Ensuring that students enjoy their time at ARU London and graduate with a first class degree is paramount, but just as important is ensuring they go on to have a successful future.

Employability is key at ARU London and is delivered through our Employability Scheme.

The scheme gives students the chance to be exposed to employers, build their personal capabilities and so maximise their employment potential.

The Employability Passport which is part of the Employability Scheme is designed to prepare students for the graduate jobs market through employability sessions and industry exposure. Students take part in professional CV sign off and mock interview sessions to fully prepare them for employment.

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Andrea Toth
BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Andrea Toth, BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Andrea’s passion for the healthcare sector is very clear to see as she speaks about the work experience she has been gaining alongside her classes. As an integrated part of her degree course, the Employability Team secured Andrea a 3 month voluntary work placement with ANA Nursing Home as an Administrator and also provided her with CV and interview support to secure the position. She highlighted how the placement has been critical in her professional development as she was encouraged to experience working in multiple areas of the business, from a hands-on role as a Carer to administrative office duties. She has learnt a great deal about how domiciliary care works and the current issues surrounding adult social care. Furthermore, she has learnt about the vital importance of effective team work, describing how friendly and welcoming the entire team was there and how she has made friends for life in this role.

This voluntary role also provided her with the pathway to her current job at SHEERI Training, a Health and Social Care Training provider. Given her background in teaching she feels this role is an excellent way to combine her skills developed from past experience with her enthusiasm for healthcare. The 2016 Top Achiever Award Winner adds that she has enjoyed applying what she has learnt in the business and management aspects of her course into the work place, and her practical experience has helped her greatly when writing assignments. She advises other students to be open-minded and take every opportunity to develop their professional experience, as well as to consider pursuing further training alongside university studies; this being an invaluable way of increasing your chances of getting the job you really want!

Bastien Thorelle
BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing

Bastien Thorelle, BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing

Final year student Bastien Thorelle has been keeping busy alongside his Business and Marketing degree. Through the Employability Team’s services he was able to secure a Sales and Marketing internship with Ladurée, which thanks to his hard work and commitment has potentially become a permanent job. At Ladurée he works with clients of varying sizes including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari and has been able to get involved in many different projects, from baby showers and weddings to large scale corporate events. He has learnt a great deal about managing the CRM systems and data handling, cross-selling and providing specific product recommendations. He enjoys the fact that at Ladurée he has a great deal of responsibility, for example when dealing with important events or client orders. He is continuously encouraged to bring his ideas to the table and to be involved with decision making, including recently with regards to researching for a new food printer. Bastien believes the most challenging aspect of his job is being responsible of planning events for large brands, with his employer having high expectations of him, a challenge he often rises to. Bastien is quickly discovering that he must be ready for any challenge the clients might present. For example, recently one purchaser announced that they did not like the trays that had been provided to display the Ladurée macaroons. He searched across London to find alternatives - resulting in him exceeding customer expectations and through being persistent he has managed to promote the brand awareness of the company. He works hard but receives recognition for this by being able to work flexibly so that he can focus more on his university studies when needs be. His course and job complement each other well as the theory he learns gives him more ideas at work and a deeper understanding of what techniques will work most effectively.

Reflecting on his greatest achievements during his time at Anglia Ruskin University London, he speaks about his involvement with an entrepreneurship contest in his first year and a business strategy game in his final year, for which he finished 1st amongst 12 competitors and was invited to partake in a worldwide competition for the Business Strategy Game. His advice to other students is to have a motivated attitude and consistent willingness to learn - using your free time productively to develop your skills and commercial awareness. 

Reena Mandhub
BSc (Hons) Law and Accounting

Reena Mandhub, BSc (Hons) Law and Accounting

Reena, a second year Law and Accounting student, is highly proactive in developing her relevant work experience alongside her studies. She has worked part time in a receptionist and administration role at Butler & Co LLP since October 2015, and after networking with KLSA accountancy firm at the ARU London Careers Fair in spring 2017 she has now begun a month long internship with them. She credits the Employability Team for helping her to improve her CV and improve her interview skills, which was necessary for securing this opportunity. At Butler & Co she comments that the working environment has been very warm and all of her colleagues are consistently keen to help her with any queries she has, a blessing given her previous concerns as an international student working in an office in the UK for the first time. She has additionally found that her studies have complimented her work experience, and vice versa too. At work, the accounting tasks she completes such as filing confirmation statements, preparing professional letters and invoices and using accounting software such as Iris and Xero help her to put the theory she is learning from her course in to practice. In addition, the Introduction to Accounting module she has studied helps her to better understand the debit and credit tasks she completes, and her second year Law and Accounting modules have helped her to better understand the corporate law environment that she is now exposed to.

