Monday, 16 January 2017

UoB Law students making a difference in our community through CEPLER

Set up in 2008, the CEPLER’s Pro Bono Group at the University of Birmingham's Law School, has significantly grown with the input of staff and students. They operate on the basis of two main aims: Creating a service giving legal advice and aid to the wider community; Creating an opportunity for students to experience ‘real-life’ law practices and extend their learning. I spoke with Linden Thomas, a practising solicitor and staff member leading on the project.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Monday, 12 December 2016

University of Birmingham celebrating entrepreneurship at PKF Cooper Parry

Students from the University of Birmingham attended an Entrepreneurship event hosted by local employer PKF Cooper Parry.  Enterprising students Catherine Eromosele and Mario Saad attended the event during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Catherine Eromosole

The sessions included talks delivered by different entrepreneurs and employees at PKF Cooper Parry.
The event began with a speech from Khusboo Raja, last year’s winner of PKF Cooper Parry’s Dragon’s Den event, she shared experiences of how she managed to grow her Wedding card business for Asian weddings.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Build up an online profile with the 'B-Enterprising Photo Competition'!

Example photos - Catherine Spencer supporting and
representing B-Eat at UoB Societies Fair
We're now living in a digital age and online presence is the name of the game! Whether you're making an application for a job or just updating your CV, it's all done online now.
So, now, its becoming increasingly important to establish a positive internet presence, with emphasis on positive.
But what does that really mean?
Well, employers now look at your online presence, that is, your social media profiles, any blogs you've written or an online portfolio.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

B-Enterprising meets B-Eat's President Catherine Spencer

I met with 3rd year Theology & Religion student at UoB, Catherine Spencer, about her wonderful work for Birmingham's new campaigning and fundraising society branch, B-Eat, the UK's largest eating disorder charity.

Catherine supporting and representing B-Eat at UoB Societies Fair
Set up in June this year, B-Eat works to end the stigma about eating disorders, whilst promoting the amazing work that B-Eat do in the UK. Students approach the society to talk if they're worried about themselves or someone else, and B-Eat then signposts them to the relevant services, such as UoB's Student Services or Birmingham Mental Health.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Do what you actually love...right now!

If you have ever seen the film Love Actually you will see it is a collection of individual stories about the same thing (love) but with different experiences faced by those who are finding it. If you haven’t, it will more than likely be on again in the run up to Christmas.

Ok it is an odd comparison to make but our Ambitious Entrepreneurs event at the University of Birmingham last week kinda followed a similar pattern to the film. Three successful entrepreneurs (not linked as such) coming back to talk about their experience of starting a business all with different stories to tell but ultimately looking for the same thing - success with their business finding the things they love the most.

Monday, 14 November 2016

'DON'T be afraid to fail' says Graduate Saket Gautam

Saket Gautham with Alison Sharp,
the Assistant Director of Innovation
here at Birmingham
"If I could make money on ideas, I'd be a millionaire by now! You've got to work on the ideas and make them happen."  Saket Gautham.

Saket Gautam is an enterprising example of how not to be frightened of new situations and to take opportunities as they come!
He did his undergraduate degree in Hotel Management and afterwards was employed at Xander, New Delhi (India) in the Investors team (which had little relevance to his degree). He made it an experience of a lifetime, building connections then began his MBA at UoB  - with the goal of being self-employed thereafter.