Yearly Archives: 2014

31 December 2014 - 4:45 pm Leverage surprises, pivot, change hairstyles: another clunky metaphor

Problem-solving, to me, takes two main forms.

The first is the one we often talk about when we’re discussing enterprising capabilities – you identify a problem, you have an idea for a potential solution and, after a fashion, you make that idea happen. Problem solved.

But there’s another kind of problem-solving.

The kind of problem-solving that requires responding rapidly, positively, and effectively, to those “Shhhheeeeeeeeeeit! This calamitous thing’s just happened and we need to solve this problem RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” sorts of scenario. Continue reading “Leverage surprises, pivot, change hairstyles: another clunky metaphor” »

29 December 2014 - 3:28 pm Graduate entrepreneurship – what is it like for you? Participants sought for a research project…

Hello everyone!

I’m writing this because, like you, I’m interested in entrepreneurship. Fascinated by it in fact. But it’s a love/hate relationship because of the clichés, stereotypes and assumptions the word ‘entrepreneurship’ carries with it. On the one hand you’ve got the media portraying the entrepreneurship as a dog eat dog world where only most hardened alpha-males can survive and on the other hand you’ve got the academic obsession with generalising about what an entrepreneur is or isn’t – sometimes without even talking to a single entrepreneur. Looking at some of that literature, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you had to have 20 years professional experience and a bottomless pit of capital behind you before you could even think of starting a venture. Continue reading “Graduate entrepreneurship – what is it like for you? Participants sought for a research project…” »

27 December 2014 - 4:16 pm What to do over Christmas? Make an enterprising job application!

Heya! Hope you all have been alright and missed my blogs (try not to hide it).  Hope you’re enjoying the holidays. I know I am. So what are you up to? Going out? Watching fireworks in London? Eating mince pies? Singing jingle bells? Maybe this holiday you’ll go different? As you may have gathered already by the title, this blog is about job applications. But it’s not just about that, there’s a slice of enterprise on top of that. Continue reading “What to do over Christmas? Make an enterprising job application!” »

25 December 2014 - 12:55 pm A Christmas treat to amUSE!

When given the challenge of coming up with a creative yule blog, I started my own version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – USE style- and, well…it got a bit out of hand.

In short; I don’t think any of us should be looking for record deals any time soon!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, enjoy! Continue reading “A Christmas treat to amUSE!” »

24 December 2014 - 4:31 pm Time for Christmas Crackers!

Do you guys realise what‘s coming in only a week‘s time? Christmas! I think we already can sense the Christmas spirit, especially here in Sheffield, not forgetting USE and our innovative and fabulous Christmas tree at the reception, hehe.

Anyway, today I‘m here to present you few Christmas cracker jokes that I found equally dumb and hilarious.

Here they are!

Continue reading “Time for Christmas Crackers!” »

22 December 2014 - 5:14 pm Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again, the time when everyone starts getting festive and this leads to some super creative things appearing in homes. Whether you love creating beautiful handmade decorations and cards or are just a bit skint – making decorations and presents can result in some lovely creations. Continue reading “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!” »

20 December 2014 - 11:10 am How to be innovative in your revision this Christmas

Yes Christmas is looming and exams are on the horizon, but how do you make the choice over which is more important?

Continue reading “How to be innovative in your revision this Christmas” »


19 December 2014 - 11:20 am Ways to save money at Christmas time

I love Christmas. In fact, I love Christmas so much that I have been looking at my Christmas countdown app everyday since late August. That may seem totally outrageous and strange to you, but nonetheless it is one of  the embarrassing truths of my life.

Anyone who is close to me will know my slightly shameful obsession with Christmas. I love the food, I love the films, I love the music, I love spending time with close ones and I even love the cheesy and outrageously tacky Christmas jumpers.  As you probably can guess, I also love giving presents at Christmas time. However, one thing I don’t like about gifts at Christmas is the fact that it makes me so skint- especially being a student.

So, I thought I’d share some enterprising ways that students (or anyone really) can save money at Christmas time, mainly because I think it may help some people but also to remind myself. Let’s do this…

Continue reading “Ways to save money at Christmas time” »

18 December 2014 - 10:49 am Think Like an Entrepreneur

Hello Everyone,

I spent a lovely Tuesday morning at the USE as part of the “Taste of Work” scheme. I was extremely happy when I received the email from the “Taste of Work Team” telling me that I will be working at the USE.

A tale about myself: My name is Baiju Shah, currently in my first year studying a Bsc. in Economics. I come from the beautiful country Kenya, which is famous for its runners, amazing wildlife and scenery, as well as the warm hearts of all the citizens. Apart from that, it is also a country known for its innovation and the emerging market. There is tremendous innovation that goes in Kenya, one of the most famous tech innovations in the world is known as “MPESA” which is the way most Kenyans transfer money from one another without necessarily owning a bank account or debit card, just their mobile phones! Continue reading “Think Like an Entrepreneur” »

16 December 2014 - 3:45 pm What does ‘creativity’ mean to you?


What does this word mean to you?

Kids are innately creative. I see this in my own daughter, who’s just shy of three years old. Her make believe play; her imaginative uses for toys that differ wildly from what the manufacturers had in mind; her creation of her own little worlds; she’s constantly making things that are new.

But there’s a danger that this natural creativity can be stifled or stamped out over time. This was something one of our past Interns, Nicole, highlighted in this blog post, and it’s a problem that’s well recognised. Continue reading “What does ‘creativity’ mean to you?” »