Strive Festival

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STRIVE Festival is a 2 week programme designed to help improve your employability and delivered FREE courtesy of the Big Deal.

In our most recent students’ survey, employability was ranked as one of the top priorities for students currently studying at Bucks. With this in mind, your VPSI has created STRIVE Festival!

It is never too early to start thinking about your career so whether you are in your first or final year, there will be something over the fortnight for you. STRIVE Festival will run from Monday 11 to Friday 22 May, with each day offering a different opportunity to enhance your employability skills.

Read our full festival programme below



We have a number bite size employability sessions prepared for you including:  

  • Time management
  • Jobhunting
  • How to use your Bucks Award
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Networking tips

You are welcome to attend as many of these as you like and they will be available to book on our website through out What's On page or by emailing Please note that space on these courses is limited so please either register your interest, or book on via our website as soon as possible.


Live panel events

Our panel events will be an opportunity for you to hear from local successful leaders who will talk about their experience and career so far as well as giving you tips and advice on how to “make it” in the world after graduation. We are attracting panel members representative of the diversity of the local community to ensure all groups are represented.

Our alumni panellists will run in a similar format but tell closer to home success stories from our graduates, again from a range of industries, giving tips and advice on how to succeed after graduating from university. These are people who have been in your position before and so can give real and recent advice on when and how to start applying in a range of professions and ultimately succeed.


Confidence building and goal setting workshops

These 1 hours sessions will be run by one of our most highly rated trainers and will be open to just a small number of students. Build your confidence so you can set some clear goals for your future career. Spaces for these session will sell out quickly so you will need to be quick!



Attending STRIVE will enhance your employability and networking skills and it would be great to see as many of you taking part as possible.

If you have any questions, would like any further information or a chat about what sessions may be most relevant to you, please email