#10YearsOfPLUS: ‘Execution thinking’ and work experience with BDO

As the Bristol PLUS Award continues to grow in student numbers and in recognition from the University and employers, we are also able to grow the opportunities we offer our PLUS achievers. To celebrate #10YearsOfPLUS we have collaborated with our endorsing employers to provide more of these opportunities than ever before. Our employers are consistently impressed at the standard of our motivated PLUS achievers!

Last year we were pleased and excited to be able to offer two students a two-day work experience placement in the Bristol offices of a major professional services firm – and Bristol PLUS endorsing employer – BDO! Student feedback on the PLUS always emphasises the value of engaging with employers, so we spoke to Kiara van Dinter to find out what she gained from her experience working with BDO last June.

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Why would an SME hire me for an internship?

If you’re looking for an internship, sourcing your own can be a great way to find an opportunity with an organisation that you’re really interested in. 

For our SME Internship Scheme, we can offer funding to a small and medium enterprise (SME) to help them take you on for a paid internship. 

When you’re approaching SMEs to ask for an internship opportunity, it can feel like you’re asking for something which only you benefit from. However, it’s important to remember that an internship can be mutually beneficial, and SMEs in particular can reap big rewards from taking on a University of Bristol intern. 

Here’s four reasons why recruiting aintern can be good for a small business:  (more…)

#10YearsOfPLUS: Your UG Education Officer shares her Award experience.

More than 5000 students past and present have achieved the PLUS Award in the last decade. One of which is your currently elected UG Education Officer Hillary Gyebi-Ababio who used work experience as a Telethon Fundraiser and a society committee position, among other things, to gain the Award alongside her Social Policy degree. This is what she says about her experience.

“Taking part in the Bristol PLUS Award made me a stronger candidate for my career. I honed my skills in organisation, communication and most importantly for myself, leadership. It enabled me to feel confident in realising my potential in the future career I hope to have.

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My internship with the Mayor of Bristol

Usha, a final year student in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, spent her summer as a policy intern with the Mayor of Bristol. We asked her about her experience, and how it is helping her to achieve her career goals.

Why did you decide to do an internship, and to apply for that one in particular?

I received an email from the Careers Service advertising the opportunity. I immediately applied because it was the perfect opportunity for me. The application involved writing a 10,000-character document demonstrating how my experience matched the outlined person specification. It also involved a practical assessment where I completed tasks that were typical day-to-day activities in the Mayor’s Office. After being shortlisted, I was called for interview. My closest friends and family know how much I struggle to gain enough confidence to apply. So, when I made it to interview, I was terrified but also excited.

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Four skills employers are looking for

The top skills employers in the south west are looking for and how you can develop these over the festive season.

What skills are local employers looking for? In the recent Local Sector Skills Statements 2019 produced by Skills West, communication skills featured in the top three most desirable skills listed by employers across eight separate sectors in the south west.   (more…)

Calling all final years and recent graduates! An internship opportunity for you!

The Santander SME Internship Scheme provides quality, paid work experience opportunities for final year students and graduates who completed their degree in the last 18 months.

The internships are 280 hours long and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  (more…)

6 tips for getting a job in an SME

An SME is a small or medium sized enterprise. Over 99% of businesses in the UK are SMEs employing between 0 and 249 people (House of Commons briefing paper, May 2019). 

There are many benefits to working for a small organisation, find out more in our online guide ‘What is an SME? Why work for one?’

Here are our tips for securing an opportunity with an SME. 

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My graduate internship experience

I started with The Air Agents in June as part of the University of Bristol’s internship scheme. It seemed like a great opportunity to get some work experience in a field I was actually interested in – a welcome change from the plethora of ads for graduate schemes in recruitment or finance. 

I’d always wanted to stay in Bristol after I graduated, having grown up locally, and had trawled through Indeed for hours, searching for a job which would be rewarding. The internship was a bit of a gamble, but I figured I would end up with experience that could only aid my job hunt.   (more…)

Launch of myopportunities – get involved!

 

What is myopportunities? 

myopportunities is a portal that empowers you to explore opportunities outside of your formal curriculum.  

Develop your interests, enhance your skills and apply your learning today by signing up for an engagement opportunity!  

This could be a one-off volunteering activity in Bristol, a month-long internship abroad, an online course or hackathon.  

myopportunities lists opportunities from across the university and the wider community. The list is endless, so why not find an opportunity that suits you and begin learning differently today? Visit us online: myopportunities 

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