Careers Service

Career Insights

Year-long Programme

Gain relevant work experience, explore a range of opportunities and build strong networks with employers through the Career Insights Programme.

The Career Insights Programme is primarily aimed at under-represented students, see the eligibility criteria for more details.

This year's programme includes:

  • access to employer events and exclusive workshops
  • a team business project with a global company
  • a fully-funded trip to visit key graduate employers and build employability skills
  • a fully-funded small business experience day
  • a £200 bursary to support your participation in the programme (eligibility criteria applies)
  • an opportunity to access a £500 work experience bursary through the Career Insights Bursary

To undertake the Career Insights Programme, you would need to be able to take part in all the activities included. By completing these, you will gain the ncl+ Award.

Employers who are confirmed to take part in the 2019/20 programme are: Accenture, BBC, Clifford Chance, FDM, Hallmark, North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), STEM Healthcare, Wilton Centre, Womble Bond Dickinson, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle Council.

The programme has four different strands of events and activities, related to the following sectors:

  • Business and management
  • Creative and arts
  • Science, engineering and technology
  • Public sector and law

You can choose your preferred sector when you apply. 

Eligibility criteria

The Career Insights Programme is primarily aimed at under-represented groups. To qualify for the bursary and have your application prioritised, you would normally need to have UK home fee status, be based at the Newcastle Campus and meet at least one or more of these criteria:

  • have entered the University through the PARTNERS programme
  • have entered the University through the Realising Opportunities programme
  • receive an Opportunity Scholarship from Newcastle University
  • receive a Promise Scholarship from Newcastle University
  • receive a Care Leaver Bursary from Newcastle University
  • receive a Student Parent Bursary from Newcastle University
  • receive an Access Scholarship from Newcastle University
  • receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or DSA
  • receive another form of verifiable bursary through the University

All applications are considered on an individual basis. If you are unsure whether you qualify or would like to discuss your eligibility, please contact us.

How to apply

Applications for the 2019/20 programme are now closed. 

Find out more

If you have any questions about the Career Insights Award, email us and we'll get back to you within 5 working days.

Summer School

Want to enhance your employability over the summer? Join the Career Insights Summer School to build skills and experience and add to your CV.

More help

More help

If you have any questions about the summer school, please contact careerinsights@ncl.ac.uk

Case Studies

Read more about the experiences of students who took part in last year's Career Insights annual programme.

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Science, Graduated 2019

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Sciences, Graduated 2019

Employment post-graduation: NHS Graduate Scheme

My initial reason for applying was because I was in the final year of university and wanted to gain some work experience before becoming a graduate. The graduate job market is extremely competitive, and I knew I had to have something on my CV to make me stand out.

I visited numerous employers, including GlaxoSmithKline, where they presented to us about the skills and knowledge they look for when hiring. They provided hints and tips about their application process which I found extremely useful and applicable to all the applications I later sent to a range of employers.

Shauna Roberts, Biomedical Science, Graduated 2019

Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

Employment post-graduation: Graduate Engineer with Emerson Automation Solutions

I applied for the Career Insights programme to improve my CV and increase my confidence when speaking with employers. The programme allowed me to increase and develop my existing skills through the range of activities provided and by participating in the networking opportunities I became less nervous when visiting companies for interviews and assessment centres after the programme had finished.

 

Nicola Cheung, Chemical Engineering, Graduated 2019

John Crane, Computer Science

John Crane, Computer Science

Placement: Leonardo - Aerospace, Defence and Security

I applied for the Career Insights programme to improve interview skills, meet potential employers and improve my CV. I realised what I had learned from the programme when I needed to put my skills to use in writing applications for industrial placements and attending interviews.

My interpersonal/communication and presentation skills, areas I have always lacked confidence in, were honed through the collaborative activities. The presentation on successful interview techniques was also very insightful and prepared me for my own interview and presentation at Leonardo, a defence company with whom I have been offered a paid industrial placement. They have also informed me that if I perform well on the placement, after I return and complete my final year, I will have a place on their graduate scheme. I feel that I wouldn't have achieved this without participating in the Career Insights programme.

 

John Crane, 3rd Year, Computer Science

Bursary

The Career Insights Bursary provides financial support to help you explore your career options and to apply for opportunities.

It aims to help you gain experience and develop graduate skills, by providing funding for unpaid opportunities. The bursary can also cover travel costs for an interview if the employer is unable to provide funding. 

Find out more

For more information about the Career Insights Bursary, email us.

For help with finding relevant work experience, visit the Careers Service.