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!
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.
‘As a cancer survivor myself, I felt passionate about joining the Medical Student’s Charity Dance show, CLIC, and raising money for Young Lives vs Cancer charity. I enjoyed working with an amazing team to help produce and run the show, and there was a real buzz fundraising, breaking records and winning multiple awards.’
For Oscar’s second PLUS activity, he was president of the Bristol Medical Student Paediatric society, working with his committee to plan and host educational events.
‘I earnt presidency for the Bristol Medical Student Paediatric society as I have an interest in a career in paediatrics and really wanted to get involved in the society. This year, I have been involved in hosting a paediatric conference, teaching, charity work and helping run the society alongside an amazing and hardworking team of likeminded individuals.’
Last year, over a third of PLUS achievers reported a positive change in their career planning progression.
Oscar is no different – he credits the PLUS Award for developing his skillset and improving his employability.
‘The skills I learnt during my Bristol PLUS activities have been invaluable. I’ve had experiences to learn more about my career progression and opportunities in talks I’ve attended, improved my communication skills through interview sessions, and have begun improving and developing my portfolio thanks to CV workshops. The experience has left me confident and better prepared for the working world.’
Signed up for PLUS? Stay on track, log your evidence and complete by 10 June.
Not signed up? You should – take it from Oscar:
‘The Bristol PLUS Award is an amazing opportunity for students to learn, grow and develop their skills. (The Award) helps your CV to stand out and shows future employers your ability to build an impressive portfolio.’