When founded back in 1976, the Cambridge Guild existed under the name of the Cambridge University Industrial Society after its founders realised that a degree from Cambridge no longer guaranteed post-university employment. What ensued was an inspiring story. The founders subsequently began to promote careers awareness amongst their peers by inviting speakers from different industries to come to Cambridge and offer information on careers.
This initiative proved so successful that within just a few years, the society grew to become one of the biggest societies in Cambridge. However, the society’s success was not restricted to just Cambridge. It was soon approached by the nationwide careers NGO, The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), to help promote careers skills for students at universities across the UK. This formed the basis for the Bright Futures network that still exists to this day.
This overwhelming success continued throughout the rest of the 20th century and with the help of a rebranding to Cambridge Futures in 2002 to reflect its expanding focus and activities, the society was invigorated, maintaining its status as the largest student careers society for the 2000s.