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.

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.