Charlotte graduated with a 1st Class BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree from the Suffolk Business School.
Job title, and organisation: Project Co-ordinator at Adnams plc
What will you be doing in the role?
The main responsibility of my role is to ensure that the project is running smoothly – this includes tracking the budget, managing the project calendar and Kanban board, and maintaining all project documentation. I am also responsible for all project communications.
How has your degree prepared you for the role?
My BA(Hons) Business Management and Finance degree gave me the financial knowledge I need for my day-to-day tasks, as well as giving me the confidence to involve myself in discussions and question current ideas and processes. Communication is an incredibly important part of my role, I did not realise at the time but writing my assignments really strengthened these skills. Moreover, before university, I would get so nervous giving presentations but now I love them!
What was your favourite experience of your course?
I really enjoyed all of my time at the University of Suffolk, and I have some fantastic memories. One of my favourite experiences was working on my dissertation. My supervisor was incredibly helpful and put me in contact with several local businesswomen. I was able to meet and interview some really inspiring women and attended a Suffolk Business Women event at Seckford Hall. It was an incredible experience I will never forget.
Do you have any advice for current and prospective students?
As cliché as it sounds, hard work pays off.
But that doesn’t mean you have to hide away in books for the next three years. Stash up on snacks and work with your friends in the library – working together and bouncing ideas off each other really helps.
Go and see your lecturers if you’re struggling, they want you to do well too – they’re on the same team as you! They are also usually very passionate about their subject (once you get them talking, it’s hard to get them to stop) and they will make sure you’re on the right track.
And lastly, there will be times when it seems hard but getting your degree is such an amazing achievement – you will not regret it!
My time at the University of Suffolk has been invaluable and has motivated me to strive for more!
The support from lecturers has been amazing and the fact staff know you by name is a welcome factor when you are stepping into experiences outside of your comfort zone.
Having been appointed Events Manager at Copdock Hall Venue and Vineyard, I am excited to put my knowledge of events and business into practice. Coming from a hospitality management background, I wanted to contextualize event and business management to equip me of theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills.
In my first year, I completed a one-year internship with a local children’s charity, providing me with hands on experience of running community events, before becoming involved with a student led project creating, implementing and managing a corporate event. These practical learning opportunities bridged the link between theory and the work place, providing unforgettable and valuable experiences during my undergraduate degree.
For me, having the choice of modules in my final years meant learning was driven by my own interests and what I wanted to gain out of the overall course. Management accounting and both contemporary issues of event management and then business were great modules to understand the wider concepts in which organizations operate and understanding the different directions business and events take.
The multiple workshops improving your professional standing and personal development meant there was much more than just course modules to gain from the undergraduate experience.
The past three years at the University of Suffolk has encouraged me to make the choices desire, set goals and be amazed at what you can achieve, and finally, you always get back what you put in!
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.