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Which direction will you take this summer?


Contents

Editors letter

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AllAboutCareers.com

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Climbing over Mountains to get your dream job?

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Simon’s Blog: Why You Must have a Mastermind Group

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Bright Futures Destinations

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“A great end to a great year” for Swansea Bright Futures

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Fast Facts

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Need a career break? Why taking a sabbatical would be the answer

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Recruiter News:

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ACCA

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Accenture

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Barclays Capital

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Capgemini

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Deloitte

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Ernst & Young

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Eversheds LLP

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Financial Services Authority

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Hiscox

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IBM

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ICAEW

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KPMG

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Pinsent Masons

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PwC

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Softcat Ltd

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Editor’s Letter: In my eyes, the summer couldn't come soon enough... The dark nights and sunless mornings are always a burden to most days, especially when entering the wondrous world of 9-5 when you never see any of the glory in between. For me, this summer is all about jumping on my bike [my new hobby] and getting out into the UK countryside and see what we’re so famous for. Whilst at University, my summers were most definitely a time where I spent the majority of my days (and nights) waiting hand and foot on others to ensure they had a fantastic experience. Whether it be at the wedding where I was responsible for their silver service, the beach holiday where I would clean their rooms and make coffee, the night out where I would encourage them to drink a brand new cocktail or splash out on an expensive bottle of wine, or even the pet centre where I talked them through getting a pet for their children and how a rat would most definitely be a more rewarding choice over a hamster any day.

me, finances are an essential part of getting you through university never mind after it, then don't worry if you have to take that part-time job in the local supermarket, or as a waiter in the coffee shop on the corner. What I will advise though, is to look at the skills you are developing regardless of what you are doing. If you are customer focused you will undoubtedly gain a valuable range of communication skills, dealing with management, awkward customers and complaints, your team members and just general day-to-day customer service. You will learn how to approach each type of customer accordingly and most-likely without even thinking about it. Do not take for granted the skills you will have developed.

This is just one example of the kinds of general employability skills you can gain from a parttime job just as much as you can gain from an internship, you just need to know how to For me the summer was a chance to earn some identify those skills and then sell them in your cash, keep me occupied and make new friends. applications and interviews. I didn't really think about the implications of the jobs I So whatever you are chose just that I needed embarking on this summer, one. As a self supporting make the most of every student it’s difficult to get moment of it. And once it’s through university under all over, take a moment to your own steam. reflect on all the skills you may have learnt and how Nowadays, there is a great you have made an impact in amount of pressure to get a whatever it was you did. job that means something, an ‘official’ internship that Enjoy will get you one huge step closer to landing that dream career. Yes, there is no denying that this will help Regional Manager you significantly. But, if like

Jackie

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Making the Most of Your Summer As my ever-so blunt father once put it: “You should make the most of your university holidays, because this is the most free time you’ll ever have until you retire.” There are thousands of things you can do this summer, so rather than skulking around the family home eating frozen chips straight from the bag, take a look below and find out what you can do.

Language (TEFL) for a few months, do an internship with a company in another country, or study in a foreign city and learn a new language. Alternatively, you could do some volunteering abroad. For instance, you could get involved with community development work in Senegal or work in an animal sanctuary in Bolivia.

Travelling… Tons of students opt to travel during their university holidays. The most popular destinations at the moment are: India, China, South America, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, but that’s not to say that you can’t go elsewhere. Why not head off to a country which is less travelled? It’ll be more challenging and you’ll avoid the common tourist traps! Alternatively, if you want to stay in Europe, you Internships… can get an InterRail pass, which allows you to visit up to 30 countries. It’s a great chance to Of course, going abroad isn’t your only option. experience different cultures a little closer to It may be less glamorous and exotic, but you home. can use your time away from your studies to get valuable work experience in the UK.

Working abroad… A lot of people choose to find work while they are travelling. You can earn money along the way to fund the next leg of your trip, or gain valuable experience in the field you’re ultimately looking to get into. You could also Teach English as a Foreign

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Try to secure an internship. If you show this kind of initiative and ambition during your summer holidays, it’s going to look really impressive to potential employers. Furthermore, you’ll learn a fistful of new skills, which will help you to burst into the career you want.


You could do a ‘vacation scheme’ which lasts the whole summer, or a few short-term placements which each last a few weeks. Either way, you’re going to have to be committed. If you put in some serious effort, it can open a lot of doors!

