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  • Monday, 20th January 2014 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Ron Cooke Hub


    • 4 people attended

Applications for York Finance Conference now open!

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Thursday, 5th December 2013 @ 9:33am

York Finance Conference applications are now open! This fantastic event is a great way to learn more about your dream financial career, not to mention the amazing networking opportunities you'll gain from attending.

Find out more and register:

Merry Christmas from Bright Futures York

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Monday, 25th November 2013 @ 12:33pm


First of all our planned event with Tesco this evening is CANCELLED. Apologies for the late notice, we hope to bring Tesco to you next term instead.

This will be the last weekly email of term. Thanks for your fantastic support at our events since October. Our average attendance has been 60 people, more than double that of last academic year!

And there is plenty to look forward to next term! We have RPC, BPP Law School, Thales and much more in the pipeline! We will also be holding our elections early on in term so keep an eye out for more details of those. Getting involved with Bright Futures is probably one of the best things you can do at university to improve your employability. Check this video out if you still need persuading:

Here is the pick of this weeks careers events on campus:

Employability and Commercial Awareness with PwC, TODAY (MON) 1-2.30pm RCH/103

This session will equip you with starting points for developing strong commercial awareness and provide some guidance on how to apply this both in a selection process and throughout your future career. You’ll have developed several key transferable skills through various forms of work experience and we will help you recognise and articulate them

Register via Careers Gateway:

'Step into Law: Is it for you?' Workshop TONIGHT (MON) 6.30PM P/T/006

Are you interested in working in law, but not studying Law as your degree? We'll be welcoming the University of Law, who will be kindly delivering a workshop on how to enter the legal sector, and providing a legal scenario and mock negotiation, at which undergraduates can try their hands. The event should be both fun, friendly and informative, and there will be informal drinks and a chance to chat to members of lawsoc and the University of Law afterwards at Courtyard, and ask any more questions you may have.

Places are LIMITED, so please register your interest by emailing Sairish Tahir at and let us know if you can't make it.

University of York Christmas Market - Wed 11am-3pm James Dining Hall

“Organised by the friendly elves in Careers, there's more than 25 stalls run by enterprising students selling a wide range of present and gift ideas, including handmade cards and decorations, jewellery, accessories, crafts and clothing. Get in Santa's good books by doing some early Christmas shopping...or simply treat yourself to some of the sled-load of festive confectionery.

Christmas jumpers at the ready - see you there! For further details, visit our Facebook page:”

And some fantastic graduate opportunities for 2014

Mackenzie Stuart

“We are an international search firm that places mid management to six figure board level appointments within Finance, Medical, Insurance, Law, Construction, Oil & Gas, Mining and Industrial. I would be interested to speak to anyone who feels they have what it takes to develop a career in executive recruitment. I have attached our graduate scheme brochure to provide further information.

During 2013 we have recruited 27 graduates to almost double the size of our business, and in December we moved to a new office in the heart of Leeds with the capacity for around 90, therefore given our growth plans it is very exciting times for our organisation. We are a young business, looking to grow to over 60 consultants over the next 12 months.

I would welcome anyone to send me their CV and contact me directly for an interview, or just to learn more about our business. “

The Phoenix Partnership

“I went to York a few years ago and I now work for The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) in Leeds. We are actively recruiting Business Analysts onto our Graduate Scheme at the moment and I wanted to reach out to undergrads and recent graduates to highlight the opportunity. The role is interesting, varied and challenging and includes opportunities for international travel. We are recruiting graduates now and also interviewing 3rd year students who will graduate in 2014. There’s no experience required, so it’s a great opportunity for students who are still thinking about what direction to take with their career.

Anyone interested should look on the TPP website and send their CV and covering letter to”

Have a great Christmas and we will see you in 2014!

Bright Futures Love

The Committee

(Anton, Liam, James, Linda, Joyce, Rick, Ross, Shallie, Vysh, Mariana)

Event Reminder + Career recruitment website

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Wednesday, 20th November 2013 @ 8:53am

Bright Futures York


Hello all,

Just a quick reminder about our event tomorrow: 'How to do Business in China' by Absolute Internship. If you haven’t said you are ‘going’ yet, this is your last chance to do so. All the information you need is on
this link. Soo, Tomorrow, 21th November at P/T/005,  6:15pm.


