With a focus on internships, freelance and part time roles, as well as full time graduate positions, Missionly aims to offer more to students looking to build and showcase their employability and skills while putting the hiring power more firmly in the hands of businesses. Following a successful trial back in February, Missionly are now ready for their official launch in the next couple of weeks, just in time for the start of the university term!
Co-founder, Will Dudley, told us: “It seems every business we speak to and perhaps every business person that reads this will in all likelihood have had a negative experience of using recruitment agencies… we want to give businesses the tools to be able to make those vital hiring decisions themselves and give this industry a real facelift!
Missionly will be the natural place students look to find opportunities, be it volunteering or part time work to internships and graduate jobs… We are launching in Bristol and Bath this August and are looking to have scaled across the majority of UK cities and universities within the next 2 years.”
“We are launching in Bristol and Bath this August and are looking to have scaled across the majority of UK cities and universities within the next 2 years.”
And who better to run a recruitment company for students, than students themselves! Will and co-founders Chris Dalley and Denis Sellu were all students at the University of the West of England (UWE) when they started up Missionly. Recognising the importance of being well connected early on, Will and Chris ran regular networking events for students and local businesses, as part of the UWE Innovation and Enterprise society during their studies.
“We used to make around 50 connections at every single event and it got us thinking that if this could happen on one random night of the week in Bristol, other people must be having this problem… From there, the idea for a business-student connection platform was born!”
With so many other large recruitment companies dedicated to student and graduate recruitment, we were keen to find out what made Missionly stand out.
Will explains that Missionly “…combines technologies such as psychometric analysis and sophisticated recommendation tools, with visually engaging profiles, customisable application processes and a brilliant applicant tracking and management system, all so that businesses have deeper insights to make the most informed decisions on prospective students they are looking to bring on board. There has never been a platform that tracks a students journey over a period of their development.”
“Companies who use Missionly will feel the full benefit of being able to connect with thousands of amazingly talented students and graduates. We are completely devoted to connecting businesses with students and graduates but doing so in an extraordinarily powerful yet cost-effective way. The whole reason Missionly exists is to provide students with the best opportunities to further their career, therefore will always be free for any student or graduate to use.”
“Companies who use Missionly will feel the full benefit of being able to connect with thousands of amazingly talented students and graduates.”
Students themselves, and all still studying full time while setting up Missionly, the process hasn’t been without its challenges. During a trial run of their recruitment process back in February, they spoke to 50 local businesses and potential Missionly users and were faced with questions they weren’t prepared for at the time.
Nevertheless the trial run had some encouraging feedback with high praise from Henry Reith at Fridge Magazine. He used Missionly to recruit a student for some copywriting tasks and added, “I would jump at the chance to work with a talented student again… I would recommend Missionly to those looking to take specific aspects of their business and marketing to another level”.
They then went on to win the UWE Entrepreneur award for 2014 and were accepted into the WebStart Bristol accelerator programme that offers 10 weeks of intense mentoring to startups, as well as funding to help kick start the business.
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When asked about the benefits of being based in Bristol, Will added that “Bristol is a wonderfully diverse environment on many levels. Silicon Gorge offers a host of benefits to a startups like ourselves, networking and expertise. We’re lucky to be part of such a vibrant tech scene but also the most culturally invigorating city in the UK”.
“Bristol is a wonderfully diverse environment on many levels. We’re lucky to be part of such a vibrant tech scene but also the most culturally invigorating city in the UK”
Will also gives the advice to students and graduates that “the most important thing is to get out there and find experiences that give you the ability to carry yourself effectively in a professional environment… immerse yourself in all aspects of your career path by reading, writing and networking in the most relevant topics to you.”
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