Business skills? Innovative thinker? Apply here!

Written by Helen Plummer, Careers Consultant

Any business needs fresh ideas to grow and remain competitive, that’s why employers, whether they are large corporates or SMEs, increasingly want graduates who can demonstrate creative thinking and enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. Continue reading

Future Legal Mind Award

The 4th Future Legal Mind Award offers UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry. Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies. I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.” Continue reading

Regain the crown for Reading at the CISCO University Challenge 2017

Following the success of last year’s edition, CISCO are delighted to announce that they are hosting another event this year, between 26th – 27th October.

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Build your problem-solving skills

hands putting thread into a needleDepending on the job you apply for, the interviewing process can be different. For some positions, you could be asked a series of practical questions or to solve a problem right there and then. You might be nervous because of the whole process, and under pressure, you might go blank.

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Campus Jobs Work For You

With three bustling campuses, the University of Reading offers plenty of opportunities for you to work part-time during your studies. However, it could be hard for you to find the right job and apply. Don’t lose hope because next academic year Campus Jobs comes to your rescue. Technically, this is a one-stop shop for all temporary work at the University, providing part-time opportunities that are safe and secure for you.

However, you could think of it a Super-service with extra flexibility, which bravely manages all the part-time and temporary work on campus to help you gain extra money and work experience while studying.CAMPUS JOBS promotional poster containing the brand visual identity, logo, and links to social media channels.

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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.

2016/2017 Graphic Design Competition

1. Brief

To enter the competition, you need to design the following display stands focusing on the social/cultural benefits of studying at your University/College.

In your designs, please try and create stands which showcase the best social/cultural aspects of studying at your University/College. You need to ensure the branding is consistent across the display stands and the design fits with the dimensions of the stand, whilst all the time trying to appeal to prospective students who may want to study at your institution.

To be eligible you will also need to provide a 250-300 word description which explains the inspiration for your designs and how you think it will stimulate interest in your institution and its city.

Please use the two display stand templates below for your design. Any images/logos you use in your artwork will need to be high-resolution (preferably vectorised) images set up at a minimum of 300dpi. Save and send your artwork through as a print-ready PDF.

2. Judging & Prizes

Three winners will be chosen from the submitted entries by a 4-man panel made up of graphic designers and design professionals from Display Wizard.

The winners will be evaluated on how their design/essay conveys the following: consistent branding across displays; appeal to prospective students and consideration of the stand dimensions in the design proposal.


  • 1st: A Wacom Intuous Pro Medium Graphics tablet worth £299.99
  • 1st: £500 grant; 2nd: 100 grant; 3rd: £50 grant
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: Display Wizard Certificate and publicity through Blog posts and social media.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: The chance to work on a real-life marketing project and showcase your work to The Design Council, University marketing department, the large-format print industry and the wider design world.
  • Summer internship with Display Wizard (optional)


  • 1st: One 3×3 EventPro Curved Pop Up Stand with branding designed by student.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: One Swift Banner Stand with branding designed by student.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: A useful competition that can be integrated into the course curriculum.

3. Eligibility

The scholarship is open to all undergraduate or postgraduate students taking part in an art, graphic design, visual communication, creative advertising or marketing course at a UK-based University or College. Proof of student status needs to be provided with application.

4. Application

To apply, please submit your designs for the two display stands along with your accompanying essay using the brief above any time before the 1st May 2017.

You can submit your essay and 2 designs to Please include your name and educational institution when submitting your design. If you have any questions on the competition please use the same address.

Join Elevate Education now as a part-time Presenter!

Do you…

  • Love public speaking?
  • Like being the center of attention?
  • Want to earn £70 per 60-minute seminar presented?

Elevate is an international education company that hires extroverts who love performing and want an amazing part-time job working with school students.

You’d make an awesome Elevate presenter if you:

  • love public speaking and have done some theatre/comedy in the past
  • achieved high grades at school
  • would be able to commit to 2 days a week during term time

Serious stuff: As a presenter you would travel to schools within an hour of uni, and present seminars on skills such as time management, exam techniques and motivational strategies. These seminars are scripted and have been presented to over 2 million students across the globe. Your primary role is to learn and present the scripts with your own experience and personality.

