Employability competitions

FLUX 2017-18

FLUX is a fast paced business competition, where you'll work in a team of six to plan and present a business idea for a real business challenge, provided by an employer. Regardless of your degree subject or career plan, being able to demonstrate core business skills and sound commercial awareness is something all employers look for in graduates.

FLUX will launch you into the world of business and will cover the key areas of finance, human resources, marketing and strategy/operations. Employers who are professionals in these areas work with you in the morning to develop your business plan, before judging commences in the afternoon to determine the overall winner.

Previously, our teams have worked on scenarios provided by Babcock International Group, Plymouth City Council, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo, the RNLI and Brain Tumour Research. The 2017/18 FLUX competitions will take place on the following dates: 

  • Faculty of Science & Engineering FLUX - Wednesday 25th October 2017
  • Faculty of Business FLUX - Wednesday 14th February 2018
  • University of Plymouth FLUX Final - Wednesday 14th March 2018

Discover more about this year's FLUX competition by visiting our events calendar using the link above. 

This year, we are celebrating 10 years of the FLUX competition taking place at the University of Plymouth. 

Creative CV Competition 2017-18

Each year the Careers & Employability Service host the Creative CV Competition, which provides students with the opportunity to showcase their skills through designing a unique, imaginative CV that is tailored towards their chosen industry. Whether you are a budding graphic designer, film-maker, designer-maker, fine artist, illustrator, wordsmith or any other creative professional, this competition is perfect for you.

Being able to showcase your innovative skills through your CV is essential for any creative professional whether you are looking for a job within the creative industries or you are planning to work freelance after graduation.

Find out more and discover last year's entries

Student Employee of the Year Awards 

The Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) at the University of Plymouth recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work (20 hours or less) with their study commitments. In addition, the award also recognises student employers, as you can't have amazing student employees without fantastic student employers.

A SEOTY award can be a great addition to your CV and it can give you the all-important edge needed to succeed. Why not speak with your employer about the award and get the recognition you deserve when nominations open in February 2018? 

See the award categories and last year's winners

Student voice

“FLUX is a great activity to add to your CV, it helped me develop a number of skills. You have to work in a team, present, meet with experts, network and much more. Get a team of six together and enter. Make sure you engage with other careers and employability activities so you’re confident and have the skills for the challenge.”

Daniel Beattie, BA (Hons) Business Studies, Year 4