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Personal Branding – Stand out from the Crowd

Feeling really hard to get an internship/placement/graduate scheme at one of the big companies in this high competitive job market? Want to know how to get yourself stand out from the crowd?

Join us on the 24th of February ( Wednesday) from 5:00pm – 6:00pm at AEW/003 (Alcuin lecture room) to learn more about what a personal brand is, how you can develop one for yourself and most importantly how you can use it to help land your dream job. We will be focusing on how to perfect your skills in interviews and using social networks to boost your personal brand to get yourself noticed.

Profession from Tesco will be helping you to understand what leading graduate employers are looking for in students and how important building a personal brand is.

This is a unique opportunity with one of the biggest graduate employers in the country and you definitely don’t want to miss it!iStock_000016457507_Large-e1434703944685-750x572



Clifford Chance (Intelligent Aid Competition)

Clifford Chance are coming onto your campus on the 16th of November to run two workshops for your students (2-4pm and 4.30-6.30pm)!. Students who wish to take part in the workshop must register through your careers service and email to confirm their place ASAP! The event is taking place in LMB/036X, Law and Mgt Building, Heslington East Campus.

More information about the competition and the workshop can be found below:

The Competition
We are working with Clifford Chance on helping submissions (quantity and quality) for the 2015-16 Intelligent Aid competition.
The prize: 20 spaces on their vacation programme. This is two weeks’ work experience (paid @ £350pw) with the chance to spend time with experienced lawyers in one of their practice areas. The best student will also win £5,000 towards their tuition fees.
The Workshops
During the workshop, a Clifford Chance representative will be joined by one of our MKC tutors and together they will set the challenge question and coach the students through the submission. The submission will be a 500-600 word answer to the below question:
Ethics in Business: Ethical business culture can only be created by strong regulation. Discuss with reference to one or more industry sectors. 
The workshop will last between 1.5 and 2 hours and our tutor will work with the students to help them understand the challenge and then complete their answer by the end of the workshop or they can complete it in their own time.
The workshop is open to all students. The areas of particular interest include the following subjects (if appropriate for each uni):
– Law, Politics, Sociology/Social Policy, History, Politics, Criminology, Economics, International Relations


Hi Bright Futures Members,

Are you looking for a graduate job or an internship?Want to hear some top-secret tips on how to secure the best graduate job?The first event organised by Bright Futures York 2015/16 “How to get the best graduate job” will be held on 21st of October (Wednesday) from 5pm-6pm at room BB02 (Biology Department). 
The Bright Futures National Team will be on campus on 21st of Oct to share everything you need to know about how to succeed in your job search tips and hints you will need on how to get the best graduate job! Come along to our event to hear first hand from the Bright Futures team on how to succeed at interviews and applications for jobs and internships. 
This event is targeted to all students with different disciplines so don’t miss out this great opportunity as this event will allow you to get a better insight into the competitive market.
I believe everyone wish to have a brighter future and the best graduate job offer so what are you waiting for? come to our event and find out the first step that you should take in order to fulfill your dream.

For more details please visit our facebook page
OR drop us an email brightfutures@yusu,org
Our Event Page is on
We looking forward to seeing all of you. Thanks

York Bright Futures 2015/2016 By-election

Hi everyone,

We’re looking for new committee members to join us! These positions are great ways to add extra experience on to your CV and being on the committee is of huge advantage when applying for internships and graduate jobs.

As part of a national organisation, committee members are invited to exclusive recruitment and skills events with some of the biggest and best graduate recruiters, gaining close business contacts with key recruitment personnel in their respective companies. You will receive a free personal career mentor, and receive recognition on a national level with an awards ceremony at the end of the year.

We welcome applicants from all degree disciplines including those outside our usual intake of Economics/ Management and Finance.

Positions up for grabs are as follows

2x Event Officers
Marketing Officer
Deputy Secretary

To nominate yourself for a role/s please send an email with the position/s you wish to stand for to and turn up the by election day on th 15th of Oct 2016 at 6pm in Wentworth common room.

You will be required to prepare a short speech about why you should get the position (1-2 minutes). If you are unable to attend on the night do get in touch and we will make alternative arrangements.

