Careers Network podcast: Career Talk

Welcome to the Careers Network Podcast channel, Career Talk.""

Career Talk is brought to you by University of Birmingham's Careers Network, hosted by International Employer Liasion Officer, Cate Linforth.

Each week Cate will be chatting to alumni to find out about their career journey after graduating, and to employers to get an insight into their company and to find out what advice they would give to students and graduates interested in working in their industry.

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Episode 10: What is gamification? With KPMG China (Employer)

Find out all about gamification! Cate is joined by Rocco Li, who works at KPMG China in Campus Recruiting. Rocco has worked across Campus Recruiting at Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg and PwC throughout his career. He now works at KPMG, leading the Campus Recruiting and Employer Branding Team and has a wealth of knowledge about gamification in the selection process. 

Listen to hear more about what gamification actually is, how it's used, and how it can help you to find the graduate role that's right for you! If you haven't heard of gamification, this is a really interesting insight into how you may have already engaged with it through the application and selection process. 

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 9: B-Enterprising: Start-Up Visa, with Sarah Nantume (Alumni)

Sarah Nantume, from Kampala, Uganda, studied LLB Law at the University of Birmingham from 2016-2018. After graduation Sarah worked for a law firm in Uganda for a year, before returning to the UK on a Start-Up Visa. She currently works full-time in Legal Operations, while also working full-time as a co-founder of her start-up business, Maze

Listen to hear Cate ask Sarah all about her journey to get a Start-Up Visa, the support she has received from Careers Network's B-Enterprising Team and how she balances running a business alongside her legal career. 

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 8: Lynda Koffi, Junior Strategy Analyst Intern at TotalEnergies (Alumni)

Lynda Koffi, from the Ivory Coast, joins Cate this week to give a great insight into working in the energy sector and the transition from studies to the workplace. Lynda studied BSc Chemical Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton for her undergraduate degree, and then continued to the University of Birmingham to study MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering from 2020-2021. 

Lynda is now completing her second Master's degree in Energy Economics in Paris, and is currently completing an end of study internship in the gas and renewable power department of TotalEnergies, where she works as a Junior Strategy Analyst. 

Transcript of episode available here

Check out Lynda's story on our website where she details more about her career journey. 

Episode 7: Assessment Centres, with Rosemary Zhou from Jardine Mattheson (Employer)

We're talking all things assessment centres! This week, Cate is joined by Rosemary Zhou from Jardine Mattheson. 

Jardine Mattheson is an international conglomerate Fortune 500 company, that Rosemary descries as "the biggest company you have never heard of". Rosemary is the Campus Relations Manager for Jardine Mattheson and has worked at the company for 11 years, starting out as a Management Trainee.

Rosemary gives an insight into what employers are really looking for at assessment centres, how you should prepare, and what red flags they don't want to see. Students and graduates, listen to find out more about the assessment centre process from the employer's perspective, and to get some top tips to help you stand out! 

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 6: Nishita Naik, Manager for Client Onboarding in Financial Services (Alumni) 

This week, Cate chats with alumni guest speaker Nishita Naik, from India. Nishi completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Birmingham in 2012-2013 and currently works as a Manager for Client Onboarding within compliance at a financial services company in London.

We apologise for the poor sound quality in parts of this episode, but Nishi shared some great insights into working in the financial services sector and compliance so we would still recommend tuning in! 

Transcript for episode available here

Epsiode 5: Nina Ma, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft (Alumni) 

This week we hear from alumni guest speaker Nina Ma from China, who is currently working as a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft in Birmingham, UK. Nina studied BSc Psychology at the University of Birmingham from 2015-2018.

Listen to hear more about Nina's career journey so far from studying Psychology to working as a Technology Data and Analytics Senior Associate at PwC, to her current role at Microsoft.

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 4: Esther Agbenla, Office Manager and Executive Assistant at Junior Achievement Nigeria (Alumni)

This week, Cate chats to another alumni guest speaker, Esther Agbenla, from Nigeria. Esther studied a Masters in International Public Health at the University of Birmingham from 2015-2017 and now works as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO at Junior Achievement in Nigeria.

We apologise for the poor sound quality in parts of this episode, but we really loved hearing from Esther and still wanted to share the episode. 

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 3: Lan Xu, MSc Finance student (Alumni) 

In the third installment of Career Talk, we hear from Lan Xu from China. Lan studied BSc Business for her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in 2016-2019 and went on to work as a Digital Marketing Specialist.

Lan is now studying a Masters degree in Finance at Aston University. 

Transcript of episode available here

Episode 2: Eliana Bellano, Associate at AlphaSights (Alumni)

We hear from alumni guest speaker Eliana Bellano from Italy, who currently works as an Associate at AlphaSights in London.

Eliana studied BA Russian Studies and International Relations for her undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in 2014-2018 and continued at Birmingham to study MSc International Business in 2018-2019.  

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Episode 1: Lucius Pan, Strategy & Innovation Manager at NatWest (Alumni)

In the first episode of Career Talk, we hear from alumni guest speaker Lucius Pan from China, who currently works in London as a Strategy & Innovation Manager at NatWest.

Lucius studied BSc Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2015-2018 and MSc Business Consulting at the University of Warwick.

Transcript of episode available here

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the guest and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Birmingham.

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