If you are interested in other career opportunities like that one, or if you are looking for summer internship and graduate jobs, you may find the following website really useful. It also offers great application tips and interview techniques. You can register here.


Thank you and hope will see you tomorrow,

Bright Futures Committee

Absolute Internship + Hiscox insight event group walk and more

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Monday, 18th November 2013 @ 10:53am

Bright Futures York


Morning all,

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Just a reminder that Bright Futures York are running an event this Thursday. The founders of Absolute Internship will be sharing their insight and experience by giving a presentation on 'How to do Business in Chin '. Absolute Internship offers students the chance of gaining international work experience, which will help you stand out above the rest. The event takes place this Thursday on the 21th November at P/T/005, between 6:15 and 8:00. For more information: Click Here.

Also for those of you who are attending Hiscox Insight event tonight, Bright Futures is organising a group walk to their office. Meeting point - Market square at 5.30 pm. 

Here's a round-up of other big career events taking place this week on campus:

Santander Work Placements: A Stronger Bank, A Better Experience – Tuesday, 6pm, P/T/006 (Physics) – This presentation explains the structure of the bank, describes their business model and shows how they succeed in a very challenging time for the industry. This will give you some important insights into the breadth of Santander network and the many business areas in which they have opportunities. Sign up at:

Assessment Centre Activity Day - Wednesday, 2pm, RCH/037 Ron Cooke Hub (Heslington East) Are you preparing for an assessment centre, or planning on applying for a graduate job or internship scheme next academic year? This is your chance to put questions to a panel of graduate recruiters from Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Teach First and Aviva, then try the tasks and activities that an assessment centre can present to applicants. For more information click here.

Hope to see you all on Thursday

The Committee

How to do Business in China with Absolute Internship

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Sunday, 17th November 2013 @ 11:39pm

Bright Futures York Presents.....



You are warmly invited to attend our fourth event of this term with Absolute Internship. 

How to Do Business in China' will give you an insight into the Chinese market and economy, how to do business there, culture and tips on how to behave. The introduction will be followed by a networking session with drinks and snacks provided that will give you the chance to talk and ask questions to the Directors of Absolute Internship as well as York students who have been to China and interned! 

Absolute Internship enables students and graduates to further enhance your existing core academic concentration by providing internship programs in China and Hong Kong as well as career advancement opportunities in the industry of your interest. Their program provides guaranteed placement in your industry of interest, accommodation, visa, planned program events to the best tourist attractions in the world, a career development seminar series, and daily local transportation to and from work. This makes for a safe, CV-boosting and extremely valuable experience for students and graduates to explore a career in the most exciting cities in the world. 

So, if you are interested about China, starting a business there or gaining valuable international experience, come along on 21st November at 6.15pm in P/T/005.



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 “The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi

Minutes 15 Nov committee meeting

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Saturday, 16th November 2013 @ 10:20am

See attached the munites from yesterday meeting. Especially those of you who did not attend.

Hiscox Insight Day Last chance to grab your place!

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Thursday, 14th November 2013 @ 6:20pm

Good evening!

One final reminder that the deadline to sign up to attend this Hiscox insight event is 9am tomorrow (Friday 15th Nov). Hiscox is one of the biggeat specialist insurers offering kidnapping and hacking insurance amongst many other niche products. They have recently opened an office in York and are growing their base here so its a exciting time to be looking at joining the organisation. Find out about what internship and graduate opportunities they have coming up.

The event takes place at 6pm on Monday 18th November in their Mallard House Office in York.

Don't miss out! Sign up now

Bright Futures love

The Committee 

Thanks, Hiscox, Absolute Internship and more!

