Outstanding Award – notes from the Experts!

The Outstanding Award is the perfect platform for students to be recognised and rewarded for making a significant contribution to a project or extracurricular activity.

  • It is the Universities highest employability accolade and acknowledges students who have gone above and beyond in their chosen context.
  • Mirrors a real-life recruitment process.
  • Rewarding outstanding contributions and high level application and interview technique
  • Provides engagement with industry experts on the interview panel.

We asked a few of our experts why they were dedicated to the Outstanding Award process, and here is what they had to say!

‘I’ve always been really impressed by the creativity and innovation of the projects that the students have done, and I’ve been inspired by how they have put their ideas into action in their own time. This is such an important programme for Bristol University, because it’s really helping to develop the leaders, innovators and pioneers of the future.’ James Fortune, Head of Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

‘Achieving the Outstanding Award demonstrates that a student is willing to go above and beyond what is required or expected of them. It shows their capacity to offer meaningful contributions to topics and areas beyond what could be considered a student’s ‘normal sphere of influence’ Leah Eatwell, Community Led Housing Enabler, Ecomotive.

‘Without doubt, at the heart of the Outstanding Awards are the students themselves. Their drive and ambition, their dedication to their projects, and the benefits such endeavours provide for the wider community is truly inspiring.’ Matt Gibbs, WGGB Award nominated writer and editor

If you have already achieved the Bristol PLUS Award and feel that you have made a significant contribution to a project or activity that meets the brief of the Outstanding Award, now is the perfect time to start your application! The deadline for submitting applications if 7th March 2021.

To fully understand the Award process, please visit the Outstanding Award webpage, view the Outstanding Award Introductory Talk video or book your place in an Outstanding Award Live virtual events.

You can gain inspiration on the types of projects used towards the Award and read about last year’s achievers here.

Successful applications will be invited to interview during the week starting 19th April 2021. Our team and this year’s expert panellists very much look forward to meeting you!

Will volunteering really make me stand out to employers?

Student Volunteering Week is a national event, with Higher and Further Education Institutions across the country using the week to celebrate existing student volunteers and to encourage more students to start volunteering. Your Careers Service is using the week (8-14 February 2021) to celebrate your achievements in volunteering over the past year. However, we are also keen to remind you of the employability benefits to be gained!

Will volunteering really make me stand out to employers?

Absolutely! But don’t take our word for it – in this blog some of our Bristol PLUS Award endorsing employers explain exactly how they perceive volunteer work from their applicants, and just why volunteering is so beneficial for both you and the organisation you go on to work for.

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Calling all Outstanding students!

We have officially launched the Outstanding Award for the 2020/21 academic year! 

The Outstanding Award, the big sister of the PLUS Award, rewards students who have achieved something substantial and significant outside of their studies at Bristol and are up for the challenge of taking their employability skills to the next level. 

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We asked some of last year’s Outstanding Award achievers why they would recommend the experience to their fellow students…

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Get Career Ready with the Career Ready Course

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Do you know how to get started or move forwards on your career journey?

Many students and graduates ask us for help in deciding what to do. Others are looking for advice on how to upskill, gain relevant experience or stand out in the application process.

Career planning is a cycle, and to support you at every stage, whether you’re a first year considering your options, or a recent graduate navigating the jobs market, the Careers Service has developed the Career Ready Course for you. (more…)

8 reasons why you should do the Bristol PLUS Award!

As the new academic year starts, we are so excited to welcome you all back and *drumroll pleaseopen the Bristol PLUS Award for registration!  (more…)

Best resources for emotional intelligence

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Emotional intelligence (EI) is a very useful skill in the workplace and is an increasingly sought-after skill by employers. But what does it mean, and how do you improve and demonstrate your emotional intelligence?

We had a look on the mycareer e-learning hub and found these top 5 articles to help you learn more.

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Best resources for commercial awareness

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Commercial awareness is all about having an understanding of the market a certain organisation operates in.

It is a sought after skill by employers, and having good commercial awareness when applying for a job might help you stand out from the crowd.

How can you improve your commercial awareness? We’ve done a round-up of some of the top resources about commercial awareness from mycareer.

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Help! What are my strengths?

Ask someone what their strengths are and it’s likely they’ll give you a fair imitation of a rabbit caught in headlights. Although we know ourselves better than anyone, it’s not always easy to identify exactly what makes us special.  Employers will often ask you about your strengths at interview. To avoid responding with a glassy-eyed stare, you need to first get clear about what yours are, and then understand how best to articulate them.

So, what ARE my strengths?
A common interview question is, “how would a good friend describe you in three words?” Prepare for this by asking a friend ahead of time! (You can always return the favour). We ran an exercise a bit like this recently at the Careers Service. We all drew a representation of ourselves on a piece of A4 paper (it quickly emerged that most of us couldn’t list artistic talent amongst our finer qualities). Then we moved around adding words to the pictures. Where we agreed with a word someone had already written, we put a big tick against it.

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Who are the Faculty Employability Team?

Last week (12 June 2019) the Faculty Employability Team at the Careers Service won the ‘Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Award’ at the Bristol Teaching Awards. To celebrate this fantastic achievement we thought it was about time we introduced the team and explained a little more about what they do.

The Faculty Employability Team (Back row L to R: Peter, Ellen, Eilidh, Tim, Gareth. Front row L to R: Holly, Natalia, Hannah, and Jo.)

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