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Talking to Employers about a Disability: If, When and How

Blogged by Annie Dutton on 12/02/2020.

How do you decide whether to tell a prospective employer or a work experience provider about disability, health condition, or specific learning difficulty?

When: Monday 24 February, 14:00 – 15:00
Where: The Careers Service

Our ‘Talking to Employers about a Disability: If, When & How’ session is for any student who identifies themselves as having a disability, neuro diverse condition, specific learning difficulty, or any  health condition, which they feel may impact on how recruiters or educational providers view them. At this session you will learn how sharing (or not sharing) your circumstances may affect the recruitment process. This is often termed ‘disclosure’.

There will be lots of opportunity for you to ask questions in this confidential setting. It is open to all students whatever your  year of study.  The session is led by Tab Ahmad and Cindy McAlister of EmployAbility.  EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment. They have a wide network of relationships with recruiters offering bespoke internships with such organisations as Google, Bloomberg, FCA, Civil Service, BP, Reed Smith and many more.  EmployAbility is keen to meet students to talk about the services and resources that  EmployAbility might be able to offer for them and  raise awareness of internships and graduate schemes that they work with.

1:1 sessions will be available after the workshop if you would like to meet with Cindy or Tab to discuss your personal circumstances and what support EmployAbility can give you. Booking is essential.

Please book your place on CareerConnect, or contact us for more information on

University Advocacy Day for aspiring barristers

Blogged by Julia Sadler on 11/02/2020.

WHEN: Saturday 28 March, 13:30-19:30
WHERE: Gray’s Inn

Gray’s Inn are holding a University Advocacy Day on Saturday 28 March, which is an opportunity for students to visit the Inn for a talk on advocacy from Mr Justice Michael Fordham (Master of Students), to receive advocacy and ethics training from practising barristers and to attend a reception in Gray’s Inn Hall with barristers and judges.

The event is free of charge with subsidised travel. Please note the deadline for registrations is Monday 17 February. Register on the Gray’s Inn event webpage >>

Study UK: Preparing for Work – Online Course

Posted on behalf of The British Council. Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 04/02/2020.

Registration for the ‘Preparing for Work’ MOOC is now open. This free online course is aimed at international final-year students, graduates and alumni and is designed to help them make the transition from study to work or further develop their career.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Getting ready:

  • Identifying your skills and setting goals
  • Choosing the right job
  • Networking and building relationships

Week 2 – The job application process:

  • Writing clear CVs and covering letters which communicate your skills
  • Handling job interviews
  • Getting ready for day one at work

The 2-week course starts on Monday, 17 February, and will remain open for registration until 12 April. Register now >>

There will be a Facebook Live show at 13:00 GMT on Tuesday, 11 February, to allow interested participants to meet the course educators and learn more about the course.

UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2020

Posted on behalf of Financial Times. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 29/01/2020.

The Financial Times has published its third annual rating of UK management consultancies based on the recommendations of clients and consultants’ ratings of their peers.

There’s a wealth of information in the special report and students can use this in a number of ways. For example:

  • See all the top-rated consultancies working in each of 29 categories – 15 industry sectors and 14 consultancy services – e.g. 31 medal winning firms are listed in the Public & Social Sector
  • Links to all 203 firms awarded medals through the survey (out of 1400 firms included in the survey process)
  • Discover smaller consultancies and boutiques that are particularly strong in only one or two specific areas
  • Identify the big corporate firms which also also offer consultancy services in their sectors
  • Pick up pointers that you might use in applications, interviews and speculative approaches to support your interest in a specific organisation.

This is only one option to get a quick overview and insight into how the world of consultancy is structured and who the main players are. Combine this with your other research to identify firms you might approach directly or keep on your radar when looking to the summer and beyond.

Remember, all Oxford University students can use their Bodleian Library membership to register for free access to the Financial Times and many other leading journals and publications.

Heads-up for Civil Service internships in 2020!

Posted on behalf of UK Civil Service. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 28/01/2020.

Every year, in February and March, a number of specialist Government services open applications for summer internship programmes for penultimate year students. For graduating students, spring can be a good time to secure a direct-entry position and the FCO Graduate Internship offers a 10 month placement.

All civil service vacancies are now published on the Civil Service Jobs website.

We highlight a selection below, but encourage you to seek out other fields of specialist practise and/or government agencies that may well run their own schemes, including HM Treasury, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, National Audit Office, Lord Chancellors Office, GCHQ and the Security Services, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the local government sector.

  • Operational Research with GORS for mathematically/statistically inclined students wanting to spend a minimum of 10 weeks in one of the participating government departments. The scheme is open to 2nd years and above (you must be going back to university for a final year or for postgraduate study!). Look online for details soon: expected to close 1st March 2020.
  • The Government Economic Service summer vacation scheme is open to students of economics (minimum 50% of your studies), providing 6 and 12 week placements. There’s no information on the 2020 GES scheme yet, but in 2019 applications were open from 5-14 February (only 2 weeks!), so check online frequently for information.
  • The Government Legal Service will likely advertise 60 or more legal trainee positions (training contracts and pupillages) on the Government Legal Profession’s website later in the academic year. In 2019, these were published in early July, with a deadline in late July.
  • The FCO 2020 Graduate Internship Scheme has not launched yet. This internship is for graduating students (and graduates), and provides 10 months work at the FCO. Participants may also receive a ‘fast pass’ direct to the Assessment Centre stage of the autumn Fast Stream recruitment process. This programme may only offer a 2 to 3 week application window once it opens, so finalists should check regularly for any information.

Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the Government Communication Service (GCS) internship scheme brought forward applications by 3 months compared to previous years, and closed for applications on 22 December 2019.

All students can benefit from considering their options early and beginning to scan the horizon for options and opportunities. Our advice on generating career ideas coupled with our sectors & occupations briefings can help you make a start. Keep up to date with your favourite targets by using organisations’ career pages, following them on social media and registering for email vacancy alerts to have information come to you as and when it is published.

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