Basecamp caught up with University of Bristol alumni Adam Chambers, who has start-up business; Applichat. Adam won the Development Stage of the New Enterprise Competition and has shared some of his experiences below.
1.) In a nutshell, what’s your business idea?
Applichat source, automatically pre-screen, then assign job candidates from Facebook & Instagram to recruiters’ workflows.
2.) When was the idea conceived and how did it all start?
I created my first recruitment chatbot for a client in May 2019. The idea arose from recognising some problems in the online English teaching industry:
Too many applicants: Unqualified candidates (often up to 50%) wasted recruiters’ time.
Communication barrier: 68% of candidates offered a job did not accept it, often because Chinese emails were caught in firewalls & never read.
Time zone: The industry is based in China. That makes it 14 hours ahead of most teachers in the Americas.
Using a chatbot for recruitment solves all these: it can pre-qualify & segment candidates, delivers content with 80% + open rates on Facebook Messenger & communicates 24/7.
3.) Which competitions/schemes did you apply for and what was the result?
I applied for the New Enterprise Competition and was awarded £400. (more…)
Employers are waking up to the importance of equality and diversity in their graduate recruitment. According to the Institute of Student Employers, 76% of employers now consider social mobility to be a priority.
But what does equality and diversity in careers really mean? And how do these values affect you?
For the week of 27-31 January, the Careers Service and Bristol Students’ Union are putting on fifteen eventsto explore and celebrate diversity as a workplace strength.
This blog is the first of two exploring how using the Careers Service can benefit you as a PhD researcher, each of which consists of an interview conducted via email. This first part was conducted with a History PhD who recently graduated from Bristol and secured a role in Professional Services at the University of Bristol.
Remember that all of our services are available to our PhD researchers, both whilst you are registered here and for up to 3 years after you graduate.
I started with The Air Agents in June as part of the University of Bristol’s internship scheme. It seemed like a great opportunity to get some work experience in a field I was actually interested in – a welcome change from the plethora of ads for graduate schemes in recruitment or finance.
I’d always wanted to stay in Bristol after I graduated, having grown up locally, and had trawled through Indeed for hours, searching for a job which would be rewarding. The internship was a bit of a gamble, but I figured I would end up with experience that could only aid my job hunt. (more…)
We’re often asked for a list of graduate vacancies in the media. The problem is it doesn’t really exist. At least not in one place. But the good news is that with determination and creativity you can hunt down hidden opportunities.
Basecamp Enterprise Team caught up with winner of Ideas Stage, New Enterprise Competition and Bristol University alumni Ash Guest. Ash founded the start-up business Focks Socks and has continued to develop her start-up since its
beginnings in 2017. Here’s what Ash had
to say about her start-up journey:
Who are you?
My name is Ash and I’ve just started a Masters in Human Rights Law, after completing my undergrad in law at UoB a couple of years ago.(more…)
Actuation Lab is now 4 months into its year long membership of the SETsquared Bristol incubator that it won as runner-up in the NewEnterprise Competition. We have developed greatly as a business over that time and continue to refine our technology and market focus. We recently received a place on the Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) InnovateUK program which is providing us with funding and the ability to further explore market opportunities.(more…)