Everything you need to know about the Outstanding PLUS Awards  

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Want to find out more about the Outstanding PLUS Awards? Let’s get all your questions answered.  

What are the Outstanding PLUS Awards?  

Launched last academic year, the Outstanding PLUS Awards (OPA) reward Bristol PLUS Award achievers who have gone above and beyond in their PLUS Award activity. The OPA is so sought after because there are just eight winners every year – one winner per category.  


Global Careers Week: Sarah’s inspirational global career

Employers from all countries are looking for graduates who can demonstrate global skills and competencies.

Bristol alumni, Sarah M. Natumanya, tells us about her global experience working for a German consulting group, the UN in Switzerland and as a consultant in Uganda.

So, you graduated from Bristol in 2020; what happened next?

“I was fortunate to receive an internship offer from the UN Human Rights Office – OHCHR (Geneva) in November of 2020, where I supported the enhancement of civil society participation in the United Nations.

After 6 Months, I took a consultancy role as a Gender Mainstreaming Adviser with INTEGRATION Consulting Group of Germany. I delivered gender and youth development activities and integrated gender perspectives in the skills development component of the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (PREEP). The PREEP aims to improve energy access in Uganda, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas.

Since then, I am working as an independent consultant supporting organisations with mainstreaming gender and human rights perspectives in their work through research, gender equality programming, youth and women employability and the socio-economic inclusion of refugees.”

What skills did you gain working in Germany, Switzerland and Uganda?

“Working with the UN perfected my ability to interact, work and engage with teams in a diplomatic environment. Likewise, my experience in leading the gender-mainstreaming project at the PREEEP was imperative in helping me evolve as a leader.

The exposure to multidisciplinary and multicultural settings, alongside my experience working with diverse teams as a consultant, has been beneficial in helping me gain deeper knowledge within the international development and non-profit sectors.”

As an international student, what did you do during university to prepare you for a global career?

  1. I set goals of where I wanted to go and the nature of issues I wanted to work on after my academic programme.
  2. I went ahead to invest my time in research and attending webinars to gain insights and to build an impactful career in international development.
  3. Finally, I made good use of the support provided by the University’s Career Service. An advisor at the Careers Service reviewed my first CV!

💡 Tip: Use the Career Ready Courses and the International Student pathway to support you with your career planning!

What key advice would you give current students looking to gain global work experience?

#1 – Research

Career research is not only relevant in informing you about vacant positions, but it will enlighten you about trending issues, persistent problems, and ongoing topics and discussions. This knowledge is essential for informing and strengthening your writeups, applications and proposals.

Furthermore, career research helps you to understand minor but extremely significant information about the organisation you aspire to work for. For example, working for the United Nations is exciting but securing a job in the UN requires in-depth understanding of the UN system, and how jobs are graded. This is information that you must discover on your own through research, speaking to people, reading about UN career blogs, and attending webinars.

#2 – Networking

Build as many relationships with people as you can. This will help you to hear other experiences and receive bespoke advice. For example, I shared my CV with Gender and Human Rights Experts for their genuine opinions and advice on how I can present my CV and communicate my skills. I found their feedback extremely useful.

While ambitious networking is encouraged, it should be accompanied with a great level of professionalism when approaching people!

💡 Tip: Attend job hunting and networking events to improve your networking skills!

#3 – Commercial Awareness

Finally, improve yourself in line with what you want to do. Take a new course, read articles on issues relevant to your field, and attend information sessions and webinars. This helps you to keep abreast of emerging information.

Get involved!

Attend our events throughout Global Careers Week to enhance your employability!

Calling all future founders! The Development Stage is open.

The Development Stage of the New Enterprise Competition (NEC) opens on 28 November for applications until 27 January.

The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol’s flagship start-up competition and will soon be entering its 20th year. The Development Stage is where we can help you turn your start-up idea into a more realised business.

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If you have a business idea and would like to take it to the next level then you should absolutely apply now on MyCareer. Read on to find out exactly why should apply for the Development Stage!


