5 GREAT REASONS TO STUDY IN LONDON

STUDYING IN LONDON TOWN

London is home to 45 of the UK’s 145 universities, making it a cultural hub for those who have chosen to study in the capital. But what can they expect from the city?

1) It is a hive of new and exciting experiences

There is an abundance of festivals, eateries and must-see destinations in the capital. No matter what your interests or your budget, you can guarantee there will be something to suit your tastes, assuring that you will never be bored between lectures.

2) There are plenty of career building opportunities

London’s status as a world city means there are many opportunities to advance your career whilst studying; including a range of networking evenings, internships and work experience schemes for every industry throughout the capital.
London’s fantastic transport network also means that you can quickly and easily make your way around the city with just your Oyster Card.

3) It’s one of the greenest capitals in the world

If you’re used to lush green pastures, don’t fear. Whilst it is one of the busiest capital cities in Europe London is also one of the greenest, with an abundance of parks spread across the capital. So, if the sun’s out or you just fancy a little fresh air and greenery, there is always somewhere for you to roam.

4)There are plenty of libraries and study spaces

When exam time hits it can be easy to feel constricted and frustrated, whilst trapped in the same four walls of your university library. Luckily enough, London is full of beautiful libraries and study spaces which are guaranteed to renew your inspiration and keep you motivated.

5) It’s well connected to the rest of the UK

If you’re looking to get out of the city, even if it’s just for the day, you can hop on a train or a coach to pretty much any part of the UK. Why not take a trip to Cambridge and have a punt on the river or head down to Brighton for some fish and chips on the sea front?

London is one of the best places in the world to study, as it is full of people with different backgrounds and experiences all brought together by the rush of the city. Make sure to spend every minute of your time in the capital exploring and trying new tastes and activities, as very few cities in the world can offer you the same opportunities as London.

Article courtesy of Ashleigh Harman ( Pure Student Living )

DISSERTATION HAND-IN CHECKLIST

YOUR DISSERTATION HAND-IN CHECKLIST: DON’T FALL AT THE FINAL HURDLE!

The hard work is over. Congratulations. You’ve spent the last three or four months, or two to three weeks depending on just how well planned the whole process has been, beavering away to produce a dissertation you can be proud of. Now, it’s just a case of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts before you kick back and enjoy a hard-earned break.

However, before you hand in the final version of your work, it’s essential you conduct a few checks to prevent you from falling at the final hurdle.

We asked Oxbridge Essays, a professional essay writing service, for their two cents’ on the ultimate dissertation hand-in checklist. Here’s what they had to say.

The Abstract

To produce a truly succinct, descriptive and representative abstract, it is usually best to write it once the dissertation is finished. The abstract is simply a highly condensed summary of the entire dissertation. It might be difficult to pick the bare bones out of a piece of worked you have been consumed by for the last few months, but it’s essential you get it right. Here are some abstract writing tips from the University of Plymouth.

Acknowledgements

The chances are you’ve probably been a bit of a miserable beast for the past couple of weeks, so now you’ve finished the main body of your work, this a good chance to take stock and think of all those people who have helped you along the way. It’s not essential that you include a page of acknowledgements, but if someone has given you some much needed guidance, it’s a lovely way to say thank you.

Appendix and bibliography

Before you start writing up your appendix or bibliography, you should a couple of minutes to consult your university handbook to get the format right. At this stage you do not want to be writing the same information more than once, so check the university’s formatting preferences first.

The bibliography should detail every source and material you have used throughout the dissertation. Each entry should be placed on its own line, with commas separating each detail and a full stop at the end. The entries should be arranged in alphabetical order using the author’s surname.

The appendix should be the final page of your dissertation, after the bibliography, and should include any research materials you have not cited in the main body of your text, but which provide additional information relevant to your argument. Appendices can include questionnaires, graphs and tables of data.

Table of contents and page numbering

Once everything has been thoroughly proofread and the dissertation has been checked for the consistency of the formatting throughout, it’s now time to get your pages numbered and to draw up your table of contents. There are no tricks with the table of contents, simply space the page out well and be sure to include both the chapter and page numbers.

