I am looking for ideas and would like to explore self-employment, freelancing or running my own business as a graduate job

Self-employment, freelancing and running your own business

Mycareer Digital Resources has a range of useful resources when considering self-employment. If you are wanting to explore self-employment these resources are particularly useful:


Develop your self-awareness by undertaking assessments: 

In order to succeed it's vital that you understand the way you work, your strengths, weaknesses, tendencies and preferences. 

Relevant programmes and events:


Flux is a fast-paced business competition where you will work in a team of six to plan and present a business idea for a real business challenge, provided by a business. Regardless of your degree subject, Flux can help launch you into the world of business by covering the key areas of finance, human resources, marketing and strategy/operations.

Previously, our teams have worked on challenges and scenarios provided by Babcock International Group, Barnardo's, Plymouth City Council, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo, the RNLI, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Our FLUX competitions run during term time and are available to current undergraduate students only.



The Sprint programme is an action-packed four-day programme for female undergraduate students, currently studying at the University. Although the programme doesn’t have a specific focus on self-employment, freelancing or setting up your own business, it does help you to take control of your personal development and develop very relevant skills such as:

  • harnessing your personal power and influence
  • identifying your core values, attitudes and direction
  • learning how to manage your time effectively and coping with stress and change
  • making an impact with what you say
  • building your image, networking skills and confidence.

<p>Sprint group</p>

Enactus Plymouth

During your undergraduate or postgraduate studies you could take the opportunity to dip your toe in the water by taking part in a social enterprise project. Enactus Plymouth is a student society, which is part of a worldwide non-profit organisation. It is active in more than 1600 universities and 38 countries participate. The Enactus ethos is to build entrepreneurial solutions to change people’s lives and make a difference in the community. You do this by working within a team to develop outreach projects, which improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

One project is Enviro, which creates a sustainable fashion line with young adults recovering from mental health issues and local artists.

Find out more about the different projects undertaken and to join.

<p>Careers Service</p>
<p>Cube banner with white box</p>