I have made a past application to SEO London Careers in previous years, can I apply again?

Yes. You are eligible to apply again as long as you meet our eligibility criteria. All interested students must complete our new application form (opened on 1st June) and submit an updated CV. All students who applied to SEO London Careers prior to 1st June 2017 must submit a new application to be considered for the 2017/18 cycle.

I was recommended by SEO London Careers last year, can I apply again?

Yes. If you were previously recommended by SEO London to our sponsor firms, we may be able to fast track you through some stages, meaning in some cases you will not need to go through any online tests or phone interviews that you may have completed with us last cycle.

All students must complete the new SEO London Careers Application form (opened on 1st June 2017) and submit an updated CV. All students who applied to SEO London Careers prior to 1st June MUST submit a new application to be considered for the 2017/18 cycle.

I am an international student who is not studying in the UK at present, can I apply?

Maybe. To be eligible to apply you must have studied within the UK or EU for at least one year and must also be available in person for interviews (typically held in October through to May). All international applicants should be intending to start their careers in the UK or EU after graduation and remain for at least two years.

I am an international student studying in the UK but will require a work permit for employment the UK, can I apply?

Yes. Some opportunities through SEO London include work sponsorship, though many do not at this time. This information is likely included in our communications with students, if not, you will need to check with each of our sponsor firms.

Furthermore, international students studying on a Tier 4 Visa qualify for summer internship schemes by the nature of the documentation. The application form asks, ‘do you require a work permit for employment in the UK upon graduation from university?’ for this reason.

I am a final year student at university, am I still able apply to SEO London Careers?

Yes. The SEO London Careers programme is now open to university students in ALL years of study. Some stipulations may apply:

  • If you are a final year student or recent graduate (depending on the firm, refers to students who have graduated within the last 1-3 years), you can apply for graduate roles and training contracts.
  • If you are a penultimate year student or a final year student intending on pursuing a master’s degree, you can apply for summer internship programmes and you should be prepared to confirm your application(s) for master’s programmes. Before your internship begins you may need to provide us with a copy of your acceptance letter.

 

I am no longer a university student, am I still able apply to SEO London Careers?

Maybe. SEO London Careers regularly offers events, opportunities, and/or graduate schemes to recent grads on a case-by-case basis. Depending upon the firm and the opportunity, you may be eligible. Firms will have their own parameters for ‘recent grad’, but it typically ranges from 1-3 years (i.e. 2015-2017 graduates).

Does it matter that I have already done internships/vacation schemes with other non-sponsor firms?

No. You are still welcome to apply to SEO London Careers.

What does ‘first generation’ mean?

You count as first generation to go to university, even if the following have gone to university:

  • Brothers or Sisters 
  • Biological parents of applicants who have been adopted 
  • A parent with whom you have had no contact during your secondary and post-16 education (or longer)
  • Uncles, aunts and other members of your extended family

You do not count as first generation if the following have gone to university or are currently doing so: 

  • Parents
  • Step parents

 

Who is a 'care leaver'?

The definition of a care leaver (Care Leavers Association) is:

“Any adult who spent time in care as a child (i.e. under the age of 18). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family. The care could have been provided directly by the state (mainly through local authority social services departments) or by the voluntary or private sector (e.g. Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and many others). It can range from as little as a few months to as long as one’s whole childhood (18 years).”

I did not achieve BBB equivalent at A-level and/or am not on track for a 1st/2.1 at university. Can I still apply to SEO London?

Yes. However, applicants who do not achieve a minimum of BBB at A-level or who are not on track for a minimum of a 2.1 at university will generally not be considered for the Corporate Law, Investment Banking and Consulting programmes, unless there are mitigating circumstances (e.g. medical issues, for which the applicant would have to provide official documentation). If you have mitigating circumstances, you can indicate them on ‘Education’ page of the application under ‘Mitigating Academic Circumstances’. 

I have made an application to SEO London Careers, am I also eligible to apply to SEO USA?

Yes. All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for SEO USA. Please see www.seo-usa.org.

I have made an application to SEO USA, am I also eligible to apply to SEO London Careers?

