As my internship draws to a close, I’m writing this blog as a recollection of the experiences and insights I’ve had over the past four weeks. I’m a recent graduate from the University of Bristol, having studied a Master’s of Engineering with a year abroad spent in Australia and reached out to Briony to gain further work experience. Based at Engine Shed, my time spent in the scale-up sector has provided invaluable networking opportunities and a greater understanding of post-university career options. Under the direction of Briony, I have been able to work closely with some of the scale-ups at Engine Shed and the wider community.
A student perspective by Annie Elliott
Going into my second year of university, after a fairly idle first year, I was focused on getting my grades higher and taking my studies more seriously. I had never really considered going to a careers fair until I got a job with the Careers Service and I realised how many opportunities people that don’t attend are missing out on. When people asked me what I wanted to do after university my responses were always vague. Thinking about my career and the ‘real world’ was a daunting prospect and I wanted to put it on hold until I had finished my studies. However, attending the careers fair, I realised I had no reason to feel anxious about this topic but rather it was something I could get excited about.
1. New names, new venues, new opportunities
You may know them as careers fairs but this year our employer events are more than just fairs. We have talks, workshops, CV checks, competitions, LinkedIn photo booths and more, all taking place alongside the events. There is a wide range of events covering a variety of different sectors with employers large and small, so there’s something for everyone.
2. There’s an app for that
Yes, the app world has also infiltrated careers events. The Careers Fair Plus App, available on the app store and google play store, allows you to research in advance, filter and search to find employers most relevant to you and view an interactive floorplan.
3. Employers love Bristol students
Employers come to Bristol to promote their company to you and to recruit the best talent for their business. Make the most of this opportunity. You get to speak to the experts, get a feel for the work culture and inside tips that make your applications stand out. Who you know is often just as important as what you know in the world of work so it’s best to make the most of every opportunity to meet employers.
See what’s coming up on our website: www.bristol.ac.uk/careers/events/careers-fairs/
We asked University of Bristol graduates from the class of 2017 how their first year of graduate life has been, what’s been the best thing about University, what they’ve learned, what they wish they’d known, and what advice they would give to the class of 2018?
Here’s what recent grads Hugh, James, Jenny, and Alex had to say:
It’s the time of year when degree results are announced and, amid all the celebrations, there are some of you for whom things may not have gone according to plan. It’s understandable to be disappointed if you did not get the classification you hoped for, but if you are worried about what this means for your job prospects, take heart, there are still plenty of options open to you.
1. Look for graduate schemes which accept 2:2s – and beyond!
Increasing numbers of graduate schemes do not require a 2:1 for you to be able to apply. This is a trend which extends across many sectors, so it is worth searching the opportunities out. See this article by Target Jobs for useful links to sector specific recommendations: Also bear in mind that only a minority of graduates end up on these large graduate schemes each year; the vacancies on MyCareer are one good starting point for a wider range of graduate opportunities.
2. Be positive about your achievements
Success rather depends on a set of personal attitudes and attributes, your work experience, and a willingness to learn.
But with potentially hundreds of applicants applying for even entry-level roles in the media and creative industries it’s important to do everything you can to stand out.
The following tips will help you focus on what you can be doing right now to help you get ahead.
Máire Power participated in our UoB Internship Scheme as a marketing intern for the science company, NuNano Ltd. We spoke to Máire and NuNano about their experiences.
Can you give us a summary of your internship?
‘I spent two months as a marketing intern for the science company, NuNano Ltd, based within the science incubator, Unit DX. NuNano manufacture nanoscale probes for the sensitive measurement technique, atomic force microscopy. I was tasked with designing and creating content such as articles, videos, and social media posts to increase the awareness of their brand.’ Continue reading
Are you looking for a summer internship? The UoB Internship Scheme may be just what you are looking for!
For those who haven’t heard of the scheme before, it supports students wanting to gain quality, paid work experience with Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. An SME is an organisation that employs up to 250 people and has a turnover of less than £40 million. This includes start-ups, charities and social enterprises, so there is a real variety of opportunities available.
Pay will be at least the National Living Wage. Our internships are 4 weeks full-time, or the equivalent 140 hours can be worked on a part-time basis. This is typically flexible and internships can be undertaken during term time or vacations.
Further benefits can include:
- Providing a competitive edge to your CV; standing out in the job market is increasingly crucial.
- Gaining transferable and desirable skills.
- Networking opportunities.
- Potential for extended employment.
- Providing work experience hours for the Bristol PLUS Award.
Experiences of being an international student at university can vary greatly. Despite having been at school in the UK since the age of 13, I still felt the specific pressures of being an international student at university, especially in regards to careers.
My career aspirations became a high priority from the beginning. Due to my student visa only allowing me to stay in the UK for the duration of my degree, I felt that I needed to have a post-graduation plan as soon as possible. I spent much of my first year getting to know what advice was offered by attending a variety of workshops put on by the Careers Service, numerous employer presentations, participating in university societies and volunteering. When I decided to complete the Bristol PLUS Award in second year, I found I had no trouble doing so having kick-started my career planning early on.
by Jess Blackwell
I think it’s safe to say that I was feeling rather panicked before I got some advice from the Careers Service at University. In fact, I feel panicked is a slight understatement – I was absolutely convinced that I was doomed to a life of unemployment and/or a job that sucked out my soul. Luckily, the Careers Service managed to help me out a bit.