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Friday, 9 December 2016

4 secrets to working in finance


The finance sector is an incredibly attractive proposition for a large number of graduates and job seekers. High wages, the possibility of quick career progression and a glitzy and glamorous reputation all combine to make jobs in the industry some of the most in-demand in the world. So how do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? What are the secrets to a career in finance? In order to give you a head start on the rest, we’ve compiled a list of our top 4 tips to working in finance.

Networking

As the old adage goes, it’s not what you know, but who you know. Networking is still an essential part of the finance industry and will be for the foreseeable future. Having contacts throughout the industry gives you people to turn to for advice, information and support. It can also help you get your foot in the door when applying for a new job. So start filling in that LinkedIn profile and get out to some industry events to start talking to others in the sector.

Know your eventual aim

Understanding exactly where you want your career to take you makes it a lot easier to work out where to begin in the industry and how you should progress. The finance industry is incredibly diverse, with professionals working in numerous different fields, so it’s important that you take time to think about your career path. You don’t want to ignore the future only to find out that you’ve taken a route with limited opportunities to progress or that you’ve specialised in the wrong field.

Keep up to date

The finance industry moves so quickly that it’s often difficult to keep up with developments in technology and work practices. However, all professionals with an interest in their future should make sure they understand what’s taking place at the forefront of the industry and where current trends may take them. Recognising that the future will look vastly different from today is key to success in the finance industry.

Always be learning

Finally, successful finance professionals are always learning and developing their talents. In most organisations, there are opportunities to improve your skills and receive additional training and it’s important that you make the most of all relevant training events.  

Think you've got what it takes to make a great employee at Capita? Check out our finance vacancies and apply today!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Your guide to finding unadvertised job openings



Not all jobs are advertised in a public manner and the committed job seeker will have to do some digging if they're to find many of the best vacancies. The rise of the internet and social media has caused an enormous change in the way we advertise and look for jobs, reducing the importance of traditional forms of job advertising, like newspaper classified sections.

Instead, businesses are using technology to source, contact and convince employees to come and work for them and employees are making the most of large online databases containing thousands of available jobs. If you’re trying to find a new role, we’ve a handy guide to finding unadvertised jobs right here.   

Social media

Although Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all important social media platforms and most companies will post about job opportunities but when it comes to business, LinkedIn is the site you need to be registered with. Make sure your profile is up to date, original as can be and visible to those who may be interested in your talents. While it’s a great place to search for jobs, there’s also the opportunity that you’ll be headhunted by someone that likes the look of your profile and thinks you’ll fit perfectly into their business.
Remember to keep active online and make as many contacts as possible, particularly in the sectors that you are already in, or wishing to enter.

Networking

A great way to access unadvertised job vacancies is to use your personal network of friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues. Many businesses offer rewards to those members of staff that can recommend and introduce a new employee and it’s likely that at least one of your friends will know of a vacancy going somewhere. You may also be able to get ahead of the curve as employees usually know about opportunities before they are advertised online. Put out a message on Facebook, dig into your phone book and ask around to ensure people know that you’re looking for a new job.

Contact employers

Finally, it’s often a good idea to contact employers directly. Not only is advertising a vacant position usually a time-consuming process that most businesses would rather avoid, it’s also expensive. If you contact employers directly and you have a little luck with your timing, you may find that you hit on a vacancy before it’s advertised. This is often a great way to find a new job as recruiters are keen to find the right candidate without having to go through the entire advertising process.

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Monday, 5 December 2016

How HR can help prepare graduates and school leavers for the world of work


Leaving education and entering the job market is a big step for most people. Not only does it mark the beginning of a more ‘adult’ stage in life, it is the beginning of a path that you’ll most likely follow for the rest of your working days. While not everyone immediately finds a career they want to pursue and some are content to move between jobs and industries, a lot of people try to establish what they want early on, giving themselves the best opportunity to progress in their chosen field. 

HR specialist knowledge

However, making such a decision can be extremely difficult if you’re not provided with adequate information concerning what opportunities are available, how to make the most of such opportunities and how the job market actually works. This is where HR specialists come in. With an in depth-understanding of how businesses operate, what companies look for in applicants, what career paths are available to employees and how students can prepare themselves for the working world, they are perfectly placed to work with young people who are searching for work.      

