FAQs


  About usSchool Students | Teachers | University Students | Careers & SU | Graduates | Recruiters 

 

About Us

How did Bright Futures originate? The Society was established in 1977 under the original name of the ‘Student Industrial Society’ (SIS) by students at Cambridge University who were keen to widen their understanding as to the breadth of careers options available to them by visiting companies across the UK and having them come on campus. The Society with the support of the Industrial Society grew the Society into 40 Universities at its height in the 1990’s. 

After The Industrial Society was broken up, SIS was run and supported by CRAC from 2001-2006, when they then approached Simon Reichwald (who runs Bright Futures) to take on the responsibility for the Society and grow it again as it had gone into decline. We rebranded to ‘The Bright Futures Society’ (on the request of the student committee members) in 2007 and now there is a Society in over 50+ universities across the UK.

Are you a recruitment agency? Bright Futures Resourcing Ltd has a recruitment division, but unlike a typical agency, as a student you do not formally register with us to find you a job; we recruit directly on behalf of employing organisations so we will point you to companies to apply to.

Is the Bright Futures Society a Not-for-profit? Yes, the Bright Futures Society is a not for profit division of Bright Futures Resourcing. The annual membership fees our clients pay us which, bearing in mind the size of our network (over 50 Universities), equates to less than £7 pcm per University. These fees go into running, supporting and growing the Society....So every penny of the membership funding we get is pumped back into supporting our committees develop their Societies and results for you as a client.

Top of Page

 

 

School Students

Why would I want to join a society? You will be able to go to events at your school where you can find out from top employers what the best pathway is for you when you leave school, and…. you will find out what skills you need to make you stand out from the crowd.

Why should I join a committee? Through having a position of responsibility you will gain invaluable experience that will make you stand out and you will have the opportunity to engage directly with top employers who you may want to work for in the future.

How much commitment will it mean being on a committee? You will need to dedicate at least one hour a week for a team meeting and a further hour or two planning the events, particularly in the weeks running up to an event. The key thing is that you are enthusiastic and reliable!

Will I get any help as a committee member and with running events? Bright Futures are here to support you right from the start and throughout the year and will meet with you every term and be available for regular email and telephone support.

Top of Page

 

 

Teachers

What is different about Bright Futures School Societies? Our approach is unique as it is the students who drive the agenda for how they want to manage their careers and they are the ones who engage directly with employers they want to (from a network of employers Bright Futures work with)

How do you motivate students to become involved? You only need a few career focussed students with enthusiasm to start a committee and because it is peer led, other students want to be involved and they spread to word to each other.

How much time will I have to commit? The aim is for students to do most of the work through the committee with limited support from the Teacher Mentor Group. The support that Bright Futures gives the committee and school means that your time commitment should be minimal.

Why do employers want to engage with students in schools? Employers want to ensure that students are fully aware of what careers are available and what skills are needed so that they can develop a skilled workforce for the future. They need to do this early on so that students make the right decisions at the right time and are ready for employment when they leave school or university.

Is it relevant to our school as most of our students go to university? Students are increasingly questioning whether this is the right option and want to know about alternative school leaver, gap year and internship programmes. If they do go to university it’s a chance to get their foot in the door with top employers and impress universities with their involvement in the Bright Futures Society.

Are there any costs? As a not for profit organisation, and in order to cover the costs of the platform that we provide we have to charge a minimal subscription fee to each school as well as the companies that work with us. Please contact a member of the team on 01242 236415 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Top of Page

 

 

University Students  

Why would I want to join the society? The society offers you the opportunity to find out from top employers what the best pathway is for when graduating and entering the world of work…. Not to mention hearing right from the horse’s mouth what skills you need to make yourself stand out from the crowd.

How do I join? You can join the society a number of ways, either at your local university Fresher’s Fair or by searching for your university in this list and registering your details online.

How much does it cost to join? It is completely free to join the National Bright Futures Society, however, your local society may charge a membership fee in line with SU policy to help fund the events and activities that they put on for you.

Why should I join a committee? Through having a position of responsibility you will gain invaluable experience that will make you stand out in the application process. You will also have direct access to and the opportunity to engage personally with top employers who you may want to work for in the future.

How do I join the committee? If you already have a society then get in touch with the current committee to express your interest. All of our societies will start looking for new committee members to take over from February onwards. If you are looking to establish a society and start your own committee then you will need to contact us and we can help you with the process, but check out our “start your own society” page for tips in the meantime.