Binding

Nothing says “I’m at university, look at me now”, quite like a binding machine, because unless you plan to take your studies further, this is probably the only time you will ever use one. You might have been asked to use a hard or cardboard cover, so check that first. Then, simply step back and kiss your dissertation goodbye!

This article was written by J.Gibbons

10 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR STUDENT LIFE IN LONDON

HOW TO PREPARE FOR STUDENT LIFE IN LONDON

So you’re about to embark on some of the best years of your life in one of the liveliest cities in the world. To make sure you’re prepared for all the excitement to come, we’ve got a few handy hints that should help you both before you start life as a student in London and over the next few years.
Follow our 10 top tips to ensure that you’ve got everything organised and can crack on with the fun when you arrive in the Big Smoke.

1. Find somewhere fantastic to live

Unlike many other university cities, London universities aren’t campus based with lecture halls a stumbling distance away. Instead you will need to have a look at where the majority of your university buildings are located and find some lovely and affordable student accommodation nearby.
There’s lots of private student accommodation dotted around central London that will be inclusive of bills and utilities and most importantly, secure. So you needn’t worry about setting money aside in your budget for bills in your first year, or your safety in the city. Finding student accommodation with an onsite management team will make sure that this is all in hand.

2. Start to familiarise yourself with the Tube network

London is wonderfully easy to travel around, all you need to do is keep your Student Oyster travel card topped up and you can hop on a bus, train or the Tube and make your way from one end of the city to the other.
Take the time before you arrive in the city to work out which Tube lines you’ll need to use to get from your student accommodation to your university buildings. This is essential if your first time on the Tube will be when you start university, as navigating the spider web of Tube lines can be a bit of a stressful experience in a bustling underground station.

3. Register with a doctor and dentist

Your university or Student’s Union will be able to give you a hand with this task. It’s a good idea to get this boxed off and out of the way before you arrive, as life will quickly get a little hectic with a jam-packed social and academic calendar.

4. Budgeting in London

The best way to budget is to get organised and plan ahead:
Start things off by setting up a student bank account.
Find out how much your first loan instalment will be.
Work out how much you’ll need for food, travel and any other essential outgoings each week.
Subtract this from the total loan amount and divide the remaining amount by the total number of weeks in your first term – this will be your spending money each week.
Once your loan comes through, move it straight into a savings account or a personal account that is not your student account.
Set up a weekly standing order from this to your student account with a set amount that covers your essential outgoings and spending money.
Sounds complicated but will make things a heck of a lot easier at the end of the term!
No matter where you are heading off to university in September, you will need to budget. Setting up a weekly payment into your student account will help you manage your money and ensure that you’re able to make the most of all the opportunities available to you.

5. Food shopping

Give yourself a helping hand when it comes to getting in your weekly food shop and make a good shopping list. This should comprise all the ingredients for your meals for the week; which you can plan on another list.
Such diligent planning will keep your fridge and cupboards healthily stocked while helping you stick to your weekly budget. You could even up the ante with an online shop, enabling you to keep a sharp eye on the cost of the products mounting up in your shopping basket and making life oh-so easy.

6. Eating out as a student in London

The thought of eating out as a student in London needn’t cause a feeling of purse-gripping anxiety. Certainly not when there are hundreds of cheap eating options as far as the eye can see (as long as your eye is looking in all the right places).
All you need is your ever faithful student discount card and to take your pick from the gargantuan number of voucher sites that are quite literally offering you the world’s cuisines on a plate, at significantly cut down prices.
If you fancy splashing out a bit, head to the markets in Camden, Portobello and Borough for a feeding frenzy on delicious bites made by some of the city’s finest.

