Annual Achievement Report 2012/2013
Year in review The Academic Year 2012/2013 has seen Bright
Futures York consolidate their position as the universityâ€™s premier society for developing the
President: Stuart Duncan (3rd year Economics)
employability and career prospects of York students.
Treasurer: Anisha Dhillon (2nd Maths)
This year York has gone bigger and better than ever before. A year of firsts for the society saw
Secretary: Nik Mandalia (3rd year Economics)
us hold our first ever off-campus event (in Leeds), our first cross-society event, the first
Corporate Liaison: Edgars Ĺ matovs (3rd year
event in collaboration with the Careers Service,
Management) and Anton Gospodinov (2rd year
the first double-event in the same day and our
first ever social event. In order to implement this variety of events successfully, every member of the committee deserves a special mention. It was only by working as a team that we achieved everything we did. Hopefully this report conveys some of that camaraderie, the challenges we faced and how the society has kept improving year on year. -
Events Officers: Patsy Lee (2nd year Sociology) and Lilita Viksne (3rd year Management) IT Officer: Liam Tollinton (2nd year Economics)
Staying connected Building on one of the societyâ€™s strengths, 2012
The committee took advantage of the strong
saw the arrival of a new website for Bright
BFYork Facebook and Twitter presence to
Futures York. A new, clean design brought
promote events as well as providing other
together information about the society, a blog
relevant information to our members.
and direct links integrating the important sections of the Groupspaces site such as photos, sign up and the calendar.
Finally we continued to produce a weekly bite sized email which was invaluable for collating information about careers events on campus run
Instigated by IT Officer Liam, the blog included
by us, the careers service, other societies or
a brand new feature called YorkAlumni5 where
individual employers. We added a new feature
we asked an Alumnus 5 questions to find out a bit
which had alerts about upcoming internship and
more about their career and what advice they
grad recruitment deadlines for the biggest
have for University of York Students. This was
achieved by using the Universityâ€™s alumni LinkedIn group.
Events Freshers Fair 13/10/12 The academic year for Bright
ended the day with 251
Futures York began with the
enthusiastic new members – a
YUSU Fresher’s Fair. We were
fantastic achievement given
there with our bright blue ‘Get
we had a far from perfect area
Hired’ shirts promoting Bright
for our stall.
Futures which undoubtedly
We made small colour
attracted people to the stall to
promotional cards outlining
sign up. As the day progressed
the details of our first event as
we got higher and higher levels
well as information about our
of interest in our stall correlating
social media channels and
to more and more sign ups. We
how to contact us.
How to Get the Best Graduate Job - Jackie Jobes 16/10/12 Attendance: 27 Our first event of a brand new term had the headline title of â€˜How to get the Best Graduate Jobâ€™ - a presentation given by the Bright Futures National Manager Jackie Jobes. It was extremely insightful and a fantastic introduction to the long and often complex process of completing applications. In fact many people in the room were about to start applying for graduate jobs or internships so this was invaluable.
Finally the event gave a few people the chance to express
After the presentation biscuits
their interest in joining the
and fruit juice were enjoyed by
committee for this year.
all. There was also the chance to
Following this we were
chat to Jackie to pick up vital tips
delighted to welcome four new
on applications and also network
members to the 2012/2013
with other career-focussed
“We are both so grateful that we could visit the University of York and have the opportunity to speak to students at a Bright Futures event.
How to Do Business
their company. This was
We would like to thank the
insightful and informative;
committee for their hard
making for good discussion
work and help with
during the networking
arranging the event. We are
session after the
glad that it was so
successful for both Bright
in China - Absolute
Our second event of the academic year was run with Absolute Internship; a company who facilitate work experience in Asia across a variety of sectors. The event had a strong turnout and
Futures York and Absolute This was the first time that
Bright Futures York has ever worked with Absolute
Fredrik van Huynh, Absolute
Internship and after this
success we very much look forward to collaborating again in the future.
attracted students from a range of different degree courses which was fantastic to see. Fredrik and Aurélie, the cofounders of Absolute Internship, shared their experiences of working in China and the challenges they faced in establishing
questions regarding prospective applications for Teach First, and also talking to members of the Bright Futures Committee, wishing to know more about future events and
also wanting to get involved which to work in.
with helping run the society.
From there the groups
This was an excellent
engaged in a number of short
workshop, remaining quite
exercises which ranged from
informal but being
finding three words which
fantastically informative. We
Our third event of the
best described strong
very much look forward to any
academic year was a workshop
leadership and giving the
future events with Teach First.
on leadership, run by Teach
characteristics for good
First. Teach First are one of the
management, to matching up
biggest and voted one of the
quotations with famous
best graduate employers
Teach First 4/12/12 Attendance: 26
placing graduates in teaching positions at schools where the
Lastly Shelly progressed to
pupils come from some of the
explaining how to signal
poorest families in the UK. The
leadership skills or
event itself brought in a large
leadership potential to
and diverse body of students.
employers, when applying for graduate jobs or internships.
The workshop was run by
The workshop was then
Shelly Masters of Teach First,
concluded, but with
who started off by introducing
refreshments laid out many
herself and then arranging
students decided to stay
everyone into small groups in
engaging with Shelly with
PwC Insight Day/
tombola and a “guess the sweets in the jar” game. It would be fair to say the stall was not the most lucrative but
This was York’s first ever off-
In order to promote the
campus, cross-society, social
society, foster greater team
event in a bid to diversify the
spirit amongst the committee
service offered to our
and also to satisfy our
members. It also provided an
opportunity for committee
for the society the committee
members from both York and
decided to run a stall at the
Leeds to meet in an informal
Careers Christmas market.
acted as a great teambonding exercise where committee members could gain exposure to project management. We took it in turns operating the stall and also used the occasion to network with partner societies.
setting and discuss the ideas they had for the future and to
We sold origami Christmas
learn from each other’s
trees as well as operating a
experiences. The event was very successful and provided a nice break from routine.
Collaboration Careers Service
Other Societies (EconSoc, IFS,
This year the committee worked tremendously
hard to foster a new level of collaboration with the University of York Careers Service. This involved
There are a number of student societies at York
but was not limited to the cross promotion of
which host employer events on campus.
events through weekly emails as well regular
Therefore, collaboration is highly beneficial as it
meetings designed to foster variety in careers
allow a more significant exposure for Bright
provision at the university and avoid overlap.
Futures across multiple memberships.
One example of a jointly promoted event was the Assessment Centre Workshop on 16th January. Through collaboration at the idea stage Bright Futures were able to secure the presence of
double-event consisted of an introduction to management consultancy first followed later in the day by a highly useful mock case study exercise.
Corporate Investors PwC and IBM. The afternoon
Another example was the Film Night with IFS
started with a panel Q&A before breaking out into
where a screening of the film â€˜Limitlessâ€™ was
smaller group sessions on case studies, group
played. This was Bright Futures first ever purely
exercises, networking and psychometric testing.
The event was an enormous success with an attendance of over 70 students and will undoubtedly be repeated next year.
One of these events was with Accenture. This
Looking to the future
A successful handover is now the most important job for the York committee. Having experienced the ramifications of poorly managed elections last year we know how crucial a smooth transition is to future BF success at York. Extensive efforts continue be made to ensure these are the best attended elections so far. Thanks to presenting before other society events, networking and extensive social media and email advertising we already have a number of applications for positions on the 2013/14 committee. With the appropriate support and guidance from the previous committee and the national team, I am confident that the Bright Futures society at York will go from strength to strength and look forward finding out the new and exciting things that the committee will implement next year. Elections are organised for the w/c 29th of April.