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    Is a job in the media industry for you?

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 28 November 2017

    Has the Media industry caught your eye as the next step after your degree? This week we are putting the spotlight on this diverse and exciting sector.

    Perhaps you already know that PR is for you, or are you considering which role might suit you best within Publishing? Perhaps you have already tried your hand at documentary making!

    We have some fantastic speakers who have kindly given up their time to come and share their experiences as part of Media Week.

    The week kicks off on Tuesday evening with an insight into Publishing, where people working in a range of roles from freelance editing to trade marketing will take your questions. We are excited to have speakers from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan Children’s Books, Pearson Education join us.

    On Wednesday we will take a look at what it’s like to work within Film, TV and Radio. Again, this is an incredibly diverse industry so we have been sure to have a range of speakers including a director, commercial and freelance producers.

    On Thursday we’re delighted to have the UK’s number one ranked NCTJ journalism school News Associates join us to run a journalism workshop.

    Finally on Thursday evening we welcome speakers from the BBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Macmillan Cancer Support, Periscopix, Redscout and WPP to talk about the fast paced world of Advertising, Marketing & PR.

    Of course working in the Media is not all about partying with celebs! As with any job, there’ll be the good stuff and the more challenging parts. It’s important to consider what your expectations of working in a media role are. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, then it might not be for you! It often involves hard work and long hours, and at weekends. That said it can be positively challenging and rewarding. UCL Careers’ Media Week events give you the chance to find out what a ‘day in the life’ is really like and whether it might be for you.

    We appreciate the events have booked up quickly but we’re really pleased to say we will be recording each event and also writing a short blog, so if you’re not able to join us in person, you can still find out more. We will specifically break down the different areas and provide some top tips. A look at Prospects.ac.uk shows just how many roles there are within the Media industry. Prospects also breaks down the different roles within Advertising, Marketing & PR. Check out the different job profiles and watch this space for our next Media Week blogs!


    The 7 R’s of Success for Newly Qualified Teachers

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 27 June 2017

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    Hi, I’m Anna and I’m one of the Career Consultants working with students at the UCL Institute of Education. I know a lot of you will be coming to the end of your teacher training, and I imagine you’re probably having mixed feelings right now…

    On the one hand – PHEW! And a big virtual high-five to you for making it through one of the toughest professional training programmes out there. Whether you took the School Direct Route, a PGCE or have been with Teach First or any other route, I can hazard a guess that you’re emerging out of a year that’s been challenging, eye-opening, rewarding and like a big old emotional rollercoaster ride.

    You’re probably looking forward to a well-deserved Summer break – and this should be your top priority (see the first point below) – but there’s probably also part of you that’s already looking ahead to what’s in store from September and wondering how you’re going to make the most of your NQT year.

    Well, to help you out, I’ve put together seven top tips to ensure that you don’t just survive but THRIVE in your first year as a fully-fledged new teacher. This isn’t a definitive list but it should give a few pointers over the key things to consider…

    1. Rest – You’re probably sick of hearing it by now, but this year IS going to be hard work – maybe even harder than the year you’ve just had, and looking after yourself is going to be absolutely KEY to success. It may sound obvious now, but self-care is often the first thing to go out of the window when the responsibilities mount up. Whatever you do, make sure you schedule in time for non-work activities and whatever relaxes you, whether it’s time with friends or walks in the country. And get as much sleep as you can – we’re far more effective when we’re well-rested so staying up late to catch up on work might be a false-economy.
    2. Reach out – You don’t have to do it alone. Don’t be afraid to draw on more experienced colleagues for support and ideas. People love to help so give them the opportunity to feel like a wise old sage with you newbies! This is also an opportunity to network and build relationships with colleagues, so be a familiar face in the staffroom, and be curious about others work (be sure to judge how busy they look and perhaps ask when it would be convenient to talk – you could even offer to buy them a coffee in return!) Remember too that you have access to UCL Careers for up to two years after you graduate, so if you want coaching on anything related to your career, do book in to see one of us via the UCL Careers Graduates
    3. Reflect – You will probably be heavily observed during you NQT year, but rather seeing this as a threat, try to see observations as genuine learning opportunities. It can be good to employ a growth mindset – in the same way that you might congratulate a child on their effort rather than their natural achievement, you could appreciate your own attempts to learn and grow rather than berating yourself from not being perfect from the outset.
    4. Resilience – You could say this is the most important teaching skill and it links to the point above about not being a perfectionist. In any career, there will be challenges and setbacks – what’s important is how you bounce back and learn from them without being consumed with self-criticism – remember that it’s all part of the journey! One way to develop resilience is through mindfulness practice, which helps to regulate our emotions and stay calm. UCL Student Psychological Services offers a free programme called the 10 Minute Mind where daily mindfulness practices are sent to your inbox or, if you no longer have a UCL log-in, you could try the app Headspace.
    5. Responsibility – This one needs to be handled with care – what you DON’T want to do is overstretch yourself in your first year and agree to every opportunity put on the table (new teachers can even be promoted to a head of their subject within the first year or two due to staff shortages!) However, it CAN be good to look for opportunities to take on extra duties that will help you grow in areas of interest (e.g. sports, SEN, drama activities, management) and gain extra skills that could come in handy in the future.
    6. Research – Every year, thousands of people become qualified as teachers, and so the internet is full of handy tips about how to prepare for your NQT year, including things like checklists for all the things you need to get done when you start and countless forums like the TES New Teachers You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, so learn from the experiences of others who have been through the NQT year and lived to tell the tale!

