Work experience is any opportunity which gives you experience of work, or the non-academic skills that will prepare you for work. It can be paid or unpaid experienceand is not necessarily related to your degree or your future career plans. This can include internships, summer vacation jobs, volunteering, insight events and shadowing as well as self-driven projects.
Good quality work experience should:
Teach you new skills including professional behaviours.
Highlight which skills you need.
Let you explore a career idea.
Connect you to people you could use as contacts in the future.
You may have seen articles in the UK press about how coronavirus is affecting the UK graduate job market. Broadly speaking it’s a mixed outlook, with some sectors like hospitality badly affected whereas others, like healthcare and social work, are more robust. You can read a useful summary on Prospects.
At Bristol, one in four of you now are from overseas, so we’re actively using our relationships with global recruitment platforms and employers to collate information on job markets outside of the UK.
With student applications still open for next year’s Bristol Mentors programme we caught up with 2019 Politics and International Relations graduate Liberty O’Hagan about her time as a mentee during 2018/19. (more…)
Chambers of Commerce are membership organisations which businesses can join to access services to help them grow and play a part in their local business community. They exist around the world at the local, regional and national level. Bristol Chamber of Commerce is run by Business West. You can easily find Chambers for your nearest home town or city, or home country, by searching online. For example, “[name of city] Chamber of Commerce.”
Bristol Mentors pairs successful student candidates with an alumni mentor who will provide careers support and guidance throughout the academic year. The programme is now open for applications for our 2020/21 cohort.
“Bristol Mentors was a really unique experience, primarily because of the attention to detail that had gone into its organisation and planning. It was clear that a lot of thought and effort had gone into ensuring that my peers and I were paired with someone who could really support us in our career aspirations.
If you don’t think of freelancing as a graduate job, you may be missing a trick.
Being self-employed can be hugely rewarding and graduates shouldn’t dismiss it as either a short-term or more permanent option. To some it may sound like a precarious path with no certainty and little direction, whilst others see it as an exciting world of possibilities. It all depends on your mindset and skills. (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.
It’s been a little while since you graduated from the University of Bristol: the dust has settled, you’ve hung-up your graduation outfit, the certificate is filed-away for future reference, several of your friends have gone off travelling, started new jobs or are embarking on postgraduate study courses. What about you…?
If you haven’t got anything lined-up at this stage, then pleaseDON’T PANIC!!(more…)
We asked some University of Bristol graduates from the class of 2018 how their first year of graduate life has been, and what advice they would give to the class of 2019?
Name: Tom Wallis Degree: History Current job: Student Development Coordinator (Sport and Physical Activity)
Leaving university can feel like a monumental change, that can come with my challenges; new environments and uncertainties which make losing the comfort of your course daunting. You can overcome it, here’s the thinking I’ve been developing that has gotten me through my first year: (more…)