Bright Network Breaking Barriers

20 Oct 2021, noon
Application deadline was 17th October 2021, 11:59pm

Social mobility sits at the heart of Bright Network’s mission. Whatever your background, we want you to have the skills and resources to secure a top role with a leading employer – that’s why Bright Network: Breaking Barriers is returning for a second year.

With three employer-led skills sessions on key qualities sought after by employers, this virtual event is designed to equip you with the tools to feel confident and stand out when submitting applications and in interviews for internships and graduate-level positions.


Why attend

Enhance your professional skill set

Take part in four targeted skills workshops focused on interviews, commercial awareness and authenticity in the workplace, all designed to give you the best possible start in the application process.

Begin to build a professional network

This is an invaluable opportunity to connect with representatives from top graduate employers and pick their brains other like-minded students.

Meet employers that are championing social mobility

Our partners are striving to improve social mobility within the workplace - join us to discover the actions they’re taking to achieve this.

Who can attend

Undergraduate or full-time postgraduate students graduating in 2022, 2023 or 2024 (or 2025 if already at university and on a four-year course)

On track for at least a 2:1 and have demonstrated academic excellence

Those who are attending university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland

Additional skills gained from extracurricular activities/work experience will be viewed favourably, especially an interest in technology and coding experience.

Those who meet at least one of the following criteria:

Received free school meals from the government

Attended a state or grammar school

Your parents did not attend university

Employers joining us


20 Oct 2021

noon - 12:30 p.m.

Member networking

A chance to meet other Bright Network members

12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Bright Network Welcome and confidence keynote

1 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Skills session 1: Interviewing top tips

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel session: Levelling the playing field

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Open networking

An opportunity to connect with representatives from our partner firms and ask them your questions

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Panel session: How to be a diversity champion at work

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.

Skills session 2: Commercial awareness

4:55 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Skills session 3: Authenticity in the workplace

5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Takeaways & next steps


Frequently asked questions

Please note all timings on the agenda for Bright Network: Breaking Barriers correspond with British Summer Time (BST).

If you have any questions about Bright Network: Breaking Barriers, we have gathered all the most frequently asked questions here. If you have any other questions please get in touch with our Events Team -