Still no sign of the Christmas slowdown we’re always expecting. Here’s a round up of fantastic opportunities to get your networking on and boost your employability. Even better, you can put a couple of these aside as an excuse to sneak away from the fag end of the family festivities with their sugar-rushing tantrum kids, ten-seconds-to-meltdown parents and somnolent, farty uncles. Don’t say we don’t look after you…

Christmas Pug Santa ClausLast chance to go for Blind Applying 2016! Closes 11 December. One application puts you in the running for an internship with Deloitte, L’Oreal, Michelin, General Motors, T (who seem to have dropped the ‘Mobile’) and many more. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2hhIuEr.

Closing 31 December! interested in a career in publishing? The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry. Find out more and apply at http://bit.ly/2h5u8YZ

Closing 6 January! Graduate opportunities at the BBC! Currently seeking applicants for Broadcast Engineering and Software Engineering Traineeships. http://bbc.in/2ga4m3A

“Do your students aspire to become Investment Bankers or Traders at a top tier investment bank?ask the peeps at InvestIN. Only you can answer that one. Check out the The Young Investment Banker Weekend, 18 – 19 February at University, College, London (UCL).

Want a Career in the Games Industry? Applications for Aardvark Swift’s Search For A Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star 2017 are now open…there’s a load more geek detail I don’t understand* – best click the link to get the full dope and apply http://bit.ly/2h5qKNW
*only because it’s the wrong kind of geek stuff – if this was manga/anime/music industry I’d be All Over It.

The Koreo Prize is a national storytelling competition asking young people aged 18 – 27 to explore one of six key issues affecting the UK in a way that acknowledges their complexity. These issues are gender equality, social mobility, housing, wellbeing, community resilience and food security. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2h25S9x

Want to boost your chances of finding employment in the Energy sector? EDF Energy are sponsoring The Spark! Contest 2017, a professional-academic contest organised by members of the Franco-British energy industry and community. http://bit.ly/2hgbwIy

Calling all new and experienced researchers. Jobs.ac.uk and Priius.ac.uk want to hear about your career choices. Take part in their online survey to help shape the future direction of their online support resources http://bit.ly/2g9Eg5W

NUS is calling for postgraduate students from USA to take part in online survey. Tis the season to be surveyed, apparently. Anyhoo. they want to understand more about the different routes and pathways that led you to a postgraduate course in the UK and what sorts of information you looked for to undertake the course. http://bit.ly/2g9I4UE

Undergraduate of the Year Awards is open, as you know. GTI are recommending you get your applications in before the sheer bliss of January exams kicks in.  You can enter now at www.undergraduateoftheyear.co.uk and also read blogs from last year’s finalists and winners as well as watch a short video about the 2016 event.

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