Careers advisor challenges summer internships

May 3, 2021


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first_imgAn Oxford University Careers Service advisor has claimed that students undertaking summer internships feel drained and unfit to continue their final year of study.Alison Bird told the Financial Times, “You look at the salaries and think it seems a ridiculously high amount but they work very long hours. If they are on the trading floor they will be in at 6 in the morning and some of our students in mergers and acquisitions are working until 10 or 11 at night, which is pretty grim,” she said.Referring to a group of Oxford interns at a bank in Canary Wharf she visited last August, Bird said, “They were working very long hours and living on takeaways, and I was worried about the health of some of them. When I asked them if the hours had put them off they said they hadn’t because the money was so good.”John Kirwan, acting Careers Service director, said, “Some of my colleague’s comments seem to have been misinterpreted, so that the views of the Careers Service were misrepresented.” He said that the Careers Service was fully committed to internships because they were useful in preparing students for full-time work.“We are very positive about the value of appropriate work experience, including internships, for students,” he said. “As part of broadening their experience and employment prospects, the Careers Service encourages all Oxford University students to gain relevant and realistic work experience suited to their career aspirations.”Kirwan acknowledged that the placements might have a detrimental effect on academic work, but maintained that they were highly beneficial when students came to apply for jobs.“The Careers Service actively promotes the publicising of internships and other work experience opportunities, from a wide range of sectors, while recognising that students also need to take into account college regulations and the potential impact of such activities on their academic studies.”Internships continue to be a popular choice for many students, with the most popular placements being at investment banking firms Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.last_img read more


December 29, 2019


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first_imgThere have been rare sightings of pine martens in Co Donegal.A pine martenAccording to the Gweebarra Conservation Group, there have been sightings of the elusive creatures in both Derryloughan in Glenties and Cloghercor in recent weeks.The sightings have taken place at dusk. The animals are also known as Cat Crainn (tree cats) and are usually found in their stronghold of The Burren in Co Clare.It is understood the pine marten’s waste laden with rowan berries also provided a key clue that the creatures are about.The Gweebarra Conservation Group have asked who may have spotted the shy creatures to get in touch.  RARE SIGHTINGS OF PINE MARTENS MADE IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGweebarra Conservation Grouppine martenslast_img read more

J-K chief minister, governor hold hour-long meeting

November 18, 2019


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first_imgJammu, Nov 9 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today held an hour-long meeting with Governor N N Vohra and discussed various matters pertaining to the affairs of the state, an official spokesman said.Governor Vohra and Mufti spoke on the internal security situation in the Valley, functioning of various departments, particularly the power development department, the social welfare department, the information department and the sports and youth affairs department, and the extent to which results have been achieved toward the goals set, the spokesman said.The governor suggested that stringent measures be adopted in regard to departments which were not performing adequately, he said.Vohra also discussed with Mufti the advantages of commencing the process of conducting elections to the panchayats and the urban local bodies without delay, he said.The governor reiterated that the government must ensure prompt attention to public grievances, efficient delivery of public services and severe punishments to those involved in corruption, the spokesman added. PTI AB IJTlast_img read more