Emma completed her BA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resource Management in June, and graduates with a 1st Class degree and a place on the Morrisons Graduate Scheme. Here, she shares some of her experiences:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Suffolk. Throughout my experience here my lecturers knew me by name, and have been supportive and approachable in all aspects of my studies. This made the experience more personal, something that was important to me when deciding on where to study.
I’m really excited to be moving on to the Graduate Scheme at Morrisons. I will be completing four placements within the business, across 2 years, experiencing logistics, manufacturing, and more. At the end, I will be a fully trained ‘people manager’.
My degree prepared me for the role by teaching me to focus on the wider context of working environments. We explored the vocational contexts of the learning material, highlighting my interest in HR. I particularly enjoyed modules such as Change Management, Organizational Behaviour and Employment Law. I took internships in the HR industry in my first and second year of university, which not only helped me to understand how theory applies to work, but gave me an insight into the industry before applying for the graduate scheme.
For me, there were many fantastic experiences which on my course. The internships were really interesting, and meeting new people who shared my interests were amazing. In my third year, the University of Suffolk ran a fantastic event, ‘Brand New You‘. Phil Pallen, a social media guru and image consultant, came and spoke about to position, build, and promote our brands, to stand out and make things happen.
I have learnt that you really do get out it what you put it (lots of hard work)! Being organised is really important – the graduate scheme I applied to was one of the later ones, but normally they start being advertised from November so it is important to get ahead of the game if a graduate scheme is your goal. However, it was important for me personally to realise that you really need to pick an organisation that you are interested in and that you believe you’ll fit in well with. Don’t pick something because it ‘looks’ good. My time at University helped me to make these kinds of informed decisions.
Emma’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
By David Collins, Suffolk Business School
Those who read this blog (and I would like to thank both of you most sincerely) and the more observant among our twitter followers may have noticed that we have changed our ‘hashtag’. We no longer speak of our graduates as being ‘business ready’. Instead we have chosen to highlight their career readiness. I think it might be useful to elaborate upon this development…
In common with all other British universities the University of Suffolk is expected to demonstrate a commitment to ‘employability’. Our previous reference to the preparation of ‘business ready’ graduates was an attempt to signal our commitment to this agenda. Yet while the term was not inaccurate as a statement of practice and intent, it was nonetheless potentially misleading. You see, while our students and graduates are plainly employable – many have held important roles prior to enrolment and a significant number continue to hold down responsible jobs even while studying full-time – they do not just work for ‘business organizations’. Hospitals, schools, charities and councils (to name just a few (non)business organizations) all build and depend upon the skills that our graduates have developed and can demonstrate. So to suggest that we – as Suffolk Business School – produce just ‘business ready’ graduates is to under-estimate our reach and our broader contribution to society. Our new ‘career-ready’ graduate ‘hashtag’ (#SBSCareerReady) therefore alters our promise to our students and to the families and communities that, in a number of important ways, nurture and depend upon them.
So what does being #SBSCareerReady signal? It’s simple really. We are changing what we do. We will build upon our existing good practices to provide the practical and intellectual challenges that will allow you to be, on graduation, not just employable but ready to embark upon a career.
And why does this matter? It matters because careers are transformational. Our career-ready graduates will not just possess a degree certificate. They will hold, instead, the golden ticket to an enriching, life-long and life-changing project.
What will this life-changing project entail? Good question. I fully intend to return to this in a later post. Until then I will simply conclude with the suggestion that this is not something I can do to you. No, being career-ready is a process that we will achieve only if we work together!
To find out more about becoming Career Ready with the Suffolk Business School, see our list of courses here.
We are pleased to announce that Conor Dale, a final year undergraduate student of our BA(Hons) Business Management programme, has secured a prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) training contract with Larking Gowen in Ipswich. Suffolk Business School prides itself on its ability to help create Business Ready Graduates. Conor’s success helps to illustrate our excellent employment/further study rate for our students after graduation, and the dedication of our lecturers in supporting the employability of our students.
Sophie Curle, Accounts Assistant at Larking Gowen, has expressed her company’s delight at this recruitment, and comments that:
We have attended numerous UCS events and found these to be a very helpful source of potential candidates. Larking Gowen can offer excellent long term opportunities within the competitive professional services sector and are keen to attract and retain the best local talent and support their career development in Suffolk.
Conor has also spoken of his enthusiasm and excitement at the opportunity, and thanks his course team and UCS for the support he has received:
During my time at UCS I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, and lecturers have made each module enjoyable in their own way. I received the support I needed at every stage of the application process to Larking Gowen from my tutor, Dr Atul Shah.
I chose a career in accounting because I enjoyed the accounting modules that I took immensely and excelled in them. These factors meant that it felt like the clear next step to pursue a career in accounting.
Dr Atul Shah, who has supported Conor in his application and interview, and in his finance modules at UCS, comments:
At UCS our approach is holistic – we want to help students get ignited from within, so that they make a great life career. And we support them in their career choice after graduation, not just leave them on their own when they graduate. We recognise that learning is not simply about facts and theories, but more importantly about motivation, meaning and purpose. Finance is a skill that every person needs to negotiate the complexities of modern life, and we help students build that knowledge with confidence.