Careers information

One of the key ways HR employees can help prepare graduates and school leavers for work is by teaming up with schools and educational institutions to deliver practical and useful careers information and advice. By making students aware of the possibilities available to them and providing insight into the application process, HR specialists can open up a whole new world of possibilities and give young people the confidence and assistance required to pursue them. Such an idea is already being put into practice in programmes like the Enterprise Adviser scheme, which teams HR professionals with schools across the UK.  

Build networks

By using HR professionals to prepare school leavers for work, you also begin to build and develop stronger networks and connections between educational institutions and businesses around the country. This could be a mutually beneficial relationship, with businesses able to influence the creation of the future workforce and schools able to provide more insightful and well-rounded careers education to their students. It would also help strengthen those skills involved in searching for a job and provide young people with a clearer idea of how to begin moving towards their chosen career. With a little more direction and advice from those who understand how the business world functions, young job seekers and students would find the process far less confusing and should have a better chance of finding themselves a fulfilling and enjoyable career.

Think you've got what it takes to make a great employee at Capita? Check out our vacancies and apply today!

Friday, 2 December 2016

How can technology improve infrastructure and services?


Technology is constantly changing our society in ways that we can never predict and it is one of the defining factors shaping our world today. It has a huge impact on our infrastructure and services, many of which are constantly racing to adapt to new gadgets, networks, devices and ideas. Here we take a look at how new tech can be used to improve these important aspects of our society.

Communication infrastructure

The internet has had an enormous impact on the way we communicate and continues to do so. Instant communication with any country in the world has revolutionised business, government and cultural exchange, replacing previous communication methods that could sometimes take days, weeks or even months and allowing us to respond to contemporary problems and issues with incredible speed.

Smart infrastructure

New digital technology gives us the opportunity to design smart infrastructure that maximises efficiency and minimises problems. For example, city traffic systems utilise digital technology to reduce traffic jams and ensure lights change at the right time so that traffic can flow with as few interruptions as possible.

Feedback

Technology improves many different services by creating a simple means of providing feedback and improvements. Whether it’s a simple online questionnaire or more complex feedback channels that allow businesses to modify their services by monitoring the behaviour of their customers, all feedback allows us to constantly improve services.

Co-design

In the past, if a city or local area had a problem, a small group of people would have to try and solve the issue and make decisions on their own. Technology has changed this by opening up the consultation process to anyone and everyone that can contribute. This changes service provision radically by making it more democratic, interactive and representative and gives the public a greater say in those things that affect them most.

No need for physical presence

Modern technology has made communication so much easier that many jobs and processes that would previously have needed to be completed in person, can now be executed online. This eliminates the need for people to attend a physical location in order to interact with government agencies and departments and is a fantastic development for those that may find it difficult to access government agencies, such as the old, ill or disabled.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Why job hunters should find firms that share their aims


When searching for a job, there's a number of important criteria to take into consideration before making a decision. While most of these will be practical considerations, such as the business’ geographical proximity to your home or the reputation of the firm, there are more abstract ideas to take into account too.

In recent years, it's become increasingly apparent that job hunters are more concerned with their prospective employer’s aims and values than ever before. In fact, a recent LinkedIn survey found that for over 50% of UK professionals, sharing their employer’s aims and values is a deal breaker when it comes to accepting a job offer. [1] With this in mind, we take a look at why it's a good idea for job seekers to find a firm that shares their goals and aspirations.

Expectations

The most important reason job hunters should apply to businesses that share their aims is that they are the values you will be expected to abide by while working. Most companies try to foster a work culture that embodies their aims and values and will search for candidates that fit into their existing teams and organisation. If you are to enjoy your new job and feel comfortable in the business, it's vital that you share their values.

If not, you’ll more than likely find yourself swimming against the tide and fighting a losing battle against deeply embedded aims and values. Such values are central to the way a business thinks about its work practices, organisational structure and moral responsibilities and, consequently, have an enormous influence on the company and its employees.    

Distinguish between businesses

By searching for companies that share their aims, job seekers also give themselves an additional means of distinguishing between similar positions. If little separates two different jobs, being able to choose the business whose aims and values align with your own is extremely useful. Not only does it help you select the position that’s most likely to be personally satisfying, it also suggests the job in which you’re most likely to succeed. After all, if you share values, it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to work productively.