Moreover, Reena’s confidence has improved a great deal through her work, particularly as she frequently learns how to do important tasks using her own initiative. For example, the first job she was given at Butler & Co was to complete an invoice given to her by a partner. She was unsure how to complete the task but rather than asking for help from her colleagues, opted for reading over additional invoices that she was able to access in order to work out how to do it for herself. When her work was checked, apart from the odd minor error she was pleased to learn that she had completed the task successfully.

When asked what her greatest achievements are, Reena has a great deal to speak about. After working with the police force in Mauritius, leaving this position to come to study at ARU London on the other side of the world was a big step for her. That said, she has certainly flourished during her time here, demonstrated by her receiving a Top Achiever awarded in 2016 for economics and accounting, and additionally being awarded a scholarship as well as successfully securing the competitive KLSA internship. Asked about her aspirations for the future, Reena looks forward to discovering where her current positions with both Butler & Co and KLSA will take her. She also is interested in pursuing further studies of either ACCA or CCH qualifications, working towards her longstanding goal of working in the finance sector. Her advice for other students is to work hard at university from the outset, as the results will be clear and the confidence you gain along the way will be a great driving force.

We recently met with Reena to understand how she has progressed since, we asked her to share her experience and this is what Reena had to say; Update December 2017.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

A: Since I am a law and accounting student, I wanted to explore the accounting world which is basically to prepare accounts, vat and tax returns for clients. I wanted to join an SME due to the very exciting exposure and I would highly recommend this field if you are a person keen on learning new things.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and targets?

A: This firm is an accountant firms offering services such as personal tax, accounts, audit, vat return and advice on various financial matters. As a trainee accountant I have the responsibility of preparing various tasks such as preparing accounts, vat return tax computation. In peak periods I even have to assist the audit team to share the workload.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in your position?

A; I would say the challenge is in every assignment I have been given. Every time I am being given a new client to prepare their accounts, vat return and tax return. Each client specialises in different industry, I have the responsibility to know the background of the company as well while preparing the financial statements.

This is a job which requires various technical experience in the field of accountancy, since I am a beginner sometimes I struggle with the technical notes that should be included in accounts. For instance, with the new rule of preparing financial statements under FRS 102 requires various disclosures. However, to overcome this challenge my studies has helped me a lot. I always use the explanation acquired in class to apply it to my job and it really helped me.

In some occasion I have even asked for explanation of the technical terms which is not in my syllabus with my lecturers and they were very happy to help.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed?

A: To begin I would say you should love what you are doing. The job in itself is very complex and at time with the pressures of deadlines it can become even more difficult. The ability to work in a friendly and hardworking team as well as keen to learn new things are the major requirement in this field.

There are loads of pressure in this work, thus commitment is very important and you should have a sense of responsibility towards the job and client as well since they have a lot of expectation on you.

After the degree, the completion of ACCA will be very helpful and advantageous.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful?

A: You should believe in your dreams and work towards it since the very beginning. If you believe in yourself you will be able to do it. Since this job is very demanding I terms of time and understanding. Working at the same time and doing a job as trainee accountants is very difficult but as we say where there is a will there is always a way. This helped me to come first in my level 4 and got a scholarship and in level 5 with most of my modules law I got maximum marks in all and has the top achiever certificate in law of contract. Thus, nothing is difficult if you have the ability to plan and will power to do it.

Tom Sessink
BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Tom Sessink, BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Alongside Tom’s International Business Management degree he has kept very busy undertaking meaningful work experience. This work includes working as a nanny for two families, working at a ‘World Youth Cup’ football tournament in Sweden and in particular, a Finance Assistant internship with the Marriott Hotel Maida Vale. This opportunity was sought for him by the Employability Team, who also helped to improve his CV and employability skills. Reflecting on his time at the Marriott he speaks about all the new skills he has developed, the fantastic team that he worked with and having the invaluable opportunity of getting involved with big projects. He has developed his organisation and time management skills, through always writing to do lists and multitasking in order to complete tasks more efficiently. He has learnt a great deal from this internship, particularly accounting-related knowledge and how to use a variety of office software systems including Opera, Oracle, Micros and Birch Street.

