JSPS Summer Programme 2015

Application Deadline: Thursday 15th January 2015 Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 9 June to 19 August 2015

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance(158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a British national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the point of April 2015. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website here:



2014 Graduates – Careers and job search support still available

Are you are still looking for a graduate job, or postgraduate study, and would like further help?

I am working with 2014 graduates and can offer support in areas such as career planning, job search, feedback on your CV or your answers to application form questions, and interview preparation.

If you would like some careers help then do email me, Vicky Parkin at v.parkin@lboro.ac.uk, and we can make an appointment (either face-to-face or by phone) to discuss how I can help. Just include your name, email address and telephone number, say that you are a 2014 graduate, and indicate what help you would like.

Are you passionate about chemistry? Do you want to inspire the next generation of chemists?

Our £25,000 Teacher Training Scholarships are for trainees with the potential to become exceptional chemistry teachers.

Does that sound like you?

As well as our £25,000 Scholarship, you could get:

  • free Royal Society of Chemistry membership for two years;
  • chemistry-specific Continuing Professional Development sessions;
  • access to our national and regional support networks;
  • mentoring from an expert chemistry teacher; and
  • a selection of classroom materials, like books, posters and lab coats.

Our Scholarships are open to any chemistry teacher trainees training in England.

The next deadline for applications is 7 December 2014

Learn more about our scholarships, discover what happens on the scholarship assessment day and find out how we celebrate our scholars’ success in these videos.

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Find out if you meet our criteria and how to apply. We also have links to helpful information about teaching as a career.

Data Discovery Summer School – 29 June – 3 July 2015

Love working with data and analysis? Ever thought about a career in marketing?

You know those cool discounts that pop up on your phone from your favourite brands? That’s customer insight marketing. All made possible by digital technology and by the talented people who know how to use it. If your degree is about analytics or numbers, apply for a free place on the IDM Data Discovery Summer School and that could be you.

In 5 days of discovery you’ll:

  • learn how data helps top brands make great campaigns
  • meet the people who bring them to life
  • visit a London data marketing agency
  • get hands-on on a real data marketing brief
  • get the jobsearch tips to be a top data candidate

There are hundreds of fascinating new roles opening up in data marketing and not enough skilled people to fill them. If you’re great with numbers and analysis, marketing needs you! Applications close on Friday, 19 December 2014.

Watch this video for more information

Click here for more details and to apply

Global Internship Virtual Career Event – Johnson & Johnson

Date: Tuesday, December 2nd

The event will demonstrate the impact an International Recruitment and Development Program (IRDP) internship within our Family of Companies can have on your career. Students will have a chance to interact with presenters and former interns to discover what it’s like to work as an intern for our companies, and learn about our recruiting process and steps to apply.

Register now at www.MBA-Exchange.com/JNJ1412

Eversheds Birmingham Office Open Evening

Eversheds are holding an open evening at theirBirmingham office on Monday 8th December and would like to invite you to attend. This will give you an opportunity to see their offices, find out more about the firm and network with trainees, partners and other fee earners over drinks and nibbles.

If you would like to attend, please email steficontardo@eversheds.com stating your full name, the university you are currently studying at or have graduated from and which office event you would like to attend.

Please note that places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Therefore contact them as soon as possible to ensure your attendance

Open Day at VINCI Energies in Paris for Engineering and Business students

Looking for an exciting career in Services for Energy and Infrastructures Worldwide, in France and in more than 50 countries outside Europe? This is the opportunity to find the right internship and to start working with us!

Join our exclusive online event organised on 18 November 2014.
During the event starting at 12.30 with a presentation followed with a chat, Florence Biral, Human Resources Development & Communication Manager of VINCI Energies International & Systems, Vincent Cohat, Project Engineer of VINCI Energies Oil&Gas, will give you an overview of the different environments in which we develop our projects and will present the “Young Talents Day” that will be organised in Paris on November 29.

