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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Season 2

S2 E6: Working part-time during your studies

Want to hear about the benefits of working part-time at the university alongside your studies? This week, Cate is chatting to Muskan Nagpal, an international student from India who studied a postgraduate degree in Mathematics, Operations, Research, Statistics and Econometrics (MORSE). 

Muskan gives great insight into what it's like to work part-time alongside your studies, ensuring your working hours are visa compliant and how you can market your unique skills as an international student. 

Transcript available here

S2 E5: Careers in accountancy... and fashion!

Are you interested in a career in accountancy? Even if the answer is no, listen to this episode and you might change your mind! 

In the first part of this episode, Mood from CPA Australia tells us all about getting into a career in accountancy and what it means to be a CPA member.

In the second part of this episode, we hear from Fabiana, a CPA member who works as an accountant in the global office of Chanel in London.

Tune in to hear more about how versatile a career in accounting can really be, and the international opportunities available when you're a CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) member. 

Transcript of episode available here

S2 E4: Ace your virtual interview

Do you want to find out about the virtual interview process? This week, we are chatting to Lien Feasey from Midea Group, all about the interview process, what interviewers are looking for, and what to do and what not to do during a virtual interview. 

Lien offers great insight into the interview process at Midea Group for Chinese students who have studied in the UK. Whether or not you're interested in interviewing for a company in China, this episode is full of tips to get you ready to master your virtual interviews. 

Transcript of episode available here

S2 E3: Why do I need a mentor?

Want to find out more about mentoring at the University of Birmingham? Listen to this episode with Nick Duncan, who explains what it's like to be a mentor and his top tips for mentees, as well as giving an insight into what it's like to change career path and work across different sectors.

Nick Duncan graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1981 with a degree in Geological Sciences, and has since had a global career working across the world, in the UK, Australia, Texas and Singapore. Having retired 4 years ago, Nick is now on the board of a non-profit based in Singapore as well as being a mentor to University of Birmingham students.

Find out more about Careers Network's mentoring schemes on our website.

Transcript of episode available here

S2 E2: Making the most of careers fairs

We're chatting to one of our Careers Consultants all about how students can prepare for careers fairs and make the most of those interactions with employers. Don't miss out on our careers fairs coming up this October and November, kicking off with our Autumn Fair on October 5. 

We also have an Engineering, Science and Technology Fair, a Business, Finance and Consultancy Fair, a Law Fair and Virtual Fairs so head over to our careers fair page for more details. 

Have a quick listen to this episode to make sure you're prepared and get some top tips to help you stand out from the crowd! 

Transcript of episode available here

S2 E1: How Careers Network can support you

Listen to this week's episode to find out how we can support you through every stage of your journey, then go and check out the resources available as part of your studies!

As Cate and Natalie say in this episode, "No journey is linear. No journey is the same." Whether you have no idea what you want to do, you're a new student, you're back for your final year, you've changed your mind on your career path or anything else, we are here to support you and Careers Network & Birmingham Business School Careers have something for everyone.

Get started with some of the resources we discuss in this episode: 

    1. How Careers Network can help you
    2. Careers Fairs
    3. Digital resource hub

Transcript of episode available here

Season 1

S1 E12: Career in telecommunications, with Tianhao He

Interested in the telecommunications sector? This week, Cate is chatting to Tianhao He. Tian is from China and came to the UK ten years ago, firstly to study at the University of Liverpool, before completing a PhD in Microwave Engineering at the University of Birmingham for four years. After completing the PhD, Tian worked at the telecommunications company BT as a Network Planning Specialist. Tian has recently started a new position working at Sky. 

Listen to find out more about how Tian's day to day role helps keep everyone in the UK connected! 

Transcript of episode available here

S1 E11: UoB former Guild President, Tobi Osogbiye, who now works for a children's rights charity (Alumni)

This week Cate is back chatting with another alumni guest, Tobi Osogbiye. Tobi is from Nigeria and studied French Language for her undergraduate degree in Nigeria. Tobi then studied a Master's in International Relations & Diplomacy at University of Birmingham in 2018-19 and now works as a Public Affairs & Engagement Officer at National Youth Advocacy Service. 

Tobi was a huge part of the university during her time here, starting as Postgraduate Officer for the Guild in 2019, before continuing on to become the Guild President. Find out about Tobi's experience as an international postgraduate student and hear her expand on her advice: 'don't just pass through university, allow university to pass through you'. 

From pursuing music in Nigeria, to representing 38,000 students as Guild President, to working for a children's rights charity, Tobi's career journey so far is so interesting so make sure to listen! 

Transcript of episode available here

S1 E10: 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

S1 E9: 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

S1 E8: 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. 

S1 E7: 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

S1 E6: 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

S1 E5: 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

S1 E4: 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. 

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S1 E3: 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

S1 E2: 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.  

Transcript of episode available here

S1 E1: 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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