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Presentation Programme

We run a series of free talks to help you in your graduate job search.

Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, please make sure you arrive a few minutes before the start of the talk.

Below are the talks offered at the London Graduate Fair in June, please stay tuned for the updated talks. 

General Careers Advice talks - Conference Room 2

Speaker: Sue Young

Organisation: Susan Young Consultancy

Time: 11:45 - 12:30

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Synopsis: Sue will talk you through the steps of giving a great interview. The session will guide you on preparation, plus the all-important way to approach answers to interview questions. Please come prepared to take notes!

Sue has had a long and varied career in Administration, the NHS, Education & Training, and Careers IAG. From 2007 to 2017, Sue was Head of Careers for the University of London based at Queen Mary, SOAS and Goldsmiths. She successfully took each of those university career services from strength to strength resulting in, at Goldsmiths in particular, a significant investment from the host college. Sue now works for herself as a freelance careers coach, writer and personal branding specialist.

*Click here to download a copy of the presentation slides*

Speakers: Annie Shepperd OBE, Chief Executive and Carol Brown, HR Adviser

Organisation: Salix Finance

Time: 12:45 - 13:30

Synopsis: 

This talk will help you successfully prepare for getting a job. This session will deal with how to present yourself and prepare for interview. 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear advice you have never heard before. 

Annie Shepperd OBE has been the Chief Executive of Salix Finance since 2012. Prior to joining Salix, Annie held several senior local government posts including Chief Executive at Southwark Council in London, Walsall Council in the West Midlands and Director of Housing, Social Services and Community Safety in Liverpool. Salix Finance has 50 staff who are dedicated to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Salix works in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, consistently delivering results across the public sector.  Carol Brown is Fellow of the CIPD and acts as Salix’s independent HR advisor and has worked with Salix since 2013. 

Carol provides strategic and operational HR/Organisation Development advice and support to organisations. Previous work experience includes senior positions consulting for SMEs, colleges, government bodies and local authorities. 

Speaker: Sue Young

Organisation: Susan Young Consultancy

Time: 13:45 - 14:30

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Synopsis: Sue will go through top tips on writing a targeted CV, designed to get you that all-important interview. The session will go through the key components of a UK-focused CV, including plenty of DO's and DONT's! You will leave the session being able to write a great CV!

Sue has had a long and varied career in Administration, the NHS, Education & Training, and Careers IAG. From 2007 to 2017, Sue was Head of Careers for the University of London based at Queen Mary, SOAS and Goldsmiths. She successfully took each of those university careers services from strength to strength resulting in, at Goldsmiths in particular, a significant investment from the host college. Sue now works for herself as a freelance careers coach, writer and personal branding specialist.

*Click here to download a copy of the presentation slides*

Speaker: Tolu Ogunlaiye and Imani Caine - Graduate Recruiter and University Partnerships Consultant

Organisation: FDM Group

Time: 14:45 - 15:30

Synopsis: FDM will run through some top tips on how you can ace an assessment centre, the session will include some interactive activities which will help to build your confidence in approaching assessment centres in the future.

Exhibitor talks - Room 304

Speaker: Vivi Lyu and Fei Wang - Recruitment Director and Managing Director

Organisation: Mindhill Talent LTD

Time: 11:30 - 12:00

Synopsis: Teaching English in China perhaps sounds exciting for people, but for others might be too crazy or scary. This talk will give you a glimpse of what the life of teaching English in China is actually like, we well as provide some sound rationals behind all those excitement or fear.

We will also try to answer any questions you may have, including: what qualifications are needed, how to get there, immigration regulations, arrival, accommodations, salary, national insurance, health insurance, leisure time and holidays, etc., except your possible love life there which you will have to explore by yourself!

Speaker: Jack Simms - Police Sergeant

Organisation: Kent Police 

Time: 12:15 - 12:45

Synopsis: Kent Police - Do you have a passion for public service, a desire to make a real difference, and pride in everything you do? If so come hear about us and our exciting career options and join our outstanding team.

