The College, University and other bodies arrange and support a variety of activities and events that enrich the studies and lives of students in College. Opportunities to apply for funding towards your projects, these may be academic or non-academic activities, can be found here. Some of the other opportunities provided by the College are described below.
Cambridge University Careers Service provides careers advice and information to all current University of Cambridge undergraduates, postgraduates, postdocs and alumni. They are impartial and can work with you from day one to explore options, connect with employers and navigate the complex job market – saving you time and maximising your employability prospects.
Whether you have no idea what to do next, a few ideas or a definite plan, they offer plenty to help you take the next step: one-to-one guidance consultations; 14 major careers events each year; an extensive programme of briefings and skill sessions; coordinated employer presentations; a free book on CVs and Applications; and a database of over 4,000 graduate-level job vacancies.
Register and access a wealth of resources at www.careers.cam.ac.uk.
The Fitzwilliam Careers Fair - annually in November - hosted by The Fitzwilliam Society the Careers Fair is open to all students. The Fair is an annual event popular with Fitz students; in 2018, we welcomed over 40 alumni and 150 students. The students gain a lot from the opportunity to chat with alumni in a laid-back setting, with one student praising the "unintimidating environment with lots of really friendly and helpful alumni" and the fact it was "a relaxed way to have insightful discussions about potential careers". Fitzwilliam is the only College to hold such an event, and many students have gained offers of internships, not to mention lots of valuable advice. Students will receive more details about the Fair and the alumni nearer the time.
For more information, contact the Development Office.
The Language Centre offers Cambridge University Language Courses (CULP) during Michaelmas and Lent terms (standard: 2 hours per week) and Easter term (semi-intensive: 4 hours per week). Each course offers 30 hours of remote, online teaching and requires the students to study independently for an additional 30/60 hours (dependent on course and student).
Course can be free if pertaining to a specific aspect of your course; otherwise there is a concessionary £285 fee for students.
Fitzwilliam College Leadership Workshop
This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership, and aims to assist and support students in the leadership roles they may expect to encounter in their student lives. It is therefore likely to be particularly relevant to those who are considering, or have recently taken up leadership positions in College or the University.
The essential objectives are:
- To understand the role of Leadership
- To understand the essential components of leadership
- To explore different styles of leadership
- To build self-knowledge and self-confidence
The programme usually consists of eight one-hour sessions but won't be taking place in academic year 2020-2021.
Are you up for a debate? There is an opportunity to take part in one every year in January. The Fitzwilliam Society Trust offers two prizes (£100 each) to the winning speakers. There will be an award of £20 for the best extempore speech from the floor. The Debate is organized by the College's Debating Society.
The Brewster Debate for 2019 took place on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 8.30pm in the Gordon Cameron Lecture Theatre.
The motion is 'This House would have Britain pay reparations to the peoples of the former Empire'. More information about this year's debate can be found here.
Previous topics have been: This house fears the rise of artificial intelligence’, and ‘Is there a threat to free speech’.
Annual Telephone Campaign
Fourteen paid positions available for students, during the Easter vacation. The campaign offers excellent work experience and calling hours allow for academic study during the day. For more information, contact the Development Office. See also Telephone fundraising campaign.