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

Coronavirus: Kids playing, riding bicycles spark building disputes

September 28, 2020


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first_img Suburban Ascot home get Palm Springs style reno How to turn coronavirus isolation into gardening bliss Kids riding bicycles in communal areas sparked disputes in strata communities.Kids riding bicycles and playing in communal areas have sparked disputes in strata communities, with calls for by-law changes. Should they be allowed to do so during COVID-19? MORE: Create a study nook at home Sick of home isolation? Buy a unit for the kids Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHomes perfect for self-isolation01:37 The rules about driveways are clear for everyone’s safety in strata communities.Industry expert Grant Mifsud of Archers the Strata Professionals said disputes had erupted between residents after parents let children play in communal zones after playgrounds were shut down.“We have become aware of one community where parents allowed their children to play on the communal road areas only to earn the ire of other residents who argued this would be in breach of the community by-laws and demanded the activity be shut down,” he said.“A by-law which applies to many strata schemes will state that an owner or occupier must not permit any child they have control over to ride bicycles, scooters and the like on common property within the complex, without approval.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago An unprecedented number of children remaining confined to home in unit blocks across the country sparked a new clash between generations living in apartment buildings, with driveways and communal areas often the only space where they can play outside. He said trying to balance both the demands of work at home and stay at home was a major challenge for strata communities which were not ideally set up to cope.But he said “if parents want to allow their children to play under supervision in communal areas, they should first seek body corporate permission”.“That could be considered a reasonable request under the current circumstances and the body corporate could even suggest an appropriate time of day for this activity to take place while in lockdown.”He said body corporate committees faced many challenges during the lockdown period that meant there was a need for “some flexibility and compromise to ensure community harmony during and after the lockdown period”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more