7. Student pub and club nights in London

Don’t forget to pack your best garms and dancing shoes, ready for boogying the night away all over the city. There are top student nights on most days of the week, with cheap entry and drinks keeping the cost of your busy social life affordable. Here are a few of our recommendations for weekday fun and games:

Tuesday: PANIC! At The Roxy
Wednesday: Tropical at The Nest
Thursday: Lights On at Lightbox
Friday: West End Pub Crawl

8. Safety in London

As with any big city, it is crucial that you are diligent about your personal safety in London. This means that you should always:
Travel with a friend whenever possible
Avoid walking home alone at night
Book a taxi in advance (using firms such as Uber) or use a black cab – never get in an unmarked taxi
Plan your journey in advance, particularly if you’re likely to miss the last Tube home
Keep valuables out of site as much as possible
Ensure that your Oyster is topped up
The great thing about London is that it’s always busy, so there’s no need to worry as long as you’re sensible and don’t go home too late as there are always lots of people around.

9. Sightseeing and day trips

There are endless museums, galleries and events to visit and attend all over the city, most of which are free entry. So whether you want to immerse yourself in the land before time at the Natural History Museum or discover groundbreaking exhibitions at the Tate Modern, your inner culture vulture will be suitably satisfied.
Alternatively, if you’re craving a little fresh air beyond the confines of the city, head out to the lovely and vibrant seaside city of Brighton, located just a hop, skip and a jump from London.

10. Keeping fit and healthy

Once you’ve got your student accommodation in the bag, research the local area to find your nearest fruit and vegetable stall and budget gym. Fruit and vegetables are generally much cheaper from a stall than the supermarket and often tastier.
If the idea of a budget gym doesn’t float your boat fitness-wise, make the most of the various large green spaces in central London such as Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath and head on out for a run. When the weather takes a turn for the worse and running outside is suddenly less appealing, there are plenty of free exercise videos on YouTube and the NHS website, not to mention all those free fitness apps!

Article & Image courtesy of THE STUDENT HOUSING COMPANY

STARTING YOUR GRAD CAREER

STARTING YOUR GRAD CAREER: BIG EMPLOYER VS SMALL BUSINESS

Graduate schemes with the biggest companies are coveted, there’s no doubt about that.

Typically, you’ll go through approximately four stages over a period of weeks/months and it can feel like you’re tested on every aptitude imaginable! If you’ve made it past the application stage, psychometric test stage, phone interview and then been turned down at the last hurdle, it’s easy to feel dejected.

Small businesses on the other hand tend to do things differently. While they’ll be just as keen to hire the best people, the application turnaround should be much faster and much more focused on you as a person.

After all, automated personality tests are nothing like getting to know somebody in the flesh!

But while jobs at smaller, regional companies might not have the hordes of Russell Group grads banging on their doors, the rewards can often be seen as uncompetitive compared to big companies.

It’s a difficult choice for graduates, especially considering that you might only be able to send out a limited number of high quality applications around your dissertation and part time job. So we’re here to give two sides to the story and showcase the pros and cons of schemes and jobs. Feel free to add your own experiences to the comments too!

The interview process

Small business

I think it’s important to get something straight; it would be unfair to claim that applying to smaller businesses is easier. While you probably won’t have to compete with grads from all over the country, your application is more likely to be checked with a fine tooth comb. From the offset an employer will be reading your application and getting to know everything about you. Typically, you can expect to have two interviews for a role with a small business, and they may ask you to prepare a presentation/show a portfolio.

Pros: Get to know your employer and have the opportunity to sell yourself to the person who will be managing you.

Cons: You might not get the chance to meet with a dedicated team of managers and HR staff. This can mean that the people that are interviewing you aren’t best placed to discuss topics such as salaries.

Grad scheme

The volume of people applying means that actually speaking to a person is usually impossible until you get to the phone interview stage. At this point, it may even be outsourced to a specialist company. While a lot of time can be invested trying to appeal to machines, the process is often competency based. You’re selling your abilities and outlook more than your personality and some people would argue that this is the best way to source the most successful people.

Pros: Equal opportunity policies will be well established.
Cons: The approach is likely to be impersonal.

Travel opportunities

Small business

While there’s always exceptions, and, if you’re starting in a graduate level role the company is likely to be growing, tight budgets and local operations make international travel less likely.