Tom believes that working alongside his studies has noticeably improved his grades as it enabled him to be more focused and developed his time management skills. Looking to the future, he plans to undertake another internship over the summer and is looking into studying an economics postgraduate course. His key advice to ARUL students is to use the part-time nature of their studies to undertake meaningful employment alongside their classes, pushing yourself to work as much as possible and make a good impression from the start.

Rebeka Kiss
BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Rebeka Kiss, BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Rebeka commenced her internship with KLSA after meeting them through a Careers Fair at ARU London in February 2017. Rebeka received 1-to-1 support through the Employability Team and via a CV workshop to help her improve and make her CV stand out.

KLSA has two offices located in Farringdon and Harrow and are part of PKF a global network of legally independent firms offering business and accounting services, operating in 150 countries and with offices in 440 cities worldwide. KLSA serves a broad range of clients from domestic SMEs to large private groups across a variety of sectors.

Rebeka has found her internship both challenging as a first year student Finance and Accounting degree student and rewarding. She plans on taking this opportunity to pursue her aspirations of becoming a Chartered Accountant.

We recently met with Rebeka to understand how she has progressed since being in her internship over 10 months on.

Q: How did you find your position or progress into your position?

A: I have found this position through the Career Fair event organised by the Employability Team on 14th February 2017 at ARU London. I had attended a CV Workshop, where Hannah and Seth were keen to provide me advice on how to improve my resume.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

A: As an EU citizen in London my preconceived thoughts were that it may be more difficult for me to find an office based accounts position. With the assistance from the Employability Team this helped me to apply to Accounts internship at KLSA LLP. With this internship I aimed to acquire my knowledge and develop my skills in order to secure a position in the accounting field and after successfully completing it, I was offered a part-time position that suits my studies. I am glad that I have the opportunity to have a position that compliments my studies and vice versa. Being an accountant provides endless options for growth, you can always move to a different industry anywhere in the world. After graduating with a degree I intend to continue my studies with ACCA to become a chartered accountant.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and your main targets?

A: My job is very challenging and variable, I analyse bank statements and record transactions into accounting softwares. I prepare financial statements and management accounts for companies, prepare and submit VAT returns and corporation tax returns.

Q: What are your biggest challenges in your position?

A: At the beginning, every day was a challenge as a first year student; I believe I had much more to cope with than others further ahead in their studies. It is important to stay focused during work, because there is a large volume of numbers to work with and even the tiniest mistake can cause divergences. Sometimes I find myself thrown into the deep end, because there are more than one tasks to work on at the same time and the deadlines can be tight. Working for a small company with many clients can bring situations where all the colleagues are busy, therefore this fast learning environment requires a lot of imitative, self-study and commercial awareness.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed in your position?

A: In my opinion, numerical skills and a great eye on detail are important because if you are not passionate about numbers or you do not get on well with them you may lose interest or get easily lost. It is essential to have the basic knowledge of accounting rules and principles, otherwise it can be very hard to find things out yourself.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful in your position?

A: Be confident in what you already know and never be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes you can find out solutions by yourself, but if something is just not working out, there will always be someone to help you out and explain things. If you show your enthusiasm you will be given more and different tasks, which will develop your skills and expand your knowledge.

Valerio Mazzanti
BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Valerio Mazzanti, BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

As well as studying Finance and Accounting at Anglia Ruskin University London, Valerio has been undertaking an accounting internship at Malvern House Language School. He credits the Employability Team for this work experience, for coaching him with his interview skills and supporting him through his application. He has gained knowledge of the finance side of administration and learnt how to use different accounting software systems, as well as additional soft skills including teamwork, computer and communication skills. Moreover, he has been able to directly apply the knowledge he is gaining at university into the workplace, confessing that although his classes often focus on big companies there are many aspects that can be applied to small businesses too; including Malvern House. He remembers his first week being the most difficult due to colleagues being very busy and so having to use his initiative and work a lot out for himself, however he has been able to learn fast and feels very comfortable there now.