     And last but not least…

    1. Remember why you’re doing this! I’d imagine it wasn’t JUST for the long holidays, was it? It’s important to keep sight of the bigger picture, so when you’re swamped in marking and feeling overwhelmed, put the pen down, go for a walk and reflect on why you were motivated to become a teacher in the first place and the impact you wanted to make. And above all, remember that it WILL get easier. Teaching may be hard work, but it’s also one of the most rewarding jobs out there, so it will be worth it in the long run.

    Good luck and have a wonderfully relaxing Summer holiday!


    The 2017 Global Citizenship Employability Programme is fast approaching!

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 23 May 2017

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    The 2017 Global Citizenship Employability Programme is fast approaching, and we are really looking forward to welcoming students from across UCL to the two week programme!

    Here are 3 main things we hope you will gain from the programme, and 3 things you could do before you start on the 30th May.

    Three things you will gain from the programme:

    1. Have the opportunity to gain an in depth look at your own values and, strengths and start making plans for the future, supported every step of the way by the team at UCL Careers. It can be human nature to put off making decisions when don’t know where to start: this programme will give you a framework to explore your thoughts on employability.
    2. Practice with real life employers, before the “real” thing. Applications, Assessments and Interviews can be scary things however prepared you are. The Employability programme enables you to practice in a safe environment, gaining useful feedback that you can build on.
    3. Develop your ideas on Global Citizenship: what does it mean to you and how might this impact your future career decisions.

    Three things to do before you start. If you have time, the following areas would be useful before you come on the 30th May:

    1. Check out our Employability Moodle, which is full with loads of information to get you thinking about Global Citizenship.
    2. Start thinking about what you would like to get out of the programme.
    3. Make sure you have paid your deposit! As places are confirmed on a first come first served basis, you will only be able to attend the programme if you do this before the places run out. You will receive your deposit back if you attend at least 70% of the programme.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions please do contact UCL Careers careers@ucl.ac.uk or drop into our offices on the 4th floor of the Student Central building!


    Working for a Healthy Society

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 28 February 2017


    Careers within the field of life and health sciences are incredibly diverse and encompass a broad range of specialisms in both clinical and non-clinical areas.

    Whether you are looking to apply your skills and expertise ‘behind the scenes’ within research, laboratory-based work or the development of new scientific treatments and medical technology, or directly with patients in a public-facing role, the life and health sciences sector offers a multitude of exciting career options.

    Join us to hear more about some of the professional pathways available to you during our ‘Life and Health Sciences Week’, from Monday 6th March – Thursday 9th March 2017.

    We will be hosting a series of panel events covering themes including leadership and governance, biology and business, communicating health and science and non-academic careers, as well as offering interactive workshops to inspire you to explore the range of employment opportunities within life and health sciences. More information and booking details here – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/getinto/lifehealthsciences

    In the meantime, check out the top hiring trends in life science for 2017 here: https://social.hays.com/2017/01/05/top-10-life-sciences-hiring-trends-for-2017/


    Summer Internship Opportunities Exclusively for UCL Students

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 8 February 2017

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    UCL Careers Summer Internship Scheme

    We will be advertising paid summer internship opportunities exclusively available for UCL students and graduates to intern at London-based Small – Medium Enterprises (SME).