But equally, if you’re committing to a city you love, typically where you have family and friends, staying in one location for most of time might be ideal for you. Smaller companies might have leaner budgets, but they’re still usually keen to send new staff to events and client’s/suppliers premises. Find out more about travel opportunities during the interview stage, while sharing your dream to go to New York might not go down well, a willingness to travel could work in your favour.

“Working for a smaller company does means that every cost has to be justified. That said, the company have a vested interest in representing themselves at events and they’re very good at offering training opportunities. As a result, I have been to conferences in cities which are easily commutable from Manchester” – Vicky, grad at a small business based in Manchester

Pros: Stay close to family and friends.
Cons: Don’t expect to travel internationally if your company only operates within the UK.

Grad schemes

It goes without saying, many of the biggest graduate employers have offices around the world. Aside from the option to second at these offices, you may also be able to visit other countries as part of pro-bono work.
However, while the international travel opportunities might be more promising, you may also be expected to flit around the UK. For example, on the KPMG auditing scheme, it is made clear that graduates are often away at client premises during the week. If weeks spent in hotels aren’t for you, then make sure you’re applying to a scheme which will keep you fairly grounded in one location.

Pros: There are likely to be numerous chances to travel abroad. These include visiting suppliers, secondments to other offices and charity work.

Cons: You may be asked to spend working weeks away from home. While this suits some, weekly hotel stays might not be ideal for others.

Salary

Small business

Some of the largest graduate employers will offer salaries approaching £30,000 per annum. While they aren’t all towards the higher end of the spectrum, you can generally expect £20,000-£30,000 on a well-known scheme. Some companies will even offer joining bonuses to further sweeten the deal. Smaller companies are unlikely to have the capacity to offer such salaries, however, it is vital to take locations into account.

For example, if you’re living at home in a smaller town then £18,000 per annum will go much further than if you were earning £24,000 per annum and paying rent in central London.
That said, if you want to be earning an initial higher salary, then the larger graduate schemes are almost always going to appeal over smaller local businesses.

Grad Scheme

While the initial salary might be considerably higher, on a grad scheme you might only have sporadic pay reviews (for example, at the end of your scheme). Working for a small business, you are more likely to be able to negotiate pay increases and establish your own goals as opposed to sticking to a rigid grad-wide growth plan.

While the salaries are nearly always higher than those offered by smaller companies, if you do go for a role at a smaller business, scope out the opportunity for salary progression too. If you have big aspirations, then the opportunities to enhance your salary should be available.

Pros: A generous starting salary.

Cons: Reviews and opportunities for progression are likely to be more rigid.

Social scene

Small business

You should be able to get a feel for a small business social scene and staff base by looking at their social media accounts. If there’s only 20 staff and many of them are considerably older/younger than you, those raucous nights out might not be on the cards. Usually though, smaller groups do make for cohesive groups, so don’t rule out a good social scene when you send that application off.

Pros: Smaller groups can allow you to make friends with all team members (i.e. those in other departments, senior managers and very helpful admin staff!)

Cons: Your social scene probably won’t be like an offshoot from your uni days.

Graduate scheme

On a large graduate scheme, you’re likely to be mixing with several other graduates. While you probably shouldn’t behave like a born again fresher (hung-over business meetings won’t go down well), most students will be in the same position as you – the same age, hyped to be on a leading grad scheme and potentially looking to explore a new city.

“The first few weeks were almost like being back at university again. We had external training at a hotel venue and, after nights spent in the hotel bar, we even had management going on the search for grads who were still in bed!”

– Rose, Business Graduate Scheme for one of the Big Four

Pros: If you move to a new city, they’ll be plenty of other people in the same position as you.
Cons: Remember you’re a professional now, so drunken behaviour popping up on social media might not go down well!

Every graduate feels completely different when it comes to choosing their dream company, and we know that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to choose exactly what city/town they work in. But we hope that these insights have given you some pointers if you’re sitting on the fence.