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Tuesday, 12th November 2013 @ 9:22pm

Hi everyone

First of all, a big thanks from us and Econsoc to all those who attended Share My Internship Live yesterday evening and particularly to our speakers and networkers! Cheers for bearing with us with the Pizza, we hope it was worth the wait for those who stayed. We smashed our event attendance record for a third time this term with 100 attendees in total, so thank you for your continued support of our events!

We do not like bombarding you with more than 1 email a week, however there are some really great events coming up in the next couple of weeks that we would like to remind you about.

Hiscox Insight Evening, 6pm Mon 18th Nov (Week 8)

Bright Futures investor Hiscox have recently opened up an office in York. Within 2 years they will move into a brand new purpose built premises in York that will become their second largest UK office after London, with 500 employees. Find out about opportunities to work and intern with this emerging name in the insurance industry. Don’t miss out! Sign up now to secure your place here at this exclusive event:

How to do Business in China with Absolute Internship, 6.15pm Thu 18th Nov (Week 8) P/T/005

How to Do Business in China' will give you an insight into the Chinese market and economy, how to do business there, culture and tips on how to behave. The introduction will be followed by a networking session with drinks and snacks provided that will give you the chance to talk and ask questions to the Directors of Absolute Internship as well as York students who have been to China and interned! See attached flyer for more details Sign up now:

Careers Service Event

Nestle Presentation, This Thu 6.30pm (Week 7) P/T/005

The CEO & Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland is coming to talk to you about what it is like to be a graduate at Nestlé and speak about her experience in the business. Joined by three former University of York graduates, you will get the chance to hear from them about the different graduate schemes Nestlé offers as well as practise your assessment centre skills and get tips from the Nestlé graduates that have been in your shoes! Sign up now:

Graduate and Placement opportunities

Look no further than Bright Futures investor TK Maxx for some fantastic graduate and placement opportunities in the attached flyer!

Bright Futures Love

The Committee

TODAY, 7.15pm - 'Share My Internship Live' - everyone welcome (pizza provided)

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Monday, 11th November 2013 @ 8:44am

Bright Futures York


Hi All,

Hope you all had a good weekend, even if it was so freezing outside.

And here it comes the great event of this term. Bright Futures and EconSoc bring to you ‘Share My Internship Live’. TODAY, Monday, 7.15 pm, ATB/056/7. Come along this evening, we have speakers from consulting, teaching, finance, charity sector, Government roles and more. Do not forget that you can enjoy a lot of pizza as well. All the information you need is here .

And just to make the things even better, get ready for a lot more action over the next two weeks. We have secured lovely events with Hiscox (Register asap to secure your place:, Absolute Internship and Tesco for you.

Here we present some other events this week:

Women in Business and Leadership – Tuesday, 6pm, P/T/006 (Physics) – Gain insight in how to get ahead as a female graduate in business and leadership at Careers’ newest networking event. See the event on Facebook for the latest information:  

Employability skills session with Nestlé - Thursday, 6.30 pm, P/T/005 (Physics) A great chance to learn more about assessment centre and interview techniques, a bit about careers at Nestlé from ex York graduates and a chance to have a chat and ask questions about graduate careers/internships at Nestlé. Register your interest here.

The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme: what is it and how do I apply - Thursday, 1pm, A/EW/003 (Alcuin East Wing) – Rated number 1 in the Guardian’s top 300 Graduate Employers for 2013-14, the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme offers high quality education in the exciting and rewarding world of healthcare. Secure your place by clicking here.

Thank you for your attention and we really hope to see and have a chat with most of you tonight.

Bright Futures love

The Committee


  • Monday, 18th November 2013 at 6pm - 9pm
    Location: 3rd Floor, Mallard House, Kings Pool, 3 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PX
    • 2 people attended

Your weekly email update

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Monday, 4th November 2013 @ 10:40am

Bright Futures York



Morning guys!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and you don’t find the freezing weather outside too annoying. Unfortunately there aren't too many employer events on campus this week.

Don't worry though, Bright Futures and the Economics Society are hosting a big event, called ‘Share my Internship Live’ next week. This is unique opportunity for all students regardless of their degree and year of study, to speak with experienced 3rd year interns from various different industries. Find a lot more information and keep checking for updates
here .

