A ‘turtally’ fantastic experience

The Kent Work Experience Bursary gives an opportunity to students to think about work experience in a different way. The world is the smallest its even been thanks to how easy and accessible traveling has become. Nevertheless, flight costs to go abroad still place a heavy burden on students; therefore, receiving a bursary to aid with the costs incurred is a great advantage for students seeking to have a different internship experience from the ones offered at home.

Finding an internship abroad is an exciting process because you find what seems like endless opportunities. In the field of conservation, the Tropics are one of the most interesting and thrilling places to work because of their abundant and diverse levels of biodiversity (over 50% of Earth’s species are found in tropical rainforests alone!). The experience that I gained doing proper field-work research in Malaysia cannot be compared to any other work I’ve done; it gave me a new insight on future careers and in what direction to guide my professional life.

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Mother turtle laying her eggs on one of the beaches. Nest was relocated to Turtle Bay, to avoid it from being poached. A photograph of the facial scutes is taken to add to the dataset of a photo identification software to identify the turtle.

I spent 10 weeks of my summer on Lang Tengah, a 2 km2 island off the coast of Terengganu, in Malaysia. I interned at a small organisation called Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW) which works to protect sea turtles nesting on the island. There are 7 species of sea turtles, 3 of which can be found in Terengganu. Unfortunately, due to unsustainable fishing practices, turtle egg consumption and detrimental human activities, one of the species is virtually extinct (the Leatherback), and another, the Hawksbill, is on the brink of extinction. LTTW receives volunteers from all around the world each week, and one of my duties on the project’s eco-friendly camp-site was to educate the volunteers on sea turtle ecology, as well as shark ecology, coral ecology and marine pollution.

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Apply for the annual Future Legal Mind Award! Closes later this week.

In 2015, University of Kent undergraduate Eyram Abla Seckley was a finalist in Future Legal Mind, an award sponsored by National Accident Helpline which offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry. The 4th Future Legal Mind Award opens for entries this week, offering UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies. I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.” Entrants are required to submit an original essay on a specific subject relevant to today’s legal profession.

This year’s Future Legal Mind essay question is:

“The personal injury legal sector is frequently attacked by government, insurers and media as ambulance-chasing lawyers seeking to promote a compensation culture.  What can organisations in the personal injury legal sector do differently in order to dispel the misconceptions and bring integrity back to claiming compensation?”

Essays must be a maximum of 1,300 words, excluding footnotes and a 100-word summary and need to be submitted by January 14th, 2018.

Other previous winners and shortlisted candidates also say the award has enhanced their career prospects and has been great thing to have on their CVs, including 2016 winner Tom Phillips, who said: “I have no doubt that winning the competition has provided a significant boost to my CV and will ultimately help me to obtain pupillage. I would encourage all law students to enter the Future Legal Mind Award – it is a unique and valuable opportunity.”

Simon Trott, Managing Director of National Accident Helpline and chair of judges for Future Legal Mind Award 2018, said: “At National Accident Helpline, we set standards for our solicitors, and we believe that it is crucial to attract the very best people to the legal sector. With that in mind, in 2014 we introduced the annual Future Legal Mind Essay Award, to bring recognition to young legal talent who share our passion for giving customers the best service. Our winner is awarded with a financial contribution towards their studies and work experience at one of our high quality legal firms. It’s been heartening to see the positive impact the last three years’ awards has had on our winners, and we are excited to be offering this chance to a new group of students for Future Legal Mind Award 2018.”

You can read more about the award, and enter your essay, at: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/future-legal-mind

Why you should seriously consider a career in “FMCG”.

There are a lot of companies in the world you could work for that you have never heard of, or encountered. But with FMCG that is probably not the case. Well definitely not the case if you eat and drink every day. Which I’m assuming you do.

So what does it stand for?

FMCG = Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry.

But what does that mean?

What it means is that these companies are in the business of selling stuff that moves fast. “Like cars?” No. More like: goods that are quick to leave (and reappear on) the shelves. So, basically food, drinks, toiletries…. etc.

Due to its nature; the industry is constantly looking for agile thinkers and quick learners. Sound like you? Well if you’re willing to work hard to grow fast – keep reading.

Now you ask, why would I want to work within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry?

  1. We are all consumers
  2. There are a shit tonne of us on the planet
  3. We all need to eat, drink and wash (sometimes)

= Thriving market

Ok, so they’re big names, but why’s that beneficial?

Large companies = flexibility. Numerous opportunities, possibilities and positions to work your way up through. The option for transferring across and within departments is also a massive perk. Valuable experience in more than one area, while keeping work fun, new and interesting… Where are the negatives?

