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International Politics Careers Event


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International Politics Careers Event

Rooms DLG19 & 20
Social Sciences Building
City University London
St John Street
London EC1R 0JD


The Department of International Politics invites all its undergraduate and postgraduate students, currently enrolled in one of its degree programmes, to this career's event with the goal of providing guidance when searching for their first job after graduating from City University London. A number of successful alumni from the International Politics Department will return to City to speak about their experience after graduating and discuss what skills, methods, jobs and internships, and extra-curricular activities were important in making the first steps in the job market after graduating.


17:30 - 18:30 Talks will cover the topics listed below:
• What has your career-path been: how did you get where you are today?
• What does your current role entail? What do you like most about your job?
• Describe a typical day/week in the office for you (is there such thing as a typical day/week?)
• This type of work will suit someone who…
• This type of work will not suit someone who…
• What have you learned since you graduated which you wish you had known while you were at university?
• Top tips for students who want to get where you are today.

18:30-19:30 Networking session and refreshments

Alumni Profiles

Giorgia Cacace, Consultant at Communicate Recruitment Solutions

After graduating from City University London with a BSc in International Politics in 2013, Giorgia spent a year working as a Digital Communications Coordinator and Caseworker at the House of Commons. Currently Giorgia works as a Consultant at Communicate Recruitment Solutions, recruiting senior appointments at the higher end of the corporate model. Giorgia's involvement with charities began at a young age, volunteering in the health service and with Ecuadorian children. She continued her involvement during her time at City University, volunteering with Project Jam a music project organised by leading HIV charity Body and Soul.

Monica Sharma, Researcher in the House of Lords

Monica graduated from City University London in 2011. She worked as a Sales Manager for Next the retailer, a job she had held throughout her University years.
She received an internship job working in Parliament. She started as an intern to Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Attornery General for the Labour Party, in her constituency and parliamentary office.
She also worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to Virendra Sharma MP, based in the Houses of Parliament for almost a year.
Now she is an Executive Assistant and Researcher for Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, a post of which she has held for 18 months. Lord Bilimoria is an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer.

Volha Havorchanka, Private Banker at Citygroup

Volha graduated in 2011 from the Department of International Politics at City University London. She started applying for jobs in smaller financial companies in the City of London before graduation. She was offered a job opportunity in a small financial company on her actual graduation day where she gained great experience in the financial sector. Meanwhile she developed her personal skills such as multitasking and strengthening her presentation skills.
She also realised the importance of a mentor at the beginning of everyone's career.
All this knowledge and experience, combined with a search for new challenges, helped her move to Citygroup where she became a private banker working as Senior Business Development Manager Team Leader.

Giovanni Mangraviti, PhD at City University London

Giovanni had his sights set on a particular postgraduate career direction right from the beginning of his university years. He managed to coast through the three years at the Department of International Politics at City in 2012 and earn 2 distinctions for highest overall GPA and highest dissertation result (92%). Capitalising on previous degrees from Manchester and Hong Kong as well as extracurricular teaching jobs, voluntary work and leadership awards, he started approaching academics early on and eventually found the perfect combination of professor, location and scholarship right here at City. Before he took up his position, he spent the intervening months completely immersed in his research proposal and developing transferable academic skills working as a copy-editor of journal articles and PhD theses for a number of academic institutions.

Holly Ryan, Visiting Lecturer at City University London

Dr Holly Ryan received her undergraduate degree in International Politics from City University London in 2008. Whilst studying at City she was involved with a number of student societies and activities, writing for the independent student newspaper, 'The Inquirer', and establishing the University's Politics Society. During her undergraduate degree, Holly worked simultaneously as an estate agent and as a volunteer at Housman's radical booksellers/War Resisters International, where she assisted with editing the publication 'Peace News'. After graduating from City, Holly went on to do a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Holly returned to the Department to complete her PhD. Prior to completing her PhD, Holly worked in a variety of research, consultancy and administrative roles, including projects for Newham Council, ADRG Ambassadors and City University London.

Charlotte Langley, Trainee at HSBC

Charlotte graduated from the Department of International Politics, City University London in July 2013 and started working with HSBC in September 2013 on their graduate scheme. During her time at university she gained a summer internship with the bank, which she completed and passed the end of internship assessment. On completion she was given the opportunity to join the executive management trainee programme. The assessment procedure was quite rigorous and a variety of skills were sought, particularly involvement in extra-curricular activities alongside her degree (even school). She was an active member of the Politics Society and in her final degree year she was the Society's Social Secretary. This, alongside her travel experience during her summers, mentoring at her old school & jobs she undertook during her degree (demonstrating a capacity to balance successfully work and study), all contributed to helping her gain her current role with HSBC.

Victoria Hansson Malmlöf, Policy & Public Services Team Assistant at NCVO

Victoria graduated from City University London in 2011 with a First Class BSc in International Politics and Sociology. She continued her studies at King's College London, gaining her MA in International Relations, and is currently studying Applied Statistics at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden. During her time at City, Victoria served as a Widening Participation Student Ambassador, organising events and mentoring and working closely with groups of young people. While reading for her MA at Kings she participated in a mentoring programme organised by SHINE, mentoring a young boy at a South London primary school. She is currently working as a Policy & Public Services Team Assistant at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and prior to this worked as an Administrative Assistant & PA to the Director of Programmes at children's charity Lumos. She is passionate about Animal Welfare, Children, Civil Rights, Social Action, Environmental, Human Rights and Poverty.

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5.30pm - 7.30pmThursday 30th October 2014

Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom

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