Thursday, 17 December 2015

KPMG Finance Opportunities for 2016 leavers

Wondering what to do after school or college? How would you like to make a positive, lasting impact on business, governments and society? At KPMG, you can. We offer two School and College Leaver Programmes, open now for 2016 start. We will also work with you to identify and develop your strengths so you can reach your full potential and shape the career that’s right for you.
Our KPMG360° apprenticeship programme gives you the opportunity to work across a range of business areas, giving you depth and breadth of experience, whilst gaining a professional qualification. You’ll have the flexibility to discover where your interest and potential come together.
One of our recent KPMG360° starters, Anna Brown, had planned to go to university but decided at the last minute to apply to our Glasgow office and start her career straight after her A-levels. She hasn’t looked back since! Take a look at her story here.
If the idea of combining work and study appeals to you, the Audit School and College Leaver Programme allows you to obtain a degree in Accounting and Finance, whilst gaining hands-on experience and developing your expertise as a business advisor.
On both programmes you’ll benefit from leading training and development programmes, a dedicated Professional Qualification Team (PQT) to support you, and work alongside some of the brightest minds in business.
A diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. KPMG is passionately supportive of fostering an inclusive culture and we are proud to be founder members of the 30% Club and a ‘Business in the Community Top Employer for Women’. There really is a place for you here.
Apply now
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Xmas Party
5 things to do this holiday to improve your job prospects

It's nearly the Christmas holidays and we hope you have a fab time over the festive period. Here are 5 things you can can do over the break to get ahead in job applications or help you finish your UCAS form next term. Read on…

  1. Understand soft skills
    Both employers and universities look for evidence of soft skills. For your application to be successful, you will need to understand what these skills are and how you have developed them. Here's our introduction to soft skills.
  2. Record your skills
    You've spent the last few years participating in activities that would look great on a UCAS form or a CV, but you've forgotten what they are. Don't let this happen again. Register here or login and record them in the Skills section of your profile. You can download a worked example here.
  3. Volunteer
    If you have some time on your hands then Christmas is a great time to volunteer. Crisis, a homeless charity, are always looking for volunteers to help out at this time of year. Not only is it good for society, it will also build some skills and experience for your CV or application form.
  4. Construct a CV
    You've recorded your skills, volunteered and even done some work experience. Now's the time to bring it all together in a CV. If you need help getting started then read our article on writing your first CV.
  5. Manage your social media profile
    According to Monster, 77 per cent of employers google applicants. So will your social media profile prevent you from getting that dream job? Follow our dos and don'ts to clean up your social media profile this Christmas.
You only need to spend 30 minutes a day working on these points and you'll be in tip top shape in the Spring term.

Apprenticeships at Jaguar Land Rover - deadline approaches

Jaguar Land Rover have a number of amazing apprenticeship opportunities available (at different academic entry points) which might be of interest? The schemes offer an opportunity to attain desirable externally recognised qualifications whilst being paid and contributing to the organisation's continued growth.

The deadline for applications is fast approaching on the 31st December 2015. Further details on the opportunities and entry requirements can be found at


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Summer Schools, 2016

Debate chamger

Summer Schools 2016 – Booking Now Open

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools, now in their eleventh year, offer students age 11-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges.

The material will be challenging (for the older age-group, about the level of difficulty one might expect in the first year at university), but the atmosphere will be relaxed, with plenty of discussion, debate, and opportunities for students to shape the direction of classes. It is an environment conducive to getting to grips with new ideas.

Working in small groups (usually around 14 students per group) over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Highlights of Summer 2016:

The Medicine Summer School for students aged 15-18 comprises a series of two-day events with specialist sessions on cardiology, paediatrics, oncology, emergency medicine and many other topics – enabling students to attend a wide-ranging introduction or select the sessions most relevant to their interests.

The Summer Law School for 15-18s, now in three 5-day blocks to allow time for more cases, more analysis and more debate on some of the most intriguing legal questions. Students can choose to focus on Criminal, Civil or International Law, or attend all three Parts for a comprehensive introduction to legal study.

For those interested in the Humanities, we have Summer Schools in Economics, International Relations, History, and Politics, while Arts enthusiasts should check out the English Literature, Classical Civilisations, Art History, or Philosophy Summer Schools (all for students aged 15-18).

Last but not least, the Maths and Physics Summer Schools will offer some challenging and exciting further study for those who will have completed Maths AS level or equivalent by Summer 2016.

Practical Details:

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2016. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at

There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Law Gap Year Opportunity

Don't miss these brilliant gap year opportunities with leading law firm Pinsent Masons for Sixth Form students

Pure Potential is pleased to share with you a fantastic opportunity, provided by leading commercial law firm Pinsent Masons.  The deadline is fast approaching so please remind your students about applying before the closing date in less than two weeks!

If your students are interested in pursuing a legal career and are keen to gain first-hand experience, please encourage them to consider the unique Gap Placement Programme. The programme lasts between 8 and 12 months, with opportunities available in all of the Pinsent Masons UK offices (excluding Belfast). This is an excellent way for students to gain extensive insights into the day-to-day life at a leading law firm, whilst earning and building valuable skills during their gap year.

This is a great way for your students to gain valuable commercial awareness and ensure that their CV stands out from the crowd.

Entry requirements: ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies)
Deadline: Friday, 20th November 2015
Start date: September 2016

To get more information on Pinsent Masons, visit their page on our website or read the information below. Please forward this email onto any relevant members of staff and students who may be interested in this opportunity.

Kind regards,  

Dan Fielding
Pure Potential

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Sustainability Lecture at ARU, 12/11/15

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Unusual questions, extraordinary answers

Date: Thursday 12 November
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Cambridge campus, Lord Ashcroft Building, LAB 006
Booking: free, please click here, or just turn up on the day. 
Description: A series of hands-on activities and games bringing new perspectives to sustainability. Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015
Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and piece of cake while you move between activities:

Sensing energy by Sarah Royston, Association for the Conservation of Energy. Through a series of sensory challenges (from taste-tests to sound quizzes), this exhibit invites you to think about how we understand energy in our homes using all five of our senses.

Money makes the world go round by Tim Hughes, University of Cambridge. An interactive game exploring the effects of the monetary system on inequality and the environment.

What right have you to decide? by Rosie Robison, Global Sustainability Institute. Take on the role of a doctor, politician or environmentalist and work to persuade others to your point of view regarding our right to use resources.

Is this landscape natural? by Tim Mitchell, artist. Undertake a visual literacy exercise with Tim’s beautiful landscape photographs, how carefully are you looking?
This event is run in conjunction with the ‘Sustainability: New Questions, New Answers’ collection of writing and artwork. Each activity is linked to a written piece from the collection, which will be available online in the run up to the event. Check back here for more details.
It is open to everyone, and we are particularly keen for teenagers and their families to come along.
To find out more about the event please contact Dr Rosie Robison,