#UoRWay: Student podcast connects alumni and career-seeking undergraduates
Release Date 23 February 2021
A podcast launched by an Entrepreneurship student at the University of Reading has been helping fellow undergraduates map out their future careers.
Fourth-year student Lewis Bull, who is studying for a BSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship) at Henley Business School, launched his podcast ‘Career Advice for the Clueless’ in July in the hope of helping fellow students find out more about their chosen path.
The weekly podcast, which streams on Spotify and Apple, features interviews with University of Reading alumni about their experiences when starting out in their careers.
“I was sitting on the tube on the way home from work during the placement year of my degree, when this idea suddenly came to me. During my placement I’d been speaking to people who work in financial crime, and I found it really interesting hearing about these roles and how they entered that industry.
“That got me thinking that other people might want to hear this sort of information, and that there is a lack of first-hand information on career options and routes out there for younger people.
“Careers fairs, for example, can be a bit too simple; it’s not always as easy as studying this degree and then entering this profession. Students want to know the nuts and bolts of a role from someone who is currently in the industry. This can help students to visualise these jobs and gain key tips for interviews.
“At the moment, my own path after graduation is clear in my head, but not everyone has a passion and a clear path. I want to help young people who are struggling with that decision to find out more about the options out there, whether that be degree choice or graduate employment.”
Lewis wants to use the podcast as a starting block for a wider initiative helping more young students succeed in their early careers.
“I’d like to continue this podcast and cover as many different roles and industries as possible. The more alumni I can speak to from different areas, the more helpful this podcast will be to students.
“After I graduate, I’m passionate about launching my own business – that’s my ultimate goal.
“Potentially, this podcast might be a seed that grows even bigger to reach more students and form part of my future business. But whatever I end up doing, I hope to be making a difference.”