If you’re keen to make connections for the future, there are many student societies with a view towards helping their members get a taste of the world of employment. From the Guild to the Oxford Finance Society, these societies are often geared towards law and finance, but their social events and great speakers make them worthwhile whatever you see yourself doing after university.
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Oxford Entrepreneurs is a great way to discover the wide range of career options open to an Oxford graduate. Without the society telling you otherwise, it’s easy to start believing that becoming a lawyer, doctor, consultant, or banker are the only options.
We inspire, educate, and support students regarding all things entrepreneurship. We run incredible events – a big conference in March, a hackathon in Hilary, a trip to Silicon Valley in Easter, and much more.
I became marketing director last October in my final year having found the society through a friend. I was running club nights before that and decided to put into broadening my future career prospects.
The trip to Silicon Valley was the best experience with Oxford Entrepreneurs so far. We saw incredible businesses and learnt a huge amount from the likes of Facebook and Google.
OxPolicy is a student-led think tank. There are loads of different projects which you get involved in as a researcher, and they only require a few hours a week so it's easy to balance it with your workload.
I chose OxPolicy because I really wanted to get involved in policy research to see if it was my type of thing. I chose a project which is researching how sexual health is taught in schools, and at the end of next term we will have published a policy report in collaboration with a leading activist, Chella Quint.
It's really great to have an opportunity to study in-depth something you're interested in, but which isn't related to your subject. It's also pretty cool knowing that your work will be published and could be used to help shape the policy of the future!
Oxford Women in Business is a platform for bringing enterprising females from across the university together. This is done through a variety of events, from cocktail socials where you can interact with like-minded ladies, to thought provoking speakers like Sahar Hashemi and Dame Clara Furse, OxWIB hosts a range of events that are guaranteed to retain your interest.
OxWIB’s increasing presence on social media, through their Facebook page, resulted in my going to their start of term cocktail social. Their warm and friendly nature, and the experience of meeting so many different women from different backgrounds across the university who shared a similar interest in business to me, instantly made me like OxWIB. This, combined with the enthusiasm of my friends who were already OxWIB committee members, made me decide to apply to be a committee member too.
My favourite experience was the first start of term cocktail social I attended. Being able to converse with other women with similar interests and life aspirations to me made me realise that I am not alone in my hopes, as well as fears – which is an important reminder!
With OxWIB you get the benefit of a variety of fun and interesting business/career focussed events with the warmth of a friendly community environment.
I first got involved with OXWIB when I signed up (along with a million other things) at the fresher’s fair. I never unsubscribed, and a year later I went to one of their welcome drinks. I realised the committee were super friendly and not intimidating at all - which led me to apply to be a part of their general committee.
Aside from the cracking stash each term, one of the highlights has definitely been being a part of the ‘Inspirational Speaker Series.’ We’ve had many high profile women come and speak to members of the society about their careers, how they climbed to where they are now, and the challenges they faced being women in their industry. As with any extracurricular, you get to meet a collection of great people with similar interests from other colleges. I would urge anyone interested to get involved; you have nothing to lose, and many fancy free dinners to gain!