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Market Street

The figures are staggering. According to a study conducted by research group Consumer Focus, 75% of people have never considered switching current accounts. No thoughts, no daydreams, not even a musing. Somebody please tell me what on earth is wrong with us? Why are we so masochistic? I often hear complaints from friends not being able to use their debit...

Sarah Weingarten: Losing my VIRGIN-ity

Sarah Weingarten graduated from St Andrews in 2012 with an MA in English and Economics. With little prior experience in finance, she secured a place on the Virgin Media finance graduate scheme. In an interview with The Saint, Sarah spoke about the process of applying for graduate jobs and her experience of working for Virgin Media. “I'm on the finance...

Comet has croaked, Jessops has jilted and His Master has lost his Voice

If you were, like I was, given a gift card for one of these high-street names from one of your relatives, then you are the collateral damage of an ongoing metamorphosis of the UK high street. Let’s examine the latest evidence: Exhibit A: Comet The store that once boasted ‘we live electricals’ has short-circuited itself. It had been struggling since the...

Market Street

Elliott Miskin explains how eating out doesn't have to cost a small fortune.

Classics graduate in Hong Kong: I came, I taught, I conquered

Rebecca Austin graduated from St Andrews in 2009 with a degree in Classics. She spoke to The Saint about how her early career has taken her east, to Hong Kong, as an English teacher. Tell us about the early days of your career – how did you come to be teaching in Hong Kong? I came to Hong Kong the summer...

Is this a market I see before me?

Have you heard of Kweku Adoboli? You should have. He is a former employee of Swiss investment banking giant UBS, working for 5 years in their global synthetic equities division. He lost the bank £1.2 billion (equivalent to 100 Union redevelopments) and last week he was jailed for seven years for two counts of fraud. The prosecution described him as...

M-Skills launches in St Andrews

Are you a current Masters student? If so, we have some exciting news! CAPOD is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new development programme for taught postgraduates. M-Skills promises to help you across four areas: making the most of St Andrews; getting through your course; finding a job; and getting set for the workplace. Provost, Prof. Malcolm MacLeod, encourages...

Dear Clinton, in deepest sympathy, love from Pig and Pigeon

They called it printing money. Indeed, you don’t need to be a retail guru to see the value in buying a card for less than 30p to then sell it to the customer at £2.00. But alas the unfavourable economic winds and the Odyssean hubris of the management team led to Clinton Cards falling into administration in May 2012,...

Starbucks: We’ve counted, you’ve got all our beans

It was revealed recently that despite generating sales of over £3 billion in the past 10 years, Starbucks have only paid £8.5 million in corporation tax throughout that period – tax avoidance on a ‘grande’ scale. Since corporation tax is assessed on profit and not on turnover, the multinational coffee giant was able to all but eradicate this particular...

CAPOD launches Professional Skills Curriculum

So, what is the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC)? The PSC consists of 19 skills topics in areas employers find really useful: How to manage a team, leadership, project management, chairing meetings, effective communication and many, many more. Every week a new topic is released, either in the format of an online workshop or an evening lecture. All students are encouraged...