Do you know what you’re doing this summer?

Okay, so ideally you’d like to have a holiday at some point in the summer vacation and rightly so. What with a full academic year of assignments, essays, tutorials, lectures and exams – you’ve earned the break.

However, with 13 weeks of vacation, it’s also an ideal time to get some work experience in whatever shape that comes. Work experience can give you:

  • An insight into a particular type of work or sector
  • Extra cash (yes, lots of internships and summer jobs are paid)
  • Skills and experience to add to your CV and to use in future applications.

Lots of graduate recruiters offer summer internships of anything up to 3 months and these, more formal, structured schemes, are important in gaining experience and understanding of a large company. Some employers also use them as way of recruiting to their graduate programmes, so that’s why you’ll hear a lot about this type of work experience.

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Guest blog: Summer Opportunities Fair

 Careers brand ambassador, Seri, gives some insight into this week’s summer opps fair.

When and Where?

Join us at the Ron Cooke Hub, Hes East, from 1pm until 4pm on Wednesday 25thJanuary!

Who should come?

Everyone! The fair has opportunities for everyone – no matter your year of study!

What can you expect?

Working together with the Centre for Global Programmes, Careers and Placements will showcase a variety of different summer opportunities. From local to international volunteering schemes, paid and unpaid work experience, to summer camps and study abroad opportunities (amongst much more!), there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!

Why should you come?

Making the most of your summer doesn’t have to be boring, take it from me! I spent the summer between my second and third year volunteering with the International Citizen Service in Tanzania. Volunteering in itself was a humbling and interesting experience but alongside the trials and tribulations of living abroad – amidst some of the biggest cockroaches I’ve ever seen – it became both a challenging and rewarding opportunity.

The options at the fair are vast so even coming along just to open your eyes to what’s out there will be useful. If volunteering abroad isn’t for you then why not consider some work experience opportunities or studying abroad? Whilst building your knowledge, skills and experience is beneficial for maximising your employability, these opportunities provide much more than just something to put on your CV – you could have the best summer of your life!

Who’ll be there?

  • Abroad Internships
  • Camp America
  • Camp Leaders
  • Careers/SIB
  • Centre for Global Programmes
  • Childreach
  • CRCC Asia
  • East African Playground
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Frontier
  • Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange – ICYE-UK
  • International Service
  • Kaya Responsible Travel
  • NCS with The Challenge
  • NFU Mutual
  • PwC
  • SKIP – Supporting Kids in Peru
  • Smaller Earth
  • Target Jobs
  • Teach First
  • Think Pacific
  • Travelteer
  • USA Summer Camp
  • Year Out India
  • YUSU

See, I told you there will be something for everyone!


How can you make the most of it?

1)      Make sure you come along! Even if you aren’t looking to do anything this summer, something might catch your eye!

2)      Be open-minded. Some opportunities will ask you to step out of your comfort zone but sometimes these are the opportunities that help us flourish the most!

3)     Explore! Having a good look around will give you plenty of ideas but don’t be afraid to have a chat with the representatives and ask them plenty of questions.

The Summer Opportunities fair is a fantastic opportunity in itself, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming to join us on Wednesday! Good luck, I hope you find the opportunity of a lifetime!

Welcome back: it’s time to explore!

Spring Term (and once exams are over) is a good time to explore career options and opportunities for those who haven’t already done so.

What might you explore?

If you’re not sure what you might be interested in doing after university, why not try generating some ideas by visiting our Get ideas section. There are exercises to help you find suggestions linked to your interests, values and experience, as well as resources to help you find out more about different careers

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Web Highlights #1: Using Careers Gateway


Careers blog written by Mandy Simmons, Careers Information Officer

There’s lots of useful information on the Careers website, but not everyone’s aware of the great resources available. So, welcome to the first in a series of web page highlights, to help you make the most of what’s on offer. First we start with the basics… Careers Gateway.

What is Careers Gateway?

Careers Gateway allows you find jobs, book appointments, find out about events and tell us what emails you want to receive from us.  Setting your email preferences is easy and it means that when we sent out targeted emails about an event you won’t miss out   You can also set it to notify you when new vacancies matching your interests are added.

Job Vacancies

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In other news…

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  • External Events
    Memery Crystal is holding open evenings in July for students interested in applying for a law training contract. The evening events will provide insight into the graduate recruitment process and culture of the firm. Apply to attend one of the open evenings by sending your CV and a covering letter of no more than 250 words to Tai Patel, by 30 June 2016
  • AuthentiCity careers event for LGBT students: Wednesday 6th July 2016 hosted by Aviva, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, JLL, J.P. Morgan, KPMG and M&G in central London. Travel expenses reimbursed.
  • The first step towards a professional pilot career event
    Saturday 9 July 2016
    Royal Amouries Museum
    Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT

Competition time!

  •  Applications are open for the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. Do you have a great product idea or invention relevant to the construction industry? Or do you like puzzles and want to have a go at solving a problem identified by our customers? You may win anything from financial support up to £10,000 or business mentoring.

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Free Pre-Teaching Course

27 -28 May AND 17-18 June 2016 at Bishop Grosseteste University. For students wanting to undertake either a Primary or Secondary PGCE starting in September 2017. For more information or to book places visit:

HR Work experience opportunity at Nestle

Paid 8 week work experience opportunity at Nestle in York for those with limited work experience. Find out more and apply:

Work with BBC Sport library and Digital teams to deliver Rio Olympics from Mediacity UK base in Salford
Placements are paid and last from 5 days up to 3 weeks. You must have a passion for sport. This is a fantastic opportunity to get valuable work experience and make industry contacts. Find out more and apply here: 
This one day event will take place in London on Wednesday 22 June, bringing together women in technology, at all career stages, and industry leading companies. It is a great opportunity to build relationships, learn, and advance careers. Find out more and book your place:

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External Events

  • On Wednesday 24 February, Simmons & Simmons are holding their LGBT in the City event in London. Find out more and register for tickets online.
  • The Global Careers Fair is taking place on Thursday 10 March. This is an online event showcasing international public sector roles including EU and UN positions.
  • A 5 day training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is taking place at the University of Birmingham from Monday 11-Friday 15 April. Perfect for those with an interest in International Relations.
  • Shout Out UK are holding a Political Literacy Summer School to provide intense immersion in politics and international relations. Includes a qualification from AQA.


  • The Law Society Diversity Access Scheme is now open to applications.  The scheme aims to promote social mobility in the legal profession by supporting promising entrants who also face exceptional social, educational, financial or personal obstacles to qualification.
  • The Chinese Year of the Monkey started this week – so what better time to think of becoming a languages assistant in China with British Council? Applications must be submitted before Sunday 21 February.

Interesting snippets

Competition time!

  • EY Cryptic Campus is live now – giving you the opportunity to win up to £7,500 for your society!
  • The Clifford Chance Intelligent Aid competition deadline is at midnight on Sunday 21 February – win a place on the Clifford Chance vacation scheme.
  • Morgan Stanley are holding a photo competitionYou are encouraged to submit up to two photographs that illustrate the concept of how capital can create positive change in the world before Sunday 21 February!