We were excited to welcome a great range of organisations to UCS who were on hand of offer practical and helpful advice to students who are thinking about going freelance after graduation (or even during their studies). Ensors, Larking Gowen, Ashtons Legal, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Menta, and Browser Media were among those involved.
This event was the first of it’s kind at UCS. As Suzanne Nolan, Lecturer in Employment Development, said:
“Freelancing is a growing trend, so it makes sense that our students want to find out more about what could be a rewarding career choice for many of them. UCS students are serious about their futures, so we are glad to be able to offer them exactly the help and support they asked for in the student survey.”
PolicyBee worked with the Suffolk Business School at UCS to survey students about their opinions on becoming self-employed, and the support they wanted to receive at the Go Solo event. They found that 75% of UCS students surveyed were interested in becoming self-employed in the future. Nearly 90% of UCS students wanted the opportunity to speak with people who are self-employed, and over 85% of students wanted advice on the legal requirements involved in setting up their own business.
Working alongside PolicyBee and UCS to help organise and facilitate the event was Events Management student, Natasha Hook. Natasha is using the experience as part of her work-based learning module for her degree. Not only that, but she hopes the opportunities offered from the event will help with her ambitions to start her own business after graduation. Good luck Natasha!
You can read Suzanne’s ‘5 Tips to Go Solo’ here.