How much commitment will it mean being on a committee? You will need to dedicate at least one hour a week for a team meeting and a further hour or two planning the events, particularly in the weeks running up to an event. The key thing is that you are enthusiastic and reliable!

Will I get any help as a committee member and with running events? Bright Futures are here to support you right from the start and throughout the year and will meet with you every term and be available for regular email and telephone support.

Do you give us money to run our society? As a not-for-profit organisation we do not have the funds to allocate to each society to run their activities. We do, however, provide each committee with a range of branded marketing materials to use on campus at your events, as well as three annual training conferences per year.

Top of Page

 

 

Careers Services and Student’s Unions  

How did Bright Futures originate? The Society was established in 1977 under the original name of the ‘Student Industrial Society’ (SIS) by students at Cambridge University who were keen to widen their understanding as to the breadth of careers options available to them by visiting companies across the UK and having them come on campus. The Society with the support of the Industrial Society grew the Society into 40 Universities at its height in the 1990’s. 

After The Industrial Society was broken up, SIS was run and supported by CRAC from 2001-2006, when they then approached Simon Reichwald (who runs Bright Futures) to take on the responsibility for the Society and grow it again as it had gone into decline. We rebranded to ‘The Bright Futures Society’ (on the request of the student committee members) in 2007 and now there is a Society in over 50+ universities across the UK.

Is the Bright Futures Society a Not-for-profit?  Yes, the Bright Futures Society is a not for profit division of Bright Futures Resourcing. The annual membership fees our clients pay us which, bearing in mind the size of our network (over 50 Universities), equates to less than £7 pcm per University. These fees go into running, supporting and growing the Society....So every penny of the membership funding we get is pumped back into supporting our committees develop their Societies and results for you as a client.

Are you a recruitment agency? Bright Futures Resourcing Ltd has a recruitment division, but unlike a typical agency, students do not formally register with us to find them a job. We recruit directly on behalf of employing organisations so we will point students to companies for them to apply to and the students then go through the formal application process as they would for any recruiting organisation.
Where we are paid to manage the recruitment process for an organisation’s graduate programme we use all the relevant ‘attraction’ tools available to any organisation be that University careers fairs, placing adverts on Careers Service websites, online media and The Bright Futures Society as well as other student services – all of which services we pay for.

What does the Society do for the students who join? The Society is all about employability and increasing undergraduates’ chances of getting a graduate job. Specifically the Society empowers students to take personal responsibility for their development and career. Run by students for students, we in the Bright Futures National Team support each Society committee to achieve whatever goals and objectives they set for their Bright Futures Society. We provide employer contacts, marketing collateral, training for the committees, share best practice, event management software (all of course with no cost to the students) and recognise their achievements at a National Award Ceremony.

Is it relevant to our University? Employability is a key focus in Higher Education today. The majority of students go to University to help their job prospects, and The Bright Futures Society exists to empower students to play their part in making themselves more employable.
We are completely inclusive and so Bright Futures will support any student, from any degree background & from any University who decides for themselves that they want to set up a Bright Futures Society. In terms of impact measurement, for example:

  • the Higher Education Academy cited The Bright Futures Society as an example of best practice when it comes student engagement around employability
  • 60% of Bright Futures Society committee members had a job by the end of the academic year.

 

How does it add value to what the Careers Service and Students Union are already doing? In short, student engagement and collaboration are fundamental to us. Student engagement around employability is a challenge for any Institution. The Bright Futures Society exists to play its part in engaging more students in making themselves more employable. By being student-led it can draw on the power of the peer to peer network to drive up this all important engagement.

We actively encourage each Society to collaborate with their Careers Service and SU, by working together more can be achieved than all working individually and as a result benefits more students at each University.

What is the structure of The Bright Futures Society National Team? All those who work for the Society National Team based in our Cheltenham Offices are paid employees, there are three in the team who look after & support the individual Societies in Universities (and schools) and two who look after and support our clients (the graduate recruiters), plus Simon Reichwald, CEO of Bright Futures.

We also have a Society Advisory Board made up a wide array of individuals with expertise from all areas of the graduate world including Senior Graduate Recruiters, Heads of University Careers Services, the ex Head of the NUS, a Society President etc, to see exactly who go to:
Can you provide a link Jackie to the Advisory Board on the site please from this specific FAQ. What all our Advisory Board have in common is a passion for the graduate market and a desire to put students at the heart of the employability agenda.

