Looking for a job can be a tricky process. From figuring out what you want in your career to finding a workplace that can support your wellbeing, there’s a lot to think about. Plus, job adverts can sometimes take some translating to figure out what the employer’s really looking for. This post will walk you through some steps to consider in your job hunt.
Understanding your value
It’s important to feel empowered in your job hunt journey. You are a valuable candidate with lots to offer (and if you need some help expressing that, check out our elevator pitch builder). You deserve to be in a position that fulfils you. (more…)
Ethan Osborn-Clarke is a final year Geography BSc student planning to teach Geography in secondary schools in London once he graduates, following the Teach First pathway. Other options for getting into teaching exist too – see links further down for details. We caught up with Ethan to discuss why he’s choosing this career path.
Teaching is a popular career choice for many graduates, for various reasons: job satisfaction, security, or to inspire the next generation.
There are many reasons I‘m going into teaching – all confirmed by my primary and secondary observation days and too numerous to go through individually. To try and summarise, I’ve put them into four main areas: fulfilment, differentiation, progression and challenge, giving a glimpse into my rationale for going into teaching.
Calling all Bristol PLUS Award achievers: have you gone above and beyond in your PLUS Award? Did you make a significant change or impact in a PLUS activity or role? If so, you can nominate yourself to receive extra recognition with an Outstanding PLUS Award.
Select one of your BristolPLUS Award Experience activitieswhere you were able to shine and use it to nominate yourself for an Outstanding PLUS Award! With 8 categories to choose from, the Outstanding PLUS Awards celebrate a broad range of achievements.
Did you make a difference to the people in your community? Maybe you helped createa positive change that would not have happened without your efforts? Did you consistently go the extra mile in your role?
For your Bristol PLUS, you reflected on the skills you developed and how you can articulate these to employers. For the Outstanding PLUS, we ask you to put that into action by telling us how your activity meets the brief of your chosen category and why you deserve to win!
The Outstanding PLUS Award is open to students who achieved the Bristol PLUS Award this academic year, so if you have not yet completed your Bristol PLUS, this is a great incentive to do so!
What if I completed the Bristol PLUS Award in a previous year?
The Outstanding PLUS Award is intended to be completed in the same year as your Bristol PLUS. However, for this launch year only, if you achieved the Bristol PLUS Award in a previous year and you would like to nominate yourself for an Outstanding PLUS Award, please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are open now until 26 March 2022, and winners will be announced in April 2022.
.Employers can spend as little as 30 seconds looking at your CV, so you need to make shortlisting easy for them. Make sure you stand out from the crowd and showcase your unique selling points, by following these top tips.
How to master the transition from university to first job
The last couple of years have been really difficult to be both a student and an employee. The job market is looking up, but as you transition between university and the workplace, how can you make sure to look after yourself?
Students have been engaging with older community groups in Bristol by running a series of showcases and activities at Parkway Methodist Church in St Werberghs on Monday afternoons. Not only are these experiences a great way to give back to the local community, but they also develop planning and presentation skills, and it looks great on a CV!
We caught up with Kayleigh, Katie, Lillian, and Darya to hear about their sessions: (more…)
On 19 October 2021, we held a ‘How to get into Government and the Civil Service’ careers panel event for Social Science and Law students. Speakers joined from organisations including the Office for National Statistics, the Government Security Group, and the Cabinet Office giving students a chance to find out about roles within the Government and Civil Service, what it’s like working in these fields and get practical advice on how to get there.
Ethan Osborn-Clark, a final year BSc Geography student and Career Peer Support Assistant, attended the event; here are his top takeaways from the session. (more…)
Hi, I’m Nada, my internship role was as a Fundraising Research Assistant with the International Development charity, Deki. I contributed to the Fundraising Team primarily by conducting background research into Trusts and Foundations which was the basis for other team members to make grant applications.
We caught up with Shabaj, who created the Success Program, a sports journaling app, which was awarded funding from the Ideas stage of the Competition last year.
In a nutshell, what is your start-up idea and where did the idea come from?
I’m working on a sports journaling app that allows individuals to track their weightlifting performance and provides customers with a quantitative measure of how their training programme is impacting their performance. Having our customers reflect on what they achieved on their last workout allows them to compete against themselves from one workout to the next.
The aim of the game is progression, but how can you know if you are progressing if you aren’t tracking your results?
I’m not the strongest person in the gym, by far. Often, if I push myself more than I am physically capable of and I get an injury. I got tired of repeating the same mistake and started to record my workouts in a notebook. However, I got fed up with flicking through the pages to find what weights, reps and sets I should do. I also lost more pens in the gym than most students do in three years at university. So I decided to build an app to think and carry less in the gym.
Have you always been interested in entrepreneurship? What inspired you to get into it?
I let my curiosity direct where I put my attention- which has its own set of pros and cons! My journey into entrepreneurship is more self-centred than most. From the projects I worked on, I always had a personal connection with problem I was trying to solve. Since I couldn’t find a product or service that met my needs, I would find out how I can create my own solution. If I have that problem, someone else might too.