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Skills Building and Transferable Skills

Practical evaluation of skills building and transferable skills. An opportunity to highlight your existing skills and discuss how these can be transferred to your academic work and personal life. The chance to explore other skills that you can…
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Next Steps: What are the graduate options open to me?

This session will help you to consider your skills and strengths, Explore Graduate employment, Consider Postgraduate Study options and Identify opportunities for development.
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Meet the Volunteering Organisations: Fundraising & Events

Find out more about Volunteering in these sectors from a local employer with current opportunities and how to apply.
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Get your Graduate+ Bronze award

Come and find out about how you can work towards your own Graduate+ bronze, silver, gold and platinum award through the experiences you undertake. Explore the range of resources on offer to you as a student at BCU.
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Nightline - Volunteer opportunities

Are you passionate about being a listening ear to students across Birmingham? Nightline is a unique volunteering opportunity; a listening service run by students, for students. Come along to this session to find out how you can get involved.
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Studying for Careers in Law

Looking to develop a career within Law? Whether you have a degree in the subject or not, there’s a route open for you.  Our postgraduate management degrees cover a breadth of specialisms that will prepare you for your career with the…
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Fake News

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘that’s fake news’ but what does it mean? How can you identify it and what are the implications for your work? 
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Keep motivated to achieve your goals

Tips on how to keep a positive attitude and manage your emotions.
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Improve your concentration and maximise your performance

Tips to train your mind to develop your attention and be present in everything you do.
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How to find a Graduate Job?

With so many jobs posted online, you might be wondering where to start. Where are the obvious places to look and where are the hidden jobs? What research and actions do I need to take to get a great graduate job?
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Meet the Volunteering Organisation: Business & IT

Find out more about Volunteering in these sectors from a local employer with current opportunities and how to apply.
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Professional Mentoring - What's in it for me?

There are lots of benefits to having a professional mentor. Do you know what they are? This session will explain how you could get access to a professional mentor, the purpose of having a mentor and how you can sign up and access a mentor. This…
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Capgemini - How to ace a digital interview

A mix of answering questions, doing tasks and testing your ability to adapt. Experts from Capgemini will help you to prepare for video interview, what recruiters are looking for, the dos and don’ts and the way you can stand out from the crowd.
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Studying for Careers in Teaching

This session will give you an opportunity to hear from academic staff about our postgraduate teacher training courses. BCU offers teacher training courses that prepare you to teach at a variety of levels, from Early Years all the way through to…
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Making Sense of Numbers

This workshop focuses on numeracy, and general mathematics as a refresher to your University course.
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Defeating Procrastination

Hints and tips to reduce your procrastination and increase your productivity so that you have more time to do the things you love.
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Could You Run Your Own Business?

An insight into what it’s like to run your own business. We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages and discover the support and opportunities that BCU can offer.
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Employment Growth Areas

Covid-19 has impacted the graduate job market, but there are still plenty of opportunities out there if you know where to look. We will give you all the trends and strategies to help you understand the current and future graduate job market.
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Spotlight On: Portfolio Careers

Join this session to, Understand more about portfolio careers, Consider how you might manage a combination of jobs and Decide if a portfolio career is for you.
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Goal Setting

Increase the probability of positive action and understand how to gain a public declaration of intent. Discover the only two choices available when setting goals and never set a vague goal again!
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Me, Myself & I

Presentation skills through individual authenticity. This will help you to identify who you are and how to present yourself with ease.
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Graduate+ Silver and Gold Award: Understanding the STAR Technique

Understanding the STAR technique and how it sits within the Graduate+ Silver and Gold Award.
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The Importance of Commercial Awareness

Meet Jamie Wharfe from Enterprise Holdings as he guides you through the value of commercial awareness in the graduate employment market.
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Meet the Employer: BT

Meet BT’s Student and Graduate recruiter to find out about the opportunities available, and gain some insight into the company culture, roles available and application support and advice.
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Meet the Employer: Warner Media

