Tag Archives: #weareenterprising

11 June 2018 - 1:47 pm My year as an Enterprise Intern

As my year as an Enterprise Intern comes to an end, here’s a reflection of my time at The University of Sheffield Enterprise;

1. Societies Fair
My first role was representing USE at the Activities Fair. I really enjoyed interacting with new students, other society members and of course promoting USE; the bright yellow building next to St Georges Church!
2. Skill Build
I helped to facilitate 2 Skill Build programs that focused on learning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship skills. This experience was an amazing opportunity to network with external speakers in the professional field whilst practicing my communication and presentation skills.
3. Enterprise 101
The opportunity to deliver my own event has been the most memorable part of my experience at USE. From the initial research to presentation preparation to leading the actual workshop; this was an enthralling experience and definitely something outside my comfort zone!
Have a read on the event and what I learned: http://enterprise.shef.ac.uk/2018/05/leadership-practice-lessons-learned
Overall, this opportunity helped me strengthen my enterprise skills and I’m so glad to have been able to work alongside the other amazing and inspirational enterprise interns! This role provides a great learning and supportive experience; 10/10 would recommend!

23 May 2018 - 10:20 am Being an enterprise intern – a year in review

This year, whenever I met someone knew, the conversations went like this:

Person A: So what do you do?

Me: Well, I’m doing a full time Masters, but I also have three part time jobs.

Person A: Oh my, three jobs?

Me: Yes, but I don’t work a lot of hours overall. I still have time to study and to occasionally go to the cinema and theatre.

Person A: So what are the jobs?

Me: Well I work as an ambassador, I work in a coffee shop and I also work as an Enterprise Intern.

Person A: What’s that? The intern thing, I mean.

And this would be the moment when I would have to take a deep breath because this job is not a one-sentence description type of job. Even though I could technically describe it through one sentence: developing and supporting projects. But what does that sentence mean exactly?

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26 April 2018 - 2:25 pm Originals – How non conformists change the world

Originals - Adam Grant

Originals – Adam Grant

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

This is the opening quote for Adam Grant’s book – “Originals – How non conformists change the world”. “Originals” is a great read. It’s full of catchy metaphors, analogies, anecdotes and stories.

Of course, whilst most of the book is based on existing research, it still pertains the subjective opinion of the author and it is in no way an academic book with contrasting viewpoints. Rather, it is a book about what Grant learned about originality in all his years as a social reseacher. And I would recommend it as a read.

Recommendations, however, don’t tell us much about books apart from the fact that they were enjoyed by the people who recommended them. They might hint to the interests of the recommenders as well. What one needs in order to decide to read a book is a bit of a sneak peak, an insight or some highlights. So, if you’re wondering whether Originals is worth a read or not, why not read the following highlights and decide if any sparks your reading interest.

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18 February 2016 - 11:49 am Liberating Potential

At USE we love enterprising, in fact we really love enterprising. So much so we want to help and inspire as much as many people as possible get involved. So recently when we came across a study, which said that there was real problem with underrepresentation from people from diversity groups in enterprise, we thought we better do something about it!

Like true entrepreneurs once we had identified the problem, we came up with a solution to address the issue: an event similar to Startup Weekend, but aimed purely at younger people from the diversity groups from across our lovely city, with the aim to get them enterprising, building professional networks and giving them the skills they need to proceed to start their own businesses in the future. We call this event Liberating Potential (The name derives from the fact that our students call the diversity groups: liberation groups).


Imagine music with just one note.

Sounds good, right? But maybe you’re still thinking that running your own business is not your thing. Well no fear, as that’s where ‘intrapreneurs’ come in. Intrapreneurs share all the traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs – consistently challenging the status quo, taking risks and promoting innovation – but are leaders in large organisations, whether this is the NHS, charity sector or large multinational corporations.

So, one of the main aims of Liberating Potential is that we build networks of young people from diversity groups, because as we know one of the major challenges faced by these groups is lack of networks in professional environments. So our event will see younger people from the LGBT+, Black and Minority Ethnic, Dyslexic and Disabled, and Female communities collaborate, buildingamazing teams, access awesome mentors and be brave enough to take the stage and present to a panel of judges

Along with we aim to demystify and promote enterprise as a career option. Not all organizations are cool and open minded like TUoS ( a Stonewall top 100 employer)  , so why don’t you consider starting your own thing?


Give way to Potential

Also don’t forget about this!

Sounds a bit exciting and ambitious? You bet it is.

So what are you waiting for? If you don’t belong to the liberation/diversity groups, but recognise this is a much needed and really exciting development, share the word to your friends! We will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign in March, so watch this space.

Let us together help build our world a more diverse place to be.

Signing out for now, ’till then keep on enterprising!




Picture credits: Luigi Mengato & Miles Goodhew

30 October 2015 - 11:58 am A weekend to make the change!

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master

Startup Weekends are fun packed entrepreneurship exercises in which you’ll learn much more than just starting a business. In brevity, Startup Weekends are two and a half day events; they start on a Friday evening when people pitch their ideas (It could be you too, if you have got one!). Then the participants choose the idea they would like to be part of.  The next day the teams build their product prototype and also reach out to their market to understand the challenges their business idea would face. On the final day the teams present their ideas to the judges and win prizes!

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22 September 2015 - 2:47 pm An Ex-Fresher’s Guide to Enterprise

Hello everyone! So, it’s my last week in the USE office. Sad times! My projects are being finished off, my endless sheets of paper are being organised and I’ve eaten a few too many of the homemade brownies I’d supposedly bought in for everyone else!

I can’t quite believe that nine weeks of work are coming to an end. Where has the time gone?! With only a few hours until I say goodbye to the Enterprise Zone until September, my mind is filled with thoughts of Intro Week; the bright-eyed freshers moving into Endcliffe, the long-awaited return of Pop Tarts (oh how I’ve missed you) and the rather daunting start of my third and final year. Help!

The infamous Corp

The infamous Corp

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30 July 2015 - 12:13 pm Maximus Decimus Meridius’ 5 Steps to Success

Welcome, readers, to my first ever blog post! I hope it isn’t completely awful. I must warn you, though – it is a little strange.

For anyone who has ever watched Gladiator (if you haven’t, please go and watch it right now!), you’re probably wondering why the heck its main character is the subject of my enterprise-related blog? Of course you are! But, before you dismiss me for being completely bonkers, let me explain: Continue reading “Maximus Decimus Meridius’ 5 Steps to Success” »

1 April 2015 - 5:50 pm The enterprising holiday police

It’s true, I’m an enterprise freak. To me enterprise = savviness = something I MUST do. Therefore, you’d expect that my holiday planning would be a truly enterprising operation. So how do you plan a trip and be savvy about it? Well, let me tell you… Continue reading “The enterprising holiday police” »

9 September 2014 - 12:00 pm We did it!

The morning after the night before…

…or, more precisely, the week after the week before – in which, as some of the USE Team travelled up for three days of enterprise education best practice sharing, discussion and networking (and a bit of dancing) in Newcastle, we were also crossing fingers (crossing everything, in fact) in the hope of the University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy (USEA) bringing a National Enterprise Educator Award (NEEA) home to the Steel City. Continue reading “We did it!” »

21 August 2014 - 3:58 pm Lego is AWESOME

Everyone loves Lego right? I think I have become obsessed with Lego ever since I was born (ok I might have had Duplo for the first couple of years), I think it might be that the only thing that stops you from building is your imagination or in my case running out of bricks.  Continue reading “Lego is AWESOME” »