Thinking of a Gap Year?

The Gap Year Hub ( provides all / any information sources on anything to do with gap years – travel ideas, safety & security, insurance, work options etc. A regular blog post will have advice and ideas on all sorts of gap year topics –

Considering going further afield?

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) – – Meaningful gap year and summer programs in Africa & Asia

Good things happen when you step out of your comfort zone.

We offer adventure & skills development opportunities for young people in 9 countries.

Be your own boss!

Want to start a business?

Ready to grow or develop an existing side-hustle?

At the Careers & Employability Service we can now help you to flourish as an entrepreneur.

We’ve just appointed a new Student Enterprise Adviser who can support you from your initial idea to getting your business up-and-running and making those first essential sales.

This service is available to all undergraduates, and students who have graduated within the last three years.

You can now book sessions with Cumbrian entrepreneur Paul Teague, who self-publishes and sells his books in well over 100 countries from the comfort of his kitchen table.

Paul writes psychological thrillers, science fiction and non-fiction books, with over 40 titles to his name.

Paul Teague on stage at an Amazon Author event in Newcastle
Paul Teague on stage at an Amazon author event in Newcastle

Paul says, ‘I have spent more than five years delivering business support for Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, so I’m also clued up on how to access free funding and support. My own specialisms are in digital marketing, social media, website creation, podcasting, digital product creation and, of course, self-publishing. My local business links can put University of Cumbria entrepreneurs in touch with the right person, whatever help it is that they need with their enterprise.’

If you’ve ever thought about starting up your own business, even as a side-hustle or as a way of making extra money from a hobby or skill, it’s now easy to take the next step into entrepreneurship by booking an appointment via My Career Enriched.

And what if you’ve already set up and a business and you’re seeking support, guidance, advice or funding?

You can still access the service via My Career Enriched, just select the Starting a business option and select a time and location that’s convenient for you.

So, if you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, or you have a great idea that you’d like to sound out, book an appointment via My Career Enriched.

This doesn’t have to be a full-time option and Paul is happy to provide support to businesses at any stage, whether you just have the germ on an idea, or if you’re considering a side hustle or part-time business.

Could the next unicorn start-up be waiting in the wings at the University of Cumbria?

Book your appointment HERE to take your first steps into the world of entrepreneurship.

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Carlisle Racecourse – Part time Bar Team Members

£10 per hour

Further details at:

Jockey Club Catering are looking for fun, hardworking individuals to join our HOSPITALITY TEAM at one of the UK’s top sporting venues, Carlisle Racecourse, which hosts a variety of fantastic events!

We’re recruiting now for HOSPITALITY staff to work in the various retail and hospitality suites with in our venue.

Working environments range from restaurants, hospitality suites, retail facilities/bars and pop up bars with each area providing a great experience to work in. We even have back of house team operations, where you could support in our kitchen/cellar environments.

Events you will work at vary from Race Days, Concerts, Weddings, Proms and various other functions, specifically as we head towards the Christmas Season. Opportunities to work across our region at Haydock Park & Aintree for the Randox Health Grand National Festival may also present themselves and the wider business including many famous sporting locations, premier league football etc.

Responsibilities include offering the highest standards of customer service in serving beverages to our thousands of guests, clients and customers attending each event. Operating as part of a small or large team, adhering to all health and safety policies and helping to provide a fantastic experience. Specific equipment usage will be required i.e till and bar operations.

Benefits include:
Weekly Pay
Meal while on Shift
Holiday Pay
Uniform Provided
Fully flexible shifts offered
Opportunities to work at many famous sports venues
Opportunities to develop and pursue a career in hospitality and events.
Do not miss your opportunity to work at these famous Sporting Venues

Previous hospitality experience is beneficial but not essential as full training will be given. All candidates must live within daily traveling distance of the racecourse. Any candidates wishing to work in retail bar environments must be 18+ years of age.