Speaker: Alafia Chung | Volunteer Coordinator for The Access Project

Time: 13:00 - 13:30

Organisation: The Access Project

Synopsis:

If you have ever thought about volunteering to 'give something back', like the idea of working with young people and want to see the direct impact you have, then this is the opportunity for you! This talk will introduce you to The Access Project and explain why and how we work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities. It will also explain how you can get involved, the practicalities surrounding the commitment and the benefits of taking part. 

Speaker:

Alafia Chung


Alafia is one of the newly appointed Volunteer Coordinators for London. Her background is in the education sector, where she spent almost a decade teaching those that struggle in mainstream schools focusing on inclusion and pastoral care, before joining The Access Project. Alafia holds a BA Hons in History and Politics and an MSc in Development Management. 

Speakers: Sameen Khan, Programme Manager & Ed Clark, Programme Co-ordinator

Organisation: Salix Finance

Time: 14:30 - 15:00

Synopsis: 

Joining the Climate Conversation: Working at Salix 

Salix Finance offers the opportunity for new employees to join a diverse, young and interactive company working together with the public sector to enable real benefits of saving money and reducing carbon emissions. Salix is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Education, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government providing 100% interest-free capital for the public sector to enable the installation of energy efficient technologies reducing the public sector’s energy bills and tackling climate change. 

The presentation will outline the role Salix plays in addressing the Government’s climate change targets, provide attendees with an insight on different roles, the Salix culture and the opportunities for growth and development. Salix is currently recruiting for Client Support Officer positions which will also be discussed. 

Speakers:

Sameen Khan is the Programme Manager of the NHS team at Salix. Sameen started at Salix in 2013 as a Client Support Officer for the Recycling Funds programme. Following a promotion to Programme Coordinator, Sameen worked in the Wales team before moving to support the NHS programme and was then promoted to the role of Programme Manager. Sameen has worked across three teams and completed a part time secondment with the Technical Services team and therefore has the knowledge and experience of different work areas across Salix.  

Ed Clark is a Programme Co-ordinator in the England Street Lighting Team at Salix. Ed started at Salix in 2018 as a Client Support Officer and has recently been promoted to Programme Coordinator. Ed has gained specialised experience of street lighting and other energy efficiency projects within English local authorities and is part of multiple workgroups that focus on Salix’s corporate social responsibility and assessing future opportunities for Salix.  

Speaker: Vicki McCordall - University & Alumni Relations Consultant at Mountbatten Program 

Organisation: Mountbatten Program

Time: 15:15 - 15:45

Synopsis: LinkedIn's 2019 Global Talent Trends Report identified soft skills as one of the four trends transforming the workplace. 91% of talent professionals and hiring managers deemed soft skills a priority when recruiting. 

The Mountbatten Program offers young professionals the opportunity to develop these skills and gain international exposure, with our year-long graduate program in New York City. Immerse yourself in the NYC business community, build your skills, network, CV and potential on our 12-month program. From your visa to placing you with a leading organisation to your accommodation, we coordinate all elements of your international experience. Leaving you the time to flourish professionally and personally, while having the 'best year of your life.' 

Bio of speaker:

Bio of speaker - Vicki is an alumna of the New York Program who has worked for the organisation for over 10 years.  She has for the most recent part of her career been responsible for liaising with our alumni all over the world and, and also leading the program's university recruitment in the UK. 

*Click here to download a copy of the presentation slides*

Exhibitor talks - Room 305

Speaker: Lautaro Alvarez - Field Operations & Research Manager

Organisation: Frontier/The Society for Environmental Exploration

Time: 12:15 - 12:45

Synopsis: 

Bio of speaker: 

‘Lautaro Alvarez, (known as 'Lau') is our Field Operations & Research Manager. Lau has been a member of the Frontier London office for two years and his job consists of managing and supervising the running of operations on our group field projects. Frontier's conservation and community projects are in Belize, Fiji, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Tanzania and Tenerife and Lau's team ensures that they are fully staffed, accomplish their scientific aims and objectives and stick to rigorous health and safety protocols whilst ensuring that volunteers enjoy and learn in a holistic manner. From time to time, Lau can visit the teams on the field and train staff, meet local stakeholders and ensure both staff and volunteers are enjoying their experience on project. 

