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Building Skills in Advisory and Consulting

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 07/01/2019.

Although the first wave of recruitment to full-time position for graduates in the consulting sector has washed through Oxford in late 2018 there are still opportunities in the sector for those willing to look at specialist and boutique firms. Our own opportunities board on CareersConnect, for example, currently includes 156 Permanent – Future Start and 177 Permanent – Immediate Start tagged as Consultancy – this includes quite a high volume of roles focused around technology, data and finance, but also includes strategy consulting positions.

However, January also sees a shift to preparing for and seeking internships and experience. Thursday and Friday of 0th Week sees us running assessment centres for those who applied last term for The Student Consultancy, Hilary 2019 edition. The TSC runs every term, and is an outstanding opportunity to build work-relevant skills and experience for everyone (not only those interested in consultancy careers).

Student-led societies that offer consultancy services may currently be recruiting – but act now to hit deadlines that fall in 0th week and 1st week. See our list of the student societies that we know are active in this area, and look at the individual websites, for example:

  • the Oxford Development Consultancy for international & development consulting;
  • Oxford Strategy Group (includes OSG Digital);
  • Oxford Consulting Initiative for work with local start-ups;
  • 180 Degrees for social enterprise.

If you’re making internship applications and preparing for interviews, see our online calendar of events for details of consultancy led clinics, workshops and presentations.

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Public Sector and Civil Service Careers

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 07/01/2019.

For everyone currently involved in Civil Service Fast Stream applications, we’re lucky enough to have three more dates for one-to-one advice on interview and assessment centre preparation with Richard Jackson, an Oxford alumnus with extensive experience as a senior civil servant, including working both as a fast stream assessor and trainer. Bookable sessions are now open on CareerConnect on 17, 21, and 29 January. These sessions run in addition to the short discussions offered with an Oxford careers adviser which can also be used to talk through preparing for all stages of applications.

Beyond the Fast Stream, we anticipate that a number of direct entry routes will be opened by specific Departments – advertised via Civil Service Jobs – and specialist streams during February and March, including summer internships and 1-2 year internships for graduating students. The specialist opportunities that we anticipate should include:

Be aware, application windows can be very brief – one was open for less than 1 week in 2018 – so do your research early, pre-prepare application content and be sure to register for email alerts, bookmark recruitment pages on follow social media accounts so that you don’t miss out.

We would also recommend making time to attend our International Careers Day at the Blavatnik School of Government (11:00-14:30, Saturday 19 January) to explore global opportunities, from postgraduate study to policy, and from international development to diplomacy.

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Apply for the Hilary 2019 Micro-Internship Programme

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/01/2019.

Applications for a Micro-Internship placement in 9th or 10th week!

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities open 9 January! More than 100 opportunities will be available in gaming, fashion, consultancy, education, not-for-profits and more. Placements last 2-5 days, and come with expenses.

Sign-in to CareerConnect from 9 January and see what’s on offer this term, and make up to two applications.

We are also running Application Support Sessions up until the deadline, with various sessions taking place Monday – Friday. Slots can be booked on CareerConnect. You can also book short discussions with our Careers Advisers.

Hurry though: the deadline to apply for this term’s opportunities is Monday 28 January, noon.

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GlaxoSmithKline Insight Days for First Year Students

Posted on behalf of GSK. Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 07/01/2019.

GSK produce a wide range of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products and they are hosting two open days in April for first year students:

  • GSK Revealed: Business – 4 April, GSK House. If you are interested in their Business insight day then click here to apply.
  • GSK Revealed: STEM – 16 April, GSK House. If you are interested in their STEM insight day then click here to apply.

Each insight day will include application hints and tips, a tour of GSK’s global headquarters, talks from stakeholders within the business, team building exercises and the opportunity to network with graduates and placement students. The STEM day will be more focused on their R&D, Tech and Engineering opportunities.

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NHS Scientist Training Programme – key recruitment dates

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 04/01/2019.

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) 2019 entry:

OPENS ON: Wednesday 9 January
CLOSES ON: Friday 8 February, at 17:00

The STP is a three year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning within clinical science. Whilst on the programme you will also complete a part-time master’s degree at the university offering your chosen specialism.

For more information, including all key dates, visit the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) website.

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