Bright Festival, Monday 17th September

If you’re currently in Upper Sixth and looking to head off to university this autumn, our Bright Festival is your first stop.

Bright Festival is everything a careers event should be - informative, personal, interactive and fun. Think of it as a celebration of your potential – where you’ll have the chance to find out about a myriad in careers in different sectors – from entrepreneurial start-ups to established blue-chips changing the world.

In this action-packed afternoon, you’ll attend seminars led by experts in the field, learn how to start building your network (with essential advice from the man Wired magazine called the ‘most connected’ person in Britain) and meet representatives from a host of different organisations wanting to meet bright brains such as yourself.

And so … if you’d like to spend an afternoon finding out about life beyond university and meeting fellow bright-minded people who will be heading off to your university  – from Law to Consulting, Marketing to Television as well as the opportunity to tuck into a delicious Bright cupcake (amongst other goodies) this is the event for you.

It’s completely free to attend, but by application only and you’ll need to be a Bright member. To apply to attend, click here.

Bright Investment Banking Network

2011 Bright Investment Banking Network video

One of the best kept secrets in the financial world, a Spring Programme in an Investment Bank is one of the very few ways to get a structured work placement in your first year at university… which means you need to know as much about them as possible before Freshers’ Week even gets going to make the best application.

Held every September before you head off to start your first year at university, Bright Investment Banking Network is an exclusive opportunity to find out about this sector and its Spring Programmes, before you make your applications in your first autumn term at university. 

At this event you’ll receive an introduction to the Investment Banking sector, a skills session on how to develop your commercial awareness and the chance to meet and network with representatives from each Investment Bank attending – to help your application stand out. In 2011, partners of Bright Investment Banking Network included, Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, RBC Capital Markets, RBS and UBS.

To apply to attend Bright Investment Banking Network, you will need to be a member and to send a one-page CV with “Bright Investment Banking Network” in the subject line to

If you’re at a state school

Bright Stars video

If you’re at a state-school, in addition to the above, we run lots of different events over the course of the year, to introduce you to different career sectors and the people who work in them. 

Our work with schools began with our Bright Stars event in July 2011. Hosted at Allen & Overy’s offices (one of the world’s leading commercial law firms), this event gave 200 bright state sixth formers the chance to hear about careers in Commercial Law, Investment Banking, Professional Services and Management Consulting from Allen & Overy, Goldman Sachs, PwC and Accenture, as well as skills sessions to help with tackling CVs and interviews, and the often mysterious art of networking. 

Bright Network & HSBC Upper Sixth Form Conference video

We followed this event with Bright Network & HSBC Sixth Form Conference at HSBC’s stunning HQ at Canary Wharf in February 2012.

Featuring an introduction to Investment Banking from HSBC, to Commercial Law from Allen & Overy and to Professional Services from Ernst & Young, as well as a CV skills session from Bright CEO James Uffindell and the UK’s ‘most connected man’ Oli Barrett. With so many opportunities out there for the brightest students all the way through university, we want to help you learn how to make the most of them and what you can do to get ahead.

We’re planning another Bright Network Lower Sixth Form Conference for summer 2012, for students who have just finished their AS levels (Year 12/Lower VI). If you’re interested, please contact & she’ll keep you posted on the details.