Three reasons not to miss Global Careers Week

Global Careers Week is here!

This is your chance to get involved with a week of events and workshops, specifically designed to support you in developing global skills and experiences to boost your employability!

Here are three reasons why you should make the most out of Global Careers Week:

#1 – Global skills are highly sought-after by employers

The post-Covid working world is changing rapidly, and so are the skills required to succeed in this new environment. Developing global awareness and intercultural competencies are now essential skills to enhance your employability.

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“Companies are operating over so many international boundaries, so the more languages and experience with different cultures you can bring to a company, the more you can help with its global reach.”

Oliver Watson, MD for UK, North America and the Middle East at Michael Page

Beyond fluency in multiple languages, global skills also include your ability to navigate cultural diversity and misunderstandings, as well as possessing global business awareness.

Our blog Why employers love global experience shares eight reasons why spending time abroad can boost your employability.

Attend our workshops on Developing a global mindset and Intercultural skills and employability to learn about the significance of global skills, and how to showcase them as your employability advantages in job applications.

#2 – There is something for everyone

The best thing about Global Careers Week is there is something for everyone!

Are you interested in studying, working or volunteering abroad next summer? Come along to the Global Opportunities Fair to explore your options and find out what funding you could get to help kickstart your international adventure.

For international students looking to gain work experience in the UK, we understand that there might be certain barriers and challenges in your way. We have prepared useful workshops to support your understanding of UK workplace culture and skills, as well as strategies for success in landing a graduate job in the UK.

#3 – Get inspired

Whatever stage of career planning you are at, whether you are feeling lost or ready to explore, come along and hear from alumni speakers as they share their personal insights and inspirational global careers. Explore a wide range of careers that have a global impact, and learn about ways you can utilise your time and skills at university to prepare you for a fruitful global career.

Global Careers Week is happening Monday 28 November till Friday 2 December. Search for ‘Global Careers Week’ events on mycareer to see what’s on and register.

Visit the Global Opportunities website to book onto the Global Opportunities Fair

Inspiring insights at the Public Sector Panel

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Hi, I’m Phoebe! And last month I went along to the Career Service’s ‘Public Sector Panel’ which featured four inspiring representatives from the public sector who came to share their experience of working in the industry with students. This is what I learnt …


How to get into Finance: Top Tips

Finance careers include key areas of banking, financial accounting, financial planning, insurance, investments, pensions, real estate, sustainability and fintech.  You could find yourself in a multinational corporation, a small or medium sized business or enterprise (SME), or even a microbusiness or start-up enterprise.

Some recent University of Bristol graduates have gone into graduate roles in this sector as Financial Analysts, Tax Associates, Financial Planners, Risk Analysts, Financial Consultants and Investment Bankers, to name a few.

As a taster, here we draw together some top tips from our careers panel event on ‘How to get into Finance’ for Social Science and Law students on 25 October 2022. (more…)

The SME Internship Scheme: tackling hunger and homelessness one internship at a time

This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

If you’re passionate about making a difference, why not consider arranging an SME Internship with an organisation that is working to prevent hunger and homelessness? We spoke to a few organisations that University if Bristol students have previously had internships with to find out what they do, and why they like the scheme. 

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1625 Independent People works with young people aged 16 to 25 in the southwest.

They work to prevent youth homelessness through early intervention and have taken on interns through our scheme since 2017 to support this work


Happy Global Entrepreneurship week!

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, which means people all over the world are coming together to celebrate start-ups and new business ideas.

Here at Basecamp, we have a lot of exciting events and opportunities coming up this academic year, to help you get a leg up for your start-up. Read on for more info, as well as some insights from former students who have worked with us and turned their start-up dreams into reality. You can also visit the Global Entrepreneurship website where they have more information, as well as events running all week, online and in-person, all over the world. 

How we can support you


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PlayThru is an amazing education tool, designed to bring the fun and innovation of video gaming into a learning environment.

Its creator, Bristol graduate Rose Tan (pictured left), worked closely with us here at Basecamp, and shares her thoughts below: