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The CFA Institute is offering a free online Careers in Investment Open Day on Thursday 15th May. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about what it’s like to work in the investment industry. Students can learn about the Chartered Financial Analyst charter from the CFA Institute and its charterholders, and then discover what some of the world’s top financial services graduate employers are looking for as they hire the next generation of investment professionals.

Find out more and register for the free online event via the website.

2014 marks the fifth year for Converge Challenge (CC), Scotland’s largest business competition and entrepreneurial training programme.  Converge Challenge brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from academia, research and business.  Open to staff and students at all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes, we work with any industry sector, product or service-based ideas at any stage of the development.

CC ’14 is a great opportunity to develop your business skills, build your confidence and learn from some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.  The programme will provide you with excellent networking opportunities to connect and interact with like-minded people and build your business contacts.

Can you rise to the Challenge?  Click here to apply online by Friday 2nd May 2014

Common Purpose (an independent international leadership development organisation) is running the following event, open to all students with a disability (as defined by the gov.uk website).

Frontrunner 3-day residential leadership course for disabled students
Date: 25-27 Feb 2014
Location: Nottingham  
Course fee: Free (sponsored by Santander) including accommodation and transport during the course (travel to/from Nottingham not covered).

What:
It provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to develop their leadership and employability skills as well as meet senior leaders from public, private and not-for-profit organisations across the UK.  Santander also offers paid internships for students who have participated in the course. 

The course is designed to help you:

  • accelerate your leadership skills
  • increase your employability by adding value to your CV
  • develop communication and presentation skills
  • develop your ability to adapt and thrive in multiple environments
  • collaborate with peer students and form long lasting networks
  • foster an ability to work with senior leaders around the country

Full details and an application form: see the Common Purpose website.

Further enquiries to: .

Application deadline: Monday 3 February, 9 a.m.

The EY (Ernst and Young) Disability Network and the Spring Project are running a ‘Radical Employability’ event for students and graduates with a disability or long-term health condition seeking work in professional services. The event is taking place in London on Monday 9th December from 10am to 4pm.

The event offers the opportunity to meet members of EY’s Disability Network to get a better understanding of the kind of support that EY offers in the workplace and through the recruitment process. It’s a chance to enhance your network and find out about opportunities with the company.

The event is free and pre-registration is necessary. Travel expenses will be supported up to £150.

For further information and to register, visit the event website.

The 2014 Thomas Blake Glover Aberdeen Asset Scholarship funds intensive language study at university summer schools in Japan. The winning scholar will learn all aspects of Japanese language and culture from the writing systems to the traditional tea ceremony. Applications are invited from Scottish people with an interest in Japan, and are particularly sought from candidates with a business focus.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2013.

To access more details about selection criteria and the application form, visit the Japan Society of Scotland website.

TechAbility Business is a unique opportunity for students with disabilities to broaden their horizons by gaining an insight into life at Google.

The event will take place on Wednesday 27th November at the Google offices in Paris. It will involve:

  • a one day interactive event where you can learn about Google, its products and what it’s really like to work there
  • an opportunity to be mentored by a Googler, get tailored careers advice and guidance on a business project of your choice

View a video from last year’s conference here.

For more details and and application information visit the website. The application deadline is 30th October.

FinanceInterns are delivering their Financial Markets Overview Workshop on four separate occasions during October.

Friday 18th and Wednesday 23rd October:

Two separate 3-hour sessions at £49, both will be from 6pm-9pm at London Southbank Centre.

Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th October:

Two separate full-day sessions at £85 which will include a 3-hour workshop, as well as a tour around the financial houses (The Square Mile Tour). Times TBC but estimated 10am-5pm.

For more information, feel free to email at FinanceInterns.

PwC are running a series of open day events during September and October at their Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and London offices that will showcase a number of females working at PwC.

Students will get the opportunity to develop their employability skills and network with PwC’s recruiters and business ambassadors.

For more information, including details of how to apply can be found on the PwC’s careers website.

The OU Careers Advisory Service recently ran an online forum for OU students on Enterprise, Self Employment and Entrepreneurship (OU username and password required). You can now access the forum in read only format (until July 2014) where you’ll find tips on finding a business idea, sources of help to develop a good business plan, advice on taxation and links to useful resources. 

Further resources are available on the OU careers website in our new section on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship under “Exploring your career options“.  This includes a quiz to help you decide if entrepreneurship is for you, advice on the pathway to becoming an entrepreneur, case studies and links to further sources of information and advice.

You can also explore detailed advice and information on self-employment including what you need to consider, the types of business model available to choose from, information on the social enterprise sector and sources of finance.

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) is offering budding entrepreneurs and creative minds the chance to transform their business ideas into reality at the Cambridge Judge Business School from 28th to 30th June.

The Real Alchemist Startup weekend is aimed at students, graduates, academics, professionals and entrepreneurs with an idea for a technology, creative or social entreprise. The programme includes:

  • the opportunity to pitch your business idea, and work with peers to develop it
  • practical tools to identify markets and customers
  • sessions on business costs and finance 

Those ventures voted the best of the weekend will join Accelerate Cambridge, a programme designed by Cambridge Judge Business School to launch start-up enterprises. It will provide winners with a network of Cambridge mentors and University alumni to assist in developing a sustainable business.

 Please visit the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning website to find out more and register.