Volunteering… Alternatively, you could do some volunteer work. Why not do some charity work or volunteer in a ‘summer school’ as a teaching assistant? This will really add a sparkle to your CV and show any future employers that you’re keen and committed.

Get a job… If you’re just looking to raise some cash, there are plenty of short-term employment options.

long-term career interests, but if this isn’t possible, you could do some bar work, restaurant work, retail work, market research or telesales. There are thousands of ways to earn some good money! It’s always nice to have a bit of extra cash at the start of the next term too!

Extra study… Of course, it’s important not to forget about your workload altogether. Ask any lecturer and they will suggest further reading that you can do. You can do this alongside anything else you do over the summer. There’s always a spare hour here or there. For all you know, you could start researching your dissertation as you sun yourself on the beach in Antigua.

Written by Jack Collins Managing Editor @ AllAboutCareers.com

Try and get something which relates to your

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Climbing over Mountains to get your dream job? It’s no secret that a good degree is not enough to get the job you deserve. With a recession taking place, it’s more important than ever to present yourself as a well-rounded candidate with an ‘edge’ or a ‘spark’ that sets you apart from others. Students that are involved in extra -curricular activities have a real advantage as they can use their experiences to gain key skills that are marketable to employers. As President of Leeds Bright Futures I’ve learnt a lot in a short space of time. This has aided my personal development and also given me lots of solid examples to draw from in interviews. For example, as President I use interpersonal skills to motivate and delegate a team of committee members. I have diagnostic skills to visualise things that could go wrong whilst running an event. I am then able to decide on how to best prevent these from happening, or what we can to do to still make the event a success if challenges are indeed faced. I study Management along with many others but what makes me stand out is that I have gained real life management skills through running and leading the society. I am also climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach in September which is a great

conversation starter at interviews. In a recent assessment centre I used the climb to draw on skills I had gained though fundraising. I was able to show I had commercial mindset and entrepreneurial skills as I had thought of innovative ways to fundraise for the trip. For instance, by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the library during exam time I raised over £600

in a week. Climbing the highest mountain in Africa is no easy task, it shows that I’m ambitious and have drive to achieve. These are key skills that many employers look for. Many organisations take Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously and a proven interest in helping others demonstrate that your personal values match with their business culture. Make the most of your time at university by being an active member of your Bright Futures Society. What mountains are you prepared to climb in order to get your dream job?

Anisa Please sponsor me to climb Kilimanjaro http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AnisaJamil Photograph by Steven Pollack,

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Simon’s Blog: Why You Must Have a Mastermind Group Use a ‘Mastermind Group’ to Achieve Your Goals, Get the Support, Advice & Encouragement You Need Every top sportsman and woman, and successful business person has a team of experts behind them. How would you like a

team of hand-picked advisors committed to your personal success? What could you do with expert advice, wise counsel, and a network of successful people at your finger-tips? Napoleon Hill wrote in his best selling book – Think & Grow Rich - which has sold 20 million copies that a MasterMind group was the one essential behind every successful person he interviewed! And yet very few people create a Mastermind group to help them achieve their most important goals in life! Now you can! Most people don't know how or they fear they wouldn't know who to ask. It is one of the reasons I took on the Bright Futures Society. Bright Futures provides a ready made & fantastic mastermind group – it is made up of graduate recruiters, graduates who have got great jobs, undergraduates who are in the same boat as you and the Bright Futures team with over 17 years of graduate recruitment experience. So make the most of it – tap into it – use it. The more you do the more you will get out of it. If success is important to you, you MUST have a MasterMind group to help you "get there." And we in Bright Futures have adopted a number of the success principles that Napoleon Hill discovered to help build our success….it works!

