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The Student Consultancy, Trinity term – apply now!

Blogged by Karan Karasinska on February 20, 2018.

Consultancy Training in Trinity Term…

The Student Consultancy provides you with an exceptional insight into consultancy practice. Across a term, you will work in a team on a real-life business challenge for a client organisation.

Past students have worked with clients including: The Oxford Boat Race, Yellow Submarine, Belu Water, Eco Concierge, Eve, Happen, IBM, Minervation, Modern Art Oxford, Oxfam, Oxford Limited, OxHub, OxFizz, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Library Services, Pegasus Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre plus a range of start-ups.

… but it isn’t just about consulting!

The Student Consultancy can help you prove or improve a wide range of employability skills, some consultancy but also transferable skills including team work, communication, problem solving and business and customer awareness skills. These will be helpful in a huge range of future careers. Many of the students who take part actually do want to be a Management Consultant – which is great, but not a prerequisite! In other words, we don’t mind what you are studying as long as you have the right attitude and interest. Past TSC participants have ranged from 1st years to DPhils and from English to Economics students – with everything in between.

The Careers Service tries to match you to a client in a sector of interest – to provide experience for future applications. Whether you want a career in museums or marketing, or an insight into IT or charities, The Student Consultancy can help…

Apply now

We run The Student Consultancy each term – and applications for the Trinity Term 2018 Student Consultancy are now open. We strongly advise applying as soon as you can, as the application window will close once we have a certain number of participants.

To apply please search “Student Consultancy Trinity Term 2018” under the opportunities tab of CareerConnect.

For further information, and for mandatory assessment and training dates, please visit The Student Consultancy webpage.

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Why you shouldn’t dismiss teaching as an “easy, poorly paid career”

Posted on behalf of Bethany Evans, Campus Ambassador for Ark Teacher training. Blogged by Julia Hilton on February 19, 2018.

The impact teachers have on children is enormous. After all, the job of a teacher is to educate, inspire and cultivate the next generation. The right teacher can transform students into leaders and thinkers that will have a positive impact on the world. However, there was a 4.9% fall (10,800 staff) in the number of secondary school teachers last year.

Teaching as a career is receiving a bad press at the moment, so I sat down with Harvey Aspeling-Jones, an Oxford grad, who is currently in his first year of Ark Teacher Training. We discussed some of the myths around a career in teaching, and why he choose to train with Ark.

Q: What degree did you study at Oxford?

A: I studied Biochemistry at Oxford, and graduated in 2009.

 Q: Did you go straight into teaching?

 A: No. I didn’t know what to do so went into random jobs. I worked for two years as a project manager but after a while I decided I wanted to use my degree and do something worthwhile rather than just working for money. Originally, I went down the research route and studied a masters and PHD at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I realised that I enjoyed the teaching aspect of academia more than anything else so thought teaching was a sensible route. I researched School Direct training programmes and came across Ark Teacher Training.

 Q: What subject do you teach, and where?

A: I am training to be a Science teacher at Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle, London.

 Q: What is the biggest myth people have about teaching which you want to challenge?

A: People don’t realise the amount of skill that goes into teaching, and how much a teacher is doing. What you see when you step behind the curtain is just how much work the teacher is doing to make sure that all the kids are engaged, and that all the kids are getting what is being taught and to make kids think about things and think about them in the right way. There is a lot of manipulation going on that you don’t realise until you’re doing it. When the teacher is stood in front of the class, the student assumes he is just talking but it is a much more interactive process. If it was easy, why bother with teacher training?

 Q: Do you find living in London on a ‘teacher’s salary’ sufficient?

A: I mean don’t go into teaching for money – that would be insane – but I am not struggling too much. I feel like I am getting a good deal given the amount of teaching I do and the amount of training I get and the fact that Globe are paying for my training. I never feel like I’m not getting paid enough.

 Q: What attracted you to Ark Teacher Training?

 A: Ark offered more than any other training programmes that I looked at. It was clear that Ark had an established programme as opposed to a lot of the other programmes which were much smaller set ups, with a small group of schools and no clear structure of what they could offer you.

But it was more than just the stats on the amount of hours of training I was going to get, which are very good, it was also the feeling of the ethos behind Ark. I have a moral sense of purpose so was attracted to Ark’s ethos around tackling education inequality by providing a high quality of education to young people who were previously missing out on that, and giving them the opportunities they wouldn’t naturally have. Whilst there is a high level of professionalism at Globe, there is a sense of everyone being there for the same reason.

But it is balanced. There isn’t a sense of religious fervour, there is no sense that you can’t complain or moan about kids annoying you. There is a positive openness in the staff room and a good level of understanding about the strains of teaching in these conditions. The fact that the management realise that there are emotional demands as well as time demands on teaching in this context, and I think they do a great job of recognising that. I’ve never felt like I’ve had to lie about how I’m feeling, or pretend.

