CEOing for a day


Have you heard about CEO for a Day programme?

Organised by Odgers Berndtson, it provides mid-Year students the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO. As an undergraduate, you apply to spend the day with a top Chief Executive and learn about the responsibility and complexities required to lead some of Britain’s leading business and organisations. This is how this scheme is designed to uncover some of the UK’s most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Happening for the first time in the UK in 2016 with 15 students, CEOx1 Day welcomed the participation of big companies and organisations such as BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust. Following the pilot edition, it was regarded as an eye-opening programme by both the students and the professionals.  Apart from the immediate benefits of sharing the office with a CEO, tagging along at meetings and official work visits, there are the not-so-obvious advantages:

  • gain insight into how successful people operate;
  • get catapulted in at the last level of administration and get a better view of the long road leading there;
  • understand management, the priorities and duties which come with it;
  • learn more about a specific industry from a top position;
  • gain relevant experience to succeed in your potential career.

The former participants left the scheme more knowledgeable about what being a CEO involves, feeling the real taste of success and responsibility and hoping to become suitable for such a role in the future. You can read their opinions to find out how this sort of experience may change you.

Now, do you want to share the tasks of a CEO, his office and one-day’s schedule? Do you have what it takes to do this? Create your professional profile with the help of the Careers consultants and apply for the amazing experience until June 30.

The 3rd BES Summer School, 17th-21st July 2017. Dalefort Field Studies Centre, Pembrokeshire

Applications are now open for the BES Summer School due to take place at Dale Fort Field Studies Centre in Pembrokeshire 17th-21st July 2017.

We have just 50 places for any Undergraduate in their 1st  or 2nd year  at any UK or Irish University with an interest in an ecological career and ecological research.  We’re offering a fully funded week long residential to the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast and a chance immerse yourself in ecology, fieldwork, networking and guest speakers and workshop leaders from across the breadth of ecological science. Alongside an exciting scientific programme we have a strong careers programme and as always our PhD mentors are on hand with support, advice and a packed social programme.

We are very pleased to confirm that Prof Jane Memmott will open the Summer School as our welcome plenary speaker.

The school is open to anyone in their 1st and 2nd year and we will try our best to support everyone in accessing the  school.   If you have any questions about the nature of the school, the activities you will undertake or any access arrnagements that might need to be confirmed prior to applying, please get in touch with Karen Devine

Applications process

Your application form:  Please  download, complete and return the form.  Do make sure you read the forms carefully and complete all the necessary sections returning to the BES no later than the deadline specified.  In 2016 98 people applied for 50 places and we will not be able to accept late returned applications.

*Disclaimer: the contents of this blog have been provided by the British Ecological Society. Please see our terms and conditions for details on third party submissions to the blog.

All of our fairs have passed, but there’re still plenty of other events left…

With Beyond Profit last Wednesday 1st, all of our major fairs for this academic year have now passed! But what if you missed them? Or are still looking for inspiration? Luckily, all is not lost.

There are many other job fairs hosted across the country, and even in Reading, ranging from graduate fairs, fairs for specific vocations, and even part-time job fairs.

The next one coming up in Reading is this week, on Wednesday 8th February at Broad Street Mall, where The Jobs Fair will be offering all sorts of opportunities from 10am-2pm. For full details, see their website:

And, of course, careers fairs aren’t the only way to find a path into the working world; we run a number of skills sessions, employer meet & greets, as well as one-to-one advice appointments. Feel free to drop by Careers in the Carrington building between 9-5 on weekdays, or check out the vast number of resources on our website:

Students succeed in Vice-Chancellor’s China Scholarship Scheme


Four of the students pose with UoR staff, including Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell.

Over the summer vacation, five University of Reading students had the exciting opportunity to head to Peking University in China to undertake a summer school, with flights, accommodation, visas and a daily stipend for food and drink fully funded by the University.

Amelia Page (2nd year BA Archaeology and History), Bethany Marsden (1st year BSC Speech and Language Therapy),  Dorotea De Angeli (2nd year Mathematics), Francisca Agina (2nd year BA International Relations and Economics) and Roxanne Corker (2nd year BA English Literature) flew out to China at the beginning of July to undertake a wide range of modules and courses at Peking University.

Earlier this week Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell presented the students with their certificate of achievements from Peking University, as the students reported back on all they had learned and experienced during the month in China.

