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‘You just require one yes’: how I beat the chances to...

The film industry is notoriously white, middle class and male-dominated. However, since the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit Hollywood in October 2017, calls for greater diversity have snowballed, and there have been some improvements. There were more leading roles for women and people of colour in blockbusters in 2018 than any previous year, according to a…

Poor professions guidance at university strikes minority trainees hardest

When black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students come to my careers consultancy, it means they haven’t been hearing the right things from their uni. One student told me he didn’t feel his white careers advisors could relate to his experience of life as a young black male. They couldn’t quite grasp why he struggled…

Lawfully drained pipes: why are tension levels increasing amongst law trainees?

“One of my lecturers describes law school as being like the Hunger Games,” says law student Erin May Conely. “It can be quite cut-throat with everyone fighting for the same jobs at top law firms.” For the 22-year-old, who is studying law at the University of Birmingham, the competitive atmosphere has led to so much…

The sandwich degree: how to fill your course with a dream...

When Heidi Hawkins applied for her degree in business management at the University of Huddersfield, the sandwich year was the main appeal. “I was interested in marketing, but didn’t take it as a degree subject. I thought spending a year working in the industry would confirm whether it should be my future career,” she says.…

An Option, Personal View on Variety

This piece was originally written by Clarissa in June 2018 for Impact Magazine, Durham University Business School’s award-winning thought-leadership and news magazine. As a mixed-race, White British & Black Caribbean female, having recently worked in the City of London for a Japanese bank covering the Nordic countries, I have a personal perspective on the topic…

The problem with ‘side hustles’ at university

They’re known as “side hustles”, but more often than not, they’re lifelines for students and young people. The side hustle is a way to make money from a hobby or skill and comes in many forms, from artwork to running a start-up. They can provide relief for those under financial stress – but they can…

From stopping working mathematics to a PhD in Robotics

There is something special about knowing your robots so well that you can tell what is wrong by the noise it makes. Initially, it feels like learning another language and with time, it becomes second nature. It is not just the noise, but the movements, the delay in responding to a command from the RC/Computer.…

Just how much part-time work should I handle while studying?

“I couldn’t afford to be at uni if I didn’t work,” says Mathilda Wilde, who graduated from the University of Manchester last year. “The loan didn’t cover my rent.” Wilde worked two jobs – one as a lifeguard and one as a waitress for a catering company – during her studies; both were on zero-hour…

‘I want I ‘d postponed concerning the UK’: abroad trainees require...

International students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too. Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the…

What Does a Material Developer Do?

In 2019, we find fewer and fewer careers that force us to sit behind a desk in an office. In every field, people commonly work from home on their laptops or their phones. With the relevance of social media constantly growing, the challenges of communication disappear. Who do we thank for that? The people on…

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