Written by Simon Reichwald Managing Director of Bright Futures

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Bright Futures Name: Felicity Richards Uni: Bristol Course: Geography Job: Accenture Graduate Programme

Name: Henry De Boysson Uni: Edinburgh Course: Economics and Mathematics Job: HSBC Graduate Programme

Name: Rupert Price Uni: Warwick Course: Politics Job: Credit Suisse Internship

Name: Laura Maior Uni: Essex Course: Banking & Finance Job: Barclays Bank PLC Internship

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Destinations... Name: Daniel White Uni: Nottingham Course: Management with French Job: Reckitt Benckiser Marketing Graduate Programme

Name: Sanjay Champanari Uni: Swansea Course: Business Management Job: Alliance Boots Group Graduate Programme

Name: Olivia Simpson Uni: Durham Course: English Literature Job: JP Morgan Internship

Name: Damilola Ayeko Uni: Imperial College London Course: Mathematics Job: Goldman Sachs Graduate Programme

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“A great end to a great year” for Swansea Bright Futures At Swansea University, our success story started in the summer of 2010, I was doing some research into employability skills and how I could become more proactive whilst studying. I noticed a society called Bright Futures existed on campus and so I wanted to know what it was all about and how I could become more involved. After looking on the Bright Futures website, I noticed Swansea were hosting elections for their new committee for 2010/11 and they were actively looking for members to come forward to run for positions. After I was the only student running for committee, I was elected President but without a team in place to support me.

opportunity to network with some the UK’s most predominant employers. I would recommend other societies across the UK to host this kind of event as it, without doubt, is one of the most effective ways to engage your committee and members with graduate recruiters. I must also thank the Bright Futures team for the training they put on at Reading – learning about the ‘Elevator pitch’ was the best advice I have been given and continue to use it for effective networking. After hosting this event, along with the feedback we received, we were nominated and won the ‘Best Event 2011’ from the Swansea University Students’ Union Society Awards – a great end to a great year.

During the summer I called upon a few friends and managed to get a committee of five together. We Kind Regards decided the first task to prioritise was calling upon Christopher Wilding our Bright Futures Investors to get events arranged President 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 and booked ready for the first term. During the Swansea Bright Futures year we managed to put on seven successful events in a short space of time, with having the difficulty of being told by a few organisations that they had already been booked or we had simply left it too late. The ‘Big Accounting Afternoon’ was our first networking event. It was the springboard which gave the committee the confidence to host the ‘Dinner with Industry’. Of which we must thank PwC, Deloitte and the ACCA who gave us great feedback and advice as to how to improve our events and ensure success. ‘Dinner with Industry’ gave students the

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Fast Facts... Graduates ‘MISSING SOCIAL MEDIA TRICK’ We are in the age of a social media eruption, so why are job hunters missing out by not using it effectively enough? http://viewer.zmags.com/ publication/856ec6eb#/856ec6eb/3

‘Business Champions’ reap the rewards Winners and Runners-up of the Bright Futures Business Champions competition which ran from November 2010 to march 2011 begin their Internships at PwC or take on the Talent Academy!

Myths, Panic & Confusion... Martin Lewis dispels the panic and confusion caused by the decision to increase fees for 2012 intake. His special guide contains 20 key facts every potential student, parent and grandparent should know. Find it here: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ family/student-loans-tuition-fees-changes

37% of employers pay their interns less than the national minimum wage , or not at all. Source: Internships: To pay or not to pay? Published by the CIPD

40% of finalists believe they will either start a graduate job or be looking for a graduate job after university, compared with 36% in both 2010 & 2009. Source: The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2011, conducted by High Fliers Research

How do I opt out of facial recognition on Facebook? By following wikihow’s step by step guide: http:// www.wikihow.com/Opt-out-of-Facial-Recognition-onFacebook

Only 15% of university computing students are female A study conducted by e-skills UK and reported by Prospects tells of the male dominated subject and the call for more women to get into IT. http:// viewer.zmags.com/publication/f944b27c#/f944b27c/3

Research completed by SHL shows 34% of employers use LinkedIn to screen potential candidates, but only 5% of graduates actively use the site.

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Need a Career Break? Why taking a sabbatical could be the answer... For many graduates, years 4 and 5 after leaving university are often seen to bring a dangerous bout of itch feet. For employers your ‘bright young things’ are adding value and delivering great things back to the business, in return for the time and cost of training you have invested. They are now becoming your future leaders. For graduates however, things can sometimes feel like they’ve slowed down and as friends and peers fill you with exiting tales of their job, you can wonder whether the grass really might be greener somewhere else...

