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City has an enviable record for graduate employment and offers a high number of professionally related programmes. These can lead to specific careers and graduates enjoy excellent career prospects. This year's Times league tables have placed City extremely favourably in the rankings for graduate employability.
Many of the programmes at City are accredited by a professional body, showing that they meet that profession's high standards and are judged to be relevant to its needs. These programmes provide a good preparation for work and may also offer exemption from further study, giving an accelerated route to professional status.
London is a major centre for industries such as financial services and the media. It is also home to the headquarters of many organisations as well as being the seat of government. City's central London location puts it at the heart of all these professional networks and students benefit from the close ties between academia, business and professional life.
As a City student you will be part of a global network of City graduates. More than 4,000 former students offer practical help to current students through the Careers Network Online, which you can access through the University's Centre for Career and Skills Development. You can contact graduates for up-to-date tips on employment and job hunting. Graduates also come back to the University to give face-to-face advice to students at regular subject-related alumni events.
Centre for Career and Skills Development
The Centre for Career and Skills Development is available to you from your first year. If your objective is employment, further study or taking time out, it makes sense to start using the Centre early. The sooner you begin thinking about your goals, the more time you will have to prepare yourself for your chosen route.
Specialist careers advice
Careers advisers can offer you help in assessing your strengths, weaknesses, needs and values in relation to career choice. Private appointments allow you to discuss your career aspirations in confidence.
Specialist information staff are available in the Centre to answer any queries you may have. They can advise you on the best way to make use of the extensive range of careers information resources available to you, both in the Centre and online. There are also a number of computer-aided guidance packages, including interactive guidance and aptitude testing systems.
Maximising your employability
Additional services are available aimed primarily at final-year students. Throughout the autumn and spring terms major employers hold presentations, attend fairs and run lunchtime drop-in sessions. These all give you the opportunity to find out in detail about their recruitment plans and to polish your job-search technique. A range of workshops including topics such as effective applications, successful interviews and presentation skills are run by careers advisers both centrally and within some courses. Timed aptitude tests are also held to give you experience of the kinds of tests used by employers. We receive and publicise details of vacancies for graduates from many major recruiters.
Information about all these services is available from the Centre for Career and Skills Development website.
Graduate Recruitment and Student Employment Service
The Graduate Recruitment and Student Employment Service (GRaSES) is a specialist service located within the Centre for Career and Skills Development. Dedicated to City students, it helps them find work during the course of their studies and careers after graduation. Information about part-time, vacation and temporary work with local employers and opportunities on campus is available to students who register with GRaSES.
We receive vancancies from employers every day and information on these opportunities is put online within 48 hours of reciept. Students register for email alerts of the vacancies that match their requirements. More than 3,000 students are currently registered with GRaSES. There are more than 1,200 registered employers representing all industry sectors and including companies such as ABN Amro, the BBC, Corus, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, KPMG and many others.
In addition to the traditional student jobs such as administration and clerical work, bar work, retail and market research, students have successfully secured positions as technical consultants, translators, graphic designers and publications assistants, broadcasters; hedge fund researchers and research assistants through GRaSES. The average pay is £7 per hour.
Volunteering is a valuable way for you to develop new skills that are highly sought-after by employers. City Volunteering, located in the Centre for Career and Skills Development, both finds individual volunteering placements for students and helps groups of students to set up and run their own volunteering projects.
The projects involve both students and staff working together on community initiatives. They are a great way to get to know fellow students and have fun. Previous activities have included environmental projects, working in schools or with youth groups, and working in the criminal justice system. Individual student volunteers are working in local hospitals, law centres, international charities, human rights groups, theatres and in sports-related activities.
Volunteers receive ongoing support, including special Volunteering CV workshops which enable you to reflect on what you have achieved and articulate your newly acquired skills both on your CV and during interviews.