We are really excited to introduce our Black Students Careers Week. A collaboration between Brookes Union, ACS, Brookes Enterprise Support ,OBU Careers, and OBU Alumni office and presented by Iman, our Black Students' Officer.
Last summer Brookes Union made a commitment to tackling racial inequality on campus as a matter of urgency. The Union’s upcoming Mind the Gap campaign will explore and expose the reasons for a black attainment gap at Brookes and is committed to closing this gap. Black Students Careers Week is one step on that path - celebrating black excellence at Brookes and beyond, whilst opening up networking opportunities and experiences for students. With an amazing line-up, including Oxford’s very own LadyBoss Laure Loutala, Jenny Okolo, Efe Fruci, Andrew Osayemi and many more!
This lineup has been curated by the Brookes Union Black Students’ Officer and ACS but is an inclusive, open to all event series.
Selling yourself in writing is an essential step towards gaining that all-important interview and then the job itself.
You might be asked to complete a variety of different application documents from CVs to short application answers to personal statements and cover letters.
Find out how employers shortlist and top tips to make your applications stand out.Register now
As part of Black Students Careers Week Iman Tadu interviews Amanda Mapanda, Lawyer at Freshfields about her career journey. Amanda Mapanda is an associate in the Freshfield’s Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure team which forms part of the firm’s Global Transactions group.
Prior to joining Freshfields, she was an associate in the banking and finance team at Bowmans, a top pan-African law firm head-quartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She has experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors and has worked for both lender and sponsor clients on a variety of mandates on project financings, financial restructurings and general financing.
She has a particular interest in the development of the African continent as a whole and is keen to be a part of the solution as to how African countries can learn from best practice and develop programmes and projects that will have a direct social impact on communities.
Amanda is co-chair of the Freshfields UK Mental Health Affinity Network and part of the committee of the Freshfields Global Black Affinity Network. She is one of a group of individuals recently nominated by IPFA (the International Project Finance Association) and its members for their achievements in the industry with respect to diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the energy, infrastructure and renewable industries.Register now
Radha has a musical education of sound engineering, music business and management. Born and raised in Birmingham, she moved to South London at the young age of 19 to attend the SAE (School of Audio Engineering) and pursue her career in music.
After interning for different record labels such as One Little Indian (Björk) and Virgin EMI, Radha landed herself a well deserved A&R Consultancy at Asylum Records and helped the careers of Anne-Marie and Mahalia.Progressing in her management and A&R career, Radha went on to co-manage Grime star Skepta for 2 years working on his album, Konnichiwa in 2016.
She currently manages and A&R’s popstar Mabel, who has sold millions across the world, had 4 top 10s and 2 top 5 UK singles and won Best Female at last year’s BRIT awards.Register now
Learn what to expect from and how to prepare for virtual assessment centres, including psychometric tests and a group case study. The session will interactive so come along ready to pitch in and develop your understanding and skills.
Once the practical exercises are completed constructive feedback will be given, along with top tips and advice on the best resources to use for further preparation and confidence building.Register now
Learn how you can get involved in Oxford’s newest venture OxTech Fest brought to you by Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support. Join us online for a live panel discussion from award-winning trailblazers from a diverse range of backgrounds featured by the likes of Forbes 30 under 30.
Have you ever thought of starting your own tech business? Come along and learn from personal experiences that have led these entrepreneurs to be seriously successful. OxTech Fest aims to bring together the Oxfordshire community and the amazing technology ecosystem in the country. Our focus is to show and encourage diversity and promoting tech for good.
Also meet Elon the conversational AI that suggests the best tech tools (Software) to use. Great for those starting out in tech. Elon was developed by a Brookes alumni Ghita, who graduated last year with a master’s in digital marketing. Ghita started her First tech startup with the support of our enterprise team and is now building her second tech venture. In this event, Ghita will share with you her experience and learnings and you can watch live her AI Elon answer your questions.
Darren Tenkorang, Co-Founder of Trimmit App
Sonya Barlow, Author, TedX Speaker, Founder of Like-minded Females Network
Ashleigh Ainsley FRSA, Co-founder of Colour in TechRegister now
Join us for a panel discussion as part of BAME students careers week. We will be joined by Thelma Matsaira & Melissa Mhlanga as they discuss their career journeys in the finance sector.
Thelma was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe before moving to the UK where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham. She went on to study her postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics where she graduated with a MSc in Finance.
Her career started in the financial services industry at PwC based in London where she spent 7 years working in both assurance and advisory roles. She is currently a senior manager in the Group Treasury team at a leading global retail and wholesale pharmacy business.
Thelma is also a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW), and an associate member of corporate treasurers (AMCT).
Melissa joined Innovation in Life in 2020 after completing her BSc Honours in Accounting and Finance at Oxford Brookes University, to provide financial management support.Melissa provides admin and secretarial support to the team and assists with data management tasks.
Working also within the Marketing Division co-ordinating content, video, social media, and elements of our corporate social responsibility programme. She is currently working on developing my accounting proficiency by gaining a professional finance qualificationRegister now
In this interactive workshop you will learn about Personal Branding. Leave with a toolkit on how to write a winning LinkedIn bio and hear from Careers on how to get set-up on LinkedIn and why you should even make an account!Register now
Mayur Gupta is an entrepreneur with experience in education, diversity and technology.
After his own experiences with inadequate employability support in education, he founded Career Accelerator - a charity which helps students prepare for careers in the digital sector through employer support, whilst providing training, volunteering and marketing opportunities to tech firms.
Career Accelerator works with 20 tech firms including LinkedIn, Vodafone and Just Eat and are backed by Teach First.
Mayur was a guest speaker at LGBT Leaders, UK Black Pride and Vodafone's Discover Inclusive Leadership event.Register now
Jenny Okolo a Brookes Alumni, and former ACS Careers Officer, is an occupational therapist and the founder of She Aspires Skills Academy - a brand centred around a digital platform that asks young females to write and interact on a series of real-world issues that affect them. Jenny will be discussing her career path, how she was supported with this at Brookes, and wellbeing in the workplaceRegister now
This session will take you through an introduction to Colorintech’s 4 week Tech Career Readiness program, a program designed to connect students directly with the world’s leading tech companies (for example, Google, ARM, eBay and Microsoft) and teach you invaluable skills you won’t typically learn in the classroom.
Join us to learn more about how you can secure the best graduate opportunities at the world’s leading tech companies.Register now
Enterprise Support presents a fun and interactive session on how to get your dream job. This year has been a tough ride for most of us but it’s time to wipe the dust off the shelves and make your ideas happen.
We’re joined by Netflix TV Show Creator of ‘Meet the Adebanjos’, Andrew Osamyemi, a man of many talents as he takes us through his journey as a creator and how he went from banking to TV. Andrew will be sharing his top tips to being unapologetically ambitious.Register now
For many people, interviews are intimidating.
In this interactive session delivered by Brookes Careers and Enterprise Support discover what questions you should be asking your interviewer and make sure your future company advocates for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace.Register now
From walking you through my journey line of building my legacy that is now ODIHI to sharing how you can build your own legacy with confidence. Creating something infinite and unforgettable that does not only add value to your life, but to others.
Come ready to be challenged out of your comfort zone into your confidence zone.Register now
Laure Loutala, or "Ladyboss" is a Brookes Alumni, community champion and entrepreneur. In this final session of the week, Laure and Iman Tadu, Brookes Union Black Students Officer, will explore the importance of passion for what you do and self belief and how coaching can give you the edge.Register now