Calling all future founders! The Development Stage is open.

The Development Stage of the New Enterprise Competition (NEC) opens on 28 November for applications until 27 January.

The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol’s flagship start-up competition and will soon be entering its 20th year. The Development Stage is where we can help you turn your start-up idea into a more realised business.

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If you have a business idea and would like to take it to the next level then you should absolutely apply now on MyCareer. Read on to find out exactly why should apply for the Development Stage!

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Three reasons not to miss Global Careers Week

Global Careers Week is here!

This is your chance to get involved with a week of events and workshops, specifically designed to support you in developing global skills and experiences to boost your employability!

Here are three reasons why you should make the most out of Global Careers Week:

#1 – Global skills are highly sought-after by employers

The post-Covid working world is changing rapidly, and so are the skills required to succeed in this new environment. Developing global awareness and intercultural competencies are now essential skills to enhance your employability.

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“Companies are operating over so many international boundaries, so the more languages and experience with different cultures you can bring to a company, the more you can help with its global reach.”

Oliver Watson, MD for UK, North America and the Middle East at Michael Page

Beyond fluency in multiple languages, global skills also include your ability to navigate cultural diversity and misunderstandings, as well as possessing global business awareness.

Our blog Why employers love global experience shares eight reasons why spending time abroad can boost your employability.

Attend our workshops on Developing a global mindset and Intercultural skills and employability to learn about the significance of global skills, and how to showcase them as your employability advantages in job applications.


#2 – There is something for everyone

The best thing about Global Careers Week is there is something for everyone!

Are you interested in studying, working or volunteering abroad next summer? Come along to the Global Opportunities Fair to explore your options and find out what funding you could get to help kickstart your international adventure.

For international students looking to gain work experience in the UK, we understand that there might be certain barriers and challenges in your way. We have prepared useful workshops to support your understanding of UK workplace culture and skills, as well as strategies for success in landing a graduate job in the UK.


#3 – Get inspired

Whatever stage of career planning you are at, whether you are feeling lost or ready to explore, come along and hear from alumni speakers as they share their personal insights and inspirational global careers. Explore a wide range of careers that have a global impact, and learn about ways you can utilise your time and skills at university to prepare you for a fruitful global career.


Global Careers Week is happening Monday 28 November till Friday 2 December. Search for ‘Global Careers Week’ events on mycareer to see what’s on and register.

Visit the Global Opportunities website to book onto the Global Opportunities Fair

Inspiring insights at the Public Sector Panel

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Hi, I’m Phoebe! And last month I went along to the Career Service’s ‘Public Sector Panel’ which featured four inspiring representatives from the public sector who came to share their experience of working in the industry with students. This is what I learnt …

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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.

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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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My Motability Operations internship: Anna

“I am incredibly grateful that I took this chance.”

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This summer, I’ve been working at Motability Operations (MO) as part of my place on their scholarship programme. I’ve been placed on the Connected Vehicles team, which is centred around data science. Day-to-day, my role has involved researching model inputs and preparing and analysing data stored on the cloud.

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What is the Ideation fund and why should you apply?

The Ideation fund is a 7-week experimental learning programme, (running between the 2 November- 14 December), which provides applicants with specialist training, support and funding for founders who want to explore and test out an early-stage start-up idea. This programme is sponsored by The Bristol Grid.

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My SME Internship: Katie – Treepoints

My name is Katie, and I am a 2nd year student studying BA French and Spanish. A photo of Katie smiling.

I completed my SME Internship this June at Treepoints, an online platform start-up which provides support for businesses to take climate action and reduce their carbon emissions.  

The internship took place in London, where I covered a variety of tasks over the month including market research, internal auditing, competitor research, developing selection criteria for new partners and bringing on board a new plastic collection partner.  (more…)

Welcome to your new-look mycareer!

You may have noticed that mycareer has had a bit of a glow-up! Rest assured it is still packed with all the events, opportunities and information it had before. 

We thought we’d give you some top tips for getting the most out of it:  

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Tailor your profile

When you first log in, you’ll be asked to set up your profile which will take you under 3 minutes (we know, we have timed ourselves doing it!)  This will ensure that you get the most relevant advice and opportunities for you. 

 

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The Career Discovery Feed

Find articles from us here at the Careers Service, as well as other specialists. Personalise your feed by favouriting resources as you go and build your own library.

 

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Get your CV ready pathway

We have lots of pathways for you to discover. This super useful pathway will help you learn to write a winning CV in 3 easy steps. Once you’ve completed it, talk to us on Live Chat and we can book you an appointment to have your new CV reviewed by a Careers Advisor. 

 

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Search opportunities

We have a HUGE range of jobs, work experience and opportunities for you to explore. You can use filters to target your search to find exactly what you want; whether it’s a part-time role to fit around your studies, volunteering, a summer internship, or immediate start graduate vacancies, we’ve got you covered!   

Take a look!

Watch our 3-minute video to walk you through the new features 

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So, what are you waiting for? Head to mycareer now, set up your profile and start exploring! 

 

 

Violet: Student Leader, drag artist, and PLUS achiever!

Bristol PLUS Award achiever and Outstanding PLUS Award nominee Violet Allmark achieved her 70 hours of PLUS activity through working as a freelance drag performer and taking on a student leadership role as chair of Bristol Theatre Department Society InterACT. 

Violet was a freelance performer with drag cabaret ‘The House of Savalon’ during their residency at award-winning Bristol LGBTQ+ venue Queenshilling, proud sponsors of Bristol University LGBTQ+ society. 

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Violet performing as Etta Boy, at The House of Savalon

‘My freelance work, as part of the House of Savalon’s three month residency at Queenshilling, gave me the opportunity to develop my artistic costume-making practice, and improve my time management and organisational skills. I spent hours preparing for my acts: sourcing, making and editing my own costumes, props and audio. 

In addition, the regular feedback sessions enhanced my personal reflection skills on my own performances as well as my communication skills through constructive feedback

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The House of Savalon at the Queen Shilling

Kickstarting my drag career this year has led to such amazing performance opportunities, such as performing last week before Divina de Campo at the Creative Youth Network Station and even internationally in Woody’s Bar Toronto, where I was tipped during my performance by a queen recently announced to be on Season 3 of Canada Drag Race and I was even in the presence of the show’s ‘version’ of Ru Paul: Brook Lynn Hytes.’

Violet also developed new skills and experience by chairing the committee of InterAct, the theatre department’s society. 

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