British Ecological Society – Undergraduate Summer School 2022

Applications are now open for the Undergraduate Summer School 2022 run by the British Ecological Society – deadline 3rd May 2022.  

This year the Summer School will start with an online day held on the 12th July, followed by a residential field trip to Blencathra FSC Centre within the Lake District, 15th to 18th July.Applicants must be from UK or Ireland-based universities and in an ecology-related undergraduate degree. 

This Summer School is an opportunity for undergraduate students of all levels to gain insights into careers in the ecology and environment sector and develop vital experience and skills including:   

  • Practical field skills through outdoor activities 
  • Workshops in a range of specialist ecological fields (e.g. botany, entomology, etc…) 
  • Careers talks from professionals in the sector both within and outside of research 
  • Transferable skills development (e.g. CV, science communication, wellbeing, etc…) 
  • Networking opportunities with professionals and peers   

We strongly encourage applications from students that feel that they have experienced or still experience barriers to their career development, and who have gaps in their practical field skills. 

Applications close Tuesday 3rd May 9:00am BST, and students can find further details of the Summer School and apply online by filling out the Google forms document via our website: .  

We can discuss alternative application methods with applicants should this be a barrier.   If you are interested in applying or have questions about eligibility and the application process, please contact Fiona Le Ray

‘In Conversation With’… Jen Pomphrey, Graphic Design Graduate, 2008.

Jen is now a front-end developer and multi-disciplinary designer with 12 years’ industry experience, and has been designing websites for almost two decades. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, and moved into digital design whilst working at IPC Media on its groundbreaking publication Wallpaper*.

We’d love to know what you think about the series, and who you’d like us to interview next! A Film and TV graduate? An alumni who works abroad? A self-employed alumni? Let us know at

‘In Conversation With’… Ruth Crawford, Early Years Education with QTS Graduate, 2018.

Ruth lives in Northern Ireland and studied Early Years Education with QTS at the University of Cumbria, as well as working as a student ambassador before graduating in 2018. Since 2018 Ruth has been a substitute teacher in Northern Ireland, including both day to day and longer term teaching.

We’d love to know what you think about the series, and who you’d like us to interview next! A Film and TV graduate? An alumni who works abroad? A self-employed alumni? Let us know at

‘In Conversation With’… Coaching and Sport Graduate, 2008.

Gareth is currently a Coach Education and Football Development Officer at Manchester Met. University, and First Team Recruitment Scout at Preston North End FC.

We’d love to know what you think about the series, and who you’d like us to interview next! A Film and TV graduate? An alumni who works abroad? A self-employed alumni? Let us know at

‘In Conversation With…’ June Terry, Fine Art Graduate, 2017.

June combines her successful art career with property development, and talks to us about the benefit of having your finger in many different pies!

Resources mentioned:

We’d love to know what you think about the series, and who you’d like us to interview next! A Film and TV graduate? An alumni who works abroad? A self-employed alumni? Let us know at

‘In Conversation With…’ Ben Walker, Graphic Design Graduate, 2003. 

Ben is the Founder and Creative Director of Firefly, a branding and digital design agency based in Edinburgh. Ben oversees all of Firefly’s creative projects, working closely with the design team to ensure communications are delivered to a consistently high standard. Renowned for his expertise in brand strategy, advertising and digital, he has helped countless organisations to build brand awareness, connect with their target audience and achieve long-term commercial success.In addition to sharing his knowledge and experience through Firefly’s social media platforms and journal articles, he has been involved in numerous educational initiatives. This has included temporarily standing in as a Creative and Digital Industries lecturer at Borders College, delivering design lectures for BBC Make It Digital at Edinburgh College and volunteering as a mentor for Creative Edinburgh.

To help recent and upcoming graduates, Ben Walker is sharing his top tips for launching a career in the design industry. Head to the Firefly journal to hear Ben’s words of wisdom:

We’d love to know what you think about the series, and who you’d like us to interview next! A Film and TV graduate? An alumni who works abroad? A self-employed alumni? Let us know at