Monday, 31 October 2011

New opportunities for those ready to act now!

Click on the link to be taken to information about a range of opportunities, including:
  1. Accoutancy scholarships with Kaplan
  2. Retail Development Programmes at Barclays Bank (including studying for a degree)
  3. Management Consultancy Technology Services - training plus a degree!
  4. National IT Partnerships (NITP) - Apprenticeship opportunities across the country
Interested?  Click here

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Electronic Careers Magazine

Help and Advice

The 'Help and Advice' section of Cambs Coursefinder has been updated with two new information sections.

'Careers Research' has a direct link through to the careers website 'icould' where workers talk about their progression routes and more.

'More Help?' is now linked to Directgov Young People's website and online Career Adviser helpline.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Facebook help for UCAS Personal Statements

The following was lifted from facebook today.  I found it on the UCASconnect page, a useful link that allows you to link through to useful videos, the student network Yougofurther, twitter links, and UCAS events.
If you're writing or thinking about writing your personal statement for your 2012 application then you may benefit from checking our comprehensive guidance on what to consider:

Careers Dept

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Help for 16-24 year old job hunters, 17 - 20 October, 2011

Next Step at the BBC

Next Step advisers will take part in a BBC Three production entitled ‘Up for Hire’ which will air on BBC Three each night from 17 to 20 October. The programme will focus on helping 16 to 24 year olds find work.

There will be help with CVs, advice from industry experts, as well as celebrities and top executives talking about their own experience of work and careers.

On Monday evening (17 Oct), Next Step advisers will be in the studio to give careers advice to the audience, and provide help with developing CVs and job interview techniques. From this Wednesday, Next Step will also be involved in the pre-publicity activity taking place before the programme. They will be responding to questions via Twitter, Facebook and email. For more information about the BBC Three programme visit the BBC website

One-Minute Physics - why there's no pink light?!

If you click on the link above, it will take you to an interesting branch of the New Scientist Publication online.  In fact, there are many interesting features that you can link to whether you like physics, maths or simply have an interest in science.

Happy clicking!

Latest Unemployment Figures for 16 - 24 year olds

The latest official figures show unemployment has reached a 17-year high, with the number of people out of work rising by 114,000 to 2.57 million in the three months to August. The number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work rose to 991,000, the highest total since 1992.

Monday, 17 October 2011

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES with Marshalls Aerospace

Marshall Aerospace employs approximately 1500 people at its office and hangar complex at Cambridge Airport, where maintenance, modification and design facilities are available for many different types of military and civil aircraft.

The Government funded Advanced Apprenticeship places we offer each year have provided exciting opportunities, and a variety of careers, for many people who have become design engineers or airframe, electrical/avionics or mechanical manufacturing fitters. Successful graduates of our Foundation Degree, which operates in partnership with Kingston University, will be well placed in the future to find a role within the aerospace industry.

Details of our Advanced Apprenticeship scheme can be found on Potential applicants for the employed-status places starting in September 2012 should send an email and a CV to between 1 November 2011 and 31 January 2012. Details of how to apply would then be sent to applicants who would need to provide appropriate documentation demonstrating their right to work permanently in the UK.

Details of this 2 or 3 year course, delivered at Cambridge Airport, can be found at Successful graduates of the foundation degree may go on to ‘top-up’ to a full B.Sc at Kingston University. Applications should be made through

Thursday, 13 October 2011

New Finance Opportunities with Deloitte

Global firm Deloitte have some new career opportunities available to interested students.

Bright Start (a scheme for A level leavers) applications are NOW OPEN so click on the link to find out more about how to apply and get some top tips.

They also have a  Gap Year Placement (at the Cambridge office only) doing accounts tagging work. 

To give more of an explanation about the work... the two main departments who take on students are audit and tax. The work involves analysing and summarising client information, preparation of accounts and writing up findings and audit testing. If you like the sound of this invaluable work, click the link to find out more.
The Careers Department can also offer advice on courses and actions to take if you are considering a career in business, finance or accountancy in the future.  Just come and ask

Scholarship information for students wishing to study abroad

Essential information for students who are interested in working abroad in either America, or Abu Dhabi (in an American-affiliated University) ... and all with VERY generous scholarship payments on offer!!  Click the links below for more details, but be quick, at least one of them only has days left to go...

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

New Opportunities...

Whether it's opportunities in Accountancy, Digital Network Solutions, or even the Merchant Navy, click the following link to view some new opportunities that have come to light...

Click here

New legislation set to change the UK’s working practices from 1st October

Three significant pieces of legislation which come into force this week will fundamentally affect companies and employees in the UK.
From 1st October, the Agency Workers Regulation will, after 12 weeks employment, give temporary agency workers the right to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hiring company. This applies to pay, working hours, overtime, holidays, rest periods, access to vacancies and to other facilities. With the UK reliant on large numbers of temporary workers, many are concerned about the effect this will have on companies, particularly those with seasonal demand for their products and services.

The Default Retirement Age will also be scrapped and from 1st October, making it illegal for employers to force their workers to retire at 65. By the early 2020s, people aged between 50 and 64 will comprise almost a third of the workforce and therefore many are calling for employers to adapt their practices and recruitment strategies to cater for this growing number of older workers.

The Minimum Wage will increase from 1st October, which will see the lowest paid workers receive a 2.5% pay rise to £6.08 per hour. The rise has been criticised for being inadequate to help the poorest cope with the rocketing price of essentials such as food. Meanwhile, there are also worries that it could prevent the worrying number of unemployed workers from finding new jobs.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Careers Mentors - URGENT Reminders

All Careers Mentors are reminded that they should have delivered at least one session in tutorial so far (September), introducing the class to:
  • Where the Careers Department is
  • Who works there
  • Careers materials on Moodle (via the Careers Wiki), including the Careers BLOG.
Mentors should now be negotiating with tutors for the delivery of a second talk in October, covering:
  • Careers Wiki and BLOG - to ensure that anybody who missed it the first time can catch up
  • HE Support Pages
Finally, ALL MENTORS have been asked to come to the Careers Department to pick up books for their tutors in both year 1 and 2.  THIS IS IMPORTANT and should happen as soon as possible.

Anglia Ruskin University Open Day

An Undergraduate Open Day is taking place this Saturday (8th October 2011) from 10am-3pm at Cambridge & Chelmsford. If any students are interested in attending they can book a place in advance via   Alternatively they can just turn up and we will register them on arrival. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Student Finance Tour - The Department of Innovation, Business and Skills

All students and Staff, please be aware that this week's guest exhibitors in the Reception area (Thursday 9.00 - 12.30) are representatives from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.  They are currently undertaking a tour of schools and colleges, known as the Student Finance Tour, and will be available to answer your queries regarding financial issues in relation to university.  Please make the most of their presence and clear up any queries you may have.

Careers Department

Improve your chances of becoming a Doctor

* Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Doctor
Saturday 3 March 2012, 10.00am-4.30pm, at The University of Manchester

Information for any students who are considering becoming doctors or lawyers.

The careers conferences are principally designed for students in Year 11 and Year 12 (or Year 1 of our college). Other students, careers advisers, teachers and parents are also welcome to attend.

These events give students the opportunity to:
* Gain practical advice on getting into university and the profession of their choice
* Talk to university admissions tutors and university students
* Find out about the career and its specialist fields
* Speak with solicitors, barristers / doctors
* Discuss their academic options, alternatives and related careers

This event will provide high quality, focussed, unbiased careers information. As well as helping students to achieve their goals, our conferences give you a clear view of the advantages and disadvantages of a career. Students attending our conferences find them a valuable and enjoyable experience.

For full details, including costs and the application form, please see .