Today’s the day YOU change the world

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Is there a charity you feel massively passionate about? Today is your chance to make a difference to them and help change the world! Join 5 other teams from across SOAS who are currently smashing it and raising some world-changing cash. Click here to get inspired by their stories!

SOAS Careers is excited to run a ‘Change the World’ competition: where we encourage you to get creative with fundraising! Apply by 11:59pm TODAY to get involved.

Thanks to funding from Santander, this is your opportunity to get creative and raise some serious cash to change the world. You will be given a lump sum of £25 to get the ball rolling with your fundraising. Your task is simple: grow this as much as you can, any (legal) way you can! Get as creative as you like – the sky really is the limit!

All the money you raise (including the initial £25) will then be donated to your nominated charity. SOAS Careers will also match the amount you raise (up to a max of £500). The organisation just needs to have a registered charity number in order to be eligible. You can enter by yourself, in a group or as part of a Society.

You will need to document your fundraising and reflections on your successes and challenges as you go. This can be via blog posts, vlogging or any way you dream up – the more the original the better! Your efforts will then be celebrated at the Make a Difference Awards in February at SOAS. We’ll invite the charity of your choice along so that you can find exactly how your efforts are helping to change the world!

Interested? To enter just submit a proposal (max. 500 words) outlining:
> Which charity you wish to support and why
> Your grand plan for growing the initial £25 exponentially
> How you will capture and document your fundraising process.

To get involved, send over your proposal to careers@soas.ac.uk by 11:59pm on Weds 17 January. All the proposals will then be reviewed by a judging panel from SOAS. The lucky entrepreneurs will need to be available on Tues 23 January to collect the £25.

Alexis Fromageot

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#MondayMotivation: The SOAS Students Changing the World

December saw the launch of ‘Change the World’: where SOAS Careers encourages you to get creative with fundraising for a charity that means something to you! Thanks to funding from Santander, the idea is to find original ways to raise some serious cash to change the world.

SOAS students applied for a lump sum of £25 to get the ball rolling with their fundraising. The mission is straightforward: grow this as much as they can, in any (legal) way! All the money raised (including the initial £25) will then be donated to their nominated charity. SOAS Careers will also match the amount raised (up to a max of £500).

Want to get inspired this Monday? Here’s a run-down of how the students who’ve joined the campaign plan on raising some world-changing cash…

Nasra

Nasra is fundraising for The Mix, a youth mental health charity which aims to promote the mental wellbeing of 13 – 25 year olds. She’s getting involved with bake sales, bucket collections and asking staff around SOAS to donate an hour’s worth of their salary to the cause!

Dilan & Nelam

Raising life-changing cash for Aids Orphan is Nelam and Dilan, who are organising a ‘Dare Day’. Keep an eye out for them as they’ll be asking you to donate every time they complete a challenge you set them! All the money raised will go to the grassroots charity, who provide support for those affected by Aids or HIV.

Rubab

Rubab’s getting creative in raising funds for Action Aid UK, an international charity working with the poorest women and girls in the world. For Rubab the sky’s the limit, and she’s going to be running bake sales, film screenings, working with other societies, inviting speakers as well as bringing it all together in an awesome storytelling social media series.

Vanessa

Here’s Vanessa representing the SOAS East Africa Society, who are fundraising for The Disaster and Emergency Committee’s appeals for East Africa and Yemen. They’re encouraging people to donate an hour of their pay as part of their ‘One Hour to Fight the Famine’ social media campaign.

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Nazihah, Shanjida and Tania are changing the world by raising cash for Maternal Aid Association – an organisation that helps mothers in Bangladesh by focusing on improving maternal health in resource-poor settings. They’re hosting a Bollywood movie night and selling South Asian snacks – giving everyone a taste of the region!

Everyone involved will be documenting their fundraising and reflections on successes and challenges as they go, so keep a look out for that! All their efforts will be celebrated at the Make a Difference Awards in February at SOAS. The charities involved will also be invited along so we can all find out exactly how the funds are helping to change the world…

Alexis Fromageot

#FridayFeeling: Are YOU ready to change the world?

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Is there a charity you feel massively passionate about? Here’s your chance to make a difference to them and help change the world!

SOAS Careers is excited to announce the launch of ‘Change the World’: where we encourage you to get creative with fundraising! Thanks to funding from Santander, this is your opportunity to get creative and raise some serious cash to change the world. You will be given a lump sum of £25 to get the ball rolling with your fundraising. Your task is simple: grow this as much as you can, any (legal) way you can! Get as creative as you like – the sky really is the limit!

