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Rouna Ali

Use the SOAS Careers Service whilst still a current SOAS student and not wait until after graduation to sort out your working life and career.

Year graduated from SOAS 
2000  

Programme studied
MA Social Anthropology

Job title and name of organisation
Connexions Personal Adviser, CfBT Education Trust

About me
My main duties include providing information, advice and guidance to 16 to 19 year olds on a 1:1 basis and in group work settings. I am also responsible for the Careers Library, distributing careers related and staff training information, conducting outreach work within the community, liaising with local employers and networking with other agencies and services within the borough.

I found out about my current job from a fellow Interviewee and Candidate whilst at another Job Interview with the same employing organisation, CfBT Education Trust. She told me that the job was recently advertised on the organisations’ website www.cfbt.com. After that Job Interview I went home and applied for my current job, which I still enjoy after two and a half years.

The key factor, which helped me to get the job, was my Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Guidance and Counselling or the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG), as it is more commonly known. Both my Operations Manager and Community Co-ordinator fed back to me after I had started work with them that what had impressed them about me was the fact that I had put myself through this course and aimed to work as a Careers Adviser with young people specifically.

Job seeking tips

  • Conduct some research into different jobs and careers as soon as possible and focus your job search.
  • Find out what jobs and careers can lead on from your current degree subject.
  • Use the SOAS Careers Service whilst still a current SOAS student and not wait until after graduation to sort out your working life and career. Book your careers quick query NOW! I wish I had done so whilst I was a student at SOAS.
  • Get relevant work experience and / or do some voluntary work in a job or career area that interests you so that it can help you to decide if it is the right career path for you to take.
  • Make sure your CV is clear and as concise as possible and be able to stand out from the hundreds of other CV’s waiting to be looked through on the Employer’s desk.
  • Do not just rely on job websites and employment agencies and expect other people to find work for you. Take responsibility for your own career development, progression and management. The best way to get a job these days is still by targeting and contacting the employers directly yourself with your CV by email, letter, telephone, fax and face to face.

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