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Travel Industry Advice – Bridge & Wickers

David Wickers, Director of Bridge & Wickers shares his top tips and advice for people looking to break into the travel industry. David Wickers

How did you get in to the industry?

I got in to travel journalism from my love and enthusiasm of travelling. Eight years ago I set up Bridge & Wickers with Jerry Bridge, a director of the company. We originally set up as a specialist Australia/New Zealand tour operator and gradually expanded into Canada and then the South Sea Islands.

What is the biggest challenge of your role?

Making sure the clients have the holiday they want. We’re not selling what we want to sell – we very much listen to what they tell us and that’s the achievement, making sure they have the right holiday. The challenge is fulfilling their expectations.

What’s your advice for a person looking for a career in travel?

It is important that you enjoy the industry you’re in and have passion for what you do.

What qualities do you look for in an employee?

Most importantly to us they are providing a service so it’s a combination of listening and talking, it’s making sure they are selling the right thing to the right person.

Secondly, they have to be a team player. The company is broken into teams and they work very closely with one another so it’s important they can work as part of a team.

Apart from this the one thing I’d be looking for is passion. If they are going to sell Australia I’d expect them to know the Australian seasons, which areas are best at the different times of year and if they don’t know that they know nothing about Australia.

What are your top three tips to be a successful travel journalist?

Firstly, read the travel sections in the newspapers. Take the time to read each travel magazine and publication, know their audience and their style so when you start writing for a publication you already know their style and target consumer.

Secondly, do a professionals job – if a newspaper only ever has 1000 word articles maximum, don’t submit 2000 words.

Lastly, if you are new and are proposing an idea to the travel editor, know your story and your angle and be specific. The editor wants to know why it matters and how it will affect the visitor.

Has your education and degree helped you to get where you are today?   How important do you think they are to success?

Nobody has ever directly asked me if I have a degree in my entire life but education is something in its own right. When you have achieved a degree you feel like you can achieve the world.

University degree gives life experience something which you might not get if you were to go straight into work or in to an internship.

Author Bio:

David Wickers is the co-founder of luxury tour operator Bridge & Wickers, who are currently ranked as the best tour operator to Australia and New Zealand. David was Chief Travel Correspondent of The Sunday Times for 17 years and on three occasions was voted Travel Writer of the Year. As Travel Editor of Good Housekeeping, travel journalism is still a part of his life but tour operating is currently his main focus.

Are you the best undergraduate of the year?

There are 10 Awards up for grabs to identify the top undergraduates in IT and Computer Science; Management; Law; Mathematics, Economics and Finance; Engineering; Construction, Engineering and Design; Low Carbon Energy plus three special awards: the ‘Future Business Leader’ open to students from any discipline and the Female Undergraduate of the Year open to the very best female undergraduates and the Languages Undergraduate of the year open to multilingual students.UGOY landscape

The rewards are great: winners’ prizes include exclusive internships, lunches with directors and trips to the USA, South America, the Far East and continental Europe and the final ten students in each Award will be invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf London on 24 April, 2015 where the winners will be announced by the events host, Fiona Bruce.

If you make the final 10, not only will you be very close to a fantastic prize, you will have proved yourself to be amongst the best and most employable students in the country.

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Find out more and enter: www.undergraduateoftheyearawards.co.uk

Careers and Employability Drop in Zone

The Drop in Zone is generally open from 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday. We are not able to staff it from time to time so you may want to check the opening times for when you are planning to come in. 20141015_143211

You can meet with an adviser in the Drop in Zone for 5 to 10 minutes for any very brief careers related information or advice query. For example, you may want to use this service if you would like an adviser to check one or two application form questions, you do not have a CV and want to know where to start, you have a query about some but not all aspects of your CV or you want a review of a covering letter.

If you would like a full review of your CV or advice on several application form questions, please use Quick Advice. This service is available every day and bookable on the day you want an appointment. Take a look at the website for further information and booking details – careers.lboro.ac.uk