This article was provided by Victoria at IEC Abroad

STUDENTJOBS IN LONDON

5 WAYS OF SECURING A STUDENTJOB IN LONDON

Ruining out of your student loan? Needing some extra money to support your busy social life? Wanting to work in one of the most exciting cities in the world? Does this sound exactly like you?

Well you have come to the right place, StudentJob UK have put together 5 ways on how to secure the perfect student job for you, in the city of London. Yes the beautiful city of London. In today’s society it has become more difficult to find a job especially in major cities.

This is due to the mass amount of students going for similar jobs.

Therefore meaning, as a student, you need to be one step ahead of the game, you need to stand out from the crowd. Be creative, motivated, driven and nothing will get in your way.

An experience like this can not only allows you as a student to receive some extra money but you get to work in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Therefore most importantly allowing you to gain some valuable life and work experience’s along the way.

!1 Cyberspace

Searching the web

Hours and hours spent using the internet, can now be used for a useful purpose, yes it’s time to search for a job. Don’t panic, it is not hard, there are lots of great student job websites out there, providing students with brilliant opportunities, working part-time and full-time in London. Sites such as StudentJob, who are devoted in to finding students just like you, jobs in the region of their choice.

For example: Student Jobs in London. Student Job sites like this, allow students to utilize these types of sources, to have direct contact with companies and possibly discover their future career paths.

Another way of making the use of internet for a worthwhile purpose, is to use your distractions to an advantage! Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and many more social networking sites are a great way of discovering interesting vacancies that may be perfect for you.

Benefit: As a student, you can have a wider range of vacancies, meaning more choice from different companies and different roles.

Limitation: You will need access to the internet to utilize these sources, as you cannot search for these types of sites without it.

!2 Travelling back in time

Utilizing traditional resources

As a student sometimes the basic resources can be forgotten due to this technology hype. It is extremely important that you utilize all your resources, as there may be the perfect vacancy hidden right there.

Resources like newspapers, yes you heard correctly, we said newspapers. If you’re thinking of staying local and looking for a job somewhere around you. The use of newspapers are essential for vacancies of your local businesses, especially around the booming city of London.

Another useful resource would be to use your Careers Department at your university, college or school. As they may have partnerships with local businesses, who are offering vacancies for student candidates just like yourselves. Remember, utilize all your resources, as it may surprise you what you can find!

Benefits: Newspapers are easy accessible, allowing students like yourselves to check out local vacancies.

Limitations: Potentially more time consuming, takes a little longer to find and requires more effort from the student searching for a job.

!3 Meet ‘n’ Greet

Communication is key

Networking has become a great way of not only meeting people but relevant people to your careers needs and wants. Another benefit of networking would be the contacts you create are for life, however this is only if you follow them up after meeting them. This is extremely important that you do this because you never know when you may need them.

We would recommended sending them an email or a personal letter, just saying thank you for taking the time out of their day to speak to you and be creative about it. Therefore making a lasting memory, something that will feel familiar when you next get in touch.

Do not forget other great resources, which may be right under your nose! Ask around! People who you come in contact everyday with, may just know the answer to your question. There is no harm in asking:

Family
Friends
Experts (university staff or outside professionals)
Any guidance or advice they can give you is important and you must take this on board and apply it to this process.

Benefits: Networking allows you to create contacts for life, not just for the present needs but the future ones too.

Limitations: Sometimes people do not have time to speak with you at that particular point, but do not see this as set back! Keep on trying, till someone else does.

4! Take to the streets

Show off your skills

All depending on what type of job role you are searching for, it is important to get yourself out there. As it can make a huge different to the end result, of either getting the job or not. Job roles like Bar staff and Store assistants, require certain skills such as outgoing, sociable, confident and enthusiastic. This due the amount of contact, the staff have to the public/customers.

So they want their company to reflect good, through the staff they hire. By getting yourself out there, it allows you to show them, in person, these skills and really let them get to know you. Therefore increasing your chances of actually getting the job. If you are looking for these types of roles, grab your up to date CV, put on a big smile and let London show you the way to victory.

Benefits: Allowing companies to really get to know you and a chance for you to show off your skills in person.