All the money you raise (including the initial £25) will then be donated to your nominated charity. SOAS Careers will also match the amount you raise (up to a max of £500). The organisation just needs to have a registered charity number in order to be eligible. You can enter by yourself, in a group or as part of a Society.

You will need to document your fundraising and reflections on your successes and challenges as you go. This can be via blog posts, vlogging or any way you dream up – the more the original the better! Your efforts will then be celebrated at the Make a Difference Awards in February at SOAS. We’ll invite the charity of your choice along so that you can find exactly how your efforts are helping to change the world!

Interested? To enter just submit a proposal (max. 500 words) outlining:
> Which charity you wish to support and why
> Your master plan for growing the initial £25 exponentially
> How you will capture and document your fundraising process.

To get involved, send over your proposal to careers@soas.ac.uk by 11:59pm on Weds 6 December. All the proposals will then be reviewed by a judging panel from SOAS. The lucky entrepreneurs will need to be available on Tues 12 December to collect the £25, so that they can get the ball rolling before the end of term.

Ready, set, GO & get fundraising…

Alexis Fromageot

#FridayFeeling: Women Revolutionising the Food Industry

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As student enterprise & start up week comes to a close, celebrate these awesome women who are bossing it in the food industry!

Read on about these 15 badass girl bosses who will give you serious #girlsquad goals.

Keen to start your own enterprise? Come by the Careers Zone in SL62, Paul Webley Wing where we’re on hand to talk ideas out with you and offer practical advice to get things started.

Alexis Fromageot

#MondayMotivation: Student Enterprise & Start Up Week

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Got an awesome idea you can’t wait to let loose on the world? Fancy working for a start up making a real change to an industry? This week at SOAS Careers is your chance to find out more about student enterprise and start ups!

Come by the Careers Zone in SL62 to speak to us about best we can help you on your way, take a look at the awesome resources and meet some incredible employers…

Mon 13 Nov, 4 – 5:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Whommies – How to Launch a Start Uphttps://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=39&service=Careers+Service

Tue 14 Nov, 5 – 6:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Kappu – How to Hack the British Job Markethttps://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=57&service=Careers+Service

Wed 15 Nov, 3 – 4:30pm, Careers Seminar Room (SL62): Start-up Alumni Speed Networkinghttps://careers.soas.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=163&service=Careers+Service

Get involved!

Alexis Fromageot

 

Kick Start Your Business with up to £5,000 cash prizes up for grabs!

Get your business idea up and running by entering the SOAS Dragons Den Competition!

The competition gives you the chance to pitch for a prize of up to £250 in SOAS.  Plus the winner also gets to pitch at the central University of London competition with a chance of winning a prize of mentoring from Michael Hayman MBE, founder of Start Up Britain, Seven Hills (communications consultancy) and presenter of The Capital Conversation, London Live, plus there’s cash prizes worth up to £5000 to be won.
Please be aware that this competition is only open to students/graduates with business ideas who are not actively trading.
To apply, follow this link.
The deadline for application is 12noon on Friday 27th October.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant

Everything you Need to Know About Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visas

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SOAS provides students with the opportunity to set up and develop their business in the UK, by endorsing them for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.  These are exclusively available to Tier 4 visa holders who are current students.

The process for applying is simple.

If you have a viable and innovative business idea and want to take this to market in the UK, this is a great opportunity for you.  The idea must show visible benefits to the local community.

As part of the application process for endorsement from SOAS, you will be expected to submit the following documentation:

  • A business plan summarising your business idea, market research, marketing plan, customer analysis and pricing model.
  • A 12 month financial forecast
  • CV
  • Covering letter.

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present their business idea to a panel. The next deadline for application is 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.  If you are shortlisted, the judging panel which you will be asked to present at is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 16th November (each presentation slot will be 20 minutes maximum, including questions).

Before you apply you must first meet with the Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) to determine your eligibility for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa.

For support through the application process, you are welcome to book an Enterprise appointment with the SOAS Careers Service by emailing careers@soas.ac.uk or calling 0207 898 4115.  These are available on Friday afternoons.

To apply, please submit the requested documents to studententerprise@soas.ac.uk by 11.59pm on October 19th 2017.

Jai Shah, Careers Consultant