    “I didn’t have any defined expectations, but I really didn’t expect to have such a wonderful time. I was/ am so happy to go in to work every day because I really loved the company atmosphere, and really respected and got on well with my co-workers. I feel like I wasn’t treated like an intern or the youngest member of the team (which I was), but was given responsibilities and respected on an equal footing. I learned a lot of things that I had no real comprehension of before the internship. I genuinely feel like I was helping out as well.”
    Vesa Popova – UCL BASc Arts and Sciences – graduating 2018


    In association with Santander Universities, we are providing subsidised funding for internships, paid at the London Living Wage, across our summer scheme.

    The subsidized funding will support the training allowance for UCL students or recent graduates to work as interns with small-medium-sized businesses for 6 or 8 weeks full-time during the 2017 summer vacation period (June – September).

    Internships will be available in a range of sectors including:

    • Consultancy
    • IT/tech
    • Engineering
    • Arts/Culture
    • Life Sciences/Health
    • Finance
    • Social Sciences/Media

    Applicant Eligibility

    You will need to be eligible to work in the UK full-time during the internship. If you are on a visa, your visa must cover the full duration of the internship.

    Please note: UCL Tier 4 Postgraduate (Taught and Research) students are not permitted to work in excess of 20 hours per week for the full duration of their degree programme. This includes the summer vacation period. UCL is unable to issue a visa for the Summer Internship Programme therefore UCL Tier 4 Postgraduate students are not eligible for this scheme.

    It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are eligible for the scheme and comply with UCL sponsorship duties and visa regulations before submitting an application. It is the responsibility of the business to check their intern’s eligibility to work in the UK taking into account the above regulations.

    The Timeline

    • Internships will be advertised on the UCL Talent Bank website from mid-February to Friday 31st March.
    • You will need to submit your CV, and a tailored cover letter online for each application you make.
    • Follow us on social media to hear about each role as it goes live Twitter and Facebook search: UCL Careers
    • Each employer will receive a shortlist of the best applications for their role. They will then invite UCL students and graduates to interview.
    • Prospective interns should know if they have a place on the scheme by mid-May, so please bear this in mind when making vacation plans.
    • Once the employer has made an internship offer and you have accepted that offer, UCL Careers will send both you the intern, and the employer, an agreement letter each to fill in and return to UCL Careers.
    • Funding for the internship will not be released to the organisation until we have these completed letters returned.
    • Internships will commence as follows:
    • 6 weeks starting 12th June and ending 21st July 2017
    • 8 weeks starting 12th June and ending 4th August 2017
    • 6 week starting 10th July and ending 18th August 2017
    • 8 weeks starting 10th July and ending 1st September 2017

    Get involved and get that internship!

    • Prepare: Keep an eye out for our CV and cover letter writing workshops at the end of February, as advertised on our Careers Essentials webpage: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/essentials
    • Perfect: When you know which internships you want to apply for, you might want to book in for an Applications Appointment to make sure your application documents are competitive with other applicants’.
    • Apply: Register on our UCL Talent Bank website with an up-to-date CV.


    If you are already in contact with a small-medium-sized company who is hoping to offer a summer internship to you, which would benefit from some financial assistance, please encourage them to contact us by sending an email to Laura: l.radford@ucl.ac.uk

    The proposal form we will ask all companies to complete about their vacancy will ask the question of whether they already have a student or graduate in mind to hire. If the company and the internship proposed meet our criteria, the internship will be reserved funding without having to be advertised.

    Lastly, if you know of an organisations who you feel would be interested in participating in this scheme, please direct them to further information for employers here: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/careers-employer-engagement/2017/01/09/ucl-careers-summer-internships-scheme/



    Are you interested in real-life experiences of students and graduates looking for work?

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 7 February 2017

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    Are you following The Great Grad Job Hunt channel on YouTube? It’s a great project which aims to help students and graduates discuss job-hunting and will create an online series that documents the real-life experiences of students and graduates looking for work.

