Here's how we can help you
Landing that dream job is incredibly competitive - the number of applications per job has risen from 69 to 83 in the past year alone. But the key to success is to start thinking about your career - sooner rather than later - even if this is to rule out certain options. And being a keen bean can be enormously beneficial - as internships, insight days and networking events - not only help you to work out what interests you - but they can also earn you CV brownie points.
At Bright, in addition to our social network, where you can connect with organisations and fellow bright minds, as well as find out about fantastic jobs, internships and career opportunities, we’ve come up with a number of simple and innovative events to help our undergraduate members get ahead.
How to decide what job you’ll love…
You’ve heard about different companies and sectors – but what do you actually want to be doing every day? What matters to you? What are your values? What motivates you? In what kind of culture would you thrive? And what about those skills of yours… how do you want to use them?
Answering these questions (and more) can help you on the path to figuring out the best fit between you and the thousands (literally) of opportunities out there.
In October and November, Bright Founder & CEO, James Uffindell, visits top universities and over pots of tea runs a session on ‘How to decide what job you’ll love’ - a tour de force in helping you to work out how to match your skills, values and personality to the right career. Whilst there is rarely a ‘magic answer’ – our aim is so that Bright members leave this event with a clearer understanding of what’s important to them and what they have to offer employers.
You’ve decided what you want to do… so how do you get the job you want?
Once you’ve decided what career you want to pursue, you need all the help you can in cracking the application process. To help you with this, during application season (October – November) we unleash Gwyn Day, (an expert in job applications) to visit leading universities and deliver a workshop on ‘How to get the job you want’.
This 90 minute session covers everything from CVs to online tests, applications forms to assessment centres and interviews. You’ll leave feeling more confident, competitively sharper and a ready for anything the selection process throws in your way.
Bright Festival: Network & get noticed by world-leading organisations
On Monday 17th September, in Central London, we will be hosting our Bright Festival. Bright Festival is your chance to meet and network with some of the world’s most exciting firms – who want to meet Bright members
The event is split into two parts – morning and afternoon. In the morning we run three separate events:
- Bright Commercial Law Network (for 2nd year law students)
- Bright Investment Banking Network (for soon to be 1st year students & 2nd years of a four year course)
- Bright IT & Software Network (for 2nd or 3rd years interested in a career in technology and studying either mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science)
With the focus on quality networking and personal interactions with firms, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain industry insights and network with representatives from the firms. Approximately 40% of attendees at these events over the last three years have secured internships with our partner firms - from Goldman Sachs to Slaughter and May, Accenture to Barclays Capital.
A place on one of these events is highly sought-after. To apply to attend the morning part of the event, you’ll need to be a member and to send a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the networking event you would like to attend in the subject line.
In the afternoon, Bright Festival opens up to all Bright members – and it’s everything a careers event should be – informative, interactive personal, interactive and fun.
If you’re unsure of the difference between ‘Business Analyst’ from a ‘Strategy Consultant’ or you’re a careers veteran and just cannot decide whether to plump for that boutique communications agency, or a global blue chip – we’ll do our best to make sure you have all your career questions answered.
Our partner organisations love the idea of Bright Festival - and the chance to meet a whole host of bright members. From seminars with experts in the field, to sector overviews and sessions on how to network and interview skill session with the UK’s leading interview expert – we aim to give you the full careers monty. The afternoon event is open to all undergraduates. To apply to attend you’ll need to be a member, and will need to fill out a short application form – which you can find here.
More networking events
Throughout the year, we also run highly targeted niche sector events to connect you with our members. Examples include ‘Bright Women in Consulting Network’ (first year women interested in working in consulting) and ‘Bright Technology Consulting Network’ (final year students studying science or mathematics) interested in a career in technology.
Bright Ambassadors programme
And as an undergraduate, you might be interested in our annual Bright Ambassadors programme, where we work with a Bright undergraduate member at every Times Top 20 or Russell Group university to help spread the Bright word. Being a Bright Ambassador offers you the chance to gain experience in creating and implementing marketing campaigns, and in helping to run a Bright event. As well as building up those skills for your CV, we pay every Bright Ambassador for their work and offer bonuses throughout the year, including gift vouchers, skills sessions and event invitations.