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Launching a Start-Up: What You Need to Know

By Michael Millar, BSc Economics (2008) It’s thrilling to be at the cutting edge of development and innovation, and we hear about so many start-up success stories that many feel it’s an exciting fast-track to success. The reality can be a little different. Around 90% of start-ups fail. Those that succeed do so because they …

Nottingham Entrepreneur Shares Top Tips on Starting Your Own Business

By Rebecca Heasman, Employability Officer, Sutton Bonington Campus Do you have a brilliant business idea? Do you want to be your own boss? Does the thought of launching your own business appeal to you more than other graduate career paths? If so, you are not alone. Many University of Nottingham alumni have gone on to make …

Does Your Business Plan Pass These Five Checks?

By Stuart McClure, co-founder of LovetheSales.com – connect with him on LinkedIn Having an idea for a new business can be exciting. There might be an expectation that this idea is a sure-fire multi-million-pound business waiting to happen, but if you don’t execute the idea well, you’re not going to get far.   Each year 650,000 businesses are …

Ingenuity18: Kickstart Your Journey of Innovation

By Elizabeth Smith, Development Consultant and Ingenuity18 Events Producer As the home of MRI, the University of Nottingham has a long history of creating innovative solutions to the challenges the world poses. Ingenuity18 is a journey of exploration, a re-engagement around the problems facing contemporary society, and a chance to discover disruptive and innovative solutions to …

Finding Your Niche as a Freelancer

If you’ve decided to go freelance, no doubt you’ve been searching the internet for tips and tricks on where to start, how to find clients and the best ways to grow a business. You may have come across this piece of common advice: pick a niche. Most successful freelancers will advise you to specialise and …

Q and A: Developing Leadership Skills at University – For Free!

By Martina di Costanzo, second year, BSc Hons Psychology Last year, I applied for a free two-day leadership course sponsored by the Careers and Employability Service. Day one explored how to lead yourself and day two covered leading others. I sat down with this year’s organiser, to answer some questions about my experiences.  1. Why did you apply to …

How to Become a Student Entrepreneur

By Lauren Wise, content writer for The Accountancy Partnership Despite what you may think, you don’t need a tonne of experience to become an entrepreneur. In fact, the perfect time to test your entrepreneurial skills is when you’re at university. You have hundreds of resources available to you that can help you gain insight into …

How I Maximised My Experiences at Nottingham To Accelerate My Career

By Alan Chan, BSc Economics (2013) and MSc Entrepreneurship (2014) When I look over my university experience and career development to date, I always find it interesting how one thing led to another. As I connected the dots, I began to recognize patterns that reveals my entrepreneurial traits that were shaped during my time at …

Why You Should Seriously Consider a Start-up Over a Graduate Scheme

By Jasmine Sherman, Instant Impact, The Intern and Graduate Recruitment Agency At Instant Impact, we are big believers that a start-up is a great place for a graduate to kick-off their career. If you’re graduating without a graduate scheme lined up, do not worry. Believe it or not you are in the majority, and there are plenty of …

Get off to a Flying Start With a Year Abroad

By Alice Gould, student blogger Whenever anyone asks me about my year abroad in Lund, Sweden it’s hard not to start spouting every cliché you can think of. The thing is, they’re all true. My year abroad was the best year of my life, I did meet incredible people from all around the globe, and …