Friday 14 August 2020

Careers in Conversation- Suzi Donoghue


We are pleased to announce that Suzi Donoghue of PA Consulting will be next week’s speaker for our Careers in Conversation virtual event.


A successful Army career of 29 years as both a Regular and Reservist, Suzi Donoghue she has also been running her own executive coaching business and is currently working as a Management Consultant for PA Consulting for the past year. With the Army she has deployed frequently all over the world, overcoming many challenges and adversity.  She has led and commanded at every level including commanding a logistic regiment of 700+ men and women in Afghanistan.  Operational experience also includes Iraq, Northern Ireland and a stint in the Balkans. 


Additionally, she has been a staff officer in various headquarters in the areas of logistic support, policy and human resources. She has also been an instructor and mentor for Army recruits and junior Majors. On a personal note, she is married to a fellow Army officer and mother to Ciaran (17) and Conor (13).  With a strong passion for most sports, she runs cross country and does triathlons and has completed an Ironman. 


Please could you share this invite with your students, it is open to all year groups from 7-13.


This is a fantastic opportunity where we’ll be giving young people the opportunity to hear from inspirational leaders about their careers and how they’ve overcome challenges along the way.


When: Wednesday 19th August from 2-2.45pm


How: Meetings will be hosted live via Microsoft Teams and will be recorded so that students can view them at a later date.


Sign up: Events will be on the Career Ready Eventbrite page. As you will see, all the session are listed there ready for people to sign up for this and upcoming weeks. Once students ‘purchase’ a ticket, they will receive a link to the meeting and be provided with the skills festival shared mailbox which they can utilise if they wish to submit questions in advance.


Please keep your eye on the Eventbrite page (link above), our social media posts and Career Ready website, as this is where we will be sharing more information of speakers for the upcoming weeks and @CareerReadyUK


If you have any questions about the event you can email:


Thank you


Apprenticeship with Bidwells


We have an immediate need for an accounts apprentice to join our Fund Management accounts team, and I wondered if you could let any of your A’  Level students know that we are on the lookout. They don’t have to have taken Maths, but an interest in figures would certainly be appealing.  Business, Economics or Science would also cover this side.

 We’re looking for an Accounts Apprentice to work in our Fund Management team in our Commercial division, so it's important to us that you are good with figures and are confident on the phone.

You'll get involved with everything, from reconciling suppliers’ statements and paying suppliers to setting up ledgers, dealing with payroll for clients and completing and reconciling VAT returns.  The list of responsibilities is varied so this will be a great opportunity for the right person to become immersed in the running of an accounts team.

We want someone who is organised, takes pride in their work and has excellent attention to detail.  You must hold Grade A-C (or equivalent) Maths and English GCSE and an A/AS Level in Maths or Accounting would be desirable, but certainly not essential.  It is far better that your enthusiasm for working with figures is there, and that you have the right attitude to learning, and being part of a team.

You'll get the chance to grow with us. In-fact we really want you to progress and will do all we can to help.  We will organise an apprenticeship study programme at First Intuition so that you can start working towards gaining your AAT qualification.

At times, you may be working under pressure, but you will be someone who strives in this environment and enjoys working to tight deadlines. You must be capable of managing your own diary and workload.

In return you will receive some excellent benefits including private medical cover, free onsite parking, 25 days holiday (and we are shut over Christmas so this is a big benefit!), up to 8% contributory pension and discounts from major retailers, However, what we feel is our biggest benefit is the fact that we work in an agile and flexible, modern environment.


Thursday 13 August 2020

Clearing with Brighton


Everyone in the Outreach Team here at Brighton are particularly concerned at reports that suggest downgrading is impacting more on students from backgrounds already under-represented in higher education. This is an issue which is close to all our hearts.