Limitations: This will take longer and require more effort from you but the reward at the end will be worthwhile.

!5 Search, Find, Meet, Repeat

Replay the process

Never stop trying! This is essential when going through this process because it can be hard and stressful but the reward at the end will all make it worthwhile. We not saying these tips will guarantee you a job first time but we can guarantee they will be useful.

It’s over to you now, just remember keep up to date with all the websites you have visited or maybe even signed up to them and bookmark them for easy access. Keep getting your name out there, in a professional manner and keep that subscription for the your local newspaper until you have found the ideal student job for you!

For part-time jobs in London head over to our website Studentjob.co.uk.

Plus if you have any questions or queries, send them right over to info@studentjob.co.uk

THE TOP 10 THINGS THAT FRESHERS SHOULD THINK ABOUT BEFORE STARTING UNI

Getting into university may seem like the hard part, but once that hurdle is cleared it is actually all the other stuff you need to sort out before you get to uni that seems harder then taking ten A-Levels! So if you thought you just turn up in September and there is a house, books and a ready-cooked stir-fry waiting for you, you need to keep reading.

Where are you staying?
The way you apply for accommodation, and rooms are allocated at each Uni varies greatly. For some places applicants are expected to select their accommodation when they apply for their conditional course places, for others there is a small window after results day and clearing when new students apply.

Regardless of which way your Uni does it, you need to know. You do not want to be the person who is renting a room two miles from campus with two third years and PHD student due to a lack of organisation.

What to take and what to leave?
Make a list in advance of what you think you want to take to Uni. Start with essentials and then go on to the home comforts. The reason to start in advance is it gives you a chance to revaluate the list over a few weeks. Your NutriBullet may seem essential in July but when it gets to September and you haven’t used it in six weeks you may be able to take it off the list.

For a starter list of what to take and what to leave check out the Student Money Saver’s ultimate guide.

Do you want to join a club?
So you haven’t played netball since middle school but you loved it and are going to need some help burning off the extra alcohol calories at Uni. Now is the time rekindle a love you may have forgotten.

Uni is the perfect time to get serious about a sport or hobby you love, or to take up a new one. Take sometime to think about how you would like to spend your free time at Uni and whether you feel up for a sports club social every Tuesday.

How far your money is going to go?
Uni is the first time that most young people have had complete control over their own finances and expenses. The first few months of term can therefore be a huge adjustment. Make sure you have a grasp of how much things cost in advance and try to work out a loose budget for each week.

Student discount
Get yourself signed up to a student discount scheme as soon as you enrol at Uni. If you can be really organised plan what you need to buy for the year and wait to get your discount as most brands up their student discount to 20% around mid-September to early-October.

There are loads of different options for student discount, to weigh up which is right for you read the Telegraph guide to where to find the best student discount.

Railcard
Get yourself a railcard. Don’t wait until November when you are desperate to come home to order one. Have it done and ready for when you just really need a weekend of home cooked food and your own bed.

Let your doctor know
This one often gets forgotten but you need to let your doctors’ surgery know that you are going away to Uni. This is a ‘just in case’ precaution, but it means that you can refill your prescriptions away from home and be seen by a local or campus GP if you are ill during term.

Cooking
If your level of culinary skill only extends to beans on toast get learning. There is nothing that can blow your budget quicker then a lot of takeaways and you don’t want to come back at Christmas a stone heavier or with scurvy. Start simple and ask relatives for some help and tips.

Getting a part-time job
When you hear the amount of student loan you will receive it can sound like a lot all added up, but when you split it by week it can be depressing. If you think you might need to work to subsidise your student lifestyle don’t wait until you arrive at halls to look for a job. Get ahead of the competition and start applying before you move.

How you are going to keep in touch?
This is an often-overlooked point, you might think in this day and age it is so easy to keep in touch with friends and family but liking a pic on Instagram is not the same as a chat. Decide a day when you will call your Mum and Nan each week or month and stick to it. Set up a designated chat group with your besties and put dates in the diary to meet up.