What is a career sabbatical? Traditionally associated with academia, and still a ‘grey area’ for many, sabbaticals were first introduced by private employers 50 years ago, with American firms such as Intel and McDonald’s some of the first to introduce formal career sabbaticals into the workplace.

intention. Purpose and objectives should be set down and agreed before any flights are booked and firms should instead of reluctantly signing their more experienced team ‘off’ be audibly encouraging the positive impact a sabbatical can provide. A genuine sabbatical experience both personal and professional results, as well as an improved sense of well-being and a Far from a knee jerk reaction to job deeper feeling of work life balance dissatisfaction, a quarter life crisis and job satisfaction. or ‘a bit of a jolly’, a genuine career sabbatical is a planned, strategic What are the business impacts? job pause during which an Most companies offering employee takes traditionally 4-12 sabbaticals will do so primarily to attract and retain talent, but many insist that there are additional benefits above and beyond these:  Succession planning happens  Talent is measured and leaders are developed.  Cultures of collaboration and trust are built.  Opportunities to live company values emerge  Customers enjoy working companies that nurture their employees  A company’s brand [as an employer] is strengthened.  A boost for employee engagement In our new section we explore the weeks out of the business to travel, benefits of a career sabbatical as a volunteer, learn a new skill, do As companies find themselves positive solution to re-energising research or fulfil a lifelong dream working with constrained budgets your graduates and rewarding their before returning [invigorated] to and reductions in resources, a efforts, whilst proving to those of their job within the same firm. focus on flexible work you embarking on your career that arrangements could seem life doesn’t stop just because you The difference between time off counterintuitive. However, many got a job! and engaging in a robust “career large FMCG and consultancy firms sabbatical”, is the focus on the were seen rolling out sabbaticals in

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the midst of recent economic recession, arguing a strong business case for career sabbaticals. With the need to find cost-effective programs to keep employees engaged, motivated, energized and committed career sabbaticals represent an ideal scenario when perhaps pay rises and bonuses may not be possible, responding to the need of making work fit into life is. Time is being widely argued as the most valuable currency available to employers. How can you go about getting a sabbatical? The concept of offering a sabbatical has become increasingly popular amongst companies & employers, but do make sure you’ve thought through why you want to take a sabbatical and what benefits you and the company will receive before you burst into you line manager’s office brandishing a travel brochure. If you are about to pitch 3 months back packing around South East Asia because you didn’t when you were a student, it might be time to think again. If you do have a genuine business case for the sabbatical and have an idea in mind it is worth checking to see if the company you work for does offer a sabbatical - as the fact that it's possible to take a sabbatical isn't always well publicised. The best people to speak to in order to find out if your company offers a sabbatical are the personnel department who will also be able to let you know all of the qualifying criteria and how the process works. If you discover your company doesn't offer a sabbatical scheme it may well be worth requesting one anyway you might pave the way for others like you! Finally... We couldn’t let this article go by without letting you know that one of our team is actually off on sabbatical herself, in fact by the time you read this she may already be on route. Holly, our Graduate Recruitment Manager, has been drafted in to work with a Peace Corps project in

Tanzania over the summer. She will be splitting her time between a 90 strong primary school class currently without a teacher, a HIV orphans programme & a rural outreach initiative educating people in the Iringa Region about wound care and treatment. Here’s what she has to say about her experiences so far (we promise to update you when she gets back)... With less than two weeks until I fly to Mufindi I am filled with a real mixture of excitement and fear. Lots of people I talk to about the sabbatical are really surprised that working for a small firm it is possible to undertake such a thing. There is a perception that it must be nothing but an inconvenience for an employer, but when I’ve spoken about the positive impact a sabbatical can make, not just on the project I work on, but also to the business I leave behind, people’s perceptions soon change. I know that this will be an amazing experience [some would say once in a lifetime] but in the lead up to my departure, trying to manage the planning for a month working abroad as well and getting my ‘day job’ in order, is more than a full time job. Anyone who thinks a sabbatical is a cheeky way to get an extended holiday should think again!! Having said all of that, I would strongly recommend a sabbatical to anyone in my shoes. 5 years after graduation it is great to have the opportunity to take some time away to reflect on the work I do, as well as use and develop my skills in a totally different environment is a really exciting prospect. See you when I get back!