The position is part-time, and pays £70/seminar, with our presenters earning up to £400/week. When you leave uni, full-time positions have a starting annual salary of £25,000, provide the opportunity to work abroad, as well as 10 weeks’ holidays per year. Graduate job: sorted.


2017 Study Abroad Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust Board, through its Research Awards Advisory Committee, is offering
approximately 20 Study Abroad Studentships for a period of advanced study or research at a centre
of learning anywhere in the world except the United Kingdom or the USA.
Applicants must:
 Have been resident in the UK for at least five years at the time of application
 Hold an undergraduate degree
 Hold a degree from a UK institution (this may be either the undergraduate degree or a
further degree held by the applicant)
 Either be a student at the time of application or have been registered as a student within
the last eight years.
 Explain why their work requires residence overseas.
Final year undergraduates are not eligible, nor are holders of a permanent academic post who wish
to take leave of absence. Candidates may not apply for both a Study Abroad Studentship and Early
Career Fellowship in the same year.
Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions:
Both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research,
and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, we do not fund studies of
disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical
practice or the development of medical applications.
These awards are not intended for those who wish only to improve their knowledge of modern
The awards are tenable at a centre of learning anywhere in the world except the UK and USA.
Studentships consist of:
 Maintenance allowance of £21,000 a year
 Return air fare to the country of tenure and a baggage allowance
 An allowance of £6,000 a year when a student is accompanied by a dependant partner
 Further allowances – for example, a contribution towards overseas fees, internal travel costs
associated with the course of study or research and fieldwork expenses – are paid at the
discretion of the Committee
 A supplement will be paid to students in Japan.
Study Abroad Studentships
Guidance for Applicants 2017
Studentships are tenable for between 12 and 24 months and must commence between 1 June 2017
and 1 May 2018.
Application materials will be available from 5 September 2016 from the Trust’s website
( Applications can only be made via the Trust’s online grant application system.
The closing date for applications is 4pm on Monday 9 January 2017. Candidates will be informed of
the result of their application by the end of April 2017.
Candidates must be available for interview in London on 24 and 25 April 2017. Travelling expenses
within the UK only will be refunded.
 Studentships cannot be held at the same time as a stipendiary post-doctoral position
or fellowship, or any other major award. However, UK registered PhD students who are in
receipt of a PhD studentship which does not cover the cost of study abroad, may hold the
Study Abroad Studentship provided that their existing UK studentship is in abeyance during
their period overseas.
 Students must provide a short report to the Committee at the end of each year detailing
their progress.

KPMG International Case Competition – Applications now open!

Fancy your chances at winning an all-expenses paid trip to Lisbon with KPMG’s International Case Competition?

The 2017 event in Lisbon, is the ultimate opportunity to accelerate your awareness of global business while gaining a unique cultural experience.

KPMG’s International Case Competition is a chance to experience the fast-paced world of casework, meet new people and travel to places you may never have been before. If you win the UK final of the case competition, you’ll find yourself on an all-expenses-paid trip to the international final in Lisbon. There, you’ll have the chance to network with your peers from around the world as you compete for the global title.

The International Case Competition gives you and three teammates the chance to work on tough business problems. For each business problem you are presented with, you will be given three hours to solve a challenge that mirrors the sort of work our teams do here at KPMG. It’ll test your ability to work on real client problems to come up with innovative and market driven solutions. It’s also a unique platform to showcase agile thinking and prove that you’re ready to embark on a successful business career.

How to apply

You don’t need to be studying a particular subject to take part, but you do have to have:

  • An interest in business
  • Strong leadership and task management skills
  • Composure under pressure
  • The ability to absorb a range of information quickly, think through ideas and present solutions
  • Your team must be composed of 2 Males and 2 Females
  • Finally, meet KPMG’s minimum academic requirements

Most of all, you must be prepared to challenge your own thinking and to encourage others to be their best. It takes flexibility and teamwork to come up with business solutions that are truly innovative and refreshing.

To find out more and register your team, please visit our website.

 Make sure you register your team as soon as possible for your chance to win.

 Good luck with your application!