What do Brunel Business School graduates do?

In 2009/10, six months after graduating from Brunel Business School, 72.7% of graduates with a first degree in Business were in employment, 10.3% were in full-time further study and 4.1% were combining work and study.

These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Business and Management, Business and Management (Accounting), Business and Management (Computing), Business and Management (Marketing) and Business Studies and Sports Science.

General management is a popular career choice with Business and Management students and this is reflected in a high proportion of graduate management trainees in various sectors including banking, information management, telecoms and transport. The financial sector, particularly banking, also continues in its popularity, with some students securing positions in major investment banks. A number of graduates were also successful in obtaining Chartered Accountancy training contracts within top tier accountancy firms. Graduates from this year’s cohort also went into a wide range of analyst roles.  A number of graduates were placed in marketing – some in entry level Marketing Assistant roles but a few as Marketing Executives. A small number progressed into HR posts mainly at entry level.

Job titles of Business graduates for 2009/10 included: 

  • Account Executive
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Designer
  • Business Development Consultant
  • Commercial Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Digital Marketing Assistant
  • Events Organiser
  • Financial Analyst
  • Graduate Management Trainee
  • Investment Director
  • IT Consultant
  • Market Analyst
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Analyst
  • Pensions Analyst
  • Personal Banker
  • Sales Associate
  • Teacher

In 2009/10, Business graduates entered a range of further study courses which included:

  • ACCA
  • CIMA
  • MA Banking & Finance
  • MA Digital Marketing
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Financial Services
  • MSc Information Systems Management
  • MSc International Business
  • Performing Arts Diploma
  • PGCE Secondary Teaching

The graduate labour market remains competitive and relevant experience is increasingly required for graduate level jobs. Job search strategy is often about getting a ‘foot in the door’ in order to compete for graduate positions later. As a result many Business graduates were working in jobs classified as ‘associate professional and technical occupations’ such as sales, customer service and administration which broadly reflects the nature of the experience required. It is also worth noting that a growing national trend is for many students to delay their job applications until completing their studies, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible. This can result in some graduates initially continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. As a result some Business graduates were working in non-graduate level positions including sales, customer service and administrative occupations. Finally, it is important to note that the DLHE survey provides a snap shot of a very short amount of time (six months) after graduating and while many have progressed into relevant graduate jobs others are taking time out, travelling, waiting to start a course or continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. Many graduates have moved on in their careers since completing the questionnaire.

To arrange an appointment to discover your career options after graduating simply contact your Careers Consultant direct or email careers@brunel.ac.uk stating your course and the help you need and the relevant Careers Consultant will reply.

A very warm thank you to the wonderful Placement and Careers Centre in Brunel University for this article.


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