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

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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!

You better work work work work work!

It’s summertime! Time to relax, spend some time with friends, laze about in the sun, right? Unfortunately, wrong. Sure there’s time to do some of that, but the summer vacation is the perfect time to find some work , not only to earn a bit of money for the coming academic year, but also to gain some work experience!

Does your CV have a skills gap? 

Is there something missing from your experience that would be really useful in the future? Which skills do job descriptions ask for, and can you provide all of them? Think about what you want to gain, and look for work experience that will tick that box.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain experience and skills. You won’t get paid, but you’ll be supporting a charity as well as making new friends and learning new skills. Charity shop work can help you develop customer service skills, time management, creativity (think about window displays and merchandising of stock) and organisational skills. Going abroad to help build a school or dig a well will give you cultural awareness, resilience, time management and team working skills. Employers love seeing volunteering on CV – it shows that someone is interested in the world they live in and is keen on giving back.

Some ideas:

Summer camps and language schools

Thinking of going into teaching? Want to gain some leadership skills? Summer camps and language schools could offer you these skills. Look online for local opportunities, and look around on campus – language schools take place across the summer at Canterbury campus, so find out who they are and where they are, and get applying.

Some ideas:

Talk to your friends and family

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!” So many jobs are filled by people already known to a company, or someone who works there. Ask around, and see what’s on offer. You could find your dream job!

What your hobbies and interests tell employers about you

When you’re putting together your graduate CV, your hobbies and interests section may seem fairly insignificant, right? Think again.

What you write about in this section can tell a prospective employer a lot more about you than you might think. Often, hobbies and interests suggest a lot about your personality, qualities, what you can offer an employer and what you might be like in the workplace.

The hobbies and interests section of your CV is even more important if you don’t have a lot of work experience (which is not uncommon for graduates). This is because employers are more likely to use it to build a better picture of you and your skills.

As a result, it’s important that you use your hobbies to showcase who you are and what attributes you have. Generally speaking, here’s what employers think about your hobbies and interests.

Travel

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It’s not uncommon for graduates to spend a few months or a gap year travelling, either before or after university. But what do employers think of grads who travel?

The good news is that most employers like to see a well-travelled graduate. This is because travelling usually helps you to develop key skills and character traits that are transferable to the workplace. These include independence, being adaptable and great communication skills.

If you have been travelling, it’s definitely worth talking about it concisely on your CV and mentioning the skills and qualities that it has helped you to develop. Globe-trotting grads tend to be perceived as open-minded, curious and resilient which are all great things to bring into a workplace.

Sport

Playing sport shows employers that you have some fantastic qualities that may include being:

  • Driven
  • Competitive
  • Motivated
  • A team player (depending on the sport)
  • Dedicated
  • Passionate

So many job roles and companies value these qualities so you would be silly not to mention your sporting achievements on your CV.

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Charity Work/Volunteering

From helping to build schools in Africa to walking dogs at your local animal shelter, many graduates have gotten involved in volunteering opportunities. Obviously volunteering is a fantastic thing for communities but it can also help your job application stand out.

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Don’t leave me hanging on like a YoYo!

My 2-week work experience at YoYo Design was my first internship and it has taught me a lot. I got to try many different things such as graphic design, which I had never done before, as well as image editing and videomaking, in which I only had experience as an amateur. I learned how to use new digital software for the projects I was working on, as well as deepening my knowledge in the ones that I already knew how to use.

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My main project was to shoot and edit a video for the company to enter some design awards with a website they designed and developed. The video included some interviews as well as web content and required a lot of sound mixing, which I found challenging at the beginning, but then really enjoyed working on. I really liked working on this project because, even though I was  supported by my mentor, I had the chance to work quite autonomously, making the most of the creative decisions and choices.

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I think working for an established company like YoYo made me gain confidence in my creative skills and will probably be very valuable in terms of future employability in the media industry.

P1010549I really liked my experience at YoYo especially because of the extremely welcoming environment and the nice and friendly people I had the luck to work with. Everyone made me feel like I was part of the team from the very first day, which allowed me to feel comfortable and enjoy my time there. Unfortunately the studio was really far from where I live, so I had to commute by train every day, but the The University of Kent Work Experience Bursary allowed me to be able to afford the travel costs.

– Flavia Scagni is a 2nd year Film student at the University of Kent