A meet the employer event with information about Warner Media placement scheme. 
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Spotlight On Careers in Human Resources & Recruitment

Gain an insight into the world of Human Resources and Recruitment by listening to experienced professionals from the industry. Learn more about what these roles involve and what a typical working day might look like. Find out how and where to…
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Meet the Volunteering Organisations: Health & Education

Find out more about Volunteering in these sectors from a local employer with current opportunities and how to apply.
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Interview Skills - All you need to know

Do you need to learn how to perform well at interview? We suggest that no one is exempt from this – If you will ever have to go through an interview, come along to this session and learn  about preparing for interviews and how to answer…
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Enterprise Holdings - Recruitment in the new world

Times have changed due to Global Covid-19 Pandemic and so has the recruitment process. In this session I will take you through some of the changes including a section on “How to Ace a Video Interview”
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Studying for Careers in Health, Psychology & Social Work

Are you interested in a rewarding career working with people in a health, psychology or social care context? A Master’s degree can provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in your chosen profession. Courses…
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Join the 250,000: Schools Governors are people like you

250,000 people volunteer as school governors each year. Find out what they do, how to become one, how it boosts your CV and why diversity on boards is so important.
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Navigating reading lists & Journal articles

This workshop will provide an overview and enhance your understanding of these two essential components of academic reading.
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Video Interview Skills

Employers are now using video interviews as a key part of the recruitment process. Find out how -to best prepare for your online meeting. The do's and the don'ts when it comes to interviewing digitally!
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Graduate+: Get your Bronze Award!

Come and watch how you can work towards your own Graduate+ bronze, silver, gold and platinum award through the experiences you undertake. Explore the range of resources on offer to you as a student at BCU.
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Capgemini - Meet the Graduate Recruiter

Find out about Capgemini and what opportunities they have for you! Start networking and discover more about your potential.
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Spotlight On: Third Sector Careers

If you are interested in positively impacting on people and/or communities then a job in the UK charity and voluntary sector (sometimes referred to as the ‘third sector’ or the ‘not-for-profit sector’) might be for you!…
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Studying for Careers in Planning & Surveying

Looking to develop a career within Planning or Surveying? Even if your undergraduate degree is in an unrelated area, our postgraduate programmes will provide you with a solid foundation for developing successful careers in these fields. During…
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Communication Skills

Want to become an excellent communicator in professional and personal settings? This session will help you explore simple techniques to make sure you stand out from the crowd!
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Meet the Volunteering Organisation: Social Media & Marketing

Find out more about Volunteering in these sectors from a local employer with current opportunities and how to apply.
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Recognise your career potential

Come and meet Denise and Kareen from https://www.evenfieldscareers.co.uk/ who will provide practical advice and tools needed by every BAME student to break the mould and pursue career goals – one not to miss!
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The Science of Teamworking

Team working skills are important for almost all aspects of work and employability – this short session will introduce you to teamworking and the benefits of knowing your strengths and limitations.
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Spotlight On: Getting into Teaching

Considering a career in teaching?  This workshop includes: What to expect  - when training and newly qualified, The range of routes into Teaching, Finance/ funding options and How to apply.
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What can I do with my Creative Arts Degree?

See where your degree could take you, Understand the skills you have developed, Discover and explore your career options.
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Problem Solving & Reasoning

Interested in solving problems and the reasoning behind them? This session explores tips and tricks to help you become a better problem solver.
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Finding your funny bone

We’ve all got funny bones! This session will give you the opportunity to unlock your potential and be much more confident at speaking in front of audiences.
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Spotlight On: Yearlong Placements

For students who are already planning their placement year and for those who just want to find out more about what the placement year is, how it works and what you can be doing to increase your chances of getting your perfect placement. 
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Preparing to Volunteer

Watch this session on how you can get involved in volunteering at the university and in Birmingham. Find out how you can make a difference, why volunteering is so important, and how it can help you to stand out in interviews!
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You're made for this: Career in Policing

