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Before I start this week's round-up post, I wanted to share with you all the GTI Halloween office special, we decided to dress up for charity. Supporting both Macmillan and Style Acre by baking cakes and looking spooky!
Here are some of the images..
The GTI Marketing team
GTI Team London Office
Now, onto the career advice
Let's start our career roundup with this week's upcoming graduate job deadlines:
If you're an international student in the UK and are hunting for a graduate job or want to gain work experience while you study, look no further. Check out our article here to find out more information.
Bloomberg’s graduate programmes are open for applicants at the moment, and the financial analytics behemoth is
big on interviews. Find out how you can answer some of those tricky questions
about why you want to work at Bloomberg, and get help on preparing for those
wildcard current affairs topics.
Whether you’re a law student
thinking about the Bar or hoping for a training contract, it’s entirely
possible that you’re just one day away from missing a vital deadline. If you
want to know for certain you’ll have to read our law news update this week.
Alongside BTPC scholarships and last chance vac schemes, we’ve got handy
information for your commercial awareness. This week it’s the meaning of life
sentences, and more news about the fallout on legal aid and judicial review.
You may not reach out to
employers on social media, but whether you’ve included a link on your CV or
not, chances are they’ll go looking for you. Budding journalists or marketers
will need to get their work out there on the twittersphere, make their opinions
heard through the blogosphere and comment through the er….commentosphere.
Confused? Well it’s probably best you get some help and read our guide to
promoting your work through social media.
I had just finished my
winter exams and to be honest, all I could think about was relaxing with my
friends and leaving my brain to rest for a couple of days. The deadline for the
Undergraduate of the Year Awards was imminent and after debating with myself whether
I should bother entering the competition, should I? Should I not? I took the
plunge and started applying. At the end of the day, the worst thing that could
happen was to be immediately rejected and even then it would be a good
So I started the application, mentally exhausted
from exams and not knowing what to expect. The thought of becoming
Undergraduate of the Year sounded so unattainable and prestigious, I merely saw
this as a practice run. The application process involved answering 3 questions
about your thoughts on energy and a number of online tests. I have to say that
the online test section was long but also quite entertaining, so don’t give up!
After submitting my
application, I was informed I had passed the first stage of the process and
would be attending an assessment centre at E.ON's Engineering Academy close to
Nottingham soon after that. Both excitement and nervousness took over me, on
one hand I was jumping up and down for reaching this far and to have the chance
to have a “real-life” interview at one of the leading energy companies in the
world, but also the thought of attending the assessment centre with all the
other candidates was nerve wrecking. I kept reminding myself that this was an
INCREDIBLE opportunity, a real life interview, so the more practise the better.
consisted of 3 tasks including a self-presentation, a role play and an
evaluation task. I was nervous for my presentation but my interviewers made it
as relaxed as possible. The day was
tough but I was really lucky to spend it with the other candidates which
weren't as scary as I'd imagined. There was no competitive tension whatsoever
but instead there were a lot of good vibes and lots of cooling tower selfies.
After that, everything was a win-win, I'd gained
experience from a 7 hour assessment centre with some of the brightest students
in the country and I would be receiving feedback from my interviewers. So even
if I didn't continue to the final, that alone was already a great achievement.
My surprise exploded when I got the very much
awaited telephone call informing me that I had made it to the final 10
candidates and received my invitation to a lunch event at Canary Wharf with Sir
Trevor McDonald!The day was incredible,
the location, the atmosphere, the food. It was a moment to remember in every
way. I met some of the other E.ON managers and shared a great lunch with them (as well as many pictures!) After our three course meal, the winner was announced. Unfortunately
I didn’t win the competition, but what was to come made up for any
I left that day with a
big smile on my face and a huge sense of accomplishment. All of this was
happening because I took a couple of hours back in January to complete the
application, it would have been so easy to ignore, but I didn’t and there I was
in the middle of Canary Wharf with an amazing experience behind my back.
The most important thing I'll take with me from
this event is to believe in myself, you are the only one standing on the way of
your dreams so just take a couple minutes and apply, because this competition
can give you a lot of great surprises.
Through this competition I am now going to start
an internship with E.ON, in the performance team which is exactly what I wanted
to do! This competition has brought me a step closer to my professional dreams
in the energy industry, something I couldn't have even imagined when I shyly
applied thinking I wouldn't even pass the first stage.
So if you are reading this, if not you, then who
is going to be the next Engineering Undergraduate Of The Year?
Hariramani, Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award Finalist
Want an easier way to boost your
commercial awareness? Spend a couple of minutes reading our law news update and
get some tweetable topics to talk about next time you meet law recruiters. Find
out which vac scheme application deadlines are coming up in the next week, what
all the fuss is about the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which leading legal
figure isn’t really a lawyer and see the competitions which could bag you a vac
scheme or a cool £3,500.
TARGETjobs Law 2015 is
hot off the presses and ready to pick up from your university careers service.
As well as hints, tips and advice on making your pupillage and training
contract applications, we’ve got areas of practice written by professionals to
help you decide on your future career path. For those aspiring to the Bar,
check out some of our new areas of practice articles below.
Qualifying as a solicitor
requires further study after your degree, but you don’t have to self-fund your
LPC or conversion course – most City law firms will sponsor you. Research these
sponsorship opportunities using our handy list:'Which law firms will fund your LPC and GDL course fees'.
Applications for postgraduate
initial teacher training (ITT) courses starting in 2015 open at the end of
October. We’ve got an updated list of PGCE course providers online.
That's all from me this week!
Good luck with your applications, and have a great weekend.