My SME Internship: Tom, Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a multi-award-winning charity which works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and reduce discrimination experienced because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  

EACH work with us through our SME Internship Scheme to host interns to support their charity work, in roles such as Administration & Fundraising Officer, Helpline & Creative Development Assistant, and Research & Administration Officer.   

Since 2013, EACH has hosted 14 SME interns through the SME Internship Scheme.  

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LGBTQ+ careers support and advice

Hello, and happy Pride! Here at the Careers Service, we’d like to kickstart the University celebrations by giving you resources designed specifically to support our LGBTQ+ students and grads, from uni onwards!

It’s 2022, and employers (especially those huge corporations) love to shout their allyship from the rooftops – so what does it actually mean to be job seeking as an LGBTQ+ candidate, and how do you navigate it?

There are a few research methods at your disposal. Start by taking a look at the support offered to you at the Careers Service: a good first step is our guidance document on Equality and Diversity resources.

 

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Getting to know the Outstanding PLUS Awards

Bristol PLUS Award students undertake a huge range of activities, and develop an abundance of skills and experiences. The Outstanding PLUS Awards launched in 2021-22 to further celebrate students for making outstanding personal contributions, whatever their chosen activity. 

In this blog, we’re looking at two of the Award categories, and some examples of nominees from our very first Outstanding PLUS Awards cohort.  

If you’re interested in finding out more about what our Outstanding PLUS Awards students got up to, check out the other related posts on our blog and you can find more information on our webpage.

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The Graduate Outcomes Survey; be part of the picture!

What is it? 

Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates.  

All graduates who completed a course will be asked to take part in the survey 15 months after they finish their studies. The survey aims to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. 

So, whether you’re in work, studying, travelling or doing something completely different, they want to hear about it!  

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Transform Case Studies: Unlocked

Written by Ellen, Youth Prison Officer with Unlocked Graduates, Law LLB (2018)

Since leaving Bristol…

I applied for Unlocked Graduates in my third year of University. At this point, though I had loved studying law, I knew I did not want to practice. I wanted to work directly with those affected by the criminal justice system and to change society for the better, still using my knowledge but via alternate means. I discovered the Unlocked Graduate Scheme in a careers email sent by the Law Department and was immediately interested given the scheme’s focus upon fostering social change within prisons in order to limit reoffending. I applied, thinking that I probably wouldn’t even get an interview and was surprised when I was contacted a few weeks after submitting my application to attend an assessment day.

From then onwards, I completed the recruitment process and was lucky enough to be placed within a Young Offenders Institution, working with incarcerated 15-18 year olds. (more…)

My IKEEP Journey: Project Placement with PyTerra

Hi, I’m Emily! I am a third-year law student and I recently completed a project placement with PyTerra, after following a two-week Intrapreneurial course with IKEEP. I heard about the IKEEP training programme in the Careers Service newsletter, and it seemed like a great way to get interesting work experience. I got offered a 4-week work placement at PyTerra, which is a local ‘FinTech’ (Financial Technology) start-up and app where investors, developers, grant givers and corporates can collaborate to make low carbon housing projects feasible. Essentially, PyTerra’s mission is to generate finance for aggregated low carbon projects.   (more…)

My SME Internship: Regina – WeTrack

A photo of Regina, smiling.I am very grateful to have been offered an internship opportunity through the SME Internship Scheme.

As an international student, I spent three months searching for a graduate job in the UK after I finished my one-year master’s programme. I found the challenges and competition higher than ever in the wake of the global pandemic. Thus, I applied for internship vacancies on the Careers Service website to enhance my employability in the local market. (more…)

University of Bristol students reach Keyloop’s 2022 Dealer Tech Competition Semi-Final!

 

University of Bristol students, Kareem Doomun and Isfaaq Jadhakhan, beat out over 1000 competitors from leading universities across the UK, Ireland and Canada to reach the semi-finals of the Keyloop Dealer Tech Competition. The Engineering Design with Study in Industry (MEng) students formed the team EDes and won £1000. Their innovative idea to use incorporate devices such as cameras and wearable VR to measure and recall an immersive test drive experience thereby supporting the car buying decision.

The Dealer Tech competition is in its second year of running and is designed to encourage new talent in technology to network with industry professionals, team up with friends and develop their product ideas. We spoke to Kareem and Isfaaq about their experience.


Explain your competition entry in a sentence.

A system to integrate more emotions in the car buying process and gathering accurate customer data for dealerships.

How did you come up with your idea?

We were inspired by our AI unit this year and followed a systematic design process to develop our solution.

What advice would you give to other students pitching ideas in competitions?

Just do it. you need to believe in your ideas and make sure to explore it and do some proper market research to back your points. The university offers a lot of support in terms of online courses and prototyping to support your development and allows you to gain new skills. Pitching Ideas can be intimidating but the more you do it, the more you develop many beneficial soft and transferable skills that are extremely valuable in industry.

What’s next for you?

We plan to complete our Masters and apply all the experience gained from this competition in our studies. We plan to try to participate as many other competitions as possible.

Have you ever used the University’s Careers Service?

We have attended talks by a Careers Service representative.


We are so inspired EDes’ success. Not only did they use their knowledge to develop fresh tech-focused product ideas, but they also gave professional presentations to a panel of expert judges at Keyloop. Both the achievement and the experience will give our competitors an edge as they kick off their careers in the industry and look to impress employers.

As Keyloop CEO Tom Kilroy relates:

‘In 2022 the competition equipped all our entries with new skills and experiences to help them succeed in the competitive graduate employment space.’

Congratulations, Isfaaq and Kareem!

Meet Oscar, the PLUS achiever who helped fundraise £60,000 for charity!

The Bristol PLUS Award rewards students for taking part in extra-curricular activity alongside their studies. Every year, we are impressed by the variety of activities students use towards their PLUS, and the impact these activities have – both towards the local community, and towards the students’ personal and professional development.   

Spotlight on Oscar: director, president, PLUS Achiever… and multitasking extraordinaire!  

A picture of Oscar during the Charity Dance Production. He is standing on stage with a money shooting out of a prop gun.
Photo credit: Peter Wormington (Moonshine Photography)

To achieve his 70 hours, Oscar Oglina, a fifth-year medical student, was director of the Medical Student Charity Dance Production, CLIC, which broke fundraising records by raising over £60,000 for charity.  (more…)