Not sure you’ll like it?

Well a whole bunch of the skills you’ll hone during your time working in FMCG will be beneficial for other jobs: customer service skills, decision making, being a team player and working under pressure. Decide to pursue something else later on? No problem, most likely you’ll still have relevant experience.

It also looks great on your CV.

It’s a high profile industry and the big players are pretty recognisable names. This makes any experience in the sector a great addition to your CV. Imagine just dropping into conversation ‘Oh yeah I worked for this company, Coca-Cola, you may have heard of them’.

So what’s not to like?

Lazy? Graduate jobs within FMCG probably aren’t for you, the fast moving environment favours the pro-active. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out…surprise!

If this sounds too good to be true, try connecting with some of these guys on Magnet.me

and explore their graduate jobs, grad schemes and internships in London and the UK.

  • Nestle– Coffee, confectionary and Nesquik… Is there anything left to say?
  • L’Oreal– We’re all familiar with L’oreal, so for a career as silky and smooth as your hair why not check out them out. Because you’re worth it…right?
  • Procter & Gamble– Odds are there’s a P&G product in each room of your house, from kitchen to bathroom they dominate household goods.
  • Coca-Cola– Unless you spent most your life under a rock there’s no way you can remember a time that you didn’t know what Coca-Cola was. Plus the christmas adverts must be one of the most highly anticipated each year, sold?
  • Unilever– the biggest and most badass of all FMCG’s (maybe) also, they have free ice cream at all of their offices all day erry day!

Make it easy for yourself, sign up and get connecting! Watch your future get so much closer!

– Originally published by magnet.me

Work experience at Accenture

My legal work experience at Accenture, the second biggest technology company in the world, greatly improved my knowledge of the new and innovating technology that the law has not yet accounted for. Thanks to the Kent work experience bursary that allowed me to travel into The City every morning I was able to take up this opportunity and improve my legal research skills as well as legal advocacy skills.  I was given a ‘crash course’ on negotiation by the head of Global compliance as well as completing a presentation on a force majeure clause, checking the legality of it and whether it is suitable for the business clients. During this I received critical feedback taking me out of a law student mindset into actually understanding what works for a business. This was probably the most valuable skill that I learnt during my work experience as it was a skill that you can’t learn at university and would be most applicable to improving my employability. I was able to recognise how to be turn the ‘black letter law’ that I had used at university into something that works for a benefit when essentially they are always looking to solutions to legal problems tin order to save them money.

I also sat on the weekly legal department phone call, taking down minutes that were later used in the director’s meeting. As well as receiving talks from a range of specialised lawyers such as complex contracting, digital business, intellectual property, data privacy and more throughout the week. The intellectual property talk was particularly helpful as I am studying this module this year, so it was interesting to gain an introduction to it as well as see it in practice in a large technology company. The data privacy talk was particularly helpful as it is a current issue with GDPR compliance that is changing and taking effect in Europe next year. It has the potential to have massive effect on businesses by harmonizing data protection across 28 EU member states and the breach fines being of up to €20 million or 4 percent of gross annual turnover. As it was something I did not know much about, but is so pivotal to how law, technology and the protection of it is changing in society. I learnt the potential employability prospects of data privacy as it is high in demand as well as how it applies to all different types of law.

To end the week, we visited the innovation hub and gained an insight into new technology such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, block chain and bitcoin. Getting to use the products, with some that were strictly classified, was really exciting. Overall, I was so lucky to have a group of hard working interns and lawyers so willing to share their experiences!

– Chenelle Olaiya is a 3rd year Law student

Let’s find you your graduate job in investment banking!

We all know that this is one of the highest paid professions! And with huge student debt we know that this is always gonna be a popular choice for most students. So if you are considering paying off those debts quick and living the highlife then let Magnet.me help you along the way! “But how?”

First Steps first…

Why do you wanna become an investment bank? Easy, the money! What have you got to do? … Work fucking hard! Like day and night, ery day… yes you read correctly!

But it’s a total given that after your summer internship and graduate scheme (and probably a few years) you’ll be the guy that owns a yacht, smokes cuban cigars, and has Victoria’s Secret Angels on speed dial. Or put it in a savings account in the Cayman Islands… you know whatever floats your boat.

Either way, you will be debt free and rolling in the dough.

So, how do you get them to pick you?

  • Are you a freak with numbers?
  • Are you in a committed relationship with your calculator?
  • Are you willing to really f*cking work hard 24/7- yes 24/7?
  • Are you ready to spend the rest of your life in a bank?</i>

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Have no fear… That is a load of bullshit.

