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Rising Stars

Rising Stars is a university-wide initiative set up in partnership with professional organisations and graduate recruiters aimed at improving social mobility. Our aim is to provide opportunities and experiences to help you develop professional skills and realise your full potential, regardless of your background. At Essex, we are proud of our diverse student community and graduate recruiters are keen to connect with our unique talent pool. Through Rising Stars we want to help make that connection and ultimately level the playing field for Essex graduates entering an increasingly competitive job market.

About the programme

Whilst Rising Stars is aimed at improving social mobility it is an inclusive programme and we accept nominations for undergraduates of all backgrounds and disciplines. It could be that you are the first in your family to attend University, or perhaps you just don’t have the professional networks to go to for advice.

At Essex, student success is at the heart of our mission and we are dedicated to supporting each individual to experience a transformational education and achieve outstanding outcomes. We want you to go on a journey, to develop skills and insight into the world of work, understand what it takes to succeed, and build the confidence to achieve your goals.

There are 3 distinct stages to the programme: Prepare; Experience; and Achieve. You will be expected to commit to completing activities at each level based on your individual goals and aspirations.

  • Prepare: You can't decide where to go or how to get there until you understand where you are now. We will help you to evaluate your skills, strengths and dreams for the future.
  • Experience: Gain real industry know how through accessing exclusive employer experiences, insight and development opportunities. You will be invited to network with graduate employers and accomplished professionals to help develop your commercial awareness and unique skills profile.
  • Achieve: Put your skills to the test in a mock assessment centre or mock interview with feedback to support your next steps. You will also create your own personal statement or elevator pitch to impress those all-important recruiters.

If you or someone you know could benefit from some support to make this happen, we want to hear from you.

What is involved in the programme

If accepted onto the programme you will gain access to a unique network of peers, industry professionals, experiences and development opportunities. You will be able to select from a suite of activities to fit around your studies which will not only serve to better your employment prospects, but maximise your academic potential too.

You will be expected to attend a certain number of sessions from each stage of the programme to complete your Rising Stars journey.

Apply for the programme

Students can self-nominate or nominate a friend by completing this simple form on CareerHub by 25 October.

We also welcome nominations from University staff so if you know a student who you think might benefit from this programme, please nominate them.

If you are nominating someone else, please ensure you let them know as we will be contacting them directly. There are only 50 spaces available so please state clearly the reason why you feel you or your nominee would benefit from the programme.

Nominations will be reviewed and places offered on a first come first served basis.

If you would like any further information or to discuss how you or someone you know could benefit from taking part, please contact Rebecca Payne.

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Rebecca Payne