London certainly is a fabulous place to work. Not only are you surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic buildings (The Tower of London, St Paul’s and Big Ben, to name but a few), but some of the world’s best companies are here to help you forge your way up the career ladder.
Here are 9 fabulous work opportunities that are available to you:
1. The US Embassy
Working for the US Embassy is a great step on the career ladder – not to mention it looks superb on your CV. The Embassy employs both direct hire US citizens as well as local staff. To apply, you need to be legally entitled to work in the UK, and they offer employment to those with a wide variety of skills.
These include financial specialists, IT professionals and those skilled in linguistics. For employees there are many benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement (plus US public holidays), a highly subsidised healthcare scheme, and an employee assistance programme.
2. BAE Systems
One of the best companies in the UK to work for, BAE Systems provides employment in the defence sector, including air, land, and sea services as well as cyber security, future technologies, and intelligence.
It’s certainly a varied and exciting industry to work in. The company offers various roles, including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities – plus they offer a structured career enhancement ladder for all employees.
The security company G4S is one of the largest private sector employers in the world, so it’s no wonder many people aspire to work for them. From man guarding to cash deliveries, risk management to secure solutions, there’s every level of employment on offer within the company.
This is a company that continues to grow as they secure contracts on a global basis. Their recruitment website is easy to navigate, and once registered you’re free to apply for any jobs that you feel you might be a fit for. Current opportunities range from all levels, from security officers right through to board level positions.
Known simply as GSK, this FTSE 100 blue chip company is a science led global healthcare company that provides consumer healthcare products, as well as producing vaccines and innovative medical solutions on a global scale. They offer all kinds of employment, from internships and graduate opportunities right through to top-level jobs.
Another blue chip company, Vodafone, is all about finding the best talent and sculpting it into the best possible performer it can be. There are all kinds of opportunities within the company: marketing, technology, corporate, digital, retail, enterprise, and customer service.
The choice of careers within the firm is amazing. They also offer great graduate and apprenticeship programmes for those looking to gain experience and wanting to get a great start to their career.
BP says that they’re looking for a ‘diverse range of talented people who want a career that matches their ambitions!’ Working for such a company means that there are a multitude of opportunities that could see you starting in London, and then perhaps moving anywhere else in the world if that’s what you so wish.
As well as employing professionals in every field you can think of, they also offer opportunities to graduates, as well as running a ‘future leader’ programme.
This world leader in the oil and gas industry provides excellent benefits to their employees, and working at every stage of the energy cycle brings with it a wide range of opportunities to choose from.
Global banking group HSBC has a network covering 72 countries and territories. And their main base in London is in the stunning Canary Wharf. The company prides itself in providing an excellent career strategy for employees; from work experience and entry level positions right though to employment at the very top level.
To encourage young people to join them, HSBC run regular career events where you can come and discover the varied possibilities on offer. Being one of the world’s largest financial services organisations, once you’re in with such a company then the world, as the saying goes, really does become your oyster.
8. Anglo American
The FTSE 100 company Anglo American employs over 100,000 people worldwide, many of them in London. As one of the largest and most successful mining groups in the world, they have a presence on five continents.
The company is always looking for more talent to join them, as they strive to continue their philosophy of becoming ever more efficient, and providing people with the commodities they want.
Anglo American is very much a people company, making it very clear that it’s the people who work for them who make them the powerhouse they are today. The company prides itself as not just being a place to work, but a community as well. They take on experienced professionals, but also graduates and those on bursary schemes.
Sign up on their website and you can subscribe to job alerts to instantly hear when something you might be interested in becomes available.
9. Royal Bank of Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland, or RBS, is another blue chip company who offer excellent careers in many different fields. Yes, they’re a bank, but that also means that they have those who work in technology, recruitment and HR, as well as those who work in finance and audit.
There are many customer facing roles, as well as those who work behind the scenes to ensure that they remain profitable, ethical and one of the top companies in the UK.
RBS are committed to providing excellent opportunities for graduates and early starters as well. In addition, for those who want to leave education without going to university, they offer great apprenticeship schemes.
All of the above employers provide the opportunity to seek out the various roles within the company on their dedicated careers sections of their websites. Once registered, you can easily apply for jobs – you’ll have already uploaded your CV, making the initial application process that bit easier.
The great thing about all of the above companies and the employment opportunities they offer is that you know you’ll be working for a reputable and world-class employer. And for anyone who’s looking for a way to enhance their career, you could do far worse than secure a job with one of these global greats.