Holly

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Recruiter News Contents Recruiter News:

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ACCA

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Accenture

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Barclays Capital

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Capgemini

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Deloitte

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Ernst & Young

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Eversheds LLP

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Financial Services Authority

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Hiscox

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IBM

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ICAEW

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KPMG

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Pinsent Masons

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PwC

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Softcat Ltd

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Start your journey today with ACCA ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Do you want an excellent start in core accountancy skills, or to gain more specialist knowledge? Are you looking for a qualification that can take you further: to any company, in any sector, anywhere in the world? The breadth of the ACCA Qualification makes it the perfect platform to launch any business career and you will have the opportunity to acquire the technical skills that employers are now demanding. Our qualification gives you the transferable skills you need, so that in the longterm you can apply for finance roles anywhere, and ACCA’s flexible approach allows you to take your hard work with you if you ever move jobs. There are three equally important elements to qualifying as an ACCA accountant - exams, practical experience and an online ethics

module. The exams are progressive, so if you have a degree in history or economics you will build on your knowledge as you progress. ACCA is the largest and fastest growing international accountancy body, with over 424,000 students and 147,000 members in 170 countries. The ACCA qualification gives you everything you need – at any level – to build a successful career in finance. So start your journey today, and see where ACCA can take you. www.accaglobal.com/ukgraduates Find us on Facebook and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/ACCA.Official @ACCAUK_OnCampus

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Summer Vacation Scheme

Accenture

Deciding what you want to do as your future £20,000 pro rata for the duration of the career is one of the most difficult decisions to scheme. make, which is why our internships are so important. They are designed with you in mind. If you are interested in consulting, technology and strategy, this is a great place for you to gain Our Summer Vacation Scheme is a great some knowledge and skills while learning introduction to Accenture and life as a quickly in our fast-paced environment. You will consultant. Over eight weeks you’ll gain a real add value to the company right from the start; insight into our world – helping you make a from the word go you will be working on live decision about your future career. It could even projects, inputting your views and gaining help you earn a full-time position with worthy experience for the future. Accenture when you graduate. Now is the time to start researching for summer To be eligible to apply for this scheme you’ll be next year, start applying before applications a first to penultimate year student who’s close at the start of 2012. For more information achieved 340 UCAS points and has a predicted visit accenture.com/ukschemes 2:1 degree or equivalent. When you first arrive at Accenture we will assign you a ‘buddy’ who will be on hand to offer advice whenever you need it and we will also pay you a competitive salary of

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Front Office Summer Insight Days Thinking about a career in Investment Banking? Barclays Capital is offering you a great opportunity to get a head start in your career research and the Investment Banking application process.

Front Office Insight Days will be held on the following dates:

We will be holding two Front Office Summer Insight Days for 1st and 2nd year students from any degree discipline. If accepted you will:

Tuesday 27th September 2011 (Deadline for applications, Sunday 11th September)

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Please submit a one page CV and tell us in 100 words what has motivated you to apply to Barclays Capital and what insights you hope to gain from the day. Please email your application to campus.recruitment@barcap.com, highlighting any business areas of interest. Places are limited so early applications are advised!

Barclays Capital

Gain an understanding of the Investment Banking industry as a whole, Barclays Capital as a firm, learn what the various divisions do and how they interact. Take part in interactive activities to learn about what we do, demystifying preconceptions of what a career in Investment Banking is all about. Get a feel for the buzz of the trading floor via trading floor tours and graduate work shadowing, viewing first hand what happens in an Investment Bank. Learn the art of networking and the importance this plays in day to day business Receive tips and an insight into the application, interview and assessment centre process. Above all, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and network with Barclays Capital representatives.

Wednesday 6th July 2011 (Deadline for applications, Sunday 26th June)

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From Assessment Centres to 9 months on the BTC graduate scheme 9 months on and my assessment centre seems like a distant but vivid memory. I remember the sleepless night and the nerves that followed, but most of all I remember the excitement for the opportunity to join Capgemini and it surely hasn’t disappointed.

impression I gained of the employees of Capgemini since my first moment of contact with the company has been nothing but positive and this has remained to this very day.

Capgemini

I have attended a number of training courses, certified by ISEB, in order to develop my skills. Since my career began on the BTC, I have Although my career at Capgemini is only 9 worked on a number of projects. My first was months young, I am already considering my with a public sector client, where I was involved next career step and the options available to a in the quality assurance, support and change graduate are vast and varied. The BTC provides management of an impending system an opportunity to enhance, development and enhancement. My latest project involved the practice new skills and a platform from which to website migration of a national logistics springboard to the next stage of your career. company, where I played a more technical role, The future is certainly looking bright! being responsible for the development and bug -fixing of the web platform. For more graduate experiences, visit the BTC blog. Although the roles have been http://www.brighteraltogether.co.uk varied, one aspect has been synonymous on http://www.brighteraltogether.co.uk/btc-blog/ http://www.uk.capgemini.com all projects - the quality of the people. The

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Deloitte Vacancies 2011 Nationwide— apply now. We rely on talented graduates like you. With your freshness, insight and innovative thinking, you help us realise our goal to be the most trusted professional services firm in the world. As the number one professional services firm globally, we already lead the way, providing Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance services across all major industries. Would you like to work with clients in financial services, technology, media and telecommunications? How about those in consumer business or travel?

