This blog has been designed as a meeting point for our current students, graduates (known as ‘Alumni’), and industry contacts/employers.
This page will describe some of the ways that you as a student can contribute, with the aim of furthering your studies and career, and also how you can learn from the advice to be found throughout the blog and on LinkedIn.
Also don’t forget to view the Mentoring pages to see how you could have a mentor of your own, or become a mentor to a 1st year student.
- Student Contributions
- Learn from Alumni – Within this Blog
- Learn from Alumni – LinkedIn
- Careers Service
- Contact Details
1) Student Contributions
Students can contribute directly to this blog in a number of ways. One of the most productive will be completing an Internship Experience form.
All the information you need is on the form itself:
Bucks Student Internship Experience
Your individual blog post’s URL will be sent back to you to share with the company you worked for, and should be add to your portfolio/LinkedIn profiles etc. The best examples are also promoted individually via our (and university wide) social media platforms.
By passing on this information you will be:
- Celebrating your success with your peers and our network of alumni and industry partners (potential reach; 5,000 alumni, 8,000 students, 400 staff).
- Sharing your career plans and portfolios/websites/contact details with potential employers.
- Helping less experienced students fulfil their potential (again making you look great).
If you need advice on sourcing an internship this website will be a great help: prospects.ac.uk
Other examples of blog posts to suggest and organise with your tutors/lecturers could be:
Top Ten student blogs | An introduction to your online portfolios |
Professional Awards won | Invitations to events/exhibitions/graduate panels/performances.
Lecturers can contact me at: Alumni@bucks.ac.uk to discuss or submit your ideas.
2) Learn from Alumni – Within this Blog
Bucks New University graduates have gone on to have amazingly successful careers and they want to help you do the same. They are your potential employers, collaborators, mentors, champions, and they voluntarily contribute articles to this blog that will directly guide and inspire you to succeed in your chosen profession.
Here are a few examples of Alumni Testimonials that describe career journeys:
- Christopher Wells – Digital Marketing Specialist – Qatar.
- Udhi Silva – Founder and CEO – Medical Supermarket.
- Luke Somers – Graduate Intern – Live Sports (Champions League/Olympics).
More can be found using ‘Testimonials’ Categories or Tags on the right hand side of the blog.
We have also been asking our graduates: What would you tell your 1st year self?
Lots of great advice has been shared, and it is not only the 1st years who could learn from it.
3) Learn from Alumni – LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an amazing tool for both demonstrating just how successful Bucks graduates are, and learning from them.
See how their career paths developed, the stepping-stones to success, and learn from the way they organise their profiles and use them to link to projects, write articles, and follow professional groups.
At the time of writing approximately 24,000 LinkedIn users have ‘Buckinghamshire New University’ on their profiles, all of which can be seen from: https://www.linkedin.com/edu/alumni?id=12576&trk=ta-chg-school. Some of these profiles will be of staff and current students, so play around with the filtering tools and use combinations of location, sector, company, graduation date etc. to generate results that would most interest you.
Please join our Alumni LinkedIn Group to be involved in Bucks New University’s network.
LinkedIn also provides tutorials for setting up or improving your profiles: LinkedIn Help Centre.
4) Careers Service
Your university Careers Consultants are also available to advise you on your online profiles, gaining internships, and any other career related topics.
High Wycombe Campus, Room N1.12. 01494 60 3163 Careers@bucks.ac.uk.
Drop-In sessions 1pm-4pm weekdays (no appointment needed).
Uxbridge Campus: Please e-mail to arrange an appointment.
There is also a large resource online at: bucks.ac.uk/careers
Cv Examples, Find A Job are always popular pages.
5) Blog Contribution via the Alumni Service
Thank you for visiting the blog.
Any questions, suggestions or contributions should be e-mailed to me please.
Alumni Relations and Mentoring Co-ordinator
Buckinghamshire New University
High Wycombe Campus, HP11 2JZ
Careers Office N1.12
01494 60 5027
Alumni LinkedIn Group
Alumni Facebook Page