If you want to learn more about the scheme, or read the students blogs from the summer, please visit the website:



New Civil Service programme from SEO London

Interested in the Civil Service Fast Stream or diversity internship programmes?

SEO London’s Civil Service programme offers you comprehensive training to maximise your chance of securing an internship or Fast Stream offer.  We are hosting November Engagement Events led by the Civil Service Chief Assessor and Chief Psychologist, Phil Wilson and the House of Commons.

For full details of the programme and how to register, click here:

We will be accepting applications until 12pm on 4 November. Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the Civil Service and how to excel at the assessment centre!

Help us help you and you could win a year’s worth of Netflix vouchers!

The Trendence Graduate Study is an annual research survey that asks students about their career aspirations and the employers they are targeting to work for in the future.

Last year nearly 950 University of Reading students completed the survey. Can you help us go one better and reach 1000 this year?

Your feedback will tell us how satisfied you are with your careers support and the wider university experience, as well as which employers you aspire to work for.

Take the survey now:
It only takes 15 minutes (and you can take it on your mobile!)

In return for your help, you could win £50 Ed’s Easy Diner vouchers (exclusive prize to UoR students), whilst  trendence are also giving away vouchers for 1 year’s worth of Netflix!

Good luck!


Would you like to know more about trendence? Here’s some extra information:

The trendence Graduate study is the UK’s most comprehensive piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment: over 52,000 UK students took part last year. trendence also powers The Guardian UK 300, so ranking your favourite employers is a great way to influence their status in the publication.

trendence is an excellent tool for helping students to think about graduate careers: the questions require you to rank employers in a variety of ways, helping you to think laterally about your career options and why you like, or don’t like, certain companies.

Your answers are completely anonymous. You are welcome to read our data protection policy.

trendence abides by all MRS codes, ESOMAR codes and ISO 20252. We are conducting this survey in partnership with your Careers Service.

2016 Undergraduate of the Year Awards are now OPEN!


11 awards, from 11 employers, for 11 students to become the Undergraduate of the Year 2017!

Top companies are looking for the best undergraduates in 12 different sectors which include IT, Engineering, Marketing, Mathematics, Humanities, Business and Management to name but a few.

There are some great prizes on offer which include internships, places on graduate schemes, iPads, director lunches and international trips! Not only that, you will have proven yourself to be amongst the best and most employable students in the country. The ten best students from each award will be invited to attend the prestigious Awards Ceremony in Canary Wharf in April!

Closing date for applications is 30 January 2017, but make sure you get yours in early to stand a better chance! Apply and find out more HERE!

Thrive strives for awards success!


We are extremely proud to announce that the University of Reading’s Thrive Career Mentoring Scheme has been shortlisted for the 2016 AGCAS Award for Academic Engagement, sponsored by Gradcore.

Thrive pairs students in their penultimate year of study with a Reading alumnus, aiming to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the type of professional they would like to become, and realise the attributes which will set them apart from other graduates in the labour market.

"Extremely proud" Natalie Tarling, (University Career Mentor Officer)

Natalie Tarling, (University Career Mentor Officer)

The scheme is run by Tania Lyden and Natalie Tarling who are both “extremely proud to have been shortlisted”. Natalie commented further on the shortlisting, explaining how “Thrive has seen a number of huge successes over the last two years, through the work that we have completed alongside our incredibly valuable academics. We have a lot to look forward to as the scheme expands across the University and hope to keep making brilliant achievements as the year progresses”.

To learn more about the scheme and how you can get involved, please visit the Thrive website.

The winners of all awards will be announced on the evening of Wednesday 7th September at the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability professionals 2016, Chester.

Thrive is currently looking for even more mentors for 2016/17!

If you are a alumni of the University of Reading and are interested in becoming a mentor, please sign-up here.  To discover how becoming a Thrive mentor can help you, please watch the video below:

Katy claims the prize!

3Way back in May we invited all University of Reading students to take part in a short survey with the chance to win a £20 voucher for The Oracle, Reading (See the link here:

Well with the survey closed and the results in, we are pleased to announced that the winner of the voucher was English Literature student Katy Corderoy!

Katy will use the vouchers to stock up on bits and pieces for her holiday to celebrate recently finishing her internship! Well deserved Katy!