Better applications

Finally, understanding a business’ stated values and mission statement can assist in creating more interesting and engaging applications. Recruiters will want applicants to demonstrate that they comprehend the importance of their business’ values and have experience of working in similar contexts in the past. If you share these values and have previously worked at businesses that also hold these values, you already have a number of apt and useful examples that should prove you’re a good fit for the company.

Think you've got what it takes to make a great employee at Capita? Check out our vacancies and apply today!

Monday, 28 November 2016

How to reach the top in finance



Finance is a large and diverse industry that encompasses a wide variety of jobs and specialisations. When considering a career, you need to think about whether you would prefer to work in a traditional high street bank, for a high-flying investment bank or perhaps in academia. You could just as easily work in public finance.

The possibilities are endless but, once you’ve chosen, you’ll probably be wondering about career progression and where the profession could take you. With this in mind, we take a look at how you can reach the top in the more glamorous field of investment banking.

Analysts

Although financial analysts don’t make any big decisions, they’re vital members of any financial institution. Entry level jobs involve crunching the numbers on the vast swathes of data collected by banks and other financial institutions, then providing your company, clients and customers with advice on whether they should buy or sell stocks.

At first, the job will involve a lot of work with spreadsheets and you’ll need a talent for numbers if you’re to succeed. You’ll need a lot of experience as an analyst to begin moving up the career ladder, but the next step is to take on more responsibility and become a senior financial analyst.

Account manager

Account managers are responsible for balancing and managing the cash flow for certain accounts and handling their clients’ investments in foreign exchange, securities and cash instruments. Much of the job revolves around managing risk and ensuring that the institution is not exposed to dangerous investments or bad credit. The position requires a great deal of commitment and shifts can be long, especially for those that deal with clients from all over the world, as differing time zones can make communication tricky.

Directors and Managing Directors

Directors and Managing Directors are the heads of the separate parts of investment institutions and represent the peak of the profession. On the way up you’ll probably have to work in a number of other management roles, acquiring the experience and industry know-how to successfully motivate and organise those employees beneath you and to make the right decisions in high-pressure situations. Once you’ve got this far, the final step is to become a Chief Executive, after which you’re at the very pinnacle of the industry – not that such a position comes easy!

Think you've got what it takes to make a great employee at Capita? Check out our finance vacancies and apply today!

Friday, 25 November 2016

What are the UK’s most popular degree courses?


When we look at which university degrees are most popular, we’re also getting a glimpse of what the future workforce will look like. By measuring how many applicants each subject receives, we can begin to estimate what skills and training our young workers will enter the workforce with.

This is particularly important when we consider the skills shortages found in many key UK industries at the moment. With this in mind we uncover a few of the UK’s most popular degree courses, based on what people search for via the Complete University Guide, to see if we can gain insight into what the future will look like.  

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy involves the treatment of illness and injury with physical remedies like massages, specially designed exercises and heat treatment. It is closely connected to medicine and many of those that study the subject will go on to work in the NHS, although there are also many positions available in the private sector. An incredible 82% of graduates find themselves in a job within six months of leaving university [1], which helps to explain its popularity.

Law

Law involves the study of justice, and the systems and processes that bring criminals to justice. It is one of the most popular subjects to study at university for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it involves a large number of transferable skills, meaning that graduates aren’t limited to working as a lawyer and are just as likely to find a job in politics, manufacturing, marketing or IT. Secondly, law as a profession can be extremely rewarding, particularly in a financial sense.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind and how thought processes shape the people we are and the environment around us. As it deals with the subject of human thought and activity, it is applicable to almost every field and industry and can be particularly useful in business, where understanding customers and their behaviour is a definite priority.

Business and Admin

Business studies is also a good subject to choose if you want a better chance of landing a job as soon as you graduate. With many companies looking to pick up young and creative employees that also have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of business, business administration and management, graduates should be able to start earning and working their way up the ladder as soon as they leave university.

Of course many other degrees are popular too and it’s important to remember to opt for those that give you the best chance of achieving your goals.

Think you've got what it takes to make a great employee at Capita? Check out our graduate vacancies and apply today!