And there is much more than that coming up until the end of this term.  We from Bright Futures are working hard to live your expectations and always to deliver best career insight. Hope the following events this week will be of interest to you:

Norton Rose Fulbright networking drinks reception- Today, 4th Nov, 6pm, H/G21 Do you have a genuine interest in the world of international business?  Do you want to work for a global legal practice which has a clear strategy for the future? Register your interest here.

Masters Study Fair & Conference, Thursday, 7th Nov, Leeds – Considering masters? Benefit from this fantastic opportunity with universities from 10 countries, personal consultation and more than 30 expert presentations. Register at:

The Postgraduate Study, 20th Nov, Manchester – Another really good opportunity near York. More than 90 universities advertising numerous courses in Manchester. More information:

Not too late for Law, 28th Nov, London - Get expert advice on how to break into the legal profession through various interactive workshops, informative seminar sessions, informal networking. Register online: here


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you’ve got any questions or feedback.

Bright Futures love

The Committee

Share My Internship Live

  • Monday, 11th November 2013 at 7:15pm - 9pm
    Location: ATB/056x


    Want to…

    • 120 people attended

Your weekly email update

E-mail sent by Anton Gospodinov, Monday, 28th October 2013 @ 9:43am


Bright Futures York


Good morning everyone!

It was great to meet so many of you at our Pwc & Pinsent Masons event last week. We hope all of you found it as helpful and enjoyable as we did. We from Bright Futures always try to do our best to keep you informed about future events taking place on campus. So here is our summary for this week:

Daiwa Scholarship, TODAY (Monday) 6.15PM, P/T/005 - Find out about this 19 month opportunity for UK nationals to learn Japanese to a high level, go on a homestay with a Japanese family and undertake work experience with a Japan-based organisation. More info:

The UK STEM Student Challenge, 15th Nov at Kempton Park Racecourse with Mars, Thales, Coca Cola, Accenture and more - Studying a Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematical subject? Experience a day of strategic, physical and mental challenges specifically designed to develop your business skills and allow you to show them to top UK companies. Sign up now:

IFS Investment Course: Stock markets and trading, Tuesday 6pm, ATB/056/57 – Learn how to invest and get to know how the investment world works. More info:

Allen & Overy autumn presentation, Wednesday 1pm, P/T/006 – Find out more about this international law firm with lawyers, involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures and are known for providing clients with pioneering solutions to the toughest legal challenges. Register your interest at:

Credit Suisse Virtual Recruiting Centre, 31st Oct and 6th Nov - Fancy a career in Investment Banking? Check out the virtual presentation, given by Robert Parker. Please complete the registration form by clicking here .

Please do send us an email if you’ve got any questions or requests regarding careers.

Bright Futures love

The Committee

Message from David Linacre of Pinsent Masons

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 @ 3:32pm

Good afternoon,

It was great to meet so many enthusiastic and well-prepared students at the Bright Futures event last night. We really enjoyed the event and I thought you may be interested to see our brand new graduate brochure which you can view by following this link. We will of course be attending the University of York Law Fair this Thursday so please come along and collect a hard copy on the day as well and to register your chance to win a SONOS music station which we are giving away at each law fair we are attending this year.  We also have an event coming up in York on the 28th November so please visit our events website for more information.

I also thought it would be helpful to summarise some further information about the firm and how to make an application to us for either a vacation placement or training contract which you can find below.

Why Pinsent Masons?

As talented students you have many options open to you and there are a number of firms out there who can genuinely offer you a fantastic career with the promise of interesting work, great clients and generous financial rewards. However, once you spend a little time getting to know an organisation and scratch below the glossy surface of the graduate brochure and website, the differences between them do start to emerge; in particular you start to get a feel for the organisation's values and culture. There is no right or wrong culture, instead you need to find the one that best matches your own personality, as working in this type of environment will tend to bring out the best in you and help you reach your individual potential. You can find out more about what qualities we look for in our candidates by visiting our graduate website.

