Careers Newsletter: May 2022

Careers Spotlight: Financial Services

The financial services sector includes companies such as banks, insurance companies and financial advisors. The UK financial services sector is worth over £160 billion to the UK economy each year, representing about 9% of total economic output. There are about 1.1 million financial services jobs in the UK

The sector is largest in London, where half of the sector’s output was generated.

The UK financial services sector is a world leader with exports worth £62 billion in 2020.

Boosting your CV

In this section we have looked at how boost your CV. A good CV will get you noticed and invited for an interview, but no further. The key to a successful interview lies in soft skills.

What are soft skills?

Soft skills relate to how you work. Soft skills include interpersonal (people) skills, communication skills, listening skills, time management, and empathy, among others. They are among the top skills employers seek in the candidates they hire, because soft skills are important for just about every job.

Over the next few editions of the careers newsletter we will look at different soft skills and how you can improve them

Careers in Hertfordshire: Business, Financial and Legal Services

The Business, Legal and Financial Services sector offers a diverse range of career options in well-paid jobs. The many different career options mean there is plenty of scope for career progression and salary increases. The sector caters for a variety of different individual qualities and skills from mathematical ability to communication and people skills. Although some roles in this sector require degree education, a large amount offer routes via progression and apprenticeships. This sector is the biggest provider of apprenticeships across the county at various levels making it an accessible and thriving sector to work in.

Financial, Legal and Business services thrive in Hertfordshire with close proximity to London and access to a growing pool of highly skilled, local and qualified talent, plus a pipeline of graduates from the University of Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire is an attractive location for global and European headquarters and shared service centres. Its advantages include competitive costs, access to markets and global connectivity.

There are over 1,450 finance, consulting, accounting and legal firms in the county. The county’s extensive service sector includes specialisms in HQ operations, shared service centres, business process outsourcing and logistics. Hertfordshire is also home to top business schools. Ashridge Executive Education was ranked third in the UK by the Financial Times in 2017 and is home to the UK's leading business university.

Organisations range from large multi-national organisations including Barclays, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, Baker Tilly, Pitney Bowes, Mercer & Hole and BDO to smaller localised businesses who operate in specialist areas such as Amber Mountain, Wagada and My Mustard who specialise in digital marketing and website consultancy, Amberside Accountancy and HB Accountants providing financial advice and Crane & Staples and Debenham-Ottaway providing expert legal support.

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Current Opportunities

This month there are opportunities in the construction industry, the NHS and veterinary science

Vet Mentor:

Dr Alex here, President of Vet Mentor. I’m delighted to announce the return of the FREE Get into Veterinary Medicine Conference for all aspiring vet students.

I will be hosting a FREE Get into Veterinary Medicine Conference on:

Sunday 15th May from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for your aspiring students, and I would love for you to let them know! They can register their free place using this link:

Now is the ideal time for students to begin preparing for their application to veterinary medicine, and this conference will equip them with the skills and resources to do exactly that.

I will guide attendees towards becoming the best university candidate they can be with:

CV Building

Veterinary Work Experience

Personal Statement Advice

Veterinary School Interview Training

Help with accessing Veterinary Awards, Prizes, and Leadership Programs

Guidance in applying for Scholarships to study Veterinary Medicine at University

I’ll also be answering any questions about UCAS and what it’s like to work as a Vet day-to-day.

Feel free to find out more about the Get into Veterinary Conference and how it will benefit your students here:

Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance to add to their UCAS application!

They’ll just need to book their place for Sunday 15th May 9:30am - 1:30pm by filling out this short form:

Many thanks!

Dr Alex Davies

President of Vet Mentor


Webinars for students

Our next Virtual Encounter will take place on THURSDAY 12th MAY 2022 (4:30pm) and the theme will be:


The NHS is the largest employer in The UK and the 6th largest globally. There are over 350 different roles that are required and in Lister Hospital (Stevenage), Watford General and QE2 Hospital (Welwyn Garden City) amongst many other sites in Hertfordshire there are thousands of career opportunities available.

In this webinar you will hear from Associate Director People Capability and Support and Training Development Nurse both based at Lister Hospital who can help explain some of the roles they are looking to recruit for which includes both clinical and non-clinical positions. You will also hear from two members of the Facilities and Estates team that look after a variety of different roles you may not associate with Health Care. .

Your Panellists:

NAMDI NGOKA - Associate Director People Capability – East and North Herts NHS partnership Trust

RUTH SANDERSON - Support and Training Development Nurse

CATERINA GHIN - I am currently interim as a transformation programme manager for estates & facilities. The services we manage varies from portering, catering, switchboard, transport, administrator, contract monitoring,

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NIKKI LANE – Lead Facilities Management operations general manager

To register for this webinar please follow this link to HOP

The direct registration link can be found here:

Building Careers Live:

It is an exciting and interactive event, like no other in the UK construction industry, showcasing all the trades in a unique way.

Our ambition is to BUILD a community that INSPIRES the next generation of tradespeople and in doing so endeavour to UNITE the trades to change the way the UK perceives the building industry.

All the careers involved in the construction industry will be represented, and we are uniting the best tradespeople so that the talent of tomorrow can speak to the experts of today. They will be ready to give advice, practical demonstrations and a hands on experience.

Booking details can be found by clicking on the button below. Tickets for students are free.