Yes. All applicants must meet our eligibility criteria. You must have studied or be planning to study in the UK for at least one year and you must also be available in person for interviews (held in October through to May). You should also be aware of our deadlines and make sure these dates complement your own schedule if you will be studying outside the UK.

What does the SEO London Careers application entail?

The SEO London Careers application form has been significantly shortened. All that is required is a 6-page online application where you will be required to fill in personal details, eligibility markers, academic history, and programme/industry preferences. Additionally, you will need to upload a current 1-page CV, in a compressed PDF, with the file name following the firstname.lastname.seo-london.cv format.

Can I get feedback on my SEO London Careers application or corresponding CV?

No. Due to the high volume of applicants, SEO London will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications.

Upon submission, if we feel that you have a strong application but need help with your CV, we will absolutely contact you to help improve your CV even further.

If I applied to SEO London Careers in 2016/17 (or before), do I need to submit a new application to be considered for the 2017/18 cycle?

Yes. SEO London students and applicants who completed the online application form prior to 1st June 2017 will not be considered for the 2017/18 cycle.

Students looking for support from SEO London Careers in vacation schemes, internships, graduate schemes, and the like for the upcoming school year will need to successfully complete the new application form.

If I am an SEO London candidate, will I have to go through the entire firm direct process?

Maybe. Some sponsor firms will fast track candidates based on individual status with SEO London, on the back of an insight day, or another reason. This could look like a fast track directly to the assessment centre, a unique link into an application, or other additional benefits. Do note that this occurs on a firm-by-firm basis as each firm will have their individual processes. SEO London will provide plenty of support and guidance to candidates throughout all interview stages.

Can the SEO London programme be used for help and support with the graduate and training contract application process when I am successful?

SEO London will support students before, during and after their internships and vacation schemes to maximise their chances of securing a graduate role or training contract with a partner firm. More than 80% of SEO London alumni have secured full-time positions with sponsor firms following their summer experience. SEO London provides ongoing support to alumni in the industry throughout their careers.

When will I hear back about the status of my online application?

We will be reviewing applications throughout the summer for opportunities in the upcoming academic year.

Typically, you can expect to hear back within 4- 6 weeks.

What happens after I submit my application?

Each SEO London Careers programme (Corporate Law, Investment Banking, Consulting, etc.) will have their own screening process that matches industry requirements. Team members from those programmes will notify applicants of the required next steps. It is imperative that applicants submit contact information that is current and active and that students are hyper-responsive to help in expediting the process and to be ensured a place in the programme.

Will I receive a confirmation e-mail following my application submission?

No. Applicants should not expect to receive a confirmation e-mail following completion of the online application form. However, upon clicking the submit button at the end of the application form, a receipt message of successful completion will automatically appear.

The automatic message following successful submissions will read as follows:

Thank you for submitting your application for the 2017/18 cycle with SEO London Careers.

We will be reviewing applications throughout the summer for opportunities in the upcoming academic year. If you need to change or update any of the information (e.g. graduation year or programme preference), please send an e-mail to application@seo-london.org advising of the changes. Please always include in the e-mail your full name and e-mail address that you used to apply along with details of your request. DO NOT submit a second/corrected application form.

Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications.

We appreciate your patience in this.

 

All the best,

SEO London

When should I expect to learn if I have been accepted into the SEO London Careers programme?

The SEO London Careers programmes will be reviewing applications throughout the summer for opportunities in the upcoming academic year. Successful applicants should expect to hear of their acceptance ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cycle (autumn, 2017).

Can I apply to SEO London Careers before A-level results day?

No. Students who have just completed A-level exams in the spring of 2017 will need to wait until A-level results day on 17th August 2017. Keen students will apply immediately upon learning results to best utilize the services and opportunities offered by SEO London.

I studied in ‘X’ country and did not complete GCSEs or A Levels, do I still need to complete this portion?

