Banking and International Finance student Lala recently attended an Employability Skills Programme at City including a workshop run by Bloomberg.
I am a third year student at Cass Business School, City University London. During my time at City, I have received invaluable support from Careers Service which is one of the best facilities provided by the University. The Careers Service helps students to become more employable and improve their potential by providing help with CV and cover letter writing as well as useful tips on handling interviews and assessment centres. The staff at Careers Service are always happy to help with any career enquiries students may have.
There are a number of different events, fairs and talks organised by Careers Service throughout the academic year where students are given an opportunity to engage with employers and build professional networks. One of the programmes that I took part in was the Employability Skills Programme sponsored by Bloomberg. This programme consisted of eight sessions held by different companies which enabled students to find out more about these companies and understand their application processes. Each of the sessions were aimed at improving our understanding of what employers are looking for and how we could improve our employability skills. These included areas such as how to improve leadership and teamwork skills, how to make the most of social media and how to tackle the assessment centres which I found extremely useful. At the end of the programme, students received a certificate of completion.
Bloomberg held a session on how to build your personal brand as part of the Employability Skills Programme. The session was aimed at giving students an insight into ways of building a positive reputation, different ways of demonstrating your personal brand through social media and the importance of maintaining the trustworthiness and consistency of your image.
Bloomberg is a company that provides financial software tools, data services and news for financial organisations. Bloomberg is highly engaged with City and has terminals present in City’s library and at Cass Business School which enables students to experience the highs and lows of simulated trading. Bloomberg also provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the financial markets by completing training on the terminals through their Market Concepts course which I have also completed and received a certificate for. There are also Bloomberg Aptitude tests held for students several times a year which enable us to demonstrate our skills across multiple financial sectors for potential employers.
I would highly recommend and encourage all prospective students to use all the resources that City provides to help build your skills and become more attractive to employers.
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