IP Inclusive’s Careers in Ideas initiative is an outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness of IP-related careers. We created it because we recognised that in order to raise diversity levels within a profession, you also have to raise them upstream, in the pool of people you recruit from. Careers in Ideas aims to widen that pool by making more potential recruits, from a greater range of backgrounds, aware of the IP professions.

The Careers in Ideas resources are targeted at school, college and university students and their teachers and careers advisers. They include a website, which provides information on a wide range of IP-related careers, and a downloadable information booklet, poster, “opportunities map” and Powerpoint® presentation (see here). The resources are free for anyone to use in promoting careers in IP, whether in the education, careers or outreach sectors or from the IP professions themselves. For example we encourage IP professionals to take the resources with them when they visit schools, universities and careers fairs. We have also created a work experience resource pack, to help you create a work experience event of your own, which you can download here.

The Careers in Ideas website also carries an “opportunities board”, listing open days, work experience placements, internships and other similar opportunities; and personal “My Career in Ideas” stories from IP professionals. Careers in Ideas also has a Twitter presence (@CareersInIdeas); it tweets news about recruitment and outreach initiatives relevant to the IP sector and can help to promote appropriate opportunities to a wider audience.

We officially launched Careers in Ideas at a reception in April 2018. We’re now building a network of organisations and individual contacts through whom our careers resources can be disseminated, or who might collaborate with us in opening up the IP professions to a wider pool of recruits. This work is being co-ordinated by a Careers in Ideas “task force” established in March 2019. If you would like to be part of that task force, join our network of helpers and contacts, or help in any way to spread the word about the IP professions, please email the task force leader Chris Burnett or the dedicated Careers in Ideas email address.

Follow Careers in Ideas on Twitter or join our LinkedIn group. Or email us if you’d like to post something on the opportunities board, offer your help or simply find out more:


You can also find out about Careers in Ideas activities from our main Events and News and Features pages.

Meet our Careers in Ideas team

Chris Burnett

Careers in Ideas team lead

Birkett Long

Julie Barrett

Careers in Ideas team

PurposiveStep Consulting

Andrea Brewster

Lead Executive Officer

IP Inclusive

Gemma Christie

Careers in Ideas team


Sally Lingjun (高凌君) Gao

Careers in Ideas team

Mathys & Squire

Joshua Green

Careers in Ideas team

Kilburn & Strode

Thomas Hailes

IP Futures committee; Careers in Ideas team

Beck Greener

Jay Janusz

Careers in Ideas team

Boult Wade Tennant

David Joo

IP & ME committee; Careers in Ideas team

Barnes IP

Zahra Panchbhaya

Careers in Ideas team

Lawrie IP

Natasha Perks

Careers in Ideas team

Abel & Imray

Anna Rice

Careers in Ideas team


Polly Shaw

Careers in Ideas team


Ellie Wilson

Careers in Ideas team

Virtuoso Legal

Careers in Ideas events

Careers in Ideas

Social mobility in IP

Careers in Ideas

Upwardly mobile: recruiting without bias

Careers in Ideas

Careers in Ideas Task Force kick-off

Careers in Ideas

Careers in Ideas launch event

Page published on 21st January 2019
Page last modified on 14th May 2020