This session is about careers in policing and the different routes in.  It is also an opportunity for ethnic minority officers to be asked about their experiences in the Police.
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LinkedIn or Locked Out

Top tips and strategies from how to set up your own LinkedIn profile to using the platform effectively to engage with future employers. Make your profile an all star profile to stand out from the crowd and attract your future employer.
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Skills for transferring reading into writing

This workshop will consider how to create a clear written assignment by reading effectively. Areas covered include selecting appropriate academic material, recognising different voices and how to take a stance.
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Impress your future employer

Need to find out more about your next employer? Let us show you how to research using the University intranet so that you can impress at your next interview.
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Preparing for the data-driven world with Qlik

Data Literacy is one of the most in-demand job skills for 2020. Come along to learn more about the free Qlik Academic Program and how you can upskill in analytics.
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Wellbeing for a Successful Career

Identify your core values and understand how these are ‘showing up’ at work and life. You will create a clear achievable action plan to help you achieve what you want.
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Be in Control of your Future with your Career Plan

This is an introductory session that will highlight the importance of knowing how to build a workable career plan.
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Student Skills Store

Student Skill Store is an innovative new teaching resource for university students who want to learn how to create, design and deliver a brilliant presentation time after time.
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Time Management

How to get done what you need in order to have more time for what you love doing.
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Business Report Writing

Report writing might sound complicated but with some basic hints and tips you can simplify the process and be confident in writing your next report.
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Proofreading

Watch this workshop for proofreading tips! Find out how to ensure you are proofreading efficiently and effectively.
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BCU Sport

Find out how taking part in BCU Sport activities can support you in developing your skills.
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What is Motivation?

As part of our very first virtual Graduate+ Celebration Week Dave Keeling, an actor & keynote speaker, spoke to us about the term motivation... & how students can cultivate more of it!
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Help Me! I'm only human…

Professor Adam Crizzle, addresses mental resilience and wellbeing within our communities, one person at a time. Mental health issues in the 21st century have resulted in it being harder for people to cope.  Assumptions are made, labels given…
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Age of interruption, are we too busy?

Cliff Dennett poses questions around our relationship with technology and how we use it on a daily basis whilst being aware of how and when this impacts on the world we live in.
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What does it mean to be a leader?

As part of our first virtual Graduate+ Celebration Week Louise Teboul, who runs professional leadership courses for Common Purpose UK, shares her views with BCU students on what it means to be a leader in 2020. It's an inspiring talk that we…
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Leap of faith! What if I fall? What if I fly!

Anthony Daulphin aims to consider the origins of where individual drive and motivation derive from. Is this driven by money or the desire to help and support others? Or could it be a strong work ethic, coming from a single parent family where…
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How to use your roller skates?

Jo Goodman encourages us all to revisit the art of curiosity in helping us continue to transform, change and grow as we go through life and education, with her talk conspicuously called ‘how to use your roller skates'
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Finding your why

As part of our very first virtual Graduate+ Celebration Week we meet Joel Blake OBE, a multi-award-winning businessman, professional speaker and leadership consultant, specialising in Business Support and Enterprise development. Joel speaks to BCU…
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The Key to ensuring inclusive growth across communities

The West Midlands was once an entrepreneurial superpower, known widely as the ‘Workshop of the World’. But in the post-war period manufacturing declined, output dropped, factories began to close, and unemployment soared. Now the region…
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How to define your work/life balance?

Clara Wilcox from The Balance Collective will give an insightful session on how you can better cultivate a work / life balance for yourself, along with recommending key tips & tools to get started and implement in your own life.
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Curiosity, for tech's sake!

