Celebrating Black History Month: Events & Opportunities

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October is Black History Month – a time to celebrate the achievements of Black people. There are a number of events and opportunities for Black students and graduates that you might be interested in getting involved in, so we thought we’d compile some of them here for you to check out!

BAME Leadership Conference – Tackling the elephant in the room
Tuesday 20th October | 16:15 – 20:00 | Online
For this Black History Month, Generation Success have decided to do something special and create their first very BAME Leadership conference, connecting industry with future talent. The theme for this event is tackling the elephant in the room and helping organisations be colour brave! This event will provide you with the tools and techniques to handle situations which are currently left unchallenged. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, participate in one-to-one speed mentoring, learn from BAME role models, and participate in our employer zone where you can meet with employers with live opportunities.
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ARUP Online: Inspiring Future Generations Live Q&A
Wednesday 21st October | 12pm | Online
Join three Arup colleagues in a live Q&A to celebrate Black History Month. The panel will share their experiences of working in the industry in the hope that it may inspire those about to embark on their career. The inspirational Cynthia Davis, CEO of BAME Recruitment, will chair the session. This is a free event, but please do register in advance.
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Microsoft BAME Senior Leadership Roundtable
Monday 2nd November | 13:00 – 13:45 | Online – Blackboard
Hear from Andy and Zephaniah, leaders in the BAME Employee Resource Group at Microsoft UK. They are driving forces in the world of technology as we know it today. They also happen to be Aston alumni! Learn about their journey from Aston into technology, what motivates them and what they do in their role day-to-day. There’ll also be a chance to ask both senior leaders any questions you may have. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to network and discuss lots of different topics!
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100 Black Interns
100 Black Interns are looking to offer internships to Black students across the UK to help kick start their career in investment management. 200 of the industry’s leading players are participating as a way to source a more diverse group of talent for the long-term. This internship will give you an opportunity to learn about investment management first-hand at a leading firm. You will have the opportunity to develop your soft skills, financial skills and most importantly your own network of high -achieving professionals. You will join a community with access to a tailored programme ahead of, and during, the internship to ensure you learn as much as possible from the experience. Internships will be paid and last a minimum of six weeks over the summer of 2021. Please note that participating firms are based almost exclusively in London.
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Early Diversity Internship Programme
This award-winning internship is available to first year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The five-day placement in a government department gives you valuable insights, and an understanding of what it’s like to work in the Civil Service and be on the Fast Stream.
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EY – Black Heritage Programme
Over one day you’ll take part in workshops, panel events and discussions designed to inspire and energise you. As well as learning about other people’s stories, you’ll pick up great advice to help you sculpt your own as you begin your career. There’ll also be Q&As with the team from EY, information on their D&I strategy, a session delivered by our EY Black Network, assessment centre workshops and the opportunity for networking. You could even get fast-tracked onto one of our internship or graduate programmes for 2022!
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Black Codeher
Niyo Enterprise and Coding Black Females have come together to produce the Black Codeher programme specifically for Black women who are interested in pursuing a career in technology. This year they had 40 spaces available for women from the West Midlands, who they equipped with the skills and knowledge to become web/mobile application developers. Details for the 2021 programme will be released next year.
Keep an eye out here.

Aspiring Solicitors
The Black Aspiring Solicitors Mentoring Scheme has 24 spaces available for students. This scheme gives you the opportunity to be mentored by individuals from leading law firms, and attend bespoke workshops covering everything from a tailored application masterclass, interview masterclass and how to tackle commercial awareness questions.   
Find out more.

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