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Overview

Our Entrepreneur in Residence will help you explore if you are ready, willing and able to start something new. As well as a review of the skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities you will need to succeed, we can help you to prepare a business plan that is clear and compelling.

The programme is a great opportunity to develop transferable skills such as strategic planning and problem solving as well as boost your commercial awareness.

The service is flexible and tailored to suit students and their needs. After mentoring support you will:

  • Feel more confident, ready, willing and able to take an idea forward
  • Have a working business plan with a clear vision and strategy to achieve it
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and transferable skills, knowledge and experience to prospective employers.

 

Sign up

Our Business mentoring service is a rolling programme based at the Careers Service and you may join at any time.

Appointments can be booked through CareerConnect:

  1. Please use your SSO to log on to CareerConnect
  2. Click “Appointments”, then “Search & Book”.
  3. Then, select “Business Mentoring Appointment” from the options to see the available times.

To find out more contact us on student.entrepreneur@careers.ox.ac.uk or Reception at the Careers Service.

This information was last updated on 12 October 2016.
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Recent blogs about Business Mentoring

Oxford Entrepreneurs is recruiting a new president

Blogged by John Gilbert on April 20, 2017.

The application deadline for President of Oxford Entrepreneurs has been extended!

The deadline for applications for the OE Presidential role has been extended to 22:00 on Sunday 30 April 2017. This is a paid role with a fixed term contract for one year. The salary is competitive and includes a performance bonus. To apply, simply send a CV and cover letter to the current President, Chris Williams, via his email – c.williams@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.

For more information on the role please read the role description. Successful applicants will be invited to interview in the first week of May. The new President will begin the role on July 1st 2017.

Why should you apply?

The OE President is in an incredibly unique position between Oxford University and the wider entrepreneurship community. You will regularly meet with key figureheads across the University, from the business school and Careers Service, to the heads of university departments and central university administration. You will also regularly meet with extremely successful entrepreneurs, investors and key influencers from across the world, providing you with the network to successfully launch your own business. If you are serious about entrepreneurship and want to learn the right skills and meet the right people to launch your business, then make your application now!

Further questions?

Feel free to email Chris (c.williams@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk). He’s more than happy to answer any questions in person, over the phone, or by email.

Global internships: new and expiring soon

Blogged by Sara Bram on April 20, 2017.

Brand new and re-opened internships are now open for applications via the Internship Programme, both here in the UK and around the world. See CareerConnect for the full details and to apply.

Internships with a deadline of Sunday 7 May

NGO promoting targeted education, affordable healthcare, workable start-ups, sustainable development and secured livelihoods in Lebanon, with a community centre and several livelihood and relief projects funded by UN bodies. Interns can take part in local projects empowering host and refugee communities. Projects vary in fields such as education, agriculture, relief, medical and health, and/or microcredit.

A network of 130 organisations working towards an ethical food system for Oxford. GFO aims to guide Oxford’s food vision and strategy, support aligned initiatives to work together, establish shared measurement, build public will, advance policy and mobilise funding. The intern will support Good Food’s progress towards the Sustainable Cities Bronze Food Award by strategizing improvements for Oxford’s sustainable catering and procurement. This will include gathering evidence of best practice in catering and procurement from successful cities, convening a cross-sector food procurement conference, writing and publicising case studies, and making recommendations for future work.

Yangshuo Omeida provides intensive language training to Chinese and overseas students. Yangshuo is a popular global destination for its beautiful scenery, rock climbing, cycling, rivers and culture. Interns will teach English at summer classes and a summer camp, which also involves outdoor activities, BBQs and games nights.

LovVol (‘Love Volunteering’) is a not-for-profit that provides cultural exchange opportunities for university students in China and introduces local Chinese children to the English language and Western culture. After an initial training course, interns will provide a progressive holistic education programme, including English language, cultural education and developing emotional intelligence,  to Chinese children aged 7 – 16.

Museums and archives dedicated to preserving and presenting the artifacts, art and documents that best capture the US Navy’s history and heritage.  The intern would be based in the archive or library, and would complete an individual project contributing to the Command’s work.

Internships with a deadline of Sunday 23 April

There are also three internships closing this Sunday – don’t miss out, apply now!

Absolute Antibody was founded with the vision that all antibody users should be able to use recombinant antibodies which are absolutely defined by their amino acid sequence. Scientific Data Internship: collecting and summarising a range of technical data about particular antibodies for the website and marketing resources. The intern will also help gather and analyse protein sequences of interest to the company.