It’s your decision and we can’t promise an easy ride, but what we can promise is real responsibility early on and all the support you need to obtain your professional qualifications, not to mention the chance to learn from some of the foremost experts in their field. With all these opportunities, it’s down to you to make the most of them.

Whatever your degree subject and whichever service line you choose, you could be working with clients in all these areas, and of all shapes and sizes. It’s this breadth of experience that offers you the complexity and challenges you yearn for. This is why you could grow further and faster here than perhaps anywhere else. Deloitte are still looking to recruit for our 2011 vacancies across the UK, in the following groups:

http://www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates/nsc http://www.facebook.com/yourfutureatdeloitteuk http://twitter.com/DeloitteJobsUK

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Consulting- Technology Integration Consulting Belfast – National Solutions Centre Tax Management Consulting Enterprise Risk Services – Penetration testing, Security & Privacy, Testing and Resilience Corporate Finance- Analytical Forensic Technology

It’s your future. How far will you take it?

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To start you career this autumn, visit www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates for more information on how to apply.

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Go from Strength to Strength! From day one at Ernst & Young, you’ll enjoy early responsibility, challenges, achievement and exposure to a variety of businesses across a range of sectors. We provide assurance and advice to help companies, from entrepreneurial start‐ups to major multinationals, reach their goals.

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Expect to use your research and analytical know -how, apply yourself to stay on top of the law and acquire in-depth knowledge of clients’ businesses. If a career with Ernst & Young is a good fit for you, we’ll give you the experience, learning and coaching you need to become a successful professional.

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Ernst & Young

Whether you join Advisory, Audit, Tax or Corporate Finance, you’ll collaborate with a diverse group of talented individuals ready to share their knowledge and experience to help you succeed.

Southampton - Graduate, Direct Tax Reading - Graduate, Audit Luton - Graduate, Audit Leeds - Summer Internship, Audit Leeds - Graduate, Direct Tax Leeds - Graduate, Corporate Finance Manchester - Industrial Placement, Corporate Finance Edinburgh - Summer Internship, Audit Glasgow - Industrial Placement, Audit Edinburgh - Graduate, Audit

Whichever graduate programmes you apply to, a career with Ernst & Young balances on-thejob experience with the opportunity to study for professional qualifications, including Chartered status, and personal excellence training.

You can start your career with Ernst & Young anywhere in the UK. The location you select will determine which of our client groups you join. Ernst & Young currently have You can choose to either specialise and work graduate, industrial with our Financial Services clients, or work with placement and a broader portfolio of clients across various summer internship industry sectors in our UK & Ireland practice. vacancies in the We start accepting applications for 2012 entry following UK from 1 July 2011, so apply early and go from offices: strength to strength www.ey.com/uk/ studentstories

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Following a leading International Law firm—Eversheds At Eversheds we recognise how important it is for you, as prospective candidates, to hear first hand what it is like to work as a Trainee in a firm such as ours. It is important to have your questions answered, for example, how much client contact do you really have, how much responsibility are you really given, what opportunities are open to you? It is also important to have access to information that will be useful to you during your career search and the recruitment process.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are currently recruiting for our 2013 Training Contract Programme. We will be holding interviews and assessment days throughout June, July and August. If you have any queries regarding applications and/or the recruitment process please contact us at gradrec@eversheds.com.

Eversheds LLP

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Bravenewtalent via @legaltrainee to ask questions and hear more from our Trainees and recruitment team.

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Applications for Septembers 2012 Open in Autumn 2011 Having had a very successful year of recruiting, attending almost 100 events at 30 universities all of our applications will close on the 1st July. We also ran an extremely successful Bright Futures Insight day on the 3rd June with over 30 students attending the day, which included an introduction to the FSA, networking with current graduates, a skills session on how to be application confident as well as a question and answers panel with a cross section of people from the business. I just want to thank all those who attended and made it a really great day. Applications for all of our schemes including our specialist and intern programmes will re-open in autumn for 2012.