The elections are nothing to be nervous about (we are all friendly!) we just want the best candidates to get the positions. If you have any questions about the positions or how the elections work do not hesitate to get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you on Wed 15th Oct in Wentworth Common room at 6pm.

The Bright Futures Committee

Retro Gaming with Thales 20th January 2014

ThalesBright Futures York ran a groundbreaking ‘Retro Gaming’ event with Thales on Monday 20th January. Thales are a French multinational electronic systems and engineering firm with operations across defense, security, aerospace and transportation sectors.

The event began with a short presentation by Thales’ employee Gemma Minish, introducing the company and outlining their graduate opportunities. Students clearly engaged with the informative and interesting talk, with the number of questions at the end leading to an extended networking period with Gemma, enjoyed with refreshments provided by Bright Futures.

Following this, we were then given the opportunity to try both retro and modern gaming competitions! The Nintendo Classics of Goldeneye and Mario Kart were fired up, with both the skills and the big-talking of certain players providing plenty of fun and laughter.  The fantastic 3Sixty demonstration room in the Ron Cooke Hub was also utilised, projecting the Xbox Kinect onto 4 20ft walls and allowing students to play virtual ten pin bowling, boxing, football and more on a scale most of us had never seen before!

17 York students from the Electronics, Computer Science and Physics departments attended. Thales were extremely impressed with both the quirky nature of the event and the numbers of students attracted. They plan to use it as a template for further events in future, and we in York are very much hoping to welcome them back next academic year.

Students who came to this event not only got vital information about the company but also fed back how much fun they had. In the future, we will organise more events like this to attract more students from different departments in order to grow our society outside its traditional comfort zone.

For those interested in events held by us in the future, please keep up to date by liking the Bright Futures York Facebook page here:

How to become a lawyer with BPP Law School 16th January 2014


On the 16th January Bright Futures York hosted the BPP Law School, one of the largest legal education providers in the country. Jo-Anne Pugh and David Norris, both former solicitors and current tutors at BPP, revealed key information and inside stories of the legal industry, describing what it’s really like to work as a lawyer and the most successful ways into the industry. The event,targeted at non-lawyers but open to students from all backgrounds, attracted 79 students.

The evening started with a brief introduction of the legal system. The differing types of chambers and practicewere detailed and a description of the professional characteristics and requirements of a lawyer provedthought-provoking for those considering careers in the sector. Jo-Anne and David then presented us with an overview of BPP’s reputable programmes (including the LLB, GDL, LPC for prospective solicitors and the BPTC for prospective barristers) before sharing tips and tricks for getting a training contract, and a little of their own personal experiences. Their overview of the legalindustry was thorough and incredibly interesting, and thelively Q&A session afterwards ran into overtime!

Thanks to BPP for giving us a wonderful evening and all the Bright Futures members who attended! Due to the enormous success of his event we would very much like  to put on some more events in the future specifically aimed at those not studying the subject at degree level. To get more information about the BPP Law School, you may visit:


Absolute Internship 28th November 2013

A small but highly engaged group of students came to P/T/005 on a cold Thursday evening for our final event of 2014 with Absolute Internship.  This capped off a hugely successful first term of the academic year which featured 3 top employers, a ground breaking collaboration event with Econsoc attended by just under 100 people and a growth in our membership base to over 1200 people!

A fascinating presentation from Aurélie, Co-director of Absolute Internship was delivered in two parts. Firstly she explained in detail about the culture of business communication in China  and the importance of Guanxi. Secondly, she shared her own experiences and talked more generally about the boost to your CV that international work experience can bring and why students should consider Absolute Internship. Extremely insightful testimonials was then given by two people who had successfully completed the internship scheme with both having had hugely rewarding experiences.

A lively networking sessions followed the presentations which Aurélie had to be dragged away from to catch her train! This was accompanied by cookies, mince pies, crisps and and fruit juice!

“Thanks for hosting me this evening….lots of interest among students which I thank you and your team for”. Aurélie Co-director Absolute Internship

Thanks for your continued support of our events and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. 

To find out more about internship opportunities with Absolute Internship check out their website.