1. What is the confidence gap?
A report by the institute of Leadership and Management showed that 50% of women report self-doubt about their job performance and careers, compared with less than a third of male workers. This is a problem because oftentimes a lack of confidence can affect competence and has led to a lack of female leaders in the corporate world. Confidence and leadership can be cultivated and we are here to help our students be the best they can be.
2. Why should I apply to this programme?
The HerCapital programme is a solution to addressing the confidence gap. Research shows that a lack of confidence can affect a woman’s ability to ask for the following in her career: sponsors, mentors, access to senior leadership, job opportunities beyond their experience, a career path plan, a promotion, a new role or position or a pay rise. By taking part in HerCapital, you maximise your chance of career success.
There are very few programmes available to 1st year students on a 4-year course. This programme allows you to maximise your potential early on and exposes you to several industry professionals, which can help you confidently take your career in any direction you feel is the right one for you.
3. Where will the programme take place?
The HerCapital programme has been designed to fit around your timetable schedule and most of the training will be on campus. During the academic year, there will be 2x in-person professional development workshops (topics: personal branding, confidence building, networking, navigating mentorship relationships and much more) on 27th November 2017 and 21st March 2018 (during the Easter break). During the 2018 summer break, there will be more in-person interaction and training with industry professionals. Training will include coding workshops and interactive case studies with industry professionals. There will also be a final networking event in London.
4. Why is the main focus on financial services?
SEO London has a long-standing relationship with several leading investment banks and asset managers. The financial services industry is unique in its breadth, allowing delegates to gain exposure to a range of roles including risk, legal, marketing, HR, regulation, insurance, tax and more. The financial services industry is also still underrepresented by females and values diversity. Therefore, learning how to successfully operate and navigate this industry will help HerCapital Associates to build the transferrable skills required to be successful in any career.
5. Why do you require a minimum of 2 students per university?
There will be a total of 50 HerCapital Associates across the UK on the programme. When selecting candidates, SEO London will ensure that we have at least 2 students per university. This will ensure that students will remain accountable to each other during the course of the programme and can help each other to complete the weekly challenges, as well as the fitness and fundraising components of the course. To maximise your chances of being selected, please do encourage your fellow course mates to apply.
6. How much time will I need to dedicate to this programme?
There are two in-person training workshops that will require your attendance in London (one in November 2017 and one in March 2018 during the Easter break). However, the rest of the programme during term time will take place at your respective universities. The HerCapital programme has been designed to fit around your timetable schedule. The challenges will be simple but impactful and allow you to navigate your university career in a very purposeful way to ensure you get the most out of your university experience. During the summer break of your 1st year of university, there will be a few weeks of in-person technology training and you will be required to participate in technical training workshops.
7. I am a female student in the 1st year of a 3-year course or the 2nd year of a 4-year course. Can I apply?
Unfortunately, you will not be prioritised for this programme. However, you will be eligible for SEO London's First Year Fast Track Programme which has been extremely developed; we will support you through education events, application support, interview support and training to help you secure a Spring Week/Summer Internship/Industrial Placement. Your focus should be on trying to secure these types of opportunities.
8. Why is this only available to female students in their 1st year studying a 4 year course?
1st years on a 4 year course are not eligible for any other programmes and therefore don't have to worry about submitting numerous applications or preparing for interviews throughout the year. Given the requirement to fully commit to the programme, we feel that these students are best placed to do so given they have more time to spare.
9. I am a female undergrad but not eligible to apply - how can I get involved?
- Sign up to be a Buddy! Each HerCapital Associate will be assigned a buddy who has successfully completed a spring week, summer internship or an industrial placement.
- Connect us to relevant societies on campus.