing career)

Similar to journalism students, students in writing-based courses should consider joining their university’s student newspaper to develop their writing, editing, research, and analysis skills. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people.

To earn some extra cash while gaining experience, you can start writing blog posts or creating videos for YouTube or TikTok as a side hustle. Although you may not earn money at first, you can start to make an income from adverts or affiliate marketing as you gain more followers, and you’ll also get to develop your creativity and communication skills.

Digital Marketing

 Finally, if you’re studying digital marketing, there are plenty of opportunities for you to gain experience while you’re at university, which will help you beat the strong competition in this industry. Whether you want to be a social media manager, digital marketer, SEO specialist, or web copywriter, you can gain skills and make money at the same time through various side hustles.

For example, managing a website or blog will give you important SEO, marketing, and writing skills that you’ll need for your future career, and you’ll get to earn some extra cash through your ads and affiliate links. To supplement your income, you could teach classes on MyTutor or even start a dropshipping business if you want to flex your marketing and entrepreneurship skills.

There are also some more traditional options for gaining experience, such as joining a society at university and progressing to the committee level. If you become a treasurer, social secretary, or even the president of a society, you’ll be able to show off your fantastic leadership and management skills on your CV.

Landing Your Dream Job

 These days, the competition is fierce for almost any graduate role. This is why it’s so important for you to get ahead by gaining the right experience and skills while you’re still at university.

With a relevant side hustle, you can get experience for your CV and earn money at the same time. Why not try out your own side hustle today by creating a blog, becoming a tutor, or starting your own business?

Article by Ben Fielding, feeelance writer

 

 

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Paid part-time position in PR.

PR And Social Media Assistant Bland. Communication

A paid part-time position in PR is available with Bland, a modern lifestyle agency. You can find out more about the company at:  www.blandpr.com.

If you are interested Apply here

Closing date: 5 May 2022

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Law Springboard Programme:

Are you a first year student interested in pursuing a career in commercial law?  If so, apply now to our Law Springboard Programme, sponsored by Slaughter and May.

You’ll be able to apply for exclusive work experience and mentoring with Slaughter and May, access legal insight events, and receive 1-to-1 CV and application support. Places are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis – apply today to avoid disappointment!   For more information and our eligibility criteria click here.

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Gray’s Inn GDL Scholarships – applications open!

Are you considering a career at the Bar?

 Gray’s Inn has funding available to support students pursuing a career at the Bar of England and Wales. We are currently accepting applications for our GDL Scholarships.

All non-law undergraduate students intending to study any full or part time postgraduate law conversion course during the 2022/23 academic year are eligible to apply.

GDL Scholarship funding ranges from £2,500 to £12,000. All scholars receive a minimum of £2,500 before being invited to apply for additional means-tested funding.

In addition, all GDL scholars automatically qualify for a Bar Course Scholarship interview and, if successful at interview, their base financial Bar Course Scholarship award starts at £7,500.

To apply

Complete and submit an application via our online scholarship application system

Applications are now open. The application deadline is Friday 6 May 2022.

Interviews will take place between 20 – 22 June 2022.

Online Scholarship Q&A

Further details about our scholarships, including our merit assessment criteria, are available on our website.

We also recommend attending our online Q&A on Wednesday 27 April. This will give you the opportunity to get advice and insight from interviewers and recent scholars. It is free to attend and you can register here.

Watch the video: Scholarships – behind the scenes

Scholarships - Behind the scenes video thumbnail. Photograph of 3 interviewers.

If you have any queries please contact scholarships@graysinn.org.uk

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Careers webinars – April

Friday 8 April 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.

Tuesday 12 April 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

Wednesday 20 April 11.00am-12.00pm

Common mistakes students whilst searching and applying for jobs

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

Friday 22 April 2.00-3.00pm

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.

Thursday 28 April 11.00am-12.00pm

Using LinkedIn to get jobs and build 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 your place go to: londonmet.ac.uk/careersevents

 

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Careers events this week

Spring Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair, 23 March 2022, 1.30pm- 4.30pm, attend on campus or online.

All participating employers have graduate roles, some have internships. The vast majority are applicable to anyone regardless of what you studied, so there are opportunities for all!

Attend either on campus or online:

  • 1:30pm- 3pm, on-campus, TM1-83, Blue Zone, Holloway Road
  • 3.30pm-4.30pm, online

Find full event information, including participating employers here

Employer webinar: Enra Specialist Finance

Thursday 24 March 1.00-2.00 pm

The lending entity of Enra Specialist Finance is West One Loans – West One Loans are a leading provider of specialist mortgages and property finance, trusted by homeowners, landlords and property investors to support their financial goals. We specialise in creating integrated lending solutions across the property investment lifecycle, encompassing acquisition, planning, development and sale.

