You’ve got approximately 80,000 hours to leave your mark on the world. Are you ready?

You have approximately 80,000 hours in your career. You don’t want to waste them. Ensuring that you make the right decisions is crucial to the quality of your decisions will greatly determine whether you will leave your mark on the world.
As Barack Obama once said:

“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience,
it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failures along the way. The real test is not whether
you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction,
or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

But failing does not necessarily mean that you are on the right path. Everyone would agree that it is better to fail when trying to accomplish something significant and challenging rather than something minor. By making the right decisions, you will be able to utilise your energy and time to focus on some of the most pressing issues – the global issues that affect, and will continue to affect, us all.

80,000 hours is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts an “in-depth research into how graduates can make the biggest difference possible with their careers, both through overall career choice and within a given field”. Most importantly, all their pieces of advice are backed up with scientific research.

To make it easier for you to access this great website, I have compiled a list of useful articles:

What makes for a dream job?

Short answer:
“Research shows that to have a fulfilling career, you should do something you’re good at that makes the world a better place. Don’t aim for a highly paid, easy job, or expect to discover your “passion” in a flash of insight.”

Longer answer (with all the great research & tips):
https://80000hours.org/career-guide/job-satisfaction/


How much difference can one person make?

Short answer:
“Many common ways to do good, such as becoming a doctor, have less impact than you might first think. Other, more unconventional options, have allowed certain people to achieve an extraordinary impact (including one particular Lieutenant Colonel in the Soviet military).”

Longer answer (with all the great research & tips):
https://80000hours.org/career-guide/how-much-difference-can-one-person-make/


Can you change the world without changing job?

Short answer:
“With the right approach, you can make a major difference to the lives of others without changing job, or making a major sacrifice. You can do this by giving 10% of your income to the world’s poorest people, promoting important causes, or assisting others in having an impact.”

Longer answer (with all the great research & tips):
https://80000hours.org/career-guide/anyone-make-a-difference


Where should you focus to have the most impact?

Short answer: 
“To maximise your impact, work on areas (1) that are large in scale, (2) that others neglect, and (3) where it’s possible to make progress. Many people fail to compare the scale of different problems, work on the same problems as everyone else, and support programmes with no evidence of impact.”

Longer answer (with all the great research & tips): 
https://80000hours.org/career-guide/most-pressing-problems/


What’s the biggest and most urgent problem in the world?

Short answer:
“Most people in rich countries who aim to do good work on health, poverty, and education in their home country. But health in poor countries is a bigger, more solvable problem, and only receives 4% of charitable donations. Others work on climate change, but pandemics pose a similar threat, and are over ten times more neglected.”

Longer answer (with all the great research & tips):
https://80000hours.org/career-guide/world-problems/


If you want to read the summary of the whole guide, then this article sums it up: https://80000hours.org/career-guide/end.

I hope this article will help you in improving the world. Make sure to use wisely your 80,000 hours.

by Damian Harateh, Employability Representative & Communications Assistant at Careers and Employability Services department; (studying BA Law and Accounting & Finance)

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Advice on getting your first tech job – from an IT recruitment agency

This guest post was created in collaboration with Venturi Group one of the UK’s top IT recruitment agencies.

As an IT recruitment agency, we work with recent graduates everyday. For many students, getting that first foot on the career ladder after finishing university is a daunting prospect. While some nerves are unavoidable, fortunately there are things to can do to give yourself a headstart in today’s competitive job market. Below we have outlined some advice on what to do before beginning your search for your first role in the tech industry.

Get involved in projects outside university

You’ve probably heard this one a few times before. Employers look fondly upon students who are engaged in technical projects outside university. After all, it’s a clear indication of a genuine passion for technology. In a market saturated by graduates, having that extra something on your CV will inevitably make you stand out from the crowd. For example, being able to list coding projects you have worked on, hack-a-thons you have entered, or internships you have undertaken are all major advantages when it comes to applying for jobs.

“When looking through graduate Software Developer CVs, candidates that have a side project always grab my attention. Ideally, they’re doing some web development outside of the classroom to put in to practice the theory they are learning. Those that have pet projects they are really excited about usually perform better at interview and get placed sooner than those who don’t. It’s hard to fake that kind of enthusiasm and interest,” said Adam Ferguson, Principal Consultant at Venturi.

Work on your ‘soft skills’

Some may be rolling their eyes at the mention of ‘soft skills’. But in tech many employers put a premium on them. A CV that reads like a long list of programming languages is unlikely to engage a recruiter or hiring manager. This is not to say that technical skills aren’t important. Obviously, if the development job you are applying for requires a lot of Java-based coding, then you’d better know your Java. However, much of what separates average graduates from those that are truly outstanding is not their technical expertise – it’s their ability to work well with others. Tech companies now put skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership on an equal footing with the amount of code you can write in a day.

Think of ways to demonstrate these softer skills on your CV by mentioning times you’ve solved problems through communication or detailing summer placements where you worked as part of a team. By putting an emphasis on communication and teamwork you’re showing not only can you master the “nuts and bolts” of the role but you’ll also be able to articulate why you’re doing what you’re doing to other departments and how that will ultimately benefit them.

Research all potential avenues for employment

The tech sector spans across all industries and includes a wide diversity of roles – from Big Data Analysts to Security Architects. As well as deciding on which roles and industries are a good fit for your skill set, you should give some thought to what sized company you would like for. The experience of working at company with more than 10,000 employees is very different to working for one with 50. Do you want the structure and support of a large corporate company? Or the freedom and responsibility of a tech startup?

Always be open to learning new skills

One thing all hiring managers like to see is a candidate who has a demonstrated ability to adapt to new challenges. The pace of change in tech is relentless. Therefore, you need get comfortable with the idea of continual learning after graduation. A programming language that is a hot topic now could fade into obscurity six months later. Keeping up to date with the latest trends and developments in the industry will come in handy at interviews. Hiring managers are always impressed by graduate with an eye toward the future.

– Find out more about Venturi .

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

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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