My SME Internship: Nathan – Purplefish

Nathan is a Politics and International Relations graduate who worked as a Social Media intern at Purplefish as part of the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Internship Scheme.

A photo of Nathan, smiling.

Hi, I’m Nathan and I was recently given the opportunity to spend a month as a PR and Social Media Intern at Purplefish, an award-winning, Bristol-based PR and communications firm. Admittedly, I held preconceived notions that an internship would be a relatively uninspired experience that would be undertaken solely for the CV boosting prospects. However, in reality, I couldn’t be further from the truth. 

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Is a graduate scheme right for me? Pros, cons, and FAQs.

To grad scheme, or not to grad scheme; a question many of us have asked. Differing from graduate jobs, graduate schemes are training programmes run by large companies, offering a body of graduates a firm foothold in an industry. Keep reading to see if a grad scheme is suited to you and get application tips.

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Madeleine Pengelly: from Bristol graduate to Delaware

The  Employer Showcase, is just under two weeks away!

A busy bristol beacon at leats years careers fair. up front, purple and orange balloons

Taking place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October, it is a great opportunity to build connections with employers from a variety of sectors, and see what opportunities are available from graduate roles and internships to work experience.

Our employers range from international organisations to small and medium enterprises and there will be different employers attending each day. Check out mycareer to book your place and start planning who you want to meet.

Our sponsors this year are OC&C Strategy Consultants, Frazer Nash, AlphaSights, Datamine, Delaware and Baker Hughes.

Madeleine Pengelly from Delaware (one of this year’s fair sponsors) tells us about her time at university and life in her current role.

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Teach First case study

Tim, graduated in 2020

I applied to Teach First in my second year at Bristol. I applied because I am passionate about creating an education system which works for everyone. This encouraged me to teach science, because science teachers are in such short supply.

Graduating during a lockdown was a strange experience. Training to teach during that lockdown was even more surreal.

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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…)

So you want to work in social policy?

At our ‘How to get into social policy and other policy roles’ event on 25 January 2022, professionals working in this area shared insight into what it’s like and gave practical advice on how to get there.

Below are their eight top tips – scroll to the end to access the recording and more. (more…)

How to get into Business and Data Analytics: Top Tips

In November 2021, we held a panel event ‘How to get into Business and Data Analytics’ for Social Science and Law students. Read on for essential tips to ‘get in’ and ‘get on’ in roles which are growing in demand from graduate employers.

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CPSA Case Study: Sourcing your own SME Internship

As a final year BSc Psychology student, I wanted to use this year to develop my skills and experience so that I would be in a strong position to apply for graduate jobs. After taking a course on drugs and addiction as part of my degree, I realized that I felt passionate about this subject.

Paula Mesia Guevara, Career Peer Support Assistant and Final Year BSc Psychology student

I decided that I wanted to look for an internship in a related role, to help me to decide if I would enjoy working in this field. However, I was not finding many advertised opportunities for the kinds of internships I was interested in.

Through the Careers Service website I learned that students could source their own internships through the university’s SME internship scheme. (more…)

CPSA case study: Bouncing back from rejections

Yun Wen Soh, Final year LLB Student and Career Peer Support Assistant

Thank you for your application for [job name] at [company].

However, after careful consideration we regret to inform you that you have not been successful…”

Emails like this are almost inevitable during your job search. Despite knowing that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, receiving rejections can feel crushing.

 

 

Here are some practical tips to get out of the rejection rut … (more…)