Dedication and hard work got me to FTSE 100 company, says graduate

We’ve interviewed Kurtis Patterson on the rooftop lounge of the Headquarters of British American Tobacco in London, where he works as an EEMEA Finance Manager. Kurtis takes us around the impressive building on a recent visit and shares his memories of being a Brunel Business School student and talks about his path to becoming a young executive in this FTSE 100 company.

To find our more about Brunel Business School and the Undergraduate courses available in many fields of business and management please visit our website.

90 days to job success – free training for recent graduates

Brunel Business Life and the Careers Consultants from the award winning Placement and Career Centre in Brunel University teamed up to offer graduates who recently completed their Bachelor degree in Brunel Business School a free course to teach them how to:

  • be more efficient in job searches
  • stand out from the pile of applications
  • stop wasting time on job search techniques that don’t work

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 23rd November 2013
Course starts on 25th November 2013

90 Days to Success, is delivered through a series of webinars, emails and 1-2-1 skype sessions to deliver, at the convenience of the participant:

  • one-to-one help with applications
  • advice for improving their CV
  • support with covering letters
  • interview practice
  • tools to conduct more successful job searches
  • understanding of what graduate employers are looking for!

For more information and eligibility please email business.life@brunel.ac.uk .

International work placements are a hit in BBS

The Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) Team of Brunel University offers students the opportunity to gain work experience by way of 1 year placements, and more frequently students take up these placements abroad.

Brunel University is extremely proud of its Placement and Career Centre, as it has been consistently voted number 1 in UK for the last three years by students and employers.

PCC Awards

Placements are typically either one year (or two separate periods of up to six months) and are spent in an organisation undertaking a role that is directly relevant to the student’s degree studies.  

The placements can be in the UK but more often students express interest in international destinations where they can combine work with learning about a new culture. The Brunel Business School students have been particularly intrepid in exploring far away countries and often working for companies on a foreign soil. 

Michelle Kavan, deputy director of the Placement and Career Centre, working with the Brunel Business School student placements said:

Last year the team placed over 900 students in a wide range of industries, banking firms, government departments and not for profit organisations. Internationally, the Brunel Business School students are working for Adidas and Intel in Munich, American Express in Dubai, in Libya for the Libya Airlines, and in an import and export company in New York.

If you would like to hear about the experiences of other Brunel students and graduates, there is a range of ways for you to find the stories that interest you most:

i.workat

i.workat.org has been developed by Brunel’s Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) to help you get a real picture of what it’s like to work somewhere. Whether it’s a summer job, internship, placement or graduate job, i.workat has stories written by real Brunel students doing real jobs.  You can browse around the stories, explore what jobs students from your school have done, look at specific kinds of jobs or search for something interesting.

workglobal

brunel.workglobal.org is where you hear stories from our international graduates about their life after Brunel. We asked students from overseas to talk to us about what they are doing now and how Brunel has helped them to either get into or progress in  their careers. You can search by country or degree course, read stories about students’ UK experience and the careers they have moved onto and hear their stories in their own words.

International Students Guide to Successful UK Employment

The award winning Placement and Career Centre of Brunel University shares with the Brunel Business School International Students some crucial tips on UK employment. Download thier Postgraduate Job hunting pack for tips on marketing your qualification, developing employability skills and vacancy sources. 

The two main hurdles that international students who wish to remain in the UK face are getting permission to remain in the country and actually finding a job. Quite often the one may be dependent on the other thus making it even more difficult.

Aside from the work visa issues, competition for graduate jobs in the UK is high for all graduates. You will be competing with students/graduates for whom English may be their first language and who may be more comfortable with the culture of the country. A degree or further qualification is no guarantee to finding a job, and it may be really difficult to persuade an employer that they should employ you.

You could try taking a copy of the Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) Guide for employers with you to help you persuade employers of your unique selling points. There is a lot you can do while you are studying to improve your chances.

Look at the tips below:

Why employers do not employ international students How you can improve
Poor English language skills Talk to UK students/housemates
Watch English news/films/TV
Use BI International Pathways Language Centre
Take an English course outside University
Participate during seminars
Attend University in-sessional courses and workshops
Poor written English Study language feedback for essays/projects and try to learn from mistakes
Attend University in-sessional courses and workshops
Don’t fit in easily Talk to UK people at every opportunity
Speak to your classmates
Contribute during seminars
Put out your cultural feelers and observe and learn from others’ behaviour
Don’t understand English work practices Look at Executive Planet for tips on how to behave in the workplace
Poor / inappropriate / unimpressive CVs for the UK market Read the CVs and applications section on the PCC website
Use action words, eg defined, co-ordinated, led
Attend workshops on CV preparation
See a Careers Consultant for individual advice
Poorly filled in application forms Arrange an interview with a Careers Consultant to find out about what employers expect of you
Think about skills and evidence
Check language and spelling
Poor interview skills Look at the interview skills pages on the PCC website
Watch the Making an impact DVD
Attend PCC workshops on interview skills
Arrange a mock interview with a Careers Consultant Talk to friends about their experiences
Cannot articulate or match skills to the job Undertake voluntary / community work, eg through Brunel Volunteers or look at the Do-It website
Learn how to analyse skills and provide evidence
Attend PCC workshops
Look at the ASK website
Qualifications don’t match to the UK requirements Ask Careers Consultants to help with equivalence
Visit the UK NARIC website
State UK equivalence clearly on CV or application form
See the Equivalence of qualifications link on the left hand menu
Poor networking skills Attend workshops on networking and building contacts with employers
Use all the relevant PCC web pages
Ask Careers Consultant/Tutor for help
Talk to everyone you meet, and make connections
Use LinkedIn and other social networking sites