Leading non-profit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, with a mission to preserve and protect the heritage of Maryland’s capital city. Seeking four Oxford interns to work in curatorial and collections management, research, education and programmes, and architectural preservation. Interns will pursue a special project reflecting their professional interests, and could have the opportunity to work on an exciting forthcoming museum exhibition and the creation of a new tour.

Leading social development consulting company in the natural resource extraction and infrastructure sectors. They are offering a Consulting Internship, working in three main areas: Projects, Research & Development and Operational Administration.

New Graduate Scheme – Trainee Youth Advocate

Posted on behalf of Just for Kids Law. Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on April 20, 2017.

Are you ready to commit to a life-changing challenge and gain legal experience, and valuable personal and leadership skills in the process?

Do you want to be part of an award-winning and law-changing organisation advocating for some of the most under-supported young people in London?

Just for Kids Law (JfKL) provides holistic support, representation and legal advice to under-supported and often isolated children and young people.  Last year they launched Advocacy Year, their graduate scheme based loosely on other professional graduate schemes, to expand their holistic model of support into East London.  Advocacy Year recruits recent graduates, who may be considering legal or youth related careers, to serve a year working as community-based Trainee Youth Advocates.  Trainee Youth Advocates will:

  • Work in the community directly supporting young people in difficulty.
  • Formally advocate for young people in legal and quasi legal proceedings such as Looked After Child reviews, Social Services assessments, school reintegration meetings, governor body meetings and school exclusion hearings.
  • Be supervised by our team of in-house lawyers to ensure that young people are adequately supported across all their issues.
  • Complete an intensive training and immersion programme covering:
    • Advocacy style;
    • Child safeguarding;
    • Legal knowledge in social welfare, education, youth justice and immigration; and
    • An ongoing Leadership programme.

Key dates

  • Closing dates for applications: Tuesday 2 May, 9.00
  • Date of Interviews: Week commencing 15 May
  • Start Date: Monday 4 September

For more details you can see this opportunity on CareerConnect (Vacancy ID 41377) or on the Just for Kids Law website.

‘Insight into Academia’ – events for Trinity Term

Blogged by Bekki Shaw on April 20, 2017.

“Insight Into Academia” is a series of informal seminars, exploring opportunities for an academic career within and beyond the UK, important decisions along the way, and what it takes to thrive as an academic.

Week 2: Tuesday 2 May

  • Insight into Academia: Academic CVs with Impact

This seminar will focus on how to create an effective CV for early and mid-career academic posts. We will consider how to organise and present your qualifications and experience, in ways that meet current criteria for recruitment and the foreseeable priorities of academic departments.

Week 5: Tuesday 23 May

  • Insight into Academia: Coping with a Sense of Academic Failure

This informal seminar aims to open up discussion on feelings that can trouble many early career academics. The aim is to understand where these feelings might come from, how they can affect us, what we can learn from them, and how to move on in healthy ways that do not limit us. We will introduce some new resources developed in collaboration with postdocs and professionals from the University. All questions and contributions will be kept confidential.

To reserve a place, please go to CareerConnect.

Trinity Term Micro-Internship Programme now open!

Blogged by Rachel Sene on April 19, 2017.

“An exciting week which provided me with the opportunity to build on my confidence, gain business insights, and to explore Oxfordshire further.”Micro-Intern, Wildman Environmental Learning

Applications are now open for this term’s Micro-Internship Programme. Micro-internships will be taking place in 9th week of Trinity Term (Monday 19 – Friday 23 June, 2017) and are open to all full-time, matriculated students. Deadline for all applications is Sunday 7 May, 2017.

Why take part in the Micro-Internship Programme?

  • Stand out from the crowd in future job applications with unique industry experience
  • Get a concise insight into a particular sector or type of organisation
  • Increase your existing employability through acquiring new skills
  • Enhance your commercial awareness
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Build a network of industry contacts

Micro-Internships are placements based in Oxfordshire and Greater London that last 2-5 days and present a specific, cohesive work project to be tackled. Placements can be research-based or professional, with projects this term ranging from event management for a mental-health charity, to production with an up-and-coming podcast in London, to research for the National Trust!

To learn more about the programme including detailed instructions on how to apply, visit our website or email us at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk. To view all vacancies and apply, visit CareerConnect.

Get some guidance with your application?

Micro-internship applicants are welcome to come and receive advice on your CV and personal statement through booking a place on one of our Application Support Sessions.

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