    Tania, a post graduate from UCL, on understanding e-trays, how they work and where to find them – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOJb4BrNpTo

    In this video Tania, a UCL graduate, talks about how you can practice e-tray exercises before an interview or assessment centre and the online tools available for this.
    You might be interested to know that UCL Careers has access to Assessment Day, the online resource mentioned here, which provides a practice e-tray activity as well as verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, inductive reasoning, logical reasoning and diagrammatic reasoning tests. To register ans access the subscription-based test materials on the Assessment Day website for free, all you will need is your UCL email address. Recent Graduates should read the information about “Email for Life” on the Alumni Relations website for details on accessing your UCL email account after graduation.

    You can also find other resources to practice assessment centres and psychometric tests by logging into Careers Tagged: http://www.careerstagged.co.uk, and follow The Great Grad Job Hunt Here  where they’ll be covering CV tips, interview preparation and much more.


    Green Shoots Link-Up

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 1 February 2017

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    As part of Charities and NGOs themed week, we have asked one of the London-based charities attending the Link-Up event to introduce themselves to you in advance.

    Muneezay Jaffery tells us about her charity Green Shoots Foundation and the internship opportunities available to UCL students. (The photo shows two interns in the Green Shoots Office in Lavender Hill.)

    Please tell us about your charity
    Green Shoots Foundation is a small charity set up in 2010, by Jean-Marc Debricon, who aimed to make use of his finance and banking background for more worthwhile and long-term projects. In the past seven years, our small team has established three main programs in seven countries. Our work pertains to skills training, be it medical for HIV treatment in Myanmar, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan or agriculture skills in Cambodia and the Philippines. We also facilitate educational loans for social entrepreneurship in India.

    Green Shoots started out with a microfinance focus but very quickly developed into adopting a skills-based approach. We believe investing in people and, then making loans, improves livelihood opportunities and brings about sustainable transformations. For example, our work in Cambodia for the past three years has focused on updating and bringing sustainable agriculture skills to government run schools in rural areas. Now, as we transition to the next stage, we are taking an enterprise approach and will focus on the cultivation of agri-business ideas. In all our countries of operation we work with trusted local partners rolling out projects on the ground.

    What activities have previous UCL interns been involved in whilst volunteering at Green Shoots and what can an intern expect when they first start?
    UCL interns have been instrumental in helping us with fundraising in the UK. This can involve everything from managing the database of trusts and foundations, to writing grant applications and researching new opportunities. With a recent intern, we have diversified our fundraising strategy to include the approach of “twining” with local schools. This has proven to be successful as we approach local primary schools to buddy up with schools in Cambodia, exchange letters and photographs but also fundraise with us throughout the year.

    How have interns developed their employability whilst they have been working with you?
    By working in fundraising candidates, especially those interested in Global Development or charity sector careers, learn the basics of grant writing- what makes a good application and how to structure proposals. Transferable skills such as time keeping, being organised, and writing formal correspondence are also ways interns have developed their employability. Our office environment is quite friendly and laidback. As we share it with another charity, interns are able to participate in team meetings and contribute towards day-to-day running. Whilst at Green Shoots they also get the opportunity to attend relevant training events, panel discussions and make use of networking opportunities.

    What advice would you give to UCL students and graduates who may be looking to set up a charity or similar organisation?
    Although it might seem out-dated, when it comes to setting up a charity or deciding on a project, thinking in terms of Theory of Change and working backwards is a good way to start. By this I mean, knowing the impact you want to make and then figuring out how to go about it.  This approach also helps tremendously with decision making for activities, setting realistic and achievable goals and constantly thinking about how to measure and report them.

    Being transparent and accountable towards the individuals we work with and to donors we raise funds from should be the first rule for being involved in the charity sector and I always find fundraising is a good way to understand that relationship.

    Find out more:

    The Green Shoots Foundation will have a stand at the Charities and NGOs Link Up event this Thursday alongside other organisations including Oxfam, The Children’s Trust, The Challenge, Ark Teacher Training, CharityWorks, Unlocked Graduates, UCL VSU, Sustrans, UCL Amnesty International Society

    *Sign up to attend this event via your My UCL Careers account


    Charities & NGOS Week – Pursue a fulfilling career in this sector

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 25 January 2017

    Charities and NGOs Week: 30th January – 2nd February 2017

    Though important, there is so much more to working in the charities and NGOs sector than shaking a tin, volunteering or delivering aid to those in need on the frontline.  Many charities and NGOs are run as professional businesses that carry out functions such as research and lobbying, as well as raising and redistributing funds.  In the pursuit of addressing human or environmental needs, the sector can be intensely competitive in terms of attracting media attention, funding and other resources.  Most non-profit organisations rely on paid staff as well as volunteers and the sector attracts intelligent people with a passion for their work.

