Competitions: Emerging leaders and Energy challenge

Project Firefly: Emerging Leaders Competition (sponsored by Credit Suisse)

Compete for a chance to win an all-expenses paid invitation to the world renowned Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference (AIC) in Hong Kong, March 2015. Essay 800 – 1500 words, or a 5-minute video on a given topic, more details at

The competition is open to Bachelor, Master, MBA or PhD students from any university.
Additionally, students graduating in 2017 can compete to win an interview for positions in Credit Suisse’s 2016 Internship program. For more information please see prizes.

MyKindaCrowd Energy Challenge competition (sponsored by npower)

The energy industry has never been under the spotlight in the way that it is now. RWE npower want to build their company into a sustainable, successful company for the future.

  • How is the energy industry changing?
  • What do customers want from an energy company now, and in the future?
  • How can npower differentiate itself from its competitors?

These are just some of the questions the industry will need to answer in the coming years. What do you suggest RWE npower do to ensure they are a market leader within the Energy industry whilst ensuring customers are at the heart of what they do? Find out more at Deadline: end January 2015. The winning team will receive £2000, plus paid summer internships with npower. The team in second place will win £1000 and paid summer internships.

Careers in Ecology – February conference

British Ecological Society‘s annual Undergraduate Ecological Careers Conference

Monday 9 February 2015, Charles Darwin House, central London, 9am-4pm.

A great way to find out about the options available for a career in ecology.

Tickets now on sale – 100 tickets available, £10.00 per person to include an all access pass to all sessions and lunch/refreshments. They can be purchased via Eventbrite here on a first come first served basis (max. 1 ticket booking per person). For more information please visit the conference website.

Search for a star competition

Not an astronomy competition for 3 wise men, but a a graduate programming competition for students!

The Search for a star and Rising star competition is in in its 6th year and the prizes on offer are as good as ever – 1st prize is a guaranteed interview with the competition’s studio partners for Search for a star and for the Rising star 1st prize is a guaranteed interview for an internship with Sumo Digital.

The competition is made up of three rounds, including C++ programming, game development and a final interview at the Microsoft UK campus.

Plus the benefits of taking part in either competition are:

  • increase your employability
  • published game for your portfolio
  • first-hand experience of actual industry recruitment processes
  • being highlighted in the industry press
  • meet with games professionals and studios looking to hire.

Apply at

Free Marketing Summer School – apply by 19 December 2014!

The IDM can help you open the door to some of the best graduate jobs in the business.If you are interested in a career in marketing the IDM’s totally free Marketing Summer School offers a great opportunity to give you a head start in the profession.

Apply for the IDM Marketing Summer School, and you could be one of just 30 specially selected candidates to get the best, most jam-packed, fun-filled and cv-boosting introduction to the business there is.

Summer School is a week-long, residential where you’ll learn what it’s really like to work in digital and direct marketing.

The IDM can help you open the door to some of the best graduate jobs in the business. And you don’t have to be studying marketing to apply.

Find out more and apply by 19 December 2014

Could you be the Undergraduate of the Year 2015?

Select which award you’re applying for from:

  • Future Business Leader
  • Law
  • Management
  • Female
  • Construction Engineering and Design
  • Low Carbon Energy
  • Mathematics, Economics and Finance
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Languages.

Each award is sponsored by a prominent graduate recruiter, who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, including a paid internship, trips abroad and other exclusive opportunities.

Each award category has clearly stated criteria, so check these out before you apply. You can apply for more than one category, if you meet the criteria.

Good luck!

Happy Christmas and happy holidays!

snowman green Last day of term! Hurrah!

Everyone in Careers would like to wish you a fun Christmas and a happy, successful 2015.

We will be open for some of the vacation (opening times below). There will be Careers Advice appointments running too:

  • 8 & 9 Dec between 1pm – 3pm
  • 10 Dec between 10am – 12 noon
  • 11 Dec between 1pm – 3pm
  • 18 Dec between 1pm – 3pm.

Opening times:

Mon 8 – Fri 12 Dec Open 10am – 4pm
Mon 15 Dec Open 10am – 4pm
Tues 16 Dec Closed for staff meeting
Weds 17 Dec Open 10am – 3pm
Thurs 18 – Fri 19 Dec Open 10am – 4pm
Mon 22 – Tues 23 Dec Open 10am – 4pm
Weds 24 Dec – Fri 2 Jan University closed

During the period that the University is closed, staff will not be in the Careers office, so are unable to answer enquiries by phone, email or Careers Gateway. Enquiries will be answered as soon as possible once the University re-opens.