Student story: Louisa – Advertising Unlocked

Mother gives students a whole new definition of creativity

Louisa Dorothea Loehrig, MSc Marketing

Think BIG, thing TV, think attention-grabbing adverts that you can’t zap away. If you’ve lived in the UK (and not in a cave) you would’ve felt EPIC when seeing moneysupermarket’s Dave thrust his bubble butt whilst strutting in fabulous high heels,  unconsciously sang along to Boot’s iconic “here come the giiiiiiirls”, and/or thought about how you could become your own interior designer after falling in love with IKEA’s homey solutions. Meet the company responsible for all this: meet Mother.

Along with around 20 other students, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Mother in person – or in the many persons this company is. This was my chance to find out all about how exactly these masterpieces are created. Nothing, not even the miserable rain on the day, could dampen my excitement, and let me tell you – I was not disappointed!

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After receiving a warm welcome, coffee and snacks, and taking in the impressive space, we sat down on the big concrete staircase, eager to learn what was to come. Katie Mackay, Mother’s joint head of strategy I was über eager to meet (not just to see her choice of outfit), kick started the event by giving an overview of the company. Pictures of employees’ proud mothers adorned the presentation and the walls next to us – a reminder, not only of the company’s mission to take care of projects as a mother would, but also to make their own mothers proud of their work.

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Graduate opportunities in the public sector

Want to make a real difference with your degree? Ever considered a a public sector graduate scheme?

Here are 5 top opportunities for graduates in the public sector:

The biggest graduate recruiter in the UK, Teach First places graduates in schools with a higher-than-average proportion of free school meals or in areas of deprivation. After a five-week training course you head straight out into the classroom, working with young people while completing your training. At the end of the scheme, you’ll have a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a salary starting at £20,909 in inner London, increasing to £28,660 in your second year.

Dealing with everything from finance to health, the Civil Service offers graduates a diverse range of roles within which to specialise, while supporting the delivery of high quality services for the public. You will develop a portfolio of experience across different placements in government departments and agencies. You’ll benefit from an accelerated career path to leadership roles, with a starting salary of £28,000.

For schemes working in local government, also check out the National Graduate Development Programme.

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Hot topics for accounting candidates

pexels-photo-209224At our ‘Working in Accounting’ event earlier this week, Brexit was stated by the panel of accounting alumni and professionals as the hot topic to be discussed at interviews to impress employers.

Interested in a career in accounting? Read on for some more insights from the event …

  • QMUL alumnus Akram Rizvi, who works for Westminster Council as Finance Manager, explained the cost implications of Brexit were vast for the public sector, and the effects on immigration, labour market costs, and changes in laws could potentially lessen investment options in EU banks. QMUL SBM alumnus Roni added that Brexit costs at his employer Acorn will sky rocket.
  • We heard from QMUL alumna Sonia Akhtar, Associate at Grant Thornton, who told us that tax transparency is a hot topic in the tax world, as companies are now under pressure to publish their tax strategy and give full visibility. Sonia studied French & German, graduating in 2015, and her role involves preparing tax returns for her clients. Having languages and a study abroad year, as well as part time work and being a member of the rock climbing society, helped her applications stand out to employers.

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Developing your commercial awareness, by being aware

When attending an interview, one of the things you may be asked is a question around commercial awareness. Recruiters will want to know that you have a genuine interest in the commercial world and in particular they want to know that you are passionate about their business and the industry they work in. Demonstrating your knowledge and insights can be a daunting thing to do, but actually everyone (no matter their academic background), can do this.

Some of the questions you might be asked include:

  • How do you keep up to date with what is going on in our sector?
  • What challenges face our industry or business at this time?
  • What business story has interested you most recently?
  • Who are our competitors? What makes us different from them?

So how would you answer these?

If you are applying to a particular industry you should already be doing some research on the organisation you’re applying for. As you’re looking at their website, take some time to look at their recent news articles, their social media pages, even take a look at their Wikipedia page (although take that last one with a pinch of salt).

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Apply now for 2018 Graduate Schemes

This is a good opportunity to remind you that many large graduate programmes conclude their recruitment by the end of the autumn term. If you think you might want to apply for one of these schemes make sure you start looking now! Many finance positions are already open and fill quickly. The benefit for you is that you can complete the recruitment process before you get too far into your final year – so you can concentrate on your exams rather than your job hunt.

Banks who have opened up their graduate scheme applications include Citi, Goldman Sachs and Credit SuisseFor those of you thinking about applying to Investment Banking internships for summer 2018, please note that some Banks have already started accepting applications – including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.

If you need some support in your job search, or with applications and interview practice, please do make use of the Careers & Enterprise Centre as soon as you can. During the first few weeks of the autumn term we will be extremely busy with appointments, so the more you can do over the summer the better!

Also don’t forget we have a huge range of events taking place in the autumn term where you can meet lots of employers with open positions. These events will be announced on our website before the start of the new term.

In the meantime take a look at careers.qmul.ac.uk for further resources, and our vacancy site www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs for opportunities.

A career in cyber security

spyware-2319403_960_720From insurers Hiscox reporting that more than half of firms have experienced a cyber-attack in the past year to the NHS being hit by ransomware, cyber security is as much a hot topic in the news as in the jobs market – this blog gives a snapshot of the why, what, where and how of getting into a career in cyber security.

Why cyber security? As the amount of commercial and organisational activity conducted through or dependent on the internet continues to rise and cyber criminals and hackers become ever more sophisticated, cyber security skills are fast becoming some of the most sought after in the technology and financial services sectors. This rapidly growing demand is creating a number of opportunities for graduates to build a career in a diverse and ever-evolving field. Being so diverse, the cyber security field offers a range of both technical and non-technical roles open to graduates from a variety of disciplines. Keywords such as ‘cyber’, ‘security’, ‘information risk’, ‘information assurance’ and ‘penetration tester’ will help you to search and explore this wide range, as well as track down entry-level and graduate roles.

What is cyber security? Cyber security involves developing and employing a range of technologies, processes and practices to protect computers, data and networks from attack, damage or criminal intrusion. Cyber security, therefore, isn’t just about ensuring that an organisation has the right technical infrastructure, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, or detecting and stopping system breaches. It’s also about putting in place the right policy and procedures to ensure those technical measures are supported by the behaviour of staff, such cautious web browsing, proper use of hardware, software and data, and the use complex passwords.

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Finding work in TV

realization-of-video-771413_960_720There is no fixed route for getting into TV, which means it is important to be flexible, open minded and proactive in seeking out opportunities. and building your network of contacts.

It is common to start with work experience positions, even once you have a degree, and then work your way up. Work experience and junior positions are rarely advertised, so you will need to make the first move and contact employers directly. This means being able to market yourself and being persistent despite (what is likely to be a lot of) rejection are vital.

For further tips and advice list to this excellent podcast from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/production/article/art20130702112135536

See also this article from The Guardian, containing 6 top tips for finding work in the TV industry, including making use of short films and videos you’ve made during your time at QMUL to showcase your best work, and marketing yourself online via social media, blogging or setting up your own webpage.

Remember you can always book a 1-2-1 appointment with a Careers Consultant to explore your options, and there are also a number of helpful job profiles on the Prospects website:

Television Camera Operator
Television Floor Manager
Television Production Coordinator
Television/film/video Producer