GROW Your Future

GROW Your Future

What is GROW Your Future?

GROW Your Future is an opt-in scheme for UK undergraduates and postgraduate taught students who also meet specific criteria, e.g. students who are:

  • First in their family to go to university;
  • In receipt of a Lancaster Bursary;
  • Over 21 when they start their first undergraduate degree;
  • Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic;
  • Disabled (including learning disabilities, physical or mental health conditions);
  • Care leavers or have caring responsibilities.

The GROW Your Future programme offers you the opportunity to take part in activities that support the development of key employability skills, professional networks and confidence to compete effectively in the graduate labour market.

As a GROW Your Future participant you will receive a regular communications to keep you up to date with opportunities.

You GROW your own pathway, you pick and choose the activities that you would like to be involved in – you are in control!

Support for GROW Your Future students extend until after you graduate too!

What is GROW Your Future?
Why Join GROW Your Future?

Why Join GROW Your Future?

  • Early access / notification of financial support available to help fund internships, attending interviews or open days.
  • Access to a range of activities to develop employability skills, confidence and professional networks throughout your time at university.
  • Exclusive access to careers appointments.
  • Priority booking for careers workshops.
  • Join a community of students also wanting to develop their employability whilst at university.

Click on the following link to sign up to the GROW Your Future programme.

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Student Social Mobility Awards Nomination

GROW Your Future has been nominated by one of our amazing students for the Student Social Mobility Awards. The awards are organised by upReach to celebrate undergraduates, sixth formers, mentors, teachers, employers and universities who have supported the social mobility agenda at a time of increasing inequalities due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Development opportunities through the GROW Your Future Programme include:

Capital Connections:

A unique opportunity to develop your professional networks through visits to employers in Manchester or London. Employer visits include big names such as EY, PwC and the Civil Service but also other organisations that have fantastic opportunities for Lancaster graduates, including the charitable/ not for profit sector. Read more about Capital Connections!

Leadership Development:

Leadership is a key skill valued by employers, join either the 3-day Future Leader Experiences programme or the GROW Your Future leadership development opportunity that plans to include a social action project where you get the chance to put those leadership skills into action.

Key Skills Workshops:

This series of workshops aims to support the personal development of skills that employers particularly value such as Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Resilience, Team work, Leadership, Cultural Awareness, and Presentation Skills. As a Grow your Future programme participant you will get priority booking on these workshops

Financial support

Are you looking for work experience in the UK or abroad, but finding it financially difficult to take up the opportunity you really want? The GROW Your Future Careers Bursary can be used to cover costs incurred as a result of undertaking work experience!

Do you need financial help getting to interviews/assessment centres? With The GROW Your Future Careers Bursary you could receive up to £400 per academic year, to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend interviews or assessment centres.

Financial Support

Specific support for disabled students

Alongside having a dedicated Careers and Employment Adviser, there are a range of activities to support disabled students navigating the decisions around disclosing their disability and requesting reasonable adjustments during the interview process.

Disability & Mental Health
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Equal opportunities

Every student should have equal opportunities when they graduate, but we recognise that some will benefit from targeted careers support. The job market for graduates is competitive and being at Lancaster is not only an opportunity to get a great degree from a top 10 university, but a chance to develop your employability skills throughout your time here.

Grow Your Future Awards

New for 2020-2021 these awards recognise students’ contribution and engagement in the GROW Your Future Programme. You can achieve bronze, silver or gold by actively engaging, participating and being influential in the Grow Your Future community.

Find out more!

GROW Your Future Graduate Coaching Programme

If you graduated in 2020 or 2021 and are not in graduate level employment or postgraduate study you may be able to access personalised coaching to support you in your next steps.   

GROW Your Future Graduate Coaching Programme