At university, Valerio believes he has progressed a great deal. He has found the skills he has developed from having auditing duties at Malvern House to be invaluable, particularly as this is not something that had been taught previously on his course, and has achieved exceptionally high marks in multiple assignments including 78% in the Legal Aspects of Business module in 2016. He has additionally been involved with the investment club in which in 2015 he was awarded the Best Investor prize; winning the competition. Following his internship, Valerio has developed his teamwork skills even further through working with a team in the BSG Strategy game, skills which he also exercises in group work tasks on his university course. He highlights the benefit of work experience as being an invaluable way to develop your professional skills, and apply what you are learning in class into the real world. With high ambitions, Valerio is considering his options for studying a Master’s degree in Economics or Finance in the UK or abroad, and looks forward to commencing a fast-paced career in the Finance sector with a particular interest in applying for hedge fund positions.

Robie Christian Romos
LLB (Hons) Law

Robie Christian Romos, LLB (Hons) Law

Robie has recently had the fantastic opportunity of an internship with prestigious London law firm Barar & Associates (B&A), a city law firm specialising in immigration matters.

Although he admits to having struggled with his studies during his first year, he speaks of how the Study Skills seminars and regular feedback and guidance from his lecturers have helped him profusely and his grades have not ceased to improve. He especially enjoys the Civil Litigation module of his course which is directly relevant to the requirements of his internship.

He adds that ARUL is the only one of the few universities to offer this module in undergraduate study, despite it being a core element of solicitor training (LPC). He has relished getting stuck in to university life during his time at ARUL, including working as a Student Representative since starting his course and Vice President of the University Law Society; as well as having won an award for receiving the highest marks in his year for one of his course modules.

With plans to commence his LPC training upon completing his undergraduate degree, his advice to law students is to apply early for jobs they are interested in, to be aware of early application deadlines and take the support and guidance from the employability team. He understands the great value of undertaking meaningful employment alongside studying to boost your employability and taking what you are learning in the classroom out into the real world.

We recently met with Robie to understand how he has progressed since, we asked him to share his experience and this is what he had to say; Update December 2017

Q: How did you progress into your current position?

A: I started off as a Customer Assistant at Boots, then soon progressed onto a Pharmacy Advisor position within a short period of time. Through the tremendous help that I received from the Employability Team, especially Seth and Anita, I was able to get an internship at B&A alongside my studies. Thereafter, I then progressed to become a Legal Assistant over the summer after completing my studies and was subsequently offered a Training Contract to become a solicitor.

Note: Robie has accomplished his plans as he has been accepted and is due to commence his LPC course which is the final stage in becoming a solicitor.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

A: Allows you to experience an area of law in detail, become an expert in that field and make a difference in other people’s lives. I really enjoy working with my colleagues and Training Principal. Our firm culture is different as everyone is like a family and we all help each other every time to ensure that each case is prepared meticulously.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and targets?

A: They differ a lot depending on the type of case I’m dealing with. It ranges from preparing an application bundle to be sent abroad to drafting witness statements, preparing appeal bundles and liaising with Barristers. All other tasks require that I finish tasks in line with the client’s and court’s timetable.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in your position?

A; Dealing with high maintenance clients.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed?

A: As a Trainee Solicitor, you need to be committed to your role. Being at the early stages of your career you will be expected to work harder to establish yourself in the industry and make a valuable network of people who you can work with in the present and in the future.

Being a Trainee means continuously developing and honing your skills in preparation to the Roll of Solicitors. Make the best of it to be sure that you are fully prepared to step into the legal profession when you qualify on your own.

It is also about having your initiative to venture your way around a case, whether it’s by researching a law or fact finding, you have to be on top of your game all the time. You need eye for detail and to be able to anticipate what is coming.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful?

A: The key to success both in my position and in my studies is preparation. You have to prepare for all aspects of a case likewise in your studies to make sure that you are familiar with a certain topic to be able to perform at your best level.

Noemi Borkowski
BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Noemi Borkowski, BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Through our workplacement scheme Noemi managed to secure a Management Assistant role at Pea Africa. Pea Africa are a London-based financial information provider that serves under-served global financial markets and operate under Rho Media Ltd who a publishing company who specialise in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Capital Raising, Fund Raising, Media and Events.

