Like all good ideas, Futurerising started as a solution to a problem. The problem being, making the jump from education into the workplace.
Similar to every other student we couldn't wait to get into the world of work and with heads filled with excitement, passion and enthusiasm we applied for our dream jobs and waited for the offers to start rolling in.
The trouble was, what we had wasn't quite enough. Although education had taught us the skills we would need to do our jobs, it hadn't taught us how to land one.
Over time, we found places online and people to ask for the things we needed. Only now, several years on do we know about all the channels available.
We believed we could change the careers industry for the better, making a difference to young people’s lives by helping them achieve their potential.
So it was time to do something about it and in 2010 we set up Futurerising - a place to hold the answers, inspiration and opportunities for those wanting to find a job.
We built a website and started answering questions we had often been asked like: What should be in my CV? What questions should I ask in an interview? How can I stand out from other candidates? How do I negotiate my first salary?
We started highlighting internship and employment opportunities, sharing biographies from industry professionals, posting reviews of the latest industry work and uploading industry tips and advice.
In October 2010 we held our first Futurerising event during Internet Week, and soon after went on to hold a second at Bournemouth University, to over 300 students.
At each event we bring along an eclectic mix of speakers from creative, planning, accounts and strategy, through to tech and start-ups. We’ve now done five University events and are still working our way around the country.
A typical event includes at least six speakers with a breakout hour. That’s when we challenge students with a brief, followed by critical sessions for refining portfolios.
From day one we set out to make Futurerising a place to prepare students for industry, to feel confident to walk into the work place and get going. This meant making Futurerising an open source community, full of industry professionals on hand to give us current, relevant and valuable advice.
Over the past three years our network has grown from two to over fifty influential and inspiring industry professionals, educators and students. Without their time and knowledge we would not have been able to make Futurerising as successful as it has been so far.
In just three years we have come a long way, but we have barely got started. We want to make Futurerising the go to place for employers to find talent. Traditional recruitment just doesn't fit our generations behaviour and its time for a change.
We hope to open up our resources to all job sectors. So whatever your dream job is, Futurerising will help you achieve it.
At the heart of all our work is a dedicated team – running University events, creating content and passing on knowledge. We're extremely privileged to have this talented team and if you want to get involved too, we'd welcome your help.
We are thankful to all the marvellous people who have helped us out by speaking at an event or contributing advice or content: Alex Brownless, Alex Dunning, Alexandra Scott, Alicia Ray, Andrew Timms, Asad Shaykh, Beard & Bender, Becki Willmore, Calum Byrne, Carl & Charlotte, Carlo Pandian, Charlotte Wheatley, Chris Ackroyd, Chris McNair, Colm Bracken, Corryn Boyes, David Adamson, David Tudor-Hall, Denholm Hesse, Ejiro Ogboru, Hanisha Kotecha, Hugo Soul, James McBennett, James Richards, Jeremy Garner, Jess Myers, Joseph Spano, Kat Bednarczyk, Liam Brennan, Lizzie Edwards, Mary Chaney, Matt Bertocchi, Michela Nicchiotti, Nathan Miller, Nikhil Shah, Noviana Mona Chandra, Oliver Kumawu, Owen Lee, Patrick Whitnall, Paul Tullo, Pete Giblin, Matt Hopkinson, Sabah Sheikh, Saman Mansourpour, Stephen Buss Will Harvey, Temitayo Ogunye, Thomas Nishantha, Tony Jiang, Vilma Grosberga and Will Wapshott.
We are also indebted to all companies that have helped us along the way: AMV BBDO, BBH Labs, BrandPie, Carat, Citizenbay, Creativepool, Fabsie, Google, Grapple Mobile, Internet Advertising Bureau, Karmarama, Lean Mean Fighting Machine, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Millward Brown, Mindshare, Mixcloud, Mobext, Propel, Proximity London, Somo, Spotify, Starcom, Substance, TH_NK, The Student Room, the7Stars, TMW, Weapon7.
If you want to join this list of people or companies and help us create a stronger place for careers, please do get involved.