FSA

We are looking forward to working closely with

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Bright Futures societies in the autumn, running some more great events. If you are interested in us running an event with your society do contact us over the summer or letting the central bright Futures team know. Finally we are really looking forward to hosting this year’s Bright Futures Conference on the 16th September and meeting all of the committees at this event. www.fsagraduates.com

We hope you all have a good summer

The FSA Graduate Recruitment team


Hiscox Graduate Development Scheme: Intelligent Thinkers Welcome This month we also welcomed our summer interns to Hiscox. Over the next eight weeks our interns will gain an understanding of how a modern, international business operates, as well as getting experience of the wider insurance scene. By joining our summer intern programme you would not only leave with useful contacts in the financial industry, but will put yourself on the Hiscox radar when applying for our future graduate roles.

Our 2012 graduate and intern schemes will Our 2011 UK graduate recruitment scheme has open for applications in September 2011. closed after a great year. In Europe, the US and Bermuda we are in the final stages of meeting Intelligent thinkers welcome ... with candidates to offer challenging and stimulating assessments. As a Group we’re now looking forward to 2012 and offering driven graduates like you accelerated career opportunities in a structured two year program of development, secondments and international opportunities.

Hiscox Insurance

At Hiscox we are experts in the protection of a wide range of personal and commercial risks which are often too complex or too much trouble for other insurance companies to consider. Whether it is a priceless Picasso, a ship sailing through the pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, an oil rig in the Atlantic, a household crammed with expensive hi-tech gadgetry, or a classic car collection, Hiscox leads the pack when it comes to the world of specialist insurance.

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Join us and celebrate 100 years of IBM! This year IBM marks the 100-year anniversary of it’s founding on 16th June 1911.

moments—these Icons of Progress— demonstrate our faith in science, our pursuit of knowledge and our belief that together we can make the world work better. You can see the 100 icons of progress here.

In 2011, IBM reflects on 100 years of innovation, bold risks and transformative breakthroughs. We celebrate the big wins - and the mistakes we've overcome. We renew our You can find out more about the IBM purpose, unite in our legacy and define our Centennial on our Facebook page and on the aspirations for the future. IBM Centennial website – www.ibm.com/100 as well as by following us on Twitter. IBM’s 100 Icons of Progress Don’t forget we are still recruiting to for top In the span of a century, IBM has evolved from graduates to join us this year. The following a small business that made scales, time clocks roles are currently available on the IBM and tabulating machines to a globally graduate scheme: integrated enterprise with more than 400,000 employees and a strong vision for the future. Business Strategy Consultant – deadline 4th The stories that have emerged throughout July 2011 our history are complex tales of big risks, lessons learned and Technology Consultant – deadline 15th July discoveries that have 2011 transformed the way we work and live. Technology Solutions Specialist – deadline 15th These 100 July 2011 iconic

IBM

Apply now at www.ibm.com/start/uk/graduate

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Big Four or smaller firms? Both still available in 2011 Size is very important when finding the right career in public practice before assessing employer for you. Apart from this, the location the many career paths available to you. and area of accountancy/business you want to  84% of FTSE 100 company boards have at specialise in are very important considerations. least one ICAEW member on their board of directors. Despite it being summer 2011, none of these  There is no prerequisite degree discipline. In selection criteria are limited if you are fact, last year’s ACA intake contained just interested in becoming an ICAEW Chartered 20.9% of graduates who had studies an Accountant and starting in 2011. Accounting or Finance related degree. ICAEW Approved Training Employers and their http://trainingvacancies.icaew.com/ ACA training applications have been conveniently gathered online, visit icaew.com/ careers and click the link to Training Vacancies. Find us at www.Facebook.com/icaewcareers And finally, promotion just would not be complete without a few statistics! 77% of ACA trainees can be found in practice, however over 60% of qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountants work in business. So it is quite common to start your

ICAEW

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Looking for a Career in Consultancy? Interested in IT? Combine the two and join the Information Protection and Business Resilience Graduate Programme at KPMG where you will work in a department that has been named Information Security Consultancy of the Year by SC Magazine Europe Awards 2011. Undertaking information security reviews, you will also participate in advisory engagements to help organisations understand and implement information security management processes. With a genuine interest and passion for information security and technology with a desire to learn more, you will be a strong team player but able to work on your own initiative. When you join us you will benefit from an exceptional career path using an industry leading framework from the Institute for Information Security Professionals (IISP).