 Q: What was the biggest shock when you started teaching? Was it even more challenging than you realised?

A: I knew it was going to be hard – everyone told me it was going to be hard – but teaching anywhere is a hard job. I guess the main thing was that I lulled myself into a false sense of security about bad behaviour. Every class will start testing the boundaries after a while and it can be quite difficult and quite demoralising at times, but the support around that means that at no point have I felt like people have been criticising me for the behaviour that happens in my classroom. Expectations are set at the right level for the trainees – you’re never made to feel like you’re failing if you only get a quarter of the way through the lesson because of bad behaviour.

 Q: What would you say to people who were thinking about a career in teaching but weren’t sure?

 A: I have done a number of things, and so far it has been by far the most rewarding. Even if I have a day of classes which are complete trainwrecks, when I get it right for a few minutes and you can see that kids are thinking about something that is important and are learning something and it is a really great feeling and I don’t know where else you would get that. To anyone thinking about it as a career, get yourself into a school, talk to teachers, observe what they’re doing, see it from the other side of the curtain.

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University Advocacy Day: Deadline for Applications

Blogged by Annie Dutton on February 19, 2018.
  • When: Saturday 10 March 2018, 13:00-19:30 (Application deadline: 09:00 Thursday 22 February 2018)
  • Where: Gray’s Inn

Do you want to be a barrister?  Do you know what will be required of you as you pursue a career at the Bar?

This Advocacy day is a unique opportunity for university students who are interested in a career at the bar but are not yet members of an Inn of court.

The day will offer an opportunity to meet and listen to what leading barristers say are the key elements of good advocacy; to participate in a facilitated case analysis, ethics discussions and finally, under the guidance of accredited advocacy trainers, to get on your feet and perform a bit of advocacy.  Saturday evening will end with a reception hosted by judicial and barrister members of the Inn, all of whom sit and/or practise in all areas of law and at all levels.

This event is free to attend, with subsidised travel.


  • Talks on advocacy, scholarships and the role of the Inns from barristers
  • Advocacy and ethics training in small groups from barristers
  • Reception in Hall hosted by The Treasurer, The Honourable Sir David Foskett

To Apply:

Complete and submit an application via the Gray’s Inn website

Places are limited. Submit your application form no later than 09:00 Thursday 22 February 2018.

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Research staff- come to air your views and enjoy pizza

Posted on behalf of The Researcher Consultancy team working with the Careers Service. Blogged by Rachel Bray on February 15, 2018.
  • When: Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February. Please note your availability here
  • Where: Central Oxford, likely 56 Banbury Road (details to follow)
  • How long will the group last?  90 minutes maximum

The Careers Service is looking to improve the services it offers to researchers at various points in their career (from MPhil to Research Fellow).

A team from the Researcher Consultancy will facilitate focus groups to explore the value of existing career development resources, and are looking for more research staff to balance existing DPhil sign-up.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

More details to follow later in the week. We look forward to meeting you.

The resources we will be looking at are the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the Careers Compass Workbook



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Micro-Internships – second batch now open!

Posted on behalf of The Internship Office. Blogged by Phoebe Benfield on February 15, 2018.

Please note: internships with SIP or MIP in the title relate to internships facilitated by the Internship Office only. Any other internship opportunities on CareerConnect are not part of the Internship Office programmes, and students are not limited on how many external opportunities they can apply to. 

The second batch of Micro-Internship placements, to take place in 9th and 10th week of Hilary term, are now live! You have until midday Monday 19 February to apply via CareerConnect. If you have already made two micro-internship applications this term but not accepted an offer, you are welcome to make one additional application to the second batch.

Micro-Internships are 2-5 day work experience placements, offering the opportunity to enhance your CV, skills, gain an insight into an organisation and make industry contacts.

Please see our complete sector list of the six opportunities in this second batch, but at a glance here are some of the placements you can expect:

  • Stowood Scientific Instruments are creating an app which aims to monitor excessive daytime sleepiness in an affordable and user-friendly way. Interns will help with the development of the app, as well as assisting developers to bring the exported data into our industry-standard medical software for analysis by doctors
  • Fancy marketing and fundraising for an event? is organising a women’s and startups’ online hackathon in conjunction with Oxford Inspires, to which people from all around the world interested in startups come to Oxford.
  • The ‘Spotify for Textbooks’ Bibliotech are looking for developer and programming interns to help with work on their app. If you have knowledge of languages such as Javascript and MySQL this is perfect for you!

Application Support Sessions – are available Thursday 15 February where there will be 1:1 appointments with the Internship Office for CV and personal statement advice. Book now on CareerConnect.

Plus, feedback from our MT17 hosts on student micro-internship applications provides some useful tips when writing your application.

If you have any questions, please email them to

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