Top of Page

 

 

Graduates

I have not graduated yet, can Bright Futures help me? You could join the Bright Futures Society at your university and attend a range of events to support you in your career development. You can also check out our hints and tips section for practical advice on everything from job applications to interviews to dealing with rejection. Or alternatively, contact us directly to see how we can help you find your perfect job 01242 236415.

I graduated over a year ago, can Bright Futures help me? Yes! Bright Futures can help you in a number of ways depending on what stage you are at with your job hunt. We can help you find that perfect job, offer you advice on securing it or

I have been to lots of interviews but have still not secured a job, can Bright Futures help me? Click on our links on advice on how to best perform at interview. If you are put forward to a job through Bright Futures, as standard, we will ensure that you are fully prepared and aware of the format of the interview. This will be done one to one over the phone with a member of the recruitment team.

I have recently graduated and I want to join a graduate scheme with a large organisation, how can Bright Futures help me? Bright Futures manage the annual recruitment process for a number of large organisations so we would be able to ensure that you are aware of campaigns as they open up for applications. We are also able to advise you on the best way to approach these sorts of recruitment processes to get the best result.

How much will it cost me for Bright Futures to find me a job? Nothing! There is no cost involved for you as a candidate at all.

How are you different from other recruitment companies? We do what we do in a way that is better for you because we won’t waste your time interviewing you on the off chance a job comes up at some point in the future that suits you. Instead, when we have a client that fits what you are looking for we will then get you into the recruitment process & fast.

We will help you prepare for the interview so you make the best possible impression. We are also obsessive about ensuring students and graduates have a positive experience when going through a company’s recruitment processes. We work hard to make sure you are kept informed about your application and, whenever you have a face to face interview that you get useful feedback, whether you are successful or not so you can learn from it.

How can I sign up to get more information? You can join the Bright Futures network by registering here. You will be sent a monthly e-magazine and a fortnightly “Best of Bright Futures” update email filled with news snippets, vacancies, advice, company profiles and more!

I just want to talk to someone about my options, can I do that? By all means give us a call on 01242 236415 and we can talk through your current situation and see which of our initiatives will work best for you. You never know... that one phone call could change your life for the better and get you right on track to your dream career. That’s what Mikayla did.

I have a graduate job but I am looking to move on, can you help? YES! Bright Futures also specialises in “second jobbers” so we are sure to be able to support you in climbing up the career ladder. Drop us a line on 01242 236415, tell us your situation and we will be sure to help you!

Top of Page

 

 

Recruiters 

How much will it cost me to recruit through Bright Futures? Each and every piece of recruitment we do is unique to the company requiring our service. We will discuss your brief in detail and then agree a set fee, regardless of salary or timescale, this way you pay a set, fair price no matter who you end up recruiting.

Where and how do Bright Futures find their graduates? Alongside more traditional forms of recruitment, we have our unique network of over 50 universities nationally; we have access to the best talent first.

How quickly will Bright Futures find me my graduate/s? We work with clients for their annual recruitment as well as one off year round pieces of recruitment; therefore it can either be a matter of days or a full process lasting several months.

What happens if I pay to recruit and then they leave? If the person you choose to appoint leaves within their first 3 months, for whatever reason, we will offer you a free replacement.

How do I get the best out of my new graduate recruit? Graduates are our business so we know them better than most – their strengths & where they need development. So, as well as recruiting, we also support companies to train their new employees to hit the ground running and start adding value to your business fast, as well as making sure you can show a return on investment.

I need to recruit 10 or more graduates in one go; can Bright Futures help with this? Absolutely. Bright Futures specialise in both annual recruitment campaigns for large Graduate Programmes where we will manage the entire process for you from attraction and initial application to testing, screening and arranging assessment days. Or a large number of our clients come to us for one off pieces of recruitment through the year as and when they need someone. Whatever your requirement, we can help you find the best graduate for the job.

I only need one graduate; can Bright Futures help with this? Yes, no matter what your requirement, or what time of the year it is, Bright Futures have access to the right graduate for your job.

Top of Page

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedId

YouTube

Facebook

Follow Me on Pinterest
Pins for brightfuturesuk