Noemi has shown a lot of potential since commencing her course, from winning the “Dragon’s Den” Competition and being awarded Top Achiever, to taking up a supervisor role at a Haagen-Dazs pop up in Kings Cross station. Noemi has shown that preparation, careful research, commitment and being clear on your intentions are important aspects to securing an internship as well as skills and gaining relevant experience.

We recently met with Noemi to understand how she has progressed since, we asked him to share her experience and this is what she had to say:

Q: How did you find and progress into your current position?

The progress into my current position was straight forward. I was invited to the interview, where I had an opportunity to talk about my work experience and explain my passion for my career and from the off I had to express my interest in being a part of PEA. The interviewers had many questions, but they were there to make sure I was judged on whether or not I would be suitable candidate for the job.

At the beginning, I was feeling stressed and slightly overwhelmed with different tasks and requirements as working in a growing finance company can be overwhelming. However, thanks to the support and patience of my managers, I have now gained much more confidence and I am enjoying fulfilling different tasks and supporting management as their assistant.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

The position required a person to have skills that I already had from working in a management role, but other skills have been enhanced through this job experience. As I have been previously working as a personal assistant to the director in a small company, I am enjoying the aspect of assisting people with different tasks. I like the feeling of being given responsibilities to me; and my performance partly depends on my performance.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and targets?

My main duties are dealing with subscriptions and supporting management. It involves responding to customer’s queries regarding subscriptions and their access to the website, making calls, producing emails and documents, filing the paperwork, setting dates and times for business meetings, etc.

Every month I am getting a list of clients who are due to renew. I need to contact them, generate and send invoices, ensure they pay on time and provide required documents to activate their accounts. Every day by 2pm I am updating customer invoice report with financial data and comments, which I then discuss with the manager.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in your position?

Prioritising, as sometimes other tasks come in the way, so I have to decide which one requires urgent attention, and which one can wait. It affects my tasks deadlines, that is why every morning I allocate enough time to all tasks that I need to do, tracking it during the day.

Also, on the beginning I was afraid of contacting big companies and chasing their directors or CEOs for payments. But I have soon built up confidence and along with my excellent communication skills I have managed to overcome the fear.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed?

- good organisation with planning and prioritizing skills,

- excellent excel and word skills,

- great attention to detail,

- good manners over the phone and good communication skills,

- can do attitude which demonstrates to management that you are willing to support them,

- ability to work under pressure,

- ability to accept criticism and learn from mistakes and to not repeat them again.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful?

Apart from having the skills above, be prepared to be busy during every minute of your day. Have your own system of note taking, planning and fulfilling tasks, that would enable you to do all of them properly and in timely manner.

Always choose a company, that does something you like or you are interested in, as this will give you true satisfaction and help you avoid a burnout. I would also advise to express your true interest in the company’s success, which will motivate you to do your tasks, and will be noticed and appreciated by the management.

Petar Draganov
BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Petar Draganov, BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Petar has been working for PEA Africa for two months since starting in August 2017. Pea Africa are a London-based financial information provider that serves under-served global financial markets and operate under Rho Media Ltd who a publishing company who specialise in Private Equity, Venture Capital, Capital Raising, Fund Raising, Media and Events.

Petar shares his experiences below. 

How did you find your position or progress into your position?

A: This position is what I want to do for a living. The equity research and financial market analysis is my dream career. Firstly I did not know much about private equity and African markets but after two months learning about the structure of private equity I now have a deeper knowledge about the African economy and about the investments.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

A: This position appeals to me due to my equity and trading background and my passion for finance markets, I enjoy the exchanges research, the private equity deals and exits the most.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and targets?

A: My day-to-day responsibilities are to research General Partners (GPs - investors and companies) who are investing and backing private equity funds and companies in Africa. Other tasks include completing fund and deal cards on excel and work format. I also am fact checking the articles and proofreading the newly published magazine issues and contacting fund managers for data requests.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in your position?

A; The biggest challenge is contacting fund managers via email or by phone. Most of them refuse to provide confidential information to the media.  The KPI`s are stressful as they are related to these calls and emails, and completion of fund cards.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed?

A: The most important is to have a financial background, as you need to check financial statements and balance sheets. Secondly, experience in equity research, as you need to research many websites, newsletters and exchanges data. The sales experience or call centre will help you to deal with calls and contacting fund managers. The Microsoft skills, grammar and dealing with deadlines is important as every day we have deadlines and dealing with office software. The qualification in Microsoft Office and CFA is particularly useful.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful?

