Last week (12 June 2019) the Faculty Employability Team at the Careers Service won the ‘Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Award’ at the Bristol Teaching Awards. To celebrate this fantastic achievement we thought it was about time we introduced the team and explained a little more about what they do.
Are you planning an adventure this summer?
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You may be about to travel, volunteer, work or study abroad and you’ve probably thought about what you’ll gain on a personal level. But have you considered the employability gains too? The two things aren’t mutually exclusive! What you’ll learn from personal challenges will positively influence your ability to perform in the workplace – enabling you to listen, communicate, adapt and solve problems.
The days are getting longer and warmer, summer is around the corner and some of you will even be saying goodbye to the University of Bristol. Whether you’re leaving for good, or coming back again in the Autumn, there are several things you could do before the summer to help you get where you want to be.
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- Plan your career
If you don’t have any clear idea what you want to do after university, then let us help you to get the foundations in place, so that you can begin to identify the options of most interest. If this sounds a little daunting, don’t despair – our ‘Confused about your future career?’ workshops explain everything and provide you with friendly support from our careers experts. (more…)
For some of you, it won’t be long before you’ve completed your undergraduate studies here at the University of Bristol. Whilst a few of you may return to undertake further study, for most of you this will be the beginning of the next stage of your lives. Many of you will have been in education for the past 17 years, so entering the world of work may feel daunting.
Some of you might have secured a graduate career already, whilst others may be planning to study elsewhere. A few will be preparing to travel. Several of you might not have any plans. Everyone has their own unique situation, so we thought it would be helpful to remind you that we’ve got your back!
The University runs internship schemes that enable you to gain quality, paid work experience.
We work with SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) including charities, social enterprises, and start-ups, as well as larger organisations across the UK.
There are many reasons why you might want to do an internship: (more…)
We asked Rob, an Economics student at Bristol, to write about his experience of getting an internship at JP Morgan.
What did your internships involve?
I often worked in market teams, which are responsible for researching and identifying opportunities and risks for clients across asset classes – for example; stocks, bonds or commodities – and developing and executing complex financial transactions.
Completing an internship is a really enjoyable experience as it allows you to learn about yourself and your skill set, as well as to understand if this is the career path that you want to pursue.
How did you find it and what was the application process?
A typical application for a bank internship, in my experience, involves submitting a CV and a cover letter. From there, numerical, analytical, situational judgement, verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests will often have to be completed. After this, a bank may have a video interview, followed by a phone interview.
If you are successful in all the above you will usually be invited to an assessment centre where there will often be face-to-face interviews, group work, presentations and informal networking events. This will vary across banks and you will be told before your assessment centre what to expect.
What struggles did you face in the process of applying?
Working several part-time jobs, running university societies, playing rugby several times a week, keeping up going to the gym, staying on top of my studies and also sending off countless internship applications meant I had to manage my time really efficiently! Travelling to and from London for assessment centres can also be very time consuming.
Coming from a state school education with no contacts in finance, and not knowing who to speak to in order to get the right information was also a struggle. Though this may seem overwhelming to some students, it is certainly feasible to do this while also maintaining a good social life and an enjoyable time at university.
What impact has your internship had on your development and career plans now you are in your final year?
Often internships give the opportunity to ‘convert’ to a graduate job. I chose to accept a graduate job with J.P. Morgan after interning there in the summer of 2018.
What advice do you have for other students looking to do an internship this summer?
Here are three tips that may be useful to students:
1. Do your research.
If someone has given up their time to speak with and interview you, then make sure you have done your research. For example, if you are interviewing for a markets role, make sure you know where the FTSE index is trading at that day. If you are interviewing for a mergers & acquisitions role, make sure you have examples of a recent merger or acquisition that has taken place. If interviewing for a technology role, then be sure to research Java, C ++ and C, for example. These are just a few instances of useful things to know, though the list is certainly longer than this!
Take the time to speak to people from the firm you are applying to. Show up if they are hosting an event on campus. Don’t just go to an event and be the first to leave; stay and ask questions that are actually of interest to you. Speak with other students at the event too; it’s possible that some of them could become your colleagues in the future.
3. Be yourself.
Do not try and be someone you are not. Be open and honest; you’ll be happier, you’ll know more quickly if this is the career for you and you’ll connect better with your colleagues and clients. Your unique perspective is valuable – it would be a shame to mask it.
Looking for an internship this summer? Take a look at our internship pages, or if you’re a finalist apply for a Work This Way Internship.
The Bristol PLUS Award deadline is approaching on June 14. If you are close to completing the Award or are one of the hundreds who have completed in the past few years, you may want to reflect on how you could progress to the Outstanding Award. Adam Jellett, a Biochemistry (PhD) student explains how completing both awards supported his career planning.
How did you come to achieve the Outstanding Award?
PhD students can get tunnel vision of only considering an academic career, and there is even some stigma around considering other options. This is ridiculous – what will suit one person will not necessarily suit others! Part of the problem is that the main mentors available for PhD students are academics, who may not have experiences outside of a University setting. I have genuinely enjoyed my Biochemistry PhD and have no regrets but have come to realise that I personally would be better off pursuing a different path. Even if you do think academia is for you, there is no harm (and likely a lot of good) in considering and preparing for wider options. (more…)
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“so, what’s your backup plan, then?”
“your backup plan – you know, in case things don’t go as you expect?”
Have you ever been in this situation, where you’ve got a great idea for something and it seems brilliant, but then someone bursts your bubble by asking what you’ll do if things don’t go as planned? Often, it’s not what you want to hear – why are they raining on your parade, suggesting that the thing you’re so passionate about won’t work?
What advice would your future self have for you? With their benefit of experience and hindsight, would you listen to them? We’d like to think so!
Of course, we obviously can’t bring your actual benefit of hindsight to you, but we can do the next best thing. Throughout the year there are several events that bring back alumni to share their career stories with current students – so maybe you can benefit from their hindsight? (more…)
If you graduated from your course after August 2017, you will be asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency). The Graduate Outcomes survey asks questions about your current situation, so whether you’re in work, studying, travelling or doing something completely different, we want to know!
You can expect to hear from HESA around 15 months after you finish your course. You can find additional information about the survey on the Graduate Outcomes website.
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Why should you be part of the picture?
1. To inspire people like you
Completing the survey and sharing what you’re up to now could help to inspire people like you – people that are currently studying your degree subject or are thinking about applying for it. I mean, we all looked up the possible jobs where our degree could take us before committing in UCAS, right? (more…)