The Scheme has been created to give University Graduates the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and experience to become successful in the world of Financial Services. We would like to give you an insight into how we have become one of the largest specialist lenders in the UK and the culture whilst working at Enra Specialist Finance. We will also have our current graduates available to answer any questions you may have.

The Brokerage

Friday 25 March 1.00-2.00 pm

This session will introduce The Brokerage- a social mobility charity helping young people aged 16-25 to develop your employability skills and gain experiences across the Financial and Professional services sector (Banking, Finance, Corporate Law, Insurance, Tech and more).

To book for any of these events go to: londonmet.ac.uk/careersevents

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Financial Times – New FT Talent Challenge

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new hackathon!

From May 13th to May 15th, we’re hosting the 2022 edition of Hack the Normal Sustainability – organised by Beko, TNW, and FT Talent from the Financial Times.

The 3-day online hackathon will support groups of people from all backgrounds to develop their ideas and build practical solutions on the topics of climate change, water management, and the circular economy in the household. You can apply individually or as a complete team (of 2 to 6 people).

It’s your chance to get hands-on support from field experts to build your sustainability idea and to compete for prizes including €50,000. The best teams will also be invited for follow-up conversations with Beko, a home appliances multinational with sales in +150 countries, to discuss a pilot project.

Apply here: https://hackthenormal.com/

Deadline to apply: 9th April 2022

For any questions, please email  fttalent@ft.com

 

 

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Save the date: Working in the UK after your Studies webinar 24 March

Are you thinking about possible immigration routes and work options in the UK after you complete your studies?

The International Student Advice team and the Careers and Employability Service team are hosting a ‘Working in the UK after your studies’ webinar to provide information and advice covering visas and immigration, job searches and graduate careers.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to switching from your Student visa (previously Tier 4) and the categories that you can switch to within the UK. The workshop will take place on Thursday 24th March 2022 from 11am to 1pm.

We have also invited a guest speaker who will provide information and tips on finding internships and jobs, including the types of roles sponsored under ‘Skilled Worker visa’ on the student circus job search database for international students

The Careers & Employability will also talk briefly on how the service can support international students and recent graduates.

This is an online event and the link to join is included in your ticket confirmation and will be emailed to everyone who has booked a place a day before the event.

To book your place, please visit Eventbrite to register your interest for the workshop.

The webinar might benefit second and final year students more but all levels of study are welcome as the information is relevant to all Student visa holders.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Elba opportunities coming up

Mock Interviews with Credit Suisse    Monday 29th March – Friday 1st April

https://forms.gle/9uPFndW2cYHgRBpA8

“Credit Suisse is one of the world’s premier financial service providers offering investment banking, private banking and asset management capabilities to corporations, high net-worth families, entrepreneurs, governments and institutions around the world.
This exciting opportunity is for Higher Education students to get the chance to be interviewed via video by a professional at Credit Suisse and receive invaluable feedback. The students will be provided with a sample Job Description, and be given one hour for their interview slot. This will be a good insight into how professional entry-level interviews are conducted and mimic the types of interviews they may face at entry-level and graduate positions. ”

Insight Session – Morgan Stanley (virtual) 22nd March 4-5 pm

https://forms.gle/8McW5SWtgadXhSKt7

This exciting opportunity is for Higher Education students to connect with employees at Morgan Stanley, from a range of teams and specialisms. With over 60,000 employees globally, Morgan Stanley oversees Investments, Wealth Management, Research, Trading, Tech and more!

This will be a 1.5 hour virtual event open to all students. It will explore the work and varied specialities that exist within various roles at Morgan Stanley and it will be a chance for you to network and have your questions answered.

Spaces are limited, you can secure your spot by filling in the short application form attached. We will be in touch with you to confirm your spot.

CV & LinkedIn Reviews opens Monday 14th March 2022

Throughout April and May

https://forms.gle/wTo6wtAkZKsZH8N26

“Would you like your CV and / or LinkedIn Profile to stand out to potential employers?
Sign up to have your current CV / LinkedIn Profile reviewed by professional volunteers from the world of business. You will receive feedback on your CV / profile, highlighting areas for improvement and tips on making it more presentable. Register your interest today, and you will be contacted once we have received feedback from employers on your CV / profile which we shall share with you. This opportunity is organised by East London Business Alliance (ELBA), a charity bringing the worlds of business and education for impactful and engaging opportunities such as these. Our business volunteers come from a range of ELBA partner companies, including law firms (magic circle), accountancy firms (big 4), property management firms and global financial institutions, amongst other industries. “

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BBC CRBA Summer Diversity 6 week paid internship

The BBC is delighted to be offering this exciting opportunity to apply for the CRBA Summer Diversity Internship Scheme. This 6 week paid internship scheme will give you an insight into the deal-making and business support that underpins the BBC’s programmes and services as well as a chance to see what it’s like to work at the BBC.

CRBA Summer Diversity Internship Scheme 2022 | Jobs and careers with BBC

 

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