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Why should you attend the Bright Network Festival?

By Lucy Rayner-Thomas, Chemistry student Like many people, I do not know what I want to do after I graduate and during the summer holidays I started to think about what I could do to explore my career options and to see what opportunities were available to me. As a start, I decided to attend …

Thinking of taking a gap year after university?

Zoe Waite, Liberal Arts. Often there is a taboo regarding taking a year out after university. The choice to take a year out is sometimes associated with someone’s initial career plans not working out, and a gap year was a plan B. Though disruptions to career plans are a completely valid reason to take a …

Talk to industry professionals at the careers fairs

Maisie Southon, Marketing and Communications Officer Three questions that university students are frequently asked: 1. What are your plans after you finish university? 2. Where are you going to apply after completing your studies?  3. Have you chosen a career path? Don’t panic, you don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to do. You’re …

How Bright Network Internship Experience Helped Decide on My Career Path

By Alice Bennett, Politics and International Relations student blogger During a summer of frantically applying for internships and work experience at the last minute, taking part in the BRIGHT Network internship saved me from wasting three months of free time, made a great addition to my CV and, most importantly, was a starting point for …

How I Secured a Graduate Job in the UK as an International Student

By Malaika Cornelio, Economics student At the beginning of my academic journey after starting my economics degree, I envisioned a career path closely related to my degree, such as policy analysis. However, during my second year of university, I veered off this path to explore a career in tech to challenge myself and diversify my …

Top Tips to Make Your Overseas Career Dreams a Reality

By Brydie Youngman Ornelas, Communications Specialist, Genentech, USA BA Jt. Honours English and American Studies with International Study Abroad, 2018 A large part of my decision to study for a BA Joint Honours degree in English and American Studies at UoN was the opportunity to study abroad at a North American university. Little did I …

Internships: Search, Apply, Interview, Success!

By Leonie Farrar, religion, philosophy, and ethics student blogger Over the last eight weeks I have gone through the process of finding, applying, interviewing, and securing a summer internship. Read on for my step-by-step experience: Search In April I was nearing the end of my degree and wanted to start preparing my next step. This …

How Not to Be the Perfect Intern – Part Two

By Anna White, Placement Projects Officer An internship can be a positive experience where you get a foot in the door to an exciting sector, meet people who inspire you and can finally say you’ve gained that crucial bit of work experience to progress you career, but it can also throw up challenges. In my …

How Not to Be the Perfect Intern

By Anna White, Placement Projects Officer A couple of years after I graduated, I was looking to change direction so took a short-term internship with an IT start-up. I was 23, newly back from having a baby and trying to escape a job I hated. I felt the stakes were sky high, so I put …

“I Want to Gain Experience”

By Alex Owusu, Employability Officer Gaining work experience can be a vital tool in helping you develop transferrable skills, gain exposure to an industry or role and secure future job opportunities. Before starting your search, it’s important to consider a few different questions to aid your decision making. Why do I want to gain experience? …