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Design Your Future Festival

 

Design Your Future Festival 2021

This year, the Careers and Employability Service are hosting a 3-week festival of events (18 October - 7 November 2021) to support students in accessing work experience, graduate roles, part-time work and entrepreneurship activities.

It's a great time to start looking at opportunities, find a placement or graduate career, whilst networking with your potential future employer. A broad range of employers attend our fairs, from international organisations to small and medium businesses, so it really is your chance to design your future.

Included in the Design Your Future Festival are our 3 virtual careers fairs, employer-led panel events and employability workshops. For the latest updates, visit MyCareer.

Visit MyCareer

Autumn Careers Fairs and Panel Events

Join us for our All Sector, IT, Science and Engineering and Non-profit and Charity Fairs, hosted virtually via MyCareer and meet organisations such as BAE, The Civil Service, Boeing, Rolls Royce and the NHS. There will be the opportunity to book 1:1 conversations and group chats with employers offering a range of vacancies and graduate roles.

Our University Opportunities Fair will be hosted in person on the Redbrick and Marquee on Tuesday 26 October. We will be joined by University departments including: Study Abroad, Work Experience, Enterprise, Alumni, Post Graduate and the Students' Union.

There are a range of employer panels for you to join, some virtual and some in person. Panellists will be from a range of businesses and organisations who will be able to share invaluable insights.

Book onto Careers Fairs and Panel Events

Student Development and Planning Your Future Opportunities

Daily Careers and Coffee Chat

Join us to chat about your future and the support available to you at the University. No booking required, just turn up and grab a seat. 11:00-13:00, Monday-Friday, The Marquee (38P) - In person

LinkedIn Labs 1

Get support and guidance to improve the effectiveness of your LinkedIn profile by coming to 1 of our 3 LinkedIn Labs. 14:00-16:00, Tuesday 19 October, The Marquee (38P) - In person

Career Planning in an hour!

In your final year of study and not sure what to do once you graduate? Join us and plan your career in an hour. 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 20 October, The Marquee (38P) - In person

Social Entrepreneurship Experience

Join this interactive workshop based on a real social enterprise in India. 13:00-18:00, Wednesday 20 October, The Marquee (38P) - In person

LinkedIn Labs 2 with Professional Photograph

Get support and guidance to improve the effectiveness of your LinkedIn profile by coming to 1 of our 3 LinkedIn Labs. 14:00-16:00, Tuesday 26 October, The Marquee (38P) - In person

Student Founder Showcase

Watch the Student Founder Showcase and see students present an update on how they have developed their business ideas over the summer! 15:30-17:30, Friday 29 October, The Cube - In person and Online

LinkedIn Labs 3 with Professional Photograph

Get support and guidance to improve the effectiveness of your LinkedIn profile by coming to 1 of our 3 LinkedIn Labs. 10:00-12:00, Thursday 4 November, The Marquee (38P) - In person

Disability and Employability Event

Want to find out more about entering the workplace with a disability or interested in hearing from those who have done it before you? 11:30-13:00, Thursday 4 November - Online

Accessing Careers that Address Climate Change

Passionate about tackling climate change? Join this event to gain inights into jobs that exist to enable you to make a difference! 12:30-15:00, Thursday 4 November, The Marquee 38P - In person  

Cake and Chat with the Postgraduate Team

Want to know more about postgraduate study? Join us for a chat over coffee and cake! No booking required, just turn up and grab a seat. 10:30-12:00, Friday 5 November, The Marquee (38P) - In person

Student Startup Challenge

Got a business idea but don't feel like you have the skills or confidence to make it a success? 16:00 Friday 5 November to 16:00 Sunday 7 November, Eagle Labs Southampton - In person

 

Other Opportunities

 
Ask the Adviser

Ask the Adviser Sessions

10 minute conversations with one of our advisers to assess how we can meet your needs. We may then refer you to appropriate resources or activities that we offer (including a 45 minute careers appointment).

Enterprise Appointment

1:1 Enterprise Appointments

Help with your awareness of how to develop your enterprise skills and business ideas and navigate the opportunities available to you.

100 Big Ideas

100 Big Ideas Competition

The annual 100 Big Ideas Competition is the opportunity to submit an idea for a chance to win a cash prize!

Work Experience

Work Experience Opportunities

Develop skills that graduate employers look for when recruiting and build a network of future contacts to assist you in evidencing your potential.

Design Your Future Festival 2021

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