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    The UpScale Programme

  • Overview

    Securing a successful career after Birkbeck. 

    The UpScale Programme

    UpScale is the re-branded and improved successor of last year's pilot 'Work Readiness Programme'. We've honed in on what students and employers want and need, and have expanded the size and breadth of the programme.


    Birkbeck Careers is continuing to partner with exciting employers to curate a series of events and workshops exploring a diversity of skills, designed to inspire you to pursue careers that matter in technology.


    Our goal is to create a community of Birkbeck students empowered to pursue work they love in technology - a high-growth and high-potential sector in the UK and beyond.


    The Programme is a partnership between Birkbeck College and The J.P. Morgan Foundation.

  • Is this for me?

    Yes, if you are ready to take your career to the next level!


    What does your future hold?

    Employers are looking for more than just your academic achievements.

    We organise workshops, events, skills training, one-on-one support, and job opportunities together with employers to help you advance your employability skills and competencies, develop your potential and discover unique opportunities.


    If you are interested in exploring careers in technology; you are a student at Birkbeck (it does not matter what you are studying!); and you would like to receive key skills training by top employers to help you embark on a new career journey, then join the UpScale programme. Registration will be opening soon.

  • Technology

    A world of opportunity.

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    Now is the time to break into tech.


    The UK’s digital economy is thriving and tech-skills are more sought-after than ever before. With the help and guidance of top employers, explore the great variety of roles in technology, tap into innovation, solve user problems, create amazing experiences, lead cutting-edge research and improve lives.





  • Our Priorities

     We are committed to diversity.

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    Women in Tech

    When it comes to careers in technology, the gender paradox persists. At a time when the tech sector outpaces the employment market, only 16% of the UK’s technology workforce is female. Yet women can hack, code, design, engineer, mentor, lead, innovate and be all-around amazing. We want to tap into this potential by inspiring more women to excel in tech careers. It's time to debug the gender gap!

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    Ethnic Diversity

    London’s diversity is one of the strongest attributes of its

    overall make-up. Our city offers a multiculturalism that is unique to almost any other global hub and we must therefore embrace it. Birkbeck, one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the UK, is in a privileged position to be at the forefront of celebrating and further investing in the capital’s multicultural population. UpScale gives us a pretty good reason to do so!

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    People with Disabilities 

    The workplace is changing. With businesses looking to create a more agile workforce and untapped talent looking for work, there has never been a better time for employers to be positive about disability and to profit from the unique skills and attributes of disabled people.


  • Impact

    See what happened last year in our pilot Work Readiness Programme

  • Can we help you take your career to the next level?


    Registration is now open! Please register on your My Birkbeck profile:

    Select the 'Manage' tab on the top right

    Select 'My interests'

    Check the 'UpScale' box.


    You're registered!

  • Events & Calendar

  • Blog

    Thoughts, reflections, testimonials & more. 

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  • Opportunities

    Take on a challenge. 

    With various opportunities available in technology, business, consulting, design and sales, you don't need to be a techie to apply to one of the world's most vibrant tech companies. Be an IBMer! Ongoing Applications - apply early.

    Google is excited to invite the UK’s best and brightest students to apply for their upcoming Top Black Talent Program, taking place on Tuesday November 22, 2016 at their offices in London.


    The Top Black Talent Program is open to all higher education students and is specifically designed for students interested in kick starting an exciting career within the Digital Marketing industry. During this event, selected participants can expect to learn more about what it means to be an Associate Account Strategist within Google's SMB (Small and Medium Business) Sales and Global Customer Experience teams based in either Dublin, Ireland or Wroclaw, Poland. During the program you’ll have some fun at the Google office, experience life at Google and learn even more about the roles. Excited? We sure hope so!


    Event Name: Top Black Talent

    Date: Tuesday November 22, 2016

    Time: 10am - 4pm

    Agenda: Life at Google & Job Opportunities


    Application Deadline: Tuesday November 1, 2016

    Selection Results: will be announced by Tuesday November 8, 2016



    Exact location will be shared with selected participants


    How to apply: (follow this link)


    Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

    Enjoy the excitement of the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) from your local hometown!

    Your ABI.London community is hosting a GHC Viewing Party on Wednesday, October 19, to be hosted by JP Morgan at their Canary Wharf building. See inspiring women in tech speak and connect with local women technologists in your area.

    Our party will showcase Keynote Speakers from GHC. We will also have an open discussion and a chance for networking. This is a perfect opportunity to share in the excitement of GHC!

    Seating availability is limited. We suggest you RSVP early.

    Here is the rough schedule for the evening -
    6:00 -7:00pm People arrive / Networking / Food / Drinks
    7:00 - 7:05 Intro / Welcome
    7-:05 - 8:35pm GHC Keynote Viewing (recorded from GHC happening at Houston, Texas)
    8:35pm - 9:30pm More Networking / Food / Drinks

    If you want to tweet about this event - please use the following hashtags -#GHC16 #ABIdotLDN


    To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abilondon-ghc-viewing-party-october-19-2016-tickets-27255394619

    More opportunities coming in October 2016

  • Resources

    All you need to hustle your career. 

    Discover Opportunities with the Most Exciting Companies 

    Craft offers a new way to find professional opportunities at the most innovative companies. The website organises thousands of high-quality companies by Sector and Curated lists, with advanced filtering, by size, stage and location; and in-depth profiles on each company including job openings, teams, locations, news, KPIs and other insights.


    Get Hired. Love your Job. 

    Birkbeck is excited to partner with Glassdoor - the world's most transparent career community that is changing the way people find opportunities.
    Glassdoor holds a growing database of 8 million company reviews, salary reports, interview questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best - the employees - offering information on what it's really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn.
    Birkbeck and Glassdoor are now proud to offer students free and unlimited access to Glassdoor.com career resources.

    Learn, Practice, Get Hired! 

    Fluency gives you access to tools and opportunities to educate yourself and gain vital employability skills. Their free online micro-courses in the most sought-after industry subjects, range from Intro to HTML and Intro to Google Analytics to Digital Marketing and Digital Employability.

  • Any Questions?

    We would love to hear from you





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