9 Sep 2020, 11:45 a.m.

Day 2 of Bright Network FESTIVAL will see leading employers from Charities, the Public Sector, Financial Services, Engineering, Technology and Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups join us for a day full of networking and insightful sessions. If you’re still unsure of which sector to go into after graduation, Day 2 will have our most diverse range of sectors - you’re sure to find a firm or industry that stands out to you here. 

Who can attend

Am I eligible and how do I apply?

We welcome members who graduated in 2020/2021 and those already at university who will be graduating in 2022/2023/2024/2025. You must be at least 18 years old to attend this event.

To submit your application, please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. This is the same link as the one on the main FESTIVAL page, and will take you to the exact same application form. Simply select the days you are interested in attending on the form.

Employers joining us


Frequently asked questions

Charity & Public Sector

If you’re wondering how you can make an impact in your graduate career, Charity or Public Sector employers could be the perfect path for you. Leadership Development programmes at employers like Teach First and Unlocked will give you all the tools you need to kick-start a graduate career, and often include postgraduate qualifications as part of your training.

Financial Services

Financial services is anything that involves providing a service to the finance industry. Mostly, that means providing the data, insight and news that financiers need to make investment and commercial decisions. There's a huge range of financial services roles for bright graduates in the UK. If you possess good analytical and numeracy skills, it's definitely a career sector worth pursuing.


Engineering is the perfect career path for anyone interested in construction and technology. Although an undergraduate degree in engineering is the most conventional route, graduates from other STEM disciplines are able to convert, either through a masters degree or certain graduate schemes. What’s more, the skills you’ll develop as a graduate engineer mean that you’re sure to be sought after in the job market. 


The technology sector is rapidly expanding and employers are constantly on the lookout for bright graduate talent to join their teams. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need a STEM degree to land a tech-focused graduate role – come and meet our top partner firms to find out how you can break into this exciting and innovative sector.

Entrepreneurship & Start-Ups

If you’re looking for a different path to the traditional grad scheme at a large corporate, working in entrepreneurship or start-ups can be a great hands-on alternative that will expose you to all areas of a business. This is equally a great option for students or graduates interested in starting their own company one day.


  • 12:00pm - 12:15pm: Bright Network welcome
  • 12:15pm - 1:00pm: Attend sector overview or skills sessions lead by our partner firms
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm: Open networking with clients all day
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Sector Focused panel sessions
    • Panel 1 - Charity & public sector: Career or Calling
    • Panel 2 - Financial services: Diversity in the Workplace
    • Panel 3 - Tech, Entrepreneurship and Start-ups: Top Tips for Breaking Into Tech and Start-ups
    • Panel 4 - Engineering: The Future of Engineering 
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Networking
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Alumni success stories and wrap up day two

Please note all timings on the agenda for FESTIVAL correspond with British Summer Time