A: They will need to deal with writing emails and contacting people all around the world, so practise and experience in with this will help. The research skills, in knowing where and how to search in google and about exchanges is useful. Moreover, previous experience in organisations where you have to deal with deadlines and targets. This will allow you to be more confident and successful in conducting research and analysis in any area of work. 

Sandip Josan
BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Sandip Josan, BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Sandip has been greatly enjoying working at the affluent Chelsea Millennium Hotel alongside studying International Business Management at Anglia Ruskin University London, an opportunity that was sourced for him by the Employability Team. He acknowledges that working for such a reputable company is a highlight on his CV, and appreciates the Business Skills module of his degree for having helped him to secure his position. Events such as match days and at Christmas bring extra-long shifts which can be very busy and stressful, although Sandip expresses that he finds them interesting and more exciting and help him develop skills in high pressure environments.

Sandip has also completed further training focused on anti-terrorism and has been adding to the value of his experience and developing his skill set by working in different roles. Having taken part in the Investment Club and Big Pitch competition at university, he advises other students that it is always advantageous to have other projects to pursue alongside their studies and that through these you are able to develop your confidence and transferable skills.

John Edwards
LLB (Hons) Law

John Edwards, LLB (Hons) Law

John started his work experience with Charles Hill & Co Solicitors after taking part in an interview process at ARU London. He was then invited to start a 3 week placement and after that period was offered a permanent part time position within the firm.  

John has excelled since starting his course, achieving first class marks in Legal Methods & Skills and in Contract Law. He has aspirations of becoming a conveyancing solicitor and this internship is providing him with a stepping in stone into the legal industry and working for a small law firm has enabled him to take on extra responsibility.

Here is what John had to say about his time in his internship:

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

Being part of the client consultation interviews, dealing with a variety of matters, was very engaging. The process of being instructed by clients to formulating client care letters is an adrenaline rush, but most of all, I enjoyed attending court hearings and providing assistance to solicitors/barristers.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and your main targets?

I am responsible for handling telephone and front of desk enquiries, providing assistance to case workers, preparing and proof reading letters being sent to clients, third parties, various official government departments including the Home Office, constructing new client/administration forms. My main target is to become proficient in handling client matters and being a competent case worker.

Q: What are your biggest challenges in your position?

My biggest challenge is handling a client's matter with precision and good judgement, focusing on identifying the fundamental problem from a legal perspective and providing the essential care and attention in the client's best interest. With one eye on the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Code of Practice, you only get one chance to deliver a good sound standard of service.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed in your position?

First and foremost, one needs to have good ears and the ability to adapt to any given situation or development dealing with a client's matter, including working with various staff members. Being charismatic and easy going helps, but a serious approach to your work is biblical. Good training/qualifications will prepare you for what will require a healthy rationale and a good sense of judgement and character.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful in your position?

Good presentation and good time keeping is a must. Go beyond the call of duty, demonstrate you are keen and prepared to work hard and do the stuff nobody else wants to do (within reason).  Always be available to assist caseworkers, soon, they'll challenge you to react to a correspondence received on a case file or ask for your opinion on a serious issue. Most of all, be patient and learn.

James Goudie
BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

James Goudie, BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Finance and Accounting student James has gained a variety of relevant work experience alongside his university studies. This includes customer service roles at both HSBC and NatWest, before landing the role of a Finance Assistant at Malvern House Language School in Kings Cross. James secured the job via the Employability Scheme and in particular a charity event he attended in which he was able to network and meet invaluable contacts. During his time at Malvern House he thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with the finance operations and the way the different departments worked together; a highlight being having the opportunity to shadow an accountant. Learning how to use finance software and experiencing working in a busy office has been highly beneficial for him.

Speaking about his studies, he comments on how having lecturers with real-life experience in their industries (including taxation and financial accounting) brings the course to life and makes it much more engaging. The work experience has complemented his studies, helping him to develop his practical knowledge of the finance industry and being surrounded by like-minded people. This is demonstrated through him achieving the highest marks of all his peers upon completion of his first year of studies, and winning a Top Achievers award for the Business Skills module. Upon completing his studies in the summer, he plans to become fully ACCA qualified and then progress onto his SIMA or AAT Accounting qualifications, with dreams of one day owning his own accountancy firm.