    UCL Careers Charities & NGOs Week 2017 aims to dispel some of the myths that surround working within this sector.  Through a series of four events, this themed week will provide students with an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the diverse range of roles available to them, from campaigning and policy work to international development and disaster relief.  The employer-led insight and applications session will help prepare students to demonstrate their motivation and enthusiasm and ultimately increase their chances of job success.  The final event in the series will provide an excellent opportunity for students to link up with employers, be inspired and pick up some top tips from the experts, who are currently working in the sector.

    Charities attending include:

    MacMillan Cancer Support
    Save the Children
    The Wellcome Trust
    Islamic Relief
    and more…

    For further details about UCL Careers Charities & NGOs Week 2017 including how to book:




    How to get started in the museums & cultural heritage sector

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 10 November 2016

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    Next week UCL Careers hosts Museums & Cultural Heritage Week, a series of panel events featuring panellists working in museums, cultural heritage and the arts. Each forum will feature expert speakers who will provide insight on the sector by sharing their own career journeys, their perspectives on what is currently driving the sector and what keeps them excited about this field. This series will offer the perfect opportunity for you to gain insight on the range of careers available and how you can launch your own career in this competitive but exciting sector. So if you’re interested in working in this industry sign-up to attend any of the panels to learn more.

    The series begins with the Museums Forum taking place Monday 14 November which will include speakers from the Grant Museum, the Museum of London and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Read more about the featured panellists here.

    On Tuesday 15 November the Cultural Heritage Forum takes place following the Museums & Heritage Volunteering Fair. This forum features six panellists:

    Joe Flatman, Head of Listing Programmes, Historic England. Joe heads up the teams that lead on the delivery of the national statutory casework process. This includes listing historic buildings, scheduling archaeological sites and protecting wrecks, among other responsibilities. His teams also provide central support and liaison with the Department of Culture, Media & Sport DCMS, and promote the increase in designation activity through guidance, training, outreach and art policy development.

    Gai Jorayev has worked with professional and research-led heritage projects over the last decade. He is responsible for the development and supervision of projects on behalf of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology, UCL). He has extensive experience of working collaboratively on large-scale projects in different parts of the world and his current research is closely linked with initiatives of international organisations such as UNESCO, ICOMOS and UNWTO. He is involved in the ongoing UNESCO-led serial World Heritage nomination of the Silk Roads.

    Freya Stannard entered into her first job in the cultural heritage sector in 2011. She worked as Assistant Secretary to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Completing the Cultural Heritage Studies MA at UCL in 2012, she gained work experience with the Portable Antiquities Scheme administered by the British Museum. She spent two years working at Tate in two roles which focused on acquisitions and spoliation research. She then started in her current role in November 2015 as Manager of the Acceptance in Lieu and Cultural Gifts Schemes at Arts Council England.

    Liz Vinson, Director at the Heritage Collective. Liz advises architects, developers, home owners and local authorities on the historic environment. Her experience includes but is not limited to numerous heritage assessments for listed buildings, sites in conservation areas and registered parks and gardens. She is experienced at EIA, especially with regard to wind farms, and including public inquiry work.

    Sara Serafi currently works as an Assistant Heritage Consultant at Atkins’ London office. Her training and work experience as an Architect both in Saudi Arabia and the UK has allowed her to experience working on a wide range of worldwide projects that offer varying perspectives and approaches. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Heritage from University College London. She is particularly interested in the intangible dimension of heritage that relates to community inclusion and engagement.

    Plus, a recent UCL graduate currently working at the Museum of London Archaeology will also participate. Having graduated with a BA in Egyptology, in 2014 Ashley completed an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education at the Institute of Education which complements almost a decade of experience working in education and heritage. Before joining MOLA he spent a number of years both working and volunteering with the National Trust at various sites across the south of England in various education and volunteer-leading roles, as well as working for Orleans House Gallery and the Mary Rose Trust and Imperial War Museum.