Victoria Masso advocates that technological innovation, despite all its advancements, needs to work differently to deliver holistic benefit across all sections of society. Since many aspects of innovation are driven by curiosity, where curiosity…
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The Gift of Desperation

Ian Thomas shares his lived experience in an attempt help you understand the lethal power of addiction and how the ‘gift of desperation’ provided a critical moment of change and how we as a society can look to provide a different…
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Critical Analysis

“You’re not being critical” ... “needs more critical analysis” ... To avoid getting feedback like this you have to be critical when you do academic work - when you are reading, planning and writing your assignments.…
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Human Magnificence beyond the Tsunami

Michelle Mills-Porter talks about ‘Human Magnificence’ and how and why she believes that this is at the core of humanity, how to find it, unleash it and use it collaboratively.
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Why Me…!

You never think it will happen to you. That’s the thing about abuse. It’s the thing that happens to other people, but never to you. Raj Holness was broken after a decade of emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse. Raj looks at…
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From here to humility

Dr Martin Glynn talks about personal transformation and an inter-generational approach in which to build on and develop inter-connectivity and legacy within the community.
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Dissertation: Hints & Tips

This hints and tips session will explain what a dissertation is and give you advice on how to choose a good topic and how to write your dissertation proposal. We will also look at scheduling your dissertation tasks and literature reviews.
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Referencing and Plagiarism

This lesson from the Centre for Academic Success covers the essential aspects of source/reference use in your academic work. When and what do we need to reference? How do I cite sources correctly in my paragraphs? How do I format my Reference List…
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Intern Abroad HQ - Remote Internships opportunities

Launch your global career from home with our extensive range of remote internships which can be customized to match your career or academic requirements.
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Burnout to brilliance - Recovery from Chronic Fatigue

In 2001 Linda Jones’s world changed. As a young and successful business woman she was living a happy and fulfilled life; working long hours travelling the country, a fitness fanatic who enjoyed a full social life. Looking back there was…
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The Joy of being broken

Herman Stewart will be sharing key insights on how you can use disappointment to enrich your life and the value of being broken.
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CVs and Cover Letters

A comprehensive overview of how to develop and effective CV and cover letter.
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Tackling your Assignment

This session will consider assessment terminology such as ‘discuss’ and ‘evaluate’. It will also cover techniques which can be used to ensure the question(s) have been fully understood.
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Disruptive technologies for good

Dr Sally Eaves focuses in on how we can enable disruptive technology to truly become ‘Tech for Good’. This talk aims to provide the inspiration around what technology can help enable, but also a provocative exploration, vision and call…
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You are not your limits

Dr Richard Fallon takes you on a journey of discovery to encourage you to understand that you are not your limits and how to adapt and implement changes throughout your life.
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Presenting your Data

Want to understand how to present your data? Come along to this session and find out how to accurately present your data.
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Generation Y in the Boardroom - Governance 3.0

The rapid pace of social and technological change is creating a global force for a new way to address governance. Leading the charge for the 4th Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence and technologies are developing with exponential…
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An Introduction to Academic Writing

An overview of what you need for academic writing and advice to help with the problems students usually experience.
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The truth behind the showreel

Sophie Milliken tells the tale of the truth behind the Show Reel and highlights that what you see presented at surface level, isn't always the reality. A successful business woman, winning award after award. All hugely flattering but it is not the…
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Defeating Procrastination

Andy Woodall from One Degree differences presents hints and tips to reduce your procrastination and increase your productivity so that you have more time to do the things you love. 
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Avoiding Plagiarism and Using Turnitin

Not sure if you’ve accidentally plagiarised some of your essay sentences? Learn ways to check your own paraphrasing with Turnitin software and get better grades!
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What is Resilience?

Andy Woodall from One degree differences discusses what resilience is, how to identify your levels of resilience and what to do to keep resilient. The specific context of this is related to the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic. 
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Transformation & Me

Nav Chouhan shares his story and insights on how he has applied a 6 C change model to his own life within his talk on Transformation and me. This was recorded at the TEDxBirminghamCityUniversity 2018 event with the theme transformation in…
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