Brunel MBA Career Consultant says: learn to create your own luck


Helen Slingsby, Brunel MBA Career Consultant

Helen Slingsby, the Brunel MBA Career Consultant in Brunel Business School gave us a flavour of her projects ahead for the Brunel MBA class commencing their studies in September 2013 and January 2014.

Why do we need a dedicated MBA Career Consultant?

It’s important to manage students’ career expectations and help them by providing the tools needed to sell themselves in the current job market.

What is your role as a Career Consultant?

My role is to help students understand how to tell their own story to employers and potential business partners. If they don’t know who they are, what makes them thrive, where do they want to be, then how can they convince others at, let’s say, a networking event or at an interview for that all important job. I want to help students discover what the MBA can do for them in the UK but also in more buoyant job markets abroad.  They need to learn how to create their own luck from the word go.

How will you approach this task in practical terms?

It’s important for me to be very proactive and engaged with students from the very beginning – the first 6 weeks will be very busy! I am not a one to take the soft approach. And I have high expectations of the students too! I want them to engage, the more they put into it, the harder they work on this with me the better their return will be. In practical terms this translates into intensive 1-2-1 sessions with the students, where we can really get to the bottom of their individual situations and aspirations. I will also challenge them through group work in our workshops and provide a very convenient career coaching through a series of regular webinars.

The most exciting, if a little controversial task, will be to get our MBA students to realise how and why they are different and better than their class mates! Then it’s all about working out the action plan.

What is your advice for MBA applicants?

Be prepared to invest a lot of effort into your professional development. You’ve made the decision to take up an MBA and now make the most of it. Think about your next career step from the day you start your classes; do not leave it to the final term.

To learn more about Brunel MBA programme starting in September and January please visit the Brunel MBA website.

Business School invites offer holders to Ready for Work Programme

Brunel Business School reached out to over 200 offer holders who indicated Brunel University was their firm choice inviting them to join the Ready for Work Programme for first year students. The selected group of applicants has been sent a letter by post, signed by the Head of School, with the intention to encourage incoming, first-year students to join the employability initiative which will commence with the start of the academic year.

Other Applicant Initiatives in Brunel Business School

Other Applicant Initiatives in Brunel Business School

“It’s important for us to pre-condition our incoming students and enthuse them at a point when they are super receptive to all university news. This will ensure that students get into a pro-active mind set, become aware of the initiative before they join their degree programme, and hopefully ensure higher participation numbers to this exciting development programme from the start” said Joanna Oman, Brunel Business School Marketing Manager.

While providing high quality business and management education to students is a key priority for the School, the Business School wants students to also start thinking about their careers from day one at university and to explore how to differentiate themselves from others by joining this exciting multidisciplinary programme, which focuses on the career skills development Brunel is very proud of.

The Ready for Work programme will be open to all incoming undergraduates across Brunel University, and will enable them to challenge themselves through team work and to solve real-life issues over a 10 week period in the following areas:

  • Community engagement: Projects of interest to our local community to bring social and economic benefits.
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship: Projects that focus on developing innovative products or services.
  • Global challenges: Projects that research and analyse issues that have world-wide importance.
  • Social responsibility: Projects that analyse the balance between economic development and societal and environmental welfare.

Prof Irani, Head of Brunel Business School, has been working with academic and professional teams across the University to build this exciting initiative and the University is recruiting high quality researchers to help student teams produce solutions that will make a difference to our society. Students are encouraged to take part in this very rewarding experience that will help them differentiate themselves from others and is also a great way to make new friends.

ICAEW awards credits for new MSc Accounting and Business Management

ICAEW-logoStudents graduating from the MSc Accounting and Business Management in Brunel Business School will now receive credit for the following Professional Stage Papers which form a part of the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification:

  • Accounting
  • Business and Finance
  • Management Information

The ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It is valued around the world in business, practice and the public sector.

Dr Jill Collis, the Director of the MSc Accounting and Business Management, said:

“This is the first and  very welcome award of credits for our students, who will be starting this programme in September 2013 and then again in January 2014. Indeed we have applied to all the major accountancy bodies for accreditation and hope this programme will help our students to gain a head start in the professional world, should they choose to become professional accountants. These accreditations give added value to our interesting and robust MSc programme awarded by Brunel University”

New Accounting and Business Management MSc starts in Sept 2013 and Jan 2014

Recently launched MSc in Accounting and Business Management is proving to be a hit with students looking to join the programme in Brunel Business School for the very first time September 2013 and January 2014, as applications are received from over 40 different countries in a very short period of time.

Dr Jill Collis

Dr Jill Collis

The Business School launched the programme in recognition of the fact that accounting information lies at the heart of management and is used by investors, business contacts, competitors and other external parties.  The programme will benefit from the Accounting expertise in the School, as personified by Dr Jill Collis, and colleagues from the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC) in the School, who recently held the 3rd Brunel Accounting Symposium exploring the latest trends in the field.

Listen to Dr Jill Collis who talks about the NEW Accounting and Business Management MSc in our recent webinar.

This programme offers students an opportunity to:

  • Develop an appreciation of the role of accounting within the overall function of management
  • Acquire technical accounting skills and integrate theoretical and conceptual considerations with practice
  • Evaluate the principles and theories that underpin accounting and management
  • Critically reflect on the role of the main stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management
  • Develop analytical and problem solving abilities and apply them in making management decisions
  • Review research on current issues in accounting and management and apply accepted research methods to investigate a specific research question independently
  • Develop transferrable skills that will enhance employability.

Applications are open to join the MSc in September 2013 and January 2014. Visit the web course page for more information and full entry requirements.