Sunday, May 28, 2017

Making the first move

When students look for employment vacancies such as research opportunities, internships, and paid positions, they tend to check job postings. It’s a logical first step, but if it’s the only one an applicant takes, they are missing out on a hidden and growing job market that does not advertise vacancies. Speculative applications attempt to tap into this market. They are...
As summer quickly approaches, St Andrews students face many changes; days get longer, coats get lighter and unfortunately, wallets get emptier. A lot about the warmer months is conducive towards a heavy spending. While the end of school means an end to long labs and late library nights, all of the newly acquired free time also seems to make...
It is now April, and for students looking for opportunities this summer, the window is closing. Most corporations and non-profits have closed applications for summer jobs and internships at this point in the year and students who either failed to apply or were rejected are running out of time to find productive things to do this summer. Luckily, the University...
Last Tuesday 28 March, the rollout of the new, angular, vaguely euro-esque £1 coin kicked off in banks UK-wide. It’s rare enough that Money gets the chance to write about, well, money, so we take the opportunities as they come. We tend to take the occasional revamp of coins and banknotes as a matter of course. When you start to...
From his mansion in west Paris, Jean Marie Le Pen commands a sweeping view of the city. The 88-year-old founder of the far-right National Front (FN) keeps an antique telescope mounted by his window as if on constant alert for the hordes of migrants he fears are on their way to “submerge” Europe. Today, Mr Le Pen sees the rise...
On Wednesday 22 February, the Careers Centre held a workshop on interview skills. Pamela Andrew, Careers Adviser, led the hour-long presentation. Here are some of the biggest take-aways: One of the most important things you need to do in an interview, we were told, is create a narrative. The importance of a narrative is exemplified well by a common but...

Quants?

This semester, St Andrews welcomes the foundation of a society that appears to be the first of its kind in a British university (besides Cambridge). The Quant Group St Andrews is a small congregation of students working to build algorithmic models for use in financial trading. A quantitative analyst (a quant, in financial jargon) is a person who specialises in the...
On the sixteenth of February, the Fife Council approved their 2017-2020 budget. Faced with diminished funding from Holyrood, the Fife Council’s new budget sees large cuts in spending and mild increases in council taxes. In an announcement on its official webpage, the council anticipated £25 million in savings in 2017-18. The changes effected to achieve these savings are outlined in...

Work shadowing

Work shadowing can be an amazing, enriching experience. These students share their stories, weigh the pros and cons, and offer advice on making the post of a placement: Cameron Tisshaw, 4th Year International Relations Student “My work experience visit during the winter break took place on board the Royal Navy ship HMS Ledbury. The visit was based at the Royal Navy...

A night out in Edinburgh

Being stuck in St Andrews this spring break doesn’t need to keep you from having a good time. To branch out from the routine of St Andrews nightlife, it’s time to take advantage of what Edinburgh has on offer. Unlike our calm backwater, the city is full of popular bars and clubs, as well as gourmet restaurants, live music,...