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The Society of Young Publishers (SYP), a non-profit organisation is dedicated to helping those interested in developing a career in the publishing industry. 

Every year they organise a couple of free seminars at the London Book Fair and this year it is taking place on Wednesday 18th April.  The two seminars will be:

Seminar 1: How to get into Publishing
Aimed at those looking to kick-start a career in publishing.  The SYP brings together an expert panel offering practical advice and guidance to new entrants.  From MA courses to work placements, they discuss the right route for you: what skills you really need, and how to get your CV noticed.

Seminar 2: How to get ahead in Publishing
Instead of following the traditional career ladder, you can be innovative and create your own career path.  Aimed at those looking for new opportunities to advance their careers, the SYP has gathered a range of exciting speakers with original ideas to share and inspire as you prepare for the next step.

Those interested in attending will need to register in advance for the London Book Fair – which is FREE for students.

Further information about both events can be found on the SYP website: Seminar 1 and Seminar 2.

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) works with all of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions supporting the development of entrepreneurial individuals.  The SIE is currently seeking:

  • Student Interns  – up to 10 hours/week, term time only (Wage: £7.50/hour)

One position will be available for a current student at each of SIE’s partner Scottish Higher Education Institutions (including The Open University).  Successful applicants will be responsible for:

  • providing logistical and promotional support to SIE and institutional entrepreneurship activities

  • researching existing enterprise and entrepreneurship education and initiatives at their institution

  • acting as a student face of SIE and institutional enterprise activity

Applicants should have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work as part of a small team and on their own initiative; and a genuine enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and SIE’s goal of increasing the uptake of entrepreneurship activity and education amongst the student population in Scotland’s HEIs.

For further details including a full job description, please email .

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th April 2012

The University of Surrey is looking for 10 unemployed graduates (from any UK university who have been unemployed for 6 months or more) who live in or close to Guildford in Surrey to take part (for free) in the annual enterprise summer school from 20th to 22nd June 2012.

This is a residential bootcamp in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts where teams of students (from undergrads to postgrads), from diverse courses such as engineering, maths and business to photography, fine arts and fashion, all collaborate to build and test ideas and business concepts for social and profit-making enterprises. 

During the three days, there are a number of visiting entrepreneurs and a networking dinner with local businesses.

The reason to involve local unemployed graduates is both to help them think about starting their own business and give them links into their local (but not necessarily their alma mater) university.

The normal cost for the three days is £95 which includes all accommodation, training and meals but this will be fully subsidised this year for 10 unemployed local graduates.

Interested?  Please apply in the first instance to Tracy Hampton at the University of Surrey by email: by 30th April 2012.

Are you an aspiring journalist interested in issues facing the developing world?

This is the chance to become one of the 16 finalists taken out on an assignment to Africa and Asia to write a feature that will be published in special Guardian supplements later this year.

Entry deadline: Thursday 3rd May 2012

Entry details

There’s good news for those looking to enter the world of postgraduate study with the launch of a brand new set of funding awards from The Science Registry – the people behind FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com. 

The bursary, which totals £9,000, is available to students across a range of disciplines.

There are two sets of awards – one for Master’s students and one for those embarking on PhD studies.

Registration for the awards is now open, with a formal application process beginning in June.  Details on how to apply can be found at:

Masters Funding Awards

PhD Funding Awards

From Monday 5th to Friday 30th March 2012, the OU Careers Advisory Service is running an online forum for postgraduate students wanting to plan their next career steps.  The forum is moderated by three careers advisers and is an opportunity for you to share advice, thoughts and experiences regarding the career opportunities open to you with a postgraduate qualification.  You can post a question, provide help to other postgraduate students, or just come in and browse.

This forum will provide an excellent chance to ask about and discuss a whole range of topics such as:

  • What next after your postgraduate qualification
  • How to investigate your career choice and career change options
  • Where to find job vacancies
  • How to get relevant work experience or network more effectively
  • How to sell your qualification, skills, experience etc. to employers

To access the forum go to the Careers Workspace using your OU computer username and password.

The forum will be open for four weeks and then become read-only for a further 12 months.

We hope to see lots of postgraduate students on the forum as this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered by a qualified careers adviser.