Class of 2020 - Graduating Students Package

We encourage all Bucks students to keep in touch after graduating, but for the Class of 2020 we are offering even more to support you as you enter the next phase of your career.

This is not how your final year with us should have been, and we are so disappointed that you haven’t been able to enjoy these last few months with your fellow students and lecturers. But you should take great pride in the ways you have risen to the challenges of these unsettling times and all you have achieved during your time with us.

As a way of recognising this we have put together a range of opportunities designed to support you in your progression; whether this be focused on enhancing your ability to shine when applying for jobs, nurturing your entrepreneurial ambition, or providing you with relevant and valuable work experience. Click on the links below to find out more and to learn how to register your interest.

  • Engage & Enhance – includes career advice and support, wellbeing, free continued study, discounts, and SU development opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship & Experience – includes help with your business idea, access to helpful resources and internship opportunities.

Engage

We want you to stay in touch - whether that be because you want career advice, wellbeing support or just want to visit the gym!

As a Class of 2020 graduate you have lifelong access to our support which includes:

  • Career planning
  • CVs, application forms and interviews
  • Job searches
  • Developing your networks
  • Key skills such as commercial awareness, project management and finance

Access MyBucksCareer using your Bucks email and password - it has a range of interactive career advice including CV and covering letter builders, videos and reports from industry professionals, as well as lots of interactive tools to help your employability.

If you would like to talk to someone about your career, please email us at careers@bucks.ac.uk.

Continuation of Advice Centre Support - We recognise that after graduation there is a period of transition as you shift from being a student to an active job seeker. This can be an exciting time; however it may also be unsettling for some. If you need advice or support our Student Centre is available to you. Email Student.centre@bucks.ac.uk.

Mental health support - As a Bucks Graduate, you are eligible to register for the Big White Wall using your Bucks email address. This online platform is a 24/7, anonymous support tool to promote self-care within the community. Users can receive peer support through an online community, join free online wellbeing and self-help courses, and browse useful resources.

Gym membership - All graduates are eligible for student-rate membership of the Gateway Gym – for life! This gym membership not only gives you access to the fantastic exercise facilities, personal programme writing and a full schedule of group exercise sessions, it also entitles you to big discounts on additional services such as Personal Training. For more information see our Alumni Membership section.

Library Access - Do you need a quiet space to read, study or apply for jobs? You can continue to attend our campus libraries and use the study space and access printed materials.  Some access to online resources will be available, so please ask librarians for more details when you visit.

Enhance

Just because you’ve graduated doesn’t mean you can’t grow further - you might want to consider more study, like a PG Cert, or just boost the skills you already have.

If you fancy a postgraduate course at Bucks in September 2020 or February 2021, you’re eligible for a 20% fee discount per year for full-time or part-time Level 7 courses (in attendance or distance learning). This discount will be extended to 25% if you choose to be accommodated in our halls (subject to availability).

We appreciate the challenges all graduates face as they enter the highly competitive employment market, so we’re offering you the opportunity to pursue a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Leadership. Open to graduates of all disciplines, it’s been specially designed to boost your career prospects. Applications are invited for the free places available on this online, distance-learning course, which has an emphasis on developing your skills in problem solving, creative thinking, leadership and management. Applying knowledge to practice and real-life problems is a hallmark of this programme, as is true for all courses at Bucks.

For further information or to register your interest please visit our PG Certificate in Business Leadership page.

Our Careers Support can help you to look at the options for further study. Email careers@bucks.ac.uk. To find out more about finance available to support you with Postgraduate study you can contact Student Loan Company or the Student Centre.

For 12 months after you graduate, you will continue to have free access to the developmental programme delivered by your Students’ Union. The diverse range of skills based workshops and certified courses will provide invaluable additions to your CV and can be booked through the ‘What’s On’ page of the website.

You can also still claim your Bucks Award, a record of all your engagement with the SU, and book a one-to-one reflective session enabling you to effectively articulate your experiences and apply them to workplace scenarios.

STRIVE Festival is a programme of activity designed to enhance employability and delivered by your Students’ Union completely free, courtesy of the Big Deal. The programme includes networking sessions, skills workshops and seminars and Q&A panels with successful alumni and local employers – a real opportunity for you to make sure you stand out in a competitive job market. Details of the STRIVE Festival that was delivered this year can be found here and you can keep an eye on the SU’s social media and website for the programme coming in 2021 along with details of how to reserve your place.

We are offering a programme of eLearning through MicroLearn packages to help you with a range of free development activities around workplace wellbeing, communication, social skills, and management and leadership. A full outline of the courses can be found [insert brochure link ]. If you wish to book a course, please contact sutraining@bucks.ac.uk.

Entrepreneurship

You’ve completed your degree and now want to start your own business. You have the idea, but you just need steering in the right direction. We can help you with that too.

You have an idea and you now want to take it to the next step by starting your own business. It’s an exciting time and we want to help you along the way. Please join our “Starting Your Own Business” webinar and learn the steps you need to take to get started. Following the webinar, we will give you the opportunity to sign up for a one-to-one review of your business plan and we can discuss other opportunities to help you launch your idea.

When: Monday 14 September

When: 10:00 – 11:30

Sign up here

Learn more about being an entrepreneur and about making decisions through the many webinars on offer.

New for 2020-21, Bucks Enterprise is a free-to-join society fully supported by your Students’ Union. Throughout the year, we’ll help the society to organise entrepreneurial activities and events that’ll be open to all students. These events will include guest speakers and masterclasses; mentorship; alumni panels; competitions and ‘live briefs’; training and access to a wide range of personal development opportunities to help cultivate your inner entrepreneur. Contact union@bucks.ac.uk for more information.

Aged between 18 and 30 years old and looking for business support? Innovate UK is working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to find young people from across the UK with great business ideas. Their goal is to find a new group of young innovators that, with their help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. The competition closes on 2 September 2020. Information and entry details are on their website.

Experience

Are you looking for an internship? Look no further than returning to Bucks, but this time on the business side.

As part of the internship programme delivered by the Students’ Union, you’ll be joining our bright and hardworking team. We want to make the most of your talents and keep them within our community.

This year, we’re launching a series of fully-paid internships with extensive training and development opportunities to give select graduates the chance to build experience while contributing to our mission. Visit the jobs page on our website or contact sujobs@bucks.ac.uk for more information.

The University is launching its own internship programme for Graduate roles and Internships from September 2020. The programme will provide development opportunities, experience and training for graduating students from Bucks courses. You’ll be joining a University community that is ambitious for your growth, and your career success. The opportunity will involve partnering with the University on a range of exciting projects aimed at delivering the University’s strategy – Impact 2022. Please email BucksGraduates@bucks.ac.uk to register your interest in future opportunities.