Be Your Own Boss Week


Come and take part in our exciting selection of extra-curricular activities all aimed to get you thinking about your future. You will get lots of information and advice about what it is like working for yourself, starting a business and be able to learn more about ongoing support at the University. Come and network with interesting people. Tea, coffee and pizza will be served every day.


Be Your Own Boss – Want to work for yourself? - MONDAY

Want to have the freedom to make your own decisions and choices and not be told what to do?

Interested to know more about working for yourself?

Working for someone else isn't everyone's cup of tea. By becoming a freelancer or working for yourself, you'll be joining the 172,000 people between 16-24 who have taken control of their own career path. 

Denise Chilton is the University’s Enterprise Co-ordinator will discuss the benefits, challenges, expectations, practical processes and recommendations of becoming self-employed - giving you a clearer idea of whether it is the right path to take, how to start and how to succeed.

Lynne Robertson, Santander Incubator Manager, will provide an overview of tech start ups in Liverpool.

Holly Redman, Studio Mashbo. Holly is on the “One to Watch” list of the Northern Power Power Woman Award, Future List. She will talk about the experience of working for a small start-up.

When: Monday 27 March 2017
Where: BROD 106

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

Book through CareerHub

An audience with... - TUESDAY

What it is like to work for a large organisation? What are the challenges? How do you impress your boss and make your way to the top? Is this the career for you? How about working in a small and medium enterprise? Find out if this is the route for your career.

Our panel is formed by:

  1. Phil Goddard, CSols Ltd;

  2. Steve Grogan, Barclays plc;

  3. Paul Hornby, Shop Direct;

  4. Becki Wilson, The Loft;

who will answer your questions concerning the roles available for CS graduates and the skills employers look for.

When: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Where: BROD 108

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

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Reading for success - WEDNESDAY

Computing is a fast moving field, and often it is difficult to navigate between the different magazines, online blogs, and specialised press to find out more information about new advances in the field. On the other hand, it is important to be able to talk the talk at job interviews or when networking. If you want to know more about how and where to find the right type of material, that gives you kudos this is the session for you.

The speakers for this session are:

  1. Jennifer Stirrup, industry analyst and speaker, author, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, data strategist and practitioner in Business Intelligence, Big Data and Data Visualisation;

  2. Aimee Kowzan, FDM Group; 

  3. Terry Payne, Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

will discuss ways to keep up-to-date with the latest in research and technology.

When: Wednesday 29 March 2017
Where: ELEC 203 - E3

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

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Start up Stories - THURSDAY

Ever wondered about what it would be like working for yourself?

Want to meet some local techies who have started up their own business?

Like to turn your passion into profit? Maybe make a difference?

If you are thinking about working for yourself, either now or in the future, then come and be inspired by some local techies who will be sharing their start up stories. Our Start Up Stories panel have all started up their own small businesses and include…

  1. Ed Ridding, a University of Liverpool Computer Science graduate. Ed is director of Umami and Roja Pinchos;

  2. Chelsea Slater and Jo Morfee from Liverpool Girl Geeks, who are on a mission to decrease the gender imbalance in tech. They do this by creating positive interventions such as events, courses and workshops to inspire women and girls of all ages. They also celebrate and showcase role models within the tech sector.

  3. Nick Heath,  is a Physics graduate of the University of Liverpool and the director of Celebration Planners Ltd.

This is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and get some expert advice and top tips about going it alone.

When: Thursday 30 March 2017
Where: ELEC 203 - E3

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

Book through CareerHub

Managing Your Gremlins! - FRIDAY

We can all let our own thoughts stress us out especially when it comes to presenting our ideas to others. This session will share some techniques to help you manage the nerves, stress- less and build your resilience so you feel more confident in all areas of your life whether presenting, preparing for an interview or sitting exams!

Denise Chilton is the University’s Enterprise Co-ordinator. Denise is a business award winner having started her first business in 2002. She now provides information, advice and guidance to students across campus who want work for themselves or start a business.

Friday 29 March 2017
Where: ELEC 202 - E2

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

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For further information about any of the above activities please contactDr Valentina Tamma

The University’s Enterprise Co-ordinator and business coach, Denise Chilton will be on - hand during the week and provide details of on-going support and 1:1 sessions.


Programme at a glance

Be Your Own Boss – Want to work for yourself?

Mon 27 March 2017

15.00 - 17.00

BROD 106

An audience with...

Tue 28 March 2017

15.00 - 17.00

BROD 108

Reading for Success

Wed 29 March 2017

15.00 - 17.00

ELEC 203 - E3

Start Up Stories

Thu 30 March 2017

15.00 - 17.00

ELEC 203 - E3

Managing Your Gremlins!

Fri 31 March 2017

15.00 - 17.00

ELEC 202 - E2


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