Tag Archives: Self Employment

17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive). Continue reading “E is for….” »

28 January 2015 - 4:51 pm Come on Barbie, let’s go party!

I am so feeling like a 90s reject… That song (Barbie Girl by Aqua), was a nightmare then and is a nightmare now. But now it is stuck in my head and I am sorry if I have got it stuck in yours too. So, why am I so obsessed with Barbies? Well a new Barbie is being launched….Barbie Entrepreneur. Continue reading “Come on Barbie, let’s go party!” »

20 January 2015 - 4:30 pm Skill Build’s Back Alright…

Ok, now you know how bad my music taste is. But you will be please to know that Skill Build is back this semester and promises to give you oodles of commercial awareness skills and basic business knowledge that will help to equip you in any career you decide to go into. Continue reading “Skill Build’s Back Alright…” »

10 December 2014 - 11:53 am As one door shuts…

Another one opens. There are always opportunities around every corner and this is your chance to get involved into something new. Continue reading “As one door shuts…” »

29 July 2014 - 10:51 am Summer Break?

This year has flown past so fast, it seems so strange that we are already running all our summer activities. Here at USE, it is as busy as ever…

We have got Enactus working at the zone, every day. Besides getting ready for the trip to Beijing for the Enactus World Cup, they are currently working on a new social project that will be operating in Zambia. So, there is loads of brainstorming, scoping out of their new ideas and prototyping going on. Continue reading “Summer Break?” »

16 July 2014 - 10:54 am Money, money, money

Like most of us, start-ups always need more money. Whether that’s to invest back into the business to build its internal structures or to create brand awareness through advertising and marketing, start-ups tend to have a tough time making enough money to finance these ventures. So what’s out there for new companies? I went to two interesting workshops hosted by USE last week to find out a bit more of what was on offer to the fledgling start-ups of this world. Continue reading “Money, money, money” »

12 July 2014 - 10:16 am 5 things I wish I’d known before becoming self-employed

For as long as I can remember I have always been passionate about business. Even from a young age I was always trying to think of ways to earn my keep – car washing for neighbours, cleaning for relatives, etc. doing a business degree felt so natural to me. At the time I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do; however, I knew freedom was the end goal.

When I finished university and started my own coffee shop I had very little anxiety. I had a solid business plan, the knowledge to back it up, and all of the necessary finances. I assumed everything would naturally fall into place, but as I was warned time and time again by tutors over the years, no matter how much you prepare, something will always go wrong – multiple things in my case.

These are the five things that, had I knew them at the time, could have saved my company from going under. Continue reading “5 things I wish I’d known before becoming self-employed” »

1 May 2014 - 10:28 am Calling all academics! Nominate your students for the USE Graduation Awards

Do you think one of your students is the most enterprising student at the University of Sheffield? Nominations are invited for the first University of Sheffield Enterprise Award.

Two awards will be awarded for the most enterprising Undergraduate student and most enterprising post graduate students from the University of Sheffield.  The winners in each category will receive £500.

Continue reading “Calling all academics! Nominate your students for the USE Graduation Awards” »

29 April 2014 - 10:21 am Well done to BiG Challenge winners ‘Aroma Blossom’

Every year, school children all over Sheffield take part in something really BiG. The BiG Challenge is competition where pupils set up their own mini businesses and the best business of the year wins a trip of a life time. Continue reading “Well done to BiG Challenge winners ‘Aroma Blossom’” »

2 April 2014 - 10:27 am Enterprising Academics Wanted…

Have you got a special someone in your life? That enterprising academic that really makes your ideas happen? If so, why not nominate them for the most enterprising academic award at the Student Union’s Education Awards. Continue reading “Enterprising Academics Wanted…” »