receive unparalleled training across technical and business areas setting a path to achieve a range of professional certifications such as CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner) as well as vendor specific (e.g. Cisco), IT industry related (e.g. ITIL) and project management (e.g. Prince 2) type qualifications. To find out more and apply click here KPMG is still recruiting into other areas of Advisory as well as Audit and Tax for a September 2011 start. Please click here for details. In addition we will be accepting applications for our 2012 graduate intake at the beginning of July 2011 Best wishes for a relaxing Summer break KPMG

KPMG

In your first http://www.facebook.com/KPMGRecruitment three years you will http://twitter.com/kpmgrecruitment

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Application deadline date for Training Contracts approaching fast! Are you looking to secure a training contract at have some legal work experience. The a leading international commercial law firm? experience can be gained through undertaking employment in a legal environment, a vacation You are, in that case you will be pleased to hear placement or job shadowing. that Pinsent Masons is accepting applications until the 31 of July from candidates who are Please note we can only accept applications looking to start a training contract in either from candidates in their penultimate or final September 2013 or March 2014 in one of our year of study, or who have already completed English offices. their undergraduate degree.

It is worth remembering that 50% of our lawyers have not studied Law at an undergraduate level so do not be put off applying if your degree is in an unrelated subject. It is important though that you understand the realities of a career in commercial law and so we will expect you to

Vacancies are available in the following locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester. http://www.bravenewtalent.com/pinsentmasons

Pinsent Masons

To apply you will need to make an application online at our graduate website. The website also provides detailed guidance on what we are looking for in our trainee solicitors, plus hints and tips for making applications, attending interviews and improving your commercial awareness.

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Being the one with the best opportunities— Business placements and full time graduate positions We help our clients and our people create the value they want. We work alongside our clients – from public and private companies to governments and charities – to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them. We have big ambitions to grow, and if you're serious about a career in business, we don't think anyone else can give you a better start. Students agree: we’re proud they’ve voted us number one in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last seven years based on the opportunity we offer. What we offer Join us full time as a graduate starting this Autumn, in Assurance, Risk Assurance, Public Services, Technology Assurance, Tax or Advisory Transaction Services.

PwC

Or, if you’re studying a four year degree, find out more about our Business Placement

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programme. We have opportunities to join us in Assurance, Risk Assurance or Public Services in one of our offices nationwide; Norwich, Aberdeen, Channel Islands, Bristol, Gatwick, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, East Midlands, Birmingham, Southampton, and Uxbridge. What you need We’re after the very best. You’ll need a 2:1 or above in any degree discipline, and at least a UCAS tariff of 300 or equivalent. Visit our website and come and meet us on campus to find out more. www.pwc.com/uk/careers www.pwc.com/uk/careers/events


Careers for the career-minded

We are recruiting continuously for at least another 12 months to support our rapid growth. At our offices in London, Manchester and Buckinghamshire, we’re developing the most talented team of graduate IT sales executives and account managers in the country. Are you ready to join us? Before we put your career in the fast lane, we need to see you have the drive to succeed in sales. The role involves managing accounts, understanding clients’ needs, introducing new products and delivering a first-class service. We’re looking for intelligent, articulate graduates with excellent communication skills. We’ll provide the training in IT. Work hard and you will earn a lot of money and progress quickly into team leader and sales manager roles. You will also acquire new skills – our training and development manager is here to support you from day one, our structured training programme will help you on your way,

and we will support you in attaining relevant qualifications. Softcat is an exhilarating place to work. We work very hard, but as you can see on our Facebook page, we also know how to have a good time. Careers in London, Manchester and Buckinghamshire We want to hear from you! Call 01628 403 408 and visit our website to apply. Apply here: http://www.softcat.com/join-us/ how-to-apply Softcat Careers on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/softcatcareers Softcat Careers on Twitter: http://twitter.com/softcatcareers

Softcat Limited

The number-one thing graduates look for in a career is ‘prospects for development’. And together with outstanding training, pay and perks, and a working environment like no other, that’s exactly what we have to offer. We win big awards because of it.

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