His advice to other ARUL students? Make sure your CV is always up to date, and don’t be afraid to contact the Employability Team - they are always on hand to help and provide career guidance!  

We recently met with James to understand how he has progressed since, we asked him to share his experience and this is what he had to say; Update December 2017

Q: How did you find and progress into your current position?

A: I found this position through the Employability Team. After one month the internship was made permanent and I was offered a role within the company.

Q: Why did this position appeal to you and what do you enjoy most?

A: This position compliments my studies well; within accounting and finance sector. It is “Real life” work, deadlines and responsibilities.

Q: What are your main day to day responsibilities and targets?

A: Mainly audit working paper preparations which are used to provide evidence that audit was properly prepared according to ISA standards. Ensuring data from financial accounts are entered correctly. Liaising with clients to gather relevant data and/or documents.

Q: What are the biggest challenges in your position?

A; Applying knowledge gained from university to the job. Understanding and analysing company data.

Q: What do you think are the most important skills, experience, qualifications, personality traits needed?

A: An eye for detail and patience, good written & verbal communication. Someone who is not afraid to learn and ask questions.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates and students on how to be successful?

A: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Referring to  past work can help to understand the information and work at hand. 

Sibin Daniel
BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Sibin Daniel, BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Business and Healthcare Management student Sibin keeps very busy, working at UCLH hospital as a Nursing Assistant as well as volunteering as an Admin Support Assistant at St John’s ambulance alongside his university classes. He also volunteers as a receptionist for a Newham renewal program which he says the key for him has been him being flexible to employer’s needs. Through this, he is developing his transferable skills, including acting in a professional manner at all times through challenging situations and working effectively and proactively within a team. He feels particularly fortunate to have the opportunity to work at St John’s Ambulance where he completed his full time work placement with such a highly regarded company who’s emergency services are so prevalent in London. 

In addition, he frequently finds that his studies help him at work, particularly the Service Operations Management module. He has been able to apply the SWOT analysis theory at work with St John’s and will be presenting his recommendations to the managers of St John’s Ambulance. He feels that having practical work experience inspires him at university and is even improving his grades; having recently achieved a 1st class grade in his Driving Improvement in the Workplace module reflects this. He has great ambitions for the future - aiming to achieve a First Class Honours degree, before embarking on a postgraduate nursing course. He suggests that other students do not overlook the great value of voluntary work within the sector to boost your work experience and employability. 

Anita Meszaros
BSc (Hons) in Finance & Accounting

Anita Meszaros, BSc (Hons) in Finance & Accounting

How have you applied what you learnt in your career?

Positive body language and a smile make a huge difference when it comes to colleagues.  Employability Skills training not only allowed me to gain knowledge about the importance of body language and smile but also how to achieve a positive first impression. As a new member of the team, applying these skills helped my colleagues readily accept me.

What success have you had?

Before the interview, I have researched the company’s activity as it was advised on the Employability Scheme. On the interview, the Hiring Manager was testing my knowledge about their company, with the question: “What do you know about us?” Answering her question, I could demonstrate that I am genuinely interested in working with them. Also, at the end of the interview, I asked for feedback, and the interviewer commented that I seemed confident, which is not an easy task for an introvert person. On the following day, I have received their job offer.

Would you recommend the scheme?

The Employability Scheme session’s schedule very well and organised, everyone can find their preferred topic. Furthermore, there is a chance to gain more insight into the chosen industry in the Industry Exposure, such as in Accounting, Finance, Law or Health and Social Care. Last but not least, I also need to mention the support what I got from ARU staff members that confirm my recommendation of this program. From my experience, I would encourage students to sacrifice their 30 minutes from their lunch break because the invested time and energy will pay off before graduation.

How has the Employability Scheme helped you in understanding what it means to be graduate employable?

Like most of us, I come from a different background. From a country where different rules apply to job searching. The Employability Scheme has helped me understand how it would be ideal to approach my desired career path. I have learned about how to prepare for the interview, how a successful CV looks like and how to present myself.

What did you enjoy the most?

Through the fascinating and informative sessions, every time I have learnt new techniques from the session speakers. Completing the Employability Scheme programme allowed me to participate in an exclusive mock interview with the principal. His honest feedback helped me to reveal areas that I needed to work on.

Where next?