Lau's humanities background has been complemented with environmental management after completing a Master’s in sciences by the University of Winchester in Managing Contemporary Global Issues with Environment & Development. His ambition and aspirations to lead community driven, sustainable, environmental projects has taken him to India, South and Central America and he now focuses his time and energy by combining his passion for biodiversity management and empowering less economically developed communities with Frontier's expertise and commitment, as an organisation that has been running capacity building projects in remote locations for thirty years.’

Speaker: Clare Ainsworth, Sales Manager - Client Services

Time: 13:00 - 13:30

Organisation: Houzz

Synopsis: 

Houzz, the world's leading platform for home renovation and design, is hiring! Join Clare Ainsworth at our Employer Talk on Thursday 1pm to get a real insight into what it means to be a salesperson at Houzz! You will have the opportunity to hear about not just the benefits of working in sales at Houzz, but also learn more about our training and development programme and how you can make an impact in the life of small to medium-sized businesses. You'll also have a chance to understand how we have created our open and collaborative culture, our modern environment and managed to retain our startup culture, 10 years on. 

Speaker: 

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Clare is a member of the Industry Solutions team in the United Kingdom, helping home professionals to build their brands and connect with homeowners. Outside of work (and when she’s not busy visiting family in Liverpool), Clare enjoys yoga, walking her dog in the park and exploring local museums. 

She started as a Graduate Sales Development Representative and once she discovered that clients would come back to her time and again seeking assistance and advice, she became our first Account Manager in London! Nowadays, Clare is successfully leading our Account Management team as a Sales Manager for the UK market. 

Speaker:  Helene Glineur, Amarit Bhogal, Gerard - Recruiting partner, Program Manager, Senior Engineering Manager

Organisation: Cerner Limited

Time: 13:45 - 14:15

Synopsis: We sit at the intersection of health and IT. And it’s in that place that we use emerging technology to engage individuals in their own health while arming clinicians with data that empowers them to deliver smarter care instantly. Together, we’re changing what’s possible in health care through our passion, collaboration and innovation. 

Take a moment to stop by to hear about our extensive professional areas & career opportunities AND to WIN a Work Experience day at Cerner. We are excited to share with you how the work we do contributes to making a difference. There are only two places available, so, in order to win come and register your interest with us without delay.

Bio of speakers:

•    Helene Glineur is a Recruiting partner for Cerner. I have been working at Cerner for 2 years. I am from Belgium and I have a degree in Law & Human resource management. Specialised in recruiting various profiles through different countries in Europe such as IT engineers, Technical Consultants and Sales managers.

•    Amarit Bhogal – Program Manager at Cerner. I have been working at Cerner for 6 years and gained experience in 3 different roles. Degree in Business Management and Marketing. 

•    Gerard is Senior Engineering Manager at Software in the Care Insight and Delivery Organisation.  I work on solutions to assist clinicians in managing care, by providing essential information for assessing a patient’s conditions. Degree in Physics. Master’s in human Centred Systems. Working at Cerner for 7 years
 

Speaker: Jess Ringer, Head of People & Culture

Time: 14:30 - 15:00

Organisation: N Family Club

Synopsis:

Balancing work, and childcare in London is hard, we want to make our parents lives easier and challenge the way nurseries typically operate. Our industry is challenging and we are committed to looking after and valuing our amazing team. To do this we offer amazing training and development, great pay and benefits, we’ll even send you on a round the world trip when you’ve been with us 5 years! Jess will be talking about the role, and all the things we do to help you be the best you can be in it.

Speaker:

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Jess joined us from Explore learning where she helped scale the company from 5 to 120 sites, with ownership of the Learning & development strategy across the whole of the UK. There she achieved “Top 100 companies to work for” status 6 years in a row. She holds a BA in English & Drama from Queen Mary's.