 There has been a lot of change for all of us to deal with in 2020.  However, the flexible, inclusive and personalised way we make offers at Brighton remains the same. We value a range of qualifications and non-academic achievements and we consider every application individually. We are here for you and your students and will do all we can to support them in progressing in Higher Education this autumn. We know some students will not have got the results they hoped for, or feel they deserve or reflect their potential, but this does not mean that this is the end to their journey.

 Our dedicated team are available talk to via our clearing hotline 01273 644000 until 6pm tonight. Our opening hours from tomorrow onwards can be found here.

 If your students are appealing their grades they on the basis of their mocks result

·       We can make them an offer now. 

·       The offer will be confirmed after the outcome of the appeal is known and pending completion of our standard admissions checks.


If you appealing your students’ results on their behalf

·       We can also make them an offer now.

·       The offer will be confirmed after the outcome of the appeal is known and pending completion of our standard admissions checks.

·       Pending the appeal, we will make an offer on the basis of either allocated grades or their mock results.


What happens after we make an offer?

1.      Your student should refer themselves to Brighton via UCAS track  

2.      We will hold the place until the outcome of the appeal is known  

3.      If the appeal is successful we will confirm the UCAS is updated


If your student is not currently in the UCAS system we can still make them an offer

1.      Your student should call us

2.      We will make them an offer send them our confirmation of clearing offer form to complete

3.      We will hold the place until the outcome of the appeal is known  

4.      If the appeal is successful we will confirm place


For students who are applying through clearing or holding offers, students can join our staff and students at our online Q&A to ask questions about applying and accepting your Clearing offer, and to learn how we'll support them to belong at Brighton. They can talk to our student ambassadors about their experience of Clearing and student life here. Get advice from academics and staff about your subject, accommodation, student finance, support services and more. Sign up to the 13 August Clearing Q&A 3-6pm


As always, we are here to support you and your students, so if there is any information we can help signpost them to or any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Colleagues are staffing the inbox all day so if you want to talk to one of the team directly, please do drop us an email.  

Clearing at ARU


Study Options in Australia and New Zealand


A-Level Results Day 2020

Australian and New Zealand university applications still open for full degree and short-term study options

Hello everyone,

As we all prepare for A-level results this week we wanted to remind you there is still time for your students to apply to universities in Australia and New Zealand for the next academic intake. The university year in Australia and New Zealand begins in late February, rather than in September.

Study Options is still accepting applications for Australian and New Zealand degrees starting in February 2021, including quota degrees such as medicine, engineering and veterinary science.

Please visit our website for more details on current degree options in Australia and New Zealand and how to apply.

If any of your students are thinking of taking some time out before committing to university, they may be interested in undertaking a short-term study experience at a university in Australia or New Zealand via our Tester Semester programme. More details here.

To get individual advice for a student, please contact Study Options and speak to a student advisor.

Study Options is a completely free application and advice service for students and schools. We are funded by our university partners in Australia and New Zealand to provide support to students through the application processes on their behalf and are responsible for lodging applications from students in the UK and Ireland. We are also able to assist international students who have studied at UK or Irish schools.

We can advise on a student’s eligibility for a degree, or what degree options they have in Australia or New Zealand, as well as any other aspect of the application process.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9am through to 6pm. The telephone number is 0117 911 5610 or you can email us on (please include your name and contact details on your email message).

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Working Options in Education | LinkedIn

Working Options hope you had a brilliant weekend. We wanted to send you this week's schedule of careers events available via Zoom. Our virtual sessions allow students to join without registering, but to ensure safeguarding, participants’ video and sound are off and all questions to speakers are moderated.


How do you join our sessions?

All you need to do is:

1) Click on the link against the session you want to join.

2) Enter your first name and college or school email address.

3) You automatically join the session.

What's on offer?


11:30 - 12:30

Insights from Industry Session



11:30 - 12:30

Presentation Skills workshop



14:00 - 15:00

Teamwork skills



11:30 - 12:30

Insights from Industry Session


Ever thought about an Internship, and whether it is worth it?