Ethical Careers and Recruitment

The Careers Service remains committed to promoting sustainable careers opportunities and will continue to support you wherever possible to make choices that align with your values and interests in this area.

We recently partnered with Windo, a social enterprise which provides in depth analysis of the Environmental Impact, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DEI) and Employee Well-being of a wide range of employers and organisations. With access to these detailed profiles, we hope to support you in making appropriate choices and help you to identify employers whose activities, operations and culture align with your values.

We consider Sustainability and ethical considerations in student engagement and recruitment acitivies where possible. 

Please note: 

• We don’t allow companies from the tobacco industry to use our services.
• We approach relations with arms companies with extreme sensitivity and have restricted their range of engagement activities to online events, targeted specifically to students to whom they are most relevant (ie engineering and data science. We have also created an opt-out option for all those who do not wish to receive communications from these companies.
• We continue to review our working relationship with fossil fuel companies and expect there to be a continued review of this in the near future.

 Sustainable Careers events 

 In 2022/23, the Careers Service, in partnership with the Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST) student society, held a series of events centred around sustainable careers, culminating in the Sustainable Careers Fair.

The events enabled students to network and explore opportunities to work within organisations in diverse areas, including consultancy, finance, energy solutions, sustainable food production, engineering, conservation, tech, recruitment, government agencies, NGO and social enterprises.  

We adhere to the University's Sustainable Events Guide (PDF, 4,666kB) where possible to make our events as eco-friendly as possible and continue to look for ways to better integrate sustainability into our larger events and fairs.

Our partnership with Windo, continues to develop, with further plans to integrate their activities and provide presence at our Sustainable Careers series held each spring and autumn. The platform allows our students and graduates to access and understand what employers are doing to drive positive change across areas such as sustainability, diversity, equality & inclusion, and employee wellbeing.

To find out about upcoming events, visit mycareer.

City Challenge Programme

The City Challenges programme provides you with exclusive opportunities to engage with Bristol’s charity sector, gain informal work experience, and develop your skills through working on real life challenges posed by local community organisations.

Through City Challenges, you can make a real impact on a charity’s work as well as develop skills in teamwork, public speaking and creative problem solving.

To find out about upcoming City Challenges visit the sign-up form.

Visit the Careers Service blog to hear about past City Challenges. 

City Challenges can also be used towards the Bristol PLUS Award.

What is coming up in 2023/24?

To find out about upcoming sustainable careers events, check out what’s on by logging into mycareer, look out for the YourCareer newsletter throughout term or follow the Careers Service on Instagram.

We continue to offer a blended model to employers, who will engage with students in person and online, which helps limit the impact on the environment. For example, no travelling for delegates, limiting power used for heating and lighting in a large venue and other effects including reducing the use of physical promotional materials.

Sustainable Careers Series

Following a successful spring edition, our next Sustainable Careers series will take place in the week commencing 13 November  and will consist of a series of in person events on campus focusing on sustainable careers. This will include several presentations from key employers and active professionals in the field, as well as a panel and networking event featuring various employers in this sector. There are also plans to host an online careers fair in conjunction with the Bristol Student Union Sustainability Society.

We are also currently looking to bridge these events with an off-campus event taking place at the M Shed on Tuesday 14 November: Communicate is the UK’s leading conference for environmental communicators, taking place annually since 2004

Further information to follow soon regarding this autumn’s sustainable careers events.



Find out more

Find your next job or volunteering opportunity on the Careers website and read about other students' experiences.

Meeting employers in an informal environment and being able to ask direct questions and make new contacts. Also seeing other people who want to work in the same field and their backgrounds. Thank you so much for this event.

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New Enterprise Competition

July 2022 winner; RouteZero is on a mission to stop catastrophic climate change through their platform which helps individuals and organisations switch out high-emission travel for greener journeys.

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