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Event Spotlight: Breaking Barriers

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Welcome to the official highlights page of Breaking Barriers! Bright Network Breaking Barriers is one of our fully virtual events. This event is shaped to help you develop the tools you need to feel ready to step into the world of world whilst spotlighting firms who are championing social mobility in the early careers space.

You can expect the day to consist of:

  • Growing your connections
  • Hearing from leaders in panel sessions on celebrating diversity & inclusivity
  • Gaining advice on breaking down barriers.

Plus,a skills session to help boost your CV and pave your way to success.

Keep reading on to discover what attending Breaking Barriers virtually looks like…

The virtual platform: Bizzabo

Bizzabo offers a range of fantastic and easy to use features – including a chat box where you ask questions and speak to other attendees, and a home page where you can view the agenda and remind yourself of the employers you’ll be meeting! We also have a dedicated helpdesk and Bizzabo experts on hand to help in case of any technical issues.

Virtual Networking

You may ask, how can I network when it’s a virtual event? Like our in-person events, you’ll have dedicated facetime for building your professional connections. We’ve had a range of employers join us in previous editions such as Amazon, Aton, Deloitte, KPMG, NHS, Police Now and PwC.

The diversity event of the year! - Renae, 2023 attendee

You’ll be able to pop into all the virtual booths across the networking session. We recommend turning your camera on to ask questions to the representatives as it’s a great way to make a fantastic first impression and form valuable connections. Previous conversations have explored employers’ cultures, application processes, DEIB initiatives and graduate/intern opportunities – this is your chance to have your burning questions answered.

We also know that it’s important to not only build your Build both your personal and professional networks. Before the event, you’ll also have access to join the Breaking Barriers Guild group - a safe, members-only platform where you can chat to fellow attendees and start building your support network. What’s more, we share a range of employer opportunities and insights, as well as running competitions that you can get involved in!

Tips and Guidance at Virtual Events

We know that attending events like Breaking Barriers can be daunting, so we want to provide as much support and guidance so you’re feeling confident!

Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or Breaking Barriers is your first event, check out our top tips for virtual networking and making the most out of the event. There are so many people in the same boat on the day, so rest assured you’re not the only one feeling a bit nervous about attending.

My experience today was inspiring and educational. Through the guidance and tips I received today, I feel more confident about my future. - Dehemi, 2023 attendee

Join from anywhere and fit attending around your studies!

A great perk of virtual events is that you can join from anywhere in the country – whether you’re studying in Cornwall or Manchester, it makes gainer exclusive insights and growing your network even easier!

Plus, we understand that your first term at university can be busy. Attending virtually, just over an afternoon, means you can fit the event around your studies and extracurricular activities without having to miss out on key panel and skills session!

93% of previous attendees found the event addressed previous concerns”

Attending one of our events is one of the best things you can do for your early career – check out our upcoming events here!

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