2014 Vacation Placements

We have now started accepting applications for our summer 2014 vacation placements; our deadline for applications is not until January 2014 so there is plenty of time to apply. On average 70% of our trainees have undertaken a vacation placement at the firm, so it really is the best way to find out more about us and also secure a training contract. Please note we do not screen applications on a ‘rolling’ basis and so there is no advantage to submitting your application early; all applications will be screened shortly after the application deadline.  All candidates undertaking a vacation placement at the firm are automatically considered for a training contract, so there is no need to make a separate application.

2016 Training Contracts

If you are not in a position to undertake a vacation placement then you can still apply directly to us for a training contract. The deadline for applications varies by jurisdiction but the first deadline is for English applications and is not until 31 July 2014.

How can we keep in touch?

If you have any questions the Graduate Team are only an email or telephone call away, we also encourage students to seek us out on campus or attend one of our office insight evenings, a list of upcoming events is available here. As I mentioned we will be back in York later this term for both the Law Fair this Thursday and our Cocktail Master Class on the 28th November, you may also like to attend one of our Office Insight Evenings in December.

We are also active on social media including twitter and Facebook. You can also directly contact some of our trainee solicitors and members of the Graduate Team through our Career Inspiration App, which is linked to our Facebook page.

Best of luck with your applications.

Kind regards,


David Linacre
Graduate Recruitment Officer
for Pinsent Masons

D: +44 (0) 113 231 4044   M:  +44 (0) 7825 101 960   Ext: 824044

This email is sent on behalf of Pinsent Masons LLP and/or Pinsent Masons Services Limited

Lecture shout out slide

E-mail sent by Member 1324cd1, Thursday, 17th October 2013 @ 2:19am

Hey guys

Here's the slide I was telling a few of you about to help with your lecture shout outs.  Dw if we haven't spoken about this! We've probs got your lects covered.


More spaces for Bank of England

E-mail sent by Member 1324cd1, Monday, 14th October 2013 @ 10:49pm

Hi all,

Following high demand for this event we've been negotiating to try and allow more people to attend, and it's good news!  We have a few more spaces, please sign up to grab one of them at

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow

The Committee

Your weekly email update

E-mail sent by Liam Tollinton, Monday, 14th October 2013 @ 9:38am

Morning all!

We hope you have settled into the new term. It might only be Week 3 of Term 1 but whichever year you are in it is not too early to be thinking about careers, graduate jobs and internships! Indeed many schemes will have deadlines before the end of November.

We and our partners in the careers service have some fantastic events coming up which we hope will be of interest to you:

Civil Service HR Fast Stream, TODAY (Monday) 12PM, P/T/005 - Find out what is the HR fast stream as well as vital tips for the application process. Register for this event on the Careers Gateway

Bank of England with Econsoc, Tomorrow (Tuesday) 6pm, ATB/056/57 - This event is now oversubscribed, we are liaising with BofE to see if we can make any more places available. Please email to get your name on the reserve list.

Finance and Management Fair,  Tuesday 11-3pm, Exhibition Centre - Featuring Bright Futures investors Hiscox, Civil Service Fast Stream, Bank of England, Santander, Tesco and many others.

Technology Fair, Wednesday 11-3pm, Exhibition Centre - Featuring Bright Futures investors: Thales, PwC, Teach First and many others.  

PwC and Pinsent Masons, Monday 21st October 7pm - OUR BIG EVENT THIS TERM! A chance to find out what these two fantastic companies have to offer and then networking with the committee and representatives from the two organisations WITH FREE DRINKS AND CANAPES! Please register for this event here

Finally a shout out for the fantastic volunteering opportunities with York Students in Schools  

If you have any questions about any of our events or anything else do not hesitate to get in touch.

Bright Futures love

The Committee

(Liam, JC, Anton, Linda, Ross, James, Rick and Mariana)


Posted by Liam Tollinton, Sunday, 13th October 2013 @ 3:52pm




Sign up for our event with PwC and Pinsent Masons now!

Posted by Liam Tollinton, Saturday, 12th October 2013 @ 8:52pm

  • Click here to sign up for our big event this term on Monday 21st October at 7pm

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