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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...

Graduate success story: Andy Young

Andy Young, 24, graduated from St Andrews with a First in Chemistry with French in June 2011. He joined Standard Life in Edinburgh on their Sales and Marketing Graduate Programme in September of that year. He is now half-way through the programme. What led you to apply to Graduate Programmes over traditional job vacancies? Graduate Programmes are common in the Financial...

Graduate success story: Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh is The Times' Business Correspondent. The seeds of my career in journalism were sewn during my time writing match reports for the St Andrews Citizen and the University newspaper. Seeing my prose on United Colleges football encounters (normally heavy losses) and first team cricket reports (mostly victories!) in print sparked in me a desire to become the next Hugh McIlvanney. Sadly,...

Reasons to be cheerful

As we embark on a brand new academic year, The Saint felt that the time had come to launch our brand new page. The careers section makes its print début today, and the timing has never been more important. Graduate employment rates remain the focus of much of the business and education media, with a reported 20.4% of students who graduated...