Access Aspiration: Top Tips
As a follow on to our Access All Area webinars, business speakers provide useful links to further reading, with some great all-round advice to any student preparing for the world of work. Here’s a selection from our Top Tips feed, listed chronologically since April 2020.
POLICING – Metropolitan Police
Are you interested in becoming a PC with the Metropolitan Police? Click here to learn more.
BANKING – Bank of England
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH – King’s College London
LAW – Peters and Peters LLP
- Letters to a Law Student (Nick McBride)
- The Secret Barrister (specifically, the Bar)
- There is a good list here (focus on the more obscure ‘other nominations’ section at the bottom)
- For citing in a personal statement etc. anything goes (pretty much!). Universities like seeing different texts cited, not just Tom Bingham’s The Rule of Law, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Glanville’s Learning the Law etc. Read the law pages of the Guardian, The Times etc, and see what cases interest you.
- Sometimes law books are reviewed in the newspapers – this can be a good source of current books to read. One of the barrister Inns of Court, Inner Temple, runs a current awareness webpage which is free to subscribe to – see it here. This provides really useful coverage of legal news (all good cases that can be cited in a person statement).
Info about the LNAT:
- I did take the LNAT for my admission into Cambridge. However, the university has since dropped the test in favour of their own Cambridge Law Test, see it here.
- The LNAT is still required for the universities listed on this site.
- The LNAT is comprised of two parts: a set of multiple choice questions and then an essay, based on a topical issue. Both can be studied for, so don’t be unduly daunted! There are lots of quite cheap practice books or online practice questions available for download, which give you a flavour of what skills the exam is supposed to be testing.
Info about apprenticeships:
- Read this useful guide to law apprenticeships.
- Find information on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) here.
- The most obvious current route to qualifying as a solicitor without a university degree is by first becoming a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx) and then taking steps to qualify as a solicitor through additional examination. See guidance here.
- Aspiring Solicitors site – everything you need to know about law firms in the UK and available programmes
- Cheeky Little Careers site
- Chambers Student site – info about different law schools and training programmes
- Click here for more information about different legal professions
- Visit this site for the beginners guide to a career in law
- Keep up t date with legal news
- Great resource for legal news and tips for current and aspiring lawyers
- Click here to see more information about law firms in London
Always believe in yourself!
BANKING – Barclays
Useful links to the routes into Barclays:
- Visit the LifeSkills site here.
- Find out more about our Apprenticeships here.
- Read more about our Graduate programmes here.
Video interview tips:
- Choose a quiet place with good lighting
- Dress smartly for the interview
- Prepare and plan
- Turn your phone to silent or off
GAMING – Sports Interactive Games
How can you get a job in Games industry?
- Be proactive = makes you lucky
- Do your research – the Games Industry website is helpful.
- Blog – write reviews – what is good/bad/what I would do… x20,50,100
- Work experience –unpaid 1-2 weeks –as many as you can
- Go to industry events and shows –i.e. London Games Festival – students are often admitted free
- Set up a LinkedIn account – follow companies (publishers, developers, shows) – good way to ask for internships/apprenticeships etc.
- Learn to code!
- Find out more about industry websites, some examples are: UKIE, TIGA, Creative Skillset
MARKETING – M&C Saatchi
- Check out the Carbon Academy website here.
STOCK MARKET – Nasdaq
- TED Talks
- Death by Powerpoint
- I got 99 problems …palsy is just one
- Your body language may shape who you are
- Book suggestion: Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work, written by Marilee Adams
- See here for more about Nasdaq careers.
BANKING – Metro Bank
Set up a job alert via our website here.
Tips for practising video interviews:
- Find a quiet place
- Dress smartly or appropriately for the role
- Prop your phone up rather than hold it yourself
- Practice and record yourself to play back
- Ask a friend/family member to help you practice, give feedback
CIVIL SERVICE – Scottish Government
This website is the best source of information on how to work in the Civil Service. It describes all the various access points and details of how to apply, as well as some of the diversity programmes that the Civil Service has which is a useful route for students that qualify for those.
This is a good summary of what we would expect from people wanting to work for the civil service (particularly with the graduate route):
- Take responsibility for delivering results, make decisions and deal with tough challenges.
- Show promise as a leader and work hard to fulfil your potential.
- Prioritise workload, communicate well, be resilient, and support others.
- Be flexible and work in a variety of roles that demand a range of skills.
- Learn quickly, balance stakeholder interests, engage with colleagues and live our values.
ACCOUNTANCY – Newcastle University
Useful accountancy resources:
- Click here to see the ICAEW website – they offer careers advice for those interested in chartered accountancy and run apprenticeship-like schemes for students who have just finish sixth form.
- Click here to see the CIMA website – they offer a qualification for students just out of sixth form.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Twitter
- Useful article: “A day in the life of a London Designer at Twitter”
- Twitter has an internship programme for undergraduate and graduate students. Follow the @TwitterU and @terns accounts and visit this website to see more about careers with us.
CIVIL SERVICE – Home Office
Pathways to enter the Home Office/Civil Service:
- Search here for jobs with the Civil Service
- Click here to see the Fast Steam service
- Click to see Success Profiles – the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service
- Direct entry
- Civil Service fast stream – for talented graduates
- Summer Diversity Internship Programme (6-9 weeks) over the summer for undergraduates and graduates (paid)
- Early Diversity Internship Programme (1 week) for undergraduates in their first year
SKIN CARE – dermalogica
- Find product information here
- To view our flagship store, click here
- Email enquiries for work experience UK Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCHITECTURE – Elicyon
- Click here to see the Architects Registration Board site
- Click here to find out more about education, CPD and careers
- Click here to see the Architectural Association School of Architecture
BEAUTY – bareMinerals
- Get as much work experience as possible
- Have passion for the brand
- Do your research! Go into stores
- Follow brands on social media
- There are many behind the scenes roles, explore them! – BA, MUA, photographer, writer, visual merchandising, education
- Have a LinkedIn profile
- Start writing your CV & tailor it to your perfect role
- Set up Google notifications for industry news
- Find relevant people on LinkedIn