You’ve already made a significant career decision in coming to study at the University of Dundee, and the University provides an award-winning Careers Service to support you throughout your time here and beyond. Whether you’re looking to build skills through part-time work or volunteering, have a clear idea of what you want to do next, or need some help in making sense of all your options; we’re here to help. This page offers some quick ideas to help you get started on the next step in your career journey.
The Centre for Entrepreneurship team has a mission to firstly, improve the self-reliance and employability of the University's students, staff and recent graduates by developing their enterprise skills and secondly support those who want to begin the journey of starting their own business. Local business experts work with the centre to provide training, mentoring, inspirational talks and competitions with associated prize funding.
You’ve already made a significant career decision in coming to study at the University of Dundee, and the University provides an award-winning Careers Service to support you throughout your time here and beyond.
Whether you’re looking to build skills through part-time work or volunteering, have a clear idea of what you want to do next, or need some help in making sense of all your options; we’re here to help.
Watch this video from Shona Johnston, Head of the Careers Service.
You can make an appointment for an online chat with a Careers Adviser
This is a free and unlimited service. As soon as you are a registered (matriculated) student you can book online for a time that suits you
If you haven’t yet registered (matriculated), or have any other queries, contact us by email at email@example.com
This guide has been written especially for international students to tell you about the help we offer and some of the ways the UK job market differs from other countries, including a glossary of helpful terms.
There is space included for you to make plans and set goals, so why not get started straight away?
If your passport sticker or identity card gives you permission to work in the UK, you may wish to gain experience through part-time work or volunteering. Despite the pandemic, many employers are still recruiting and some organisations are offering remote roles.
If you plan to work in the UK you will need a National Insurance (NI) number. If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP), you might have a National Insurance number already - it will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do. If you do not have a National Insurance number, you can apply for one by calling 0800 141 2075 – lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
The Enterprise Challenge is an extra-curricular enterprising skills programme open to all schools that will expose you to fundamental business knowledge delivered by experienced industry speakers.
The workshops will allow you to develop sought-after skills that can be utilised for whatever stage your career is at. The Enterprise Challenge workshops run for 8 weeks in the evenings each Semester.
There are virtual taster events for the Enterprise Challenge - details of these will be on the Enterprise web pages (use the link at the bottom to find out more). Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on this. (Facebook and LinkedIn - search Centre for Entrepreneurship and for Twitter and Instagram - search @uodenterprise)
The Enterprise Challenge is always an in-demand extra-curricular activity so for the 2021/22 programme please make sure you apply before the closing date you will be informed by 5pm the same day if you have a place on the programme.
Each semester the Centre offers advanced insights into the career journey of successful entrepreneurs, and also knowledge of a cutting-edge area which they have become experts in.
Masterclasses complement the Enterprise Challenge programme by providing insights you can apply to your idea drawn from the latest trends for the modern entrepreneur.
The talks are open to students, staff and general public. You can watch two of these previous Masterclasses below:
Mary Ballantyne – trained as a Nurse and then moving on to work with large and successful organisations around the world relating to surgery, life sciences and medicine as well as working on her own ideas:
Kirsty Thomson - Kirsty is the founder and CEO of The Circle Dundee. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations throughout her career:
The next few sections will look at some activities provided by the Knowledge Transfer Network that you can try if you have a business idea you want to explore or simply to just learn different enterprising skills that will be beneficial throughout your career.
Use Innovation canvas to understand if you have addressed all of the key questions around your project
Personas will help you define the specific market segments (and specific users) you are targeting your innovation towards, informing design and marketing. Using a template will help you to know your market.
Funding your business
When starting a company, it’s important to establish a financial reporting structure. This is not as complicated as you might think. Watch this short video from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to learn more.