Here comes your Next Big Thing – don’t miss our latest opportunities roundup…

The jobs, grad schemes, competitions, conferences and courses are *still* flowing in bigly – as no-one would like to be overheard saying, I’m sure. Enough of my agenda shoveling (buy me a coffee and I’ll explain that last bit to you. Maybe). Time’s a-wasting…

VR Future

Closing 19 February! Google are offering graduate Sales, Customer Experience and Software Engineering roles in partnership with EmployAbility for students with dyslexia/disabilities. Positions available across Europe and North America. Roles are available in Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

Closing 28 February! Charityworks is the UK’s graduate scheme for the not-for-profit sector, offering leadership training, professional mentoring and a full-time job paying up to £20k. More info and apply at

Train to be a journalist, with Brighton Journalist Works. Join the NCTJ-accredited fast-track course starting 6 March. Just a couple of places left. Contact them now on, or apply

Opens 1 March – 31 May! The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) are run biennially and gather anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions. Take part and make your voice heard.

Applications close 5 March! Female first year student? Interested in a career with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)? The Visible Women Campaign is an initiative, run by employment charity Elevation Networks. They’ve teamed up with the FCA to deliver an exclusive 4 day Spring placement for 25 first year undergraduate females. You do not have to be undertaking a finance/economics related degree. All you need is an interest in financial conduct/ financial services, a willingness to learn and be on track for a 2.1 degree. Live outside of London? Not to worry, you accommodation will be covered and travel costs reimbursed. Please note that this is for first years only. Applications from BAME students are particularly encouraged. Apply at

Submissions close 19 March! The Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) Academy has been launched to build a network of bright minded students and recent graduates to foster their knowledge, develop fresh perspectives and showcase their skills to the CSRI. Do you like exploring answers to the most pressing global issues? This is your opportunity to engage with some of today’s most prominent thought leaders on issues of the day and earn global recognition for it.

Deadline 10 April! UX Sprints is a student user experience competition curated by Holition offering a £5,000 prize fund and a 4 – 8 week studio residency. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in higher education and is especially relevant to: computer science, software development, fashion, multimedia, UX design, architecture, business, marketing or similar. 2016 graduates are also welcome. Applicants can enter individually or in small groups.

Submit abstracts by 28 April! British Federation of Women Graduates holds a Research Presentations Day each year at which women postgraduate students are invited to give short presentations of their research work to a general audience.  This year’s event happens 10 June. A prize of £100 is offered for the presentation judged ‘best’ in terms of quality of presentation and ability to communicate the subject to an educated but general audience. More info at

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Paul Rothwell • 16/02/2017

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