#SBSCareerReady: Mentoring Scheme with Larking Gowen

Professor Atul K. Shah launches a new mentoring scheme for students with Larking Gowen – showing how the University supports students in becoming career ready.

The employment market is very competitive. Quality jobs require quality people, and the first step onto the ladder can often be very tough for new graduates.

For our pioneering degree in BA(Hons) Accounting and Financial Management, we at University of Suffolk take care in preparing students for the competitive world, and give them a rounded experience – we go on field trips to the City of London and to meet employers, invite visiting speakers, and give students challenging assignments and projects to stimulate all-round development. Throughout the degree, culture, ethics and communication are emphasised alongside technical skills and training.

(From left to right) Final Year students on the BA(Hons) Accounting and Financial Management programme, Professor Atul Shah, and managers from Larking Gowen. 

With this in mind, this year, we launched a new Mentoring Programme for our graduating students, with the help of Larking Gowen, a top accounting firm in East Anglia. Accounting professionals gave generously of their time and advice to support our students. A special launch meeting was held in April 2018 with final year students, and they were matched to their mentors. There was ample opportunity to chat and discuss career options. The feedback received from the mentors was very positive:

“It’s great to see the University of Suffolk providing this mentoring programme for their students which shows how committed they are to helping their students, not only whilst they are enrolled but even after they have graduated the course.  The students I met were all determined to go and find jobs that would build on the studies they had undertaken at the University and in some cases already trying to get some practical experience via internships.  Our advice was met with much gratitude and appreciation and I hope to be able to guide them and provide as many useful hints and tips that will allow them to find the best employment to put their studies into practice.”

Louise Dean ACCA, Manager, Larking Gowen

When meeting the students, what shone through more than most was their passion for the subject and enthusiasm to get into the world of work.  The modules learned will provide an important level of knowledge into the world of accounting and finance and sets the students in good stead for wherever their careers take them.  The student’s next step will be to research their chosen careers and scope out a pathway to achieving this – we will help wherever possible with guiding them on this journey.

Steven Burgess ACCA, Manager, Larking Gowen

The introduction of a mentoring scheme from the University of Suffolk on the Accounting and Financial Management course shows the passion they have for their students in not only wanting them to succeed at their studies, but also to succeed in their chosen career. From our initial meeting it was clear that the students all had aspirations to apply their knowledge from their studies and build on this as they embark on the next stage of building a successful career. I look forward to being able to help the students with advice and guidance when needed.

Samantha Meadows ACCA, Manager, Larking Gowen

Our students had this to say:

I have really enjoyed to be part of this great meeting. The accounting professionals that we met were very kind in giving us valuable advice and sharing their personal experience. I feel more encouraged now, knowing that I can always be supported of people who have already walked this path.

Kameliya Yankov – Final year student

Another great and helpful event, which is going to help the students – myself included – through their professional journey.

Teodor Georgiev – Final year student


Creative careers event at University helps Suffolk students find their future

Suffolk students are invited to explore the exciting range of creative career choices available to them across the region at #mediadiscovery 2017, an interactive event hosted by Genesis PR, University of Suffolk and a wide range of local employers on Monday 27 February at the University’s Waterfront building.

Open to students aged 16 and above, the event will feature a variety of hands-on sessions from exhibitors within the creative media industry. #mediadiscovery is for anyone considering a career in PR, social or digital media, broadcasting, newspaper publishing, graphic design, photography, film production and more.

Exhibitors at the event include Genesis PR, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star publisher Archant; Trinity Park Events, Yellobelly, Fred. Olsen, Sanctuary Personnel, Summer Isle Films, James Fletcher Photographer, Ginger Nut Media, Simple By Designs and the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA). University of Suffolk will also exhibit its range of degree programmes.

Genesis PR and University of Suffolk launch #mediadiscovery2017. Left to right: University of Suffolk Event Management Student Emily Rowling; Suzanne Nolan, Lecturer in Employment Development at the University of Suffolk, Penny Arbuthnot, Director at Genesis PR; Ellie Brown, apprentice at Genesis PR; and Laura Locke, Event & Tourism Management Course Leader and Senior Lecturer at the University of Suffolk. 

Leading Suffolk PR agency Genesis PR is working with the University of Suffolk to host #mediadiscovery as part of the firm’s pro-bono community commitment. University of Suffolk Event Management student Emily Rowling has joined Genesis PR on work placement to help plan and organise the careers showcase alongside Genesis’ PR apprentice Ellie Brown. Both are gaining valuable, first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in the PR industry.

Genesis PR director Penny Arbuthnot, said: “Following the success of the pilot #mediadiscovery, we are once again hosting the creative careers showcase with University of Suffolk to raise awareness of the huge variety of jobs available in the PR, media and creative industries.

“Here in Suffolk and the wider East of England region, there has been a strong growth in creative employment opportunities, demonstrating that students don’t have to go to the big cities to find success, with Ellie and Emily both shining examples.”

Laura Locke, Senior Lecturer University of Suffolk’s Business School added: “The #mediadiscovery2017 event offers exciting opportunities for our students at the University of Suffolk and from our partner schools to engage with business and consider the opportunities for their career development. As Course Leader of the BA Hons Event and Tourism Management programme, we are delighted to partner with Genesis PR, who have supported the programme for a number of years.”

#mediadiscovery will be held in the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building on Monday 27 February, from 2-4pm. For more information and to book your place visit the event page here.

#MediaDiscovery 2017 Invitation


Calling all students and teachers:

Explore the exciting range of careers in PR and new media waiting for you!

Visit #mediadiscovery

27 February 2017, 14:00-16:00, University of Suffolk Waterfront Building, Ipswich

Are you interested in a career in the media or public relations? If so #mediadiscovery is the event for you!

Find out about the wide range of exciting creative career opportunities available in Suffolk at this interactive event at University of Suffolk on Monday 27 February, 14:00-16:00.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in PR, Digital Media, Journalism, Radio, TV, Design,

Event Management, Marketing, Photography, Videography and Audio-visual to name a few?

If so, don’t miss this event!

Following the success of the first #mediadiscovery, the University of Suffolk has once again teamed up with leading Suffolk PR agency Genesis PR to run the event for 16+ year olds, featuring talks and hands-on sessions with professionals already developing their careers in these jobs.

For further details email: s.nolan@ucs.ac.uk

Find your future at #mediadiscovery – we hope to see you there!

Book your ticket(s) here.