Yes. All applicants will need to indicate scores on both GCSEs and A Levels and will be instructed to do so on the ‘Education’ page of the application. If you are/were an international student and have not taken those exams, you have two options:

  1. If the grades are equivalent to the UK system, select the equivalent as it appears on the dropdown menu, or
  2. If there are no direct equivalencies or if you are unsure, select ‘other’ and then make your clarifying statement with respect to those grades in the below section ‘Mitigating Academic Circumstances’. 
Can I apply to any SEO London Careers programme?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to tick all corresponding programmes of interest. Currently, students can select ‘Spring Week/First Year Programme’, ‘Summer Internship/Vacation Scheme’, ‘Industrial Placements (six- to twelve-month / off-cycle internships)’, ‘Graduate/Training Contract’.

Can I apply to any SEO London Careers industry?

Yes. Applicants will initially indicate ‘first choice industry’ on the ‘Programme Information’ page of the application. Additionally, applicants are prompted to ‘select any other industry of interest’ with the ability to select multiple industries. All current industry options through SEO London Careers are listed in the application and there is no option for ‘other’.

Can SEO London provide access to more than one firm and more than one industry?

Yes. Applicants to SEO London Careers will be prompted first to indicate top industry preference and second any other industry of interest (with the ability to select multiple). Students can complete multiple internships and vacation placements through the scheme. SEO London can recommend you to more than one industry and to multiple firms across each industry. As long as there are no logistical clashes, SEO London candidates can do as many internships/vacation placements as there are offers.

Am I required to upload a CV?

Yes. On the final page of the application, applicants will be prompted to submit a 1-page CV, in a compressed PDF, with the file name following the firstname.lastname.seo-london.cv format.

Students applying to the Corporate Law programme MUST include all university module grades to date.

My CV is longer than one page for X reason, can I then submit a 2(+)-page CV?

No. You must submit a 1-page CV with your SEO London Careers application. If for any reason you have a longer CV, you will need to make decisions to cut it back and keep the most important attributes and experiences.

Upon submission, if we feel that you have a strong application but need help with your CV, we will absolutely contact you to help improve your CV even further.

If Dropbox is down (not responding to an upload request), am I still required to submit a CV?

Yes. All applicants MUST submit a 1-page CV to be considered for the 2017/18 cycle. If the Dropbox link is not working at the time of completion, applicants are asked to send a 1-page CV, in a compressed PDF, with the file name following the firstname.lastname.seo-london.cv format to application@seo-london.org.

DO NOT duplicate CV efforts. Applicants should not upload a CV to the Dropbox folder AND submit a CV via e-mail. ONLY submit a CV via e-mail if the Dropbox link is down or not responding.

Does SEO London Careers require references as part of the application process?

No. At this time student applicants to SEO London Careers are not asked to provide references. Nor should candidates include a ‘References Available Upon Request’ section on any part of the CV.

There is a question with regards to my application, does SEO London offer support?

Yes. Please direct all application related questions and IT issues to application@seo-london.org.

There is an IT issue with regards to my application, does SEO London offer support?

Yes. Please direct all application related questions and IT issues to application@seo-london.org.

I am unable to upload my CV to Dropbox, can I still submit my application?

Yes. ONLY in the event that Dropbox is non-responsive, email CV to application@seo-london.org, tick the ‘yes’ box and submit the application.

Please do not duplicate efforts on your CV; if you are able to upload to Dropbox, do not also send your CV via email.

I did not receive a confirmation e-mail upon submitting my application to SEO London Careers, does that mean that my application did not go through?

No. Applicants should not expect to receive a confirmation e-mail following completion of the online application form. However, upon clicking the submit button at the end of the application form, a receipt message of successful completion will automatically appear.

The automatic message following successful submissions will read as follows:

 

Thank you for submitting your application for the 2017/18 cycle with SEO London Careers.

We will be reviewing applications throughout the summer for opportunities in the upcoming academic year. If you need to change or update any of the information (e.g. graduation year or programme preference), please send an e-mail to application@seo-london.org advising of the changes. Please always include in the e-mail your full name and e-mail address that you used to apply along with details of your request. DO NOT submit a second/corrected application form.

Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications.

We appreciate your patience in this.

 

All the best,

SEO London

To learn more about the CSH programme, go to http://csh.seolondon-careers.com/