Well… not all of it unfortunately.

While they don’t look for mathematical geniuses, they’re also not looking for the Wolf of Wall Street. All you need to have is a genuine interest in;

  • Stocks,
  • Money movements,
  • The economy,
  • The news

Plus;

  • A degree (preferably in Business or Finance)
  • Genuine drive and determination
  • Being okay with working all hours of the day

If you have all of those then you might just be the next J.P. Morgan.

One big thing is that as an unknown, inexperienced graduate or undergraduate you will need to have the balls to put your name out there. Starting early with summer internship, internships and any sort of experience you can get your hands on will only make your life easier later. So get out there connecting, applying and getting those entry level jobs that will take you to the top.

“But where do I find them?” – Just keep reading!

Have I caught your attention or what?

Here are a couple of investment banks that are hiring right now. Go on, connect with them!

  • J.P. Morgan– One of the biggest, and the best… but I’m sure you know that.
  • Rothschild & Co.– The ‘Blue Blood’ investment bank.
  • Nomura– Integrated global network spanning over 300 countries.
  • Royal Bank of Canada– Culture rich in opportunity and reward.
  • BlackRock– Trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm.
  • Deutsche Bank– Germany’s leading bank with offices in London..

Make it easy for yourself, sign up and get connecting! Watch your future get so much closer!

What jobs can I get with my degree?

Every student has thought of it at some point: what jobs can I actually end up with with after I finish my degree. We at Magnet.me have all questioned the same thing, and thought it would be good to shed some light on the fact that it’s not only about that piece of paper you get when you graduate.

Your parents have asked you, your friends have too, and even the voice within your head. What job can my degree actually get me?

Your degree is not everything that counts, on the contrary…

Sometimes falling into this question malarkey can make graduating and looking for a job slightly daunting. Nowadays employers definitely see your degree as important and worthy, but probably way less important than who you are as an individual, and the potential you’ve got to give!

If you really want to make it to the top, your actual degree is not the only thing that will get you there. Believe it or not, your personality, along with your skills and how you work is what an employer will give preference to, the degree may come second. That’s what we also believe here at Magnet.me, that connecting you with employers based on your profile and the person you are rather than looking at you as a degree is better – everyone can have a degree, but can everyone contribute to the company for the better, fit into the company culture and guarantee 100% performance? Check out which companies want to connect with you based on your profile, including, but not exclusively, your degree..

Yes, some graduate jobs & entry level jobs require a degree

Ok yes, some degrees are extremely subject specific and therefore easier to settle into the criteria of the roles more easily, i.e. Medicine. However many students pursue graduate jobs, entry level jobs and graduate schemes that match their personality, character and personal aims, not only their degree. You need to decide what you really want to do, and fit your degree around it so it’s relevant to any situation. When graduating the paper can seemingly take over everything – but don’t forget what’s truly important.

– Originally shared on https://magnet.me/blog/en/2017/05/08/what-graduate-jobs-can-i-get-with-my-degree.html by magnet.me

Who is for and who’s against the law?

I was privileged to gain a mini-pupillage with a QC at a top law chambers in London. Unfortunately, I don’t live in London and it would have been difficult for me to bear the cost of commuting daily. With the bursary scheme however, I was able take on this opportunity without fear of the costs.

I spent two weeks with the QC. During the period, I went to the central criminal court and was privileged to sit in on two very important murder trials. I was given the opportunity to discuss the cases and to provide answers to situations that arose in court. I also sat in on conferences and meetings that the QC had. Through this mini-pupillage, I learnt about the general day to day practices of a court that cannot be obtained in a lecture room. I had close contact with my QC and other practising barristers and a chance to observe them at work. Observing the law this way has truly been an invaluable experience. It was great to get involved in real cases and discover how pragmatic matters, such as the wellbeing of a witness, can influence the shape of proceedings.

During the two weeks, I was also fortunate enough to watch the retirement ceremony of a judge. The whole ceremony taught me a lot about the court system and encouraged me to aspire for even greater heights in my law career. On the last day of the mini-pupillage, I had drinks with junior and senior members of the chambers. Through the discussions we had, I was given insight on how to succeed in law school and even at the bar in future. I was also able to develop relationships with them which means I can go to them directly if need be. Though I didn’t realise at the time, my level of confidence and networking skills have also improved.

This mini-pupillage has served as a great learning experience and I am grateful to the bursary scheme for making it possible.

– Ebunoluwa Adeniran