We’re taking a break from the blog!

Important Announcement

We’re taking a break from this blog, but you can still access comprehensive careers & employability support via the following links:

My Career Enriched: https://mycareerenriched.cumbria.ac.uk/ This is your one-stop portal for advice, resources, events and 1-1 support.

Starting a business: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/careers/Student-Enterprise/ If you’re wanting to start or develop a business whilst at uni, this is the best place to get started.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UoCCareers Information and advice on making the most of university and getting a graduate job.

PoWEr Up Networking

WHO are the Power Collective:  The Power Collective creates opportunity and connection. Our PoWEr Up Networking and Mentoring raises aspirations and confidence through engaging students and those in their early career with accessible role models in the industry who can provide insightful career and life advice.  Paying it forward, being generous and making a difference are central to PoWEr Up events.

WHERE: Online, Zoom link will be provided, Free

WHEN and What time: 

·         Tuesday, 14th June: 12 – 1pm: Register: https://bit.ly/3sJluW2

·         Tuesday, 12th July: 12 – 1pm: Register:   https://bit.ly/3NrQP7t

·         Wednesday, 14th September: 12 – 1pm: Register: https://bit.ly/3LATU48   

·         Thursday, 27th October: 12 – 1pm: Register:   https://bit.ly/39Ay9nI

·         Tuesday, 22nd November: 12 – 1pm: Register:   https://bit.ly/3wspfl7

·         Tuesday, 6th December: 12 – 1pm: Register:   https://bit.ly/39AxlPI

·         Tuesday, 17th January: 12 – 1pm: Register:  https://bit.ly/3abXTXK 


Certain campsites have been identified as needing additional support with litter and waste management. Kendal Calling is recruiting a team of 30 whose objectives will be to keep campsites free of litter and gather data about the motives behind littering. The Festival Organisers are keen to collect empirical evidence on a range of topics which will support the Festival’s green campaign – Leave Nothing But Memories – and inform policy for subsequent years. Better Not Stop, a Sustainable Impact Agency, are working with Kendal Calling to recruit these vital roles.

Closing Date: 6th June

Rate of Pay £9.90 per hour plus £1.19 holiday pay

Interview Date: 10th June on the Lancaster University Campus. If you are unable to make the in person interview on Friday 10th June we will provide a link for an online interview to be held on Friday 10th June if you are shortlisted. 

Location: Lowther Deer Park, Lowther, Penrith

Details on how to apply here: https://temps.lancaster-university.co.uk/vacancies/15301/kendal-calling-festival-campsite-and-data-team-x-30.html

FREE 2-Day Business Start-Up Training @ Brampton Road Campus!

Have You Got What It Takes To Run A Business?
Want To Know What Self-Employment Is Really Like?

Apply now to attend this FREE 2-day TRANSFORM event at the Brampton Road campus on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June 2022. Open to all students and recent graduates*.

You will benefit from this programme if:

  • You are thinking of starting your own business
  • You have an idea for a business and want to validate it
  • You are inquisitive about what starting a business involves and want to know more
  • You want something other than a job

The 2-day TRANSFORM programme will give you the opportunity to decide if starting and running your own business is a viable option. So what’s it about?

Day one will help you think about starting a business in a totally different way with the TRANSFORM rocket business simulator – a game-based learning experience to help equip, enable and empower you with the skills, knowledge and commercial awareness of what it takes to grow, run and scale a successful business.

Day two takes your learning from day one to examine your thoughts on entrepreneurship and starting your own business. The morning will introduce you to the Business Model Canvas, what it is, and how to use it to map out your business ideas. The afternoon session gives you the chance to pitch your ideas to an expert panel who then choose who to invest in.

The programme ends with a Q&A session where you can ask questions and decide your next steps.

Lunch will be provided on both days free of charge. 

If you would like to apply for a place on this programme, please complete the short application form here: https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/transform-2022

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

What will I take away from the programme?

  • If entrepreneurship is for you
  • If it is, what the next steps are
  • What support is out there and how you can access it
  • There is an alternative to working for someone else or leaving the area

If you would like to apply for a place on this programme, please complete the short application form here: https://cumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/transform-2022

Closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 8th June 2022.

If you have any questions please email careers@cumbria.ac.uk 

*Alumni who graduated after 2019 are eligible to apply to attend this event.

Note: A minimum number of 9 attendees for this workshop to go ahead. You are required to attend on both days.

Skills City Bootcamps

IN4 Group are recruiting for fully-funded Skills Bootcamps starting on 13th June 2022.


Our Skills Bootcamps cover the following topics: Cloud Engineering, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Games Development. This would be a fantastic opportunity for University students as they receive a guaranteed job interview upon completion of the Skills Bootcamp along with an industry recognised certificate, and having had many graduates through our Skills Bootcamps previously, we’d like to offer these courses to your alumni and graduating students who are keen to kickstart a career in the tech industry.


Thinking of a Gap Year?

The Gap Year Hub (www.thegapyearhub.com) 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 – https://thegapyearhub.com/the-gap-year-blog/.

Considering going further afield?

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) – www.aventure.co.uk/ – 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:

https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/learning-and-resources/career-development/ugsummer-school/ .  

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 fiona@britishecologicalsociety.org