    Finally, the series ends Wednesday 16 November with the Working in the Arts forum. This event will feature expert panellists representing diverse roles in arts management and administration at some of London’s major organisations, as well as freelance producers. Panellists for this event include:

    Marion Crick, Head of Collections Management at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Prior to this she was Collections Information and Systems Manager, also at the V&A.

    Emma Double, Assistant Press Officer at Tate. Emma is also an arts writer and blogger with numerous online publications, including with One Stop Arts London, Mouth London Magazine, One & Other Magazine and her personal blog.

    Kate Rolfe, Head of Events at the National Gallery, provides strategic oversight of all events held at the National Gallery. Kate was previously Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum.

    Anne Wareing, Senior Development Manager at Battersea Arts Centre. After starting her career in arts fundraising in the States, Anne relocated to London in 2010. She has been with Battersea Arts Centre for four years and focuses on individual giving while also managing the organisation’s overall fundraising strategy. She is also obsessed with DataVis as a tool for impact reporting and evaluation.

    Nadezhda Zhelyazkova is a freelance theatre producer. She incorporated her own production company last year with the aim of creating theatre that examines the pressing issues of our society. The company recently finished the run of its inaugural production Wasted, a play about consent.

    This is your opportunity to meet specialists working in this sector and learn more about how you can launch your own career in this industry. Register to attend this and the other events online via your ‘My UCL Careers’ account.

    UCL Careers Museums & Cultural Heritage Week is part of the #UCLInspireMe series.

    Further details on the events in this series:

    • Museums Forum, 14 November @ 17:30
    • Museums & Heritage Volunteering Fair, 15 November @ 17:00
    • Cultural Heritage Forum, Tuesday 15 November @ 18:30
    • Working in the Arts, Wednesday 16 November @ 17:30

    Employer Insight Profile: FINIMIZE ‘Financial news for everyday people’

    By Chloe J Ackroyd, on 4 November 2016


    Scott Tindle, Co–Founder & Head of Content of Finimize

    How did you get into your role?

    I co-founded Finimize, our financial news start-up, in 2015. After graduating from university I worked in equity sales at Barclays but after 7 years there I decided I needed a change. I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial. Around the same time, an old friend from university was starting to work on a new project called Finimize – and he needed someone with a finance background. There was a gap in the market for a financial news resource that was brief and not full of jargon – but still provided readers with the sophisticated information they wanted to know. So now, every weekday (and on Sundays!) I curate and explain the two most important financial news stories of the day and send it out to our subscribers.

    What are the best things about working in your role?

    I love the entrepreneurial aspects of working at Finimize. Co-running a small business means I get to do so many different things, from finding new stories to talking to investors – no two days are ever the same. Another definite pro is being able to shape the company’s destiny and take it wherever we want to go. Because Finimize is something that we have personally created it also means that its success is hugely rewarding – to know that we’ve made something that tens of thousands people appreciate and read is amazing.

    What are the biggest challenges you face in your work?

    Time! As an entrepreneur the most valuable commodity you have is your time and prioritising my time to get the most out of it is my biggest challenge. There are so many things I could be doing at once that I have to be disciplined and structure my day effectively. There’s also a lot of uncertainty that’s inherent in running a small business – dealing with that on a personal level can be stressful and is a big change from working at a big company (which can also be stressful, but often in different ways).

    What top tips would you pass on to a student interested in this type of work?

    Broadly speaking, there are two typical routes into the startup world. One is to dive in straight after university and look for internships or a junior position in a start-up. Another is to gain a bit of experience in a bigger company, acquiring skills and knowledge at a bigger company before switching tack to a startup. The benefit of the latter is that you learn a lot at big firms and you can bring that knowledge and experience with you to a small company. But jumping right into the startup world can also be the right move. There’s no “adjustment” to make later on and, especially now, the startup ecosystem is so well developed that you can gain relevant, high quality experience without working at a big traditional firm. In short, you have to figure out what’s right for you and run with it!!


    More about Finimize:

    Finimize is financial news for everyday people that strives to demystify finance by making financial news easy to understand, succinct and relevant to its readers. The email takes just 3-minutes to read each day, never uses any financial jargon and is a useful tool for students preparing for job interviews. Learn more and sign up here.