Be More Enterprising
We are a support service open to every student, graduate and staff member here at UCLan. If you need a guiding hand, Propeller can help you explore self-employment options and develop enterprise skills by accessing our resources including skills workshops, mentoring, awards, facilities and networks to meet all your needs.
WORK WHILST YOU STUDY
We know that your course takes priority when you’re at university, but getting real-world experience is also important. If you’re ready to set yourself apart through experience, freelancing is a great option. Working for yourself is a great way to show potential employers that you understand how businesses work, apply yourself to different areas and be an innovative thinker.
Freelancing is a great way to start, as you can work as much or as little as you want. Some examples of work you can do include:
- Tutor GCSE students
- Sell art on commission
- Manage social media for business
- Build apps
- Design websites
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, our online platform for freelancing skills development Flightpath is a great place. Then, once you’re ready to look for work, you can create a portfolio on UCLan Talent.
BE PREPARED FOR WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS
Although people see us as a self-employment service, you don’t have to work for yourself to benefit from Propeller. Not everyone we work with has a business – we see people who are only looking at their options, or students who only want help on an assignment too.
If you’re not sure about your career path just yet, why not keep your options open? We can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to work across industries, collaborate with other departments and present new ideas. Understanding the breadth of business can help you adapt to changes in job, taking on contract work or switching career. Alongside that, we can help you develop transferable skills such as resilience, solutions-based thinking and speaking in public with confidence.
A career path is not set in stone. Because we constantly grow and evolve, we want to equip you with the skills you need to do so effortlessly.
WORK FOR YOURSELF
Some students already know that they will have to work self-employed to succeed in their industry; for example, it’s pretty common for artists. However, others choose to run their own company because they have an idea that nobody else is working on. Some people just don’t like working under others. Whatever the reason, self-employment can be:
- a top-up on your main income
- an alternative to traditional career paths
- something you want to do years down the line
- just a back-up plan
It doesn’t matter whether you work for yourself full-time, part-time or only occasionally, we can help you get started.
WHAT WE THINK YOU WILL LIKE
We think you’ll find all of the Propeller services useful, but there are a few that are best suited for the start of your journey. Why not try out some of the following?
- UCLan Talent
- 1-1 Mentor advice
- Propeller Enterprise Award