Employment on upward trend amongst BBS postgraduate students

We’re pleased to report the latest findings of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, carried out annually for the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The an annual national survey, conducted on UK and EU graduates at this point only, is carried out by every higher education institution in the UK, asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation.

The most recent survey undertaken by the Brunel Placement and Career Centre on 2013 graduates from Brunel University shows positive trends in employment outcomes for postgraduate student in Brunel Business School.

  • The number of postgraduate leavers from Brunel Business School in employment has risen by 7.4%.
  • The number of leavers in further study has increased 2% and the number combining work and study has decreased by 2.3%.
  • The number of unemployment has decreased by 6.8%.

Outcomes overall have continued their upward trend with 88% of 2013 postgraduate leavers experiencing a positive outcome – that’s 12.9% more than in 2012.


Employability initiatives from Brunel Business School such as Brunel Business Life or Postgraduate Work Placements may be a contributing factor, as more and more postgraduate students take advantage of the professional training and networking opportunities provided by the School alongside their degree.


Top 5 things you need from a Masters in Management

We filmed an interview recently with MSc Management Course Director, Dr Grahame Fallon, to find out the top 5 things you need from a Masters in Management for career success. Watch the video below to find out what they are. We highlight the main points from the interview with the charismatic academic below:

Specialist options on a generalist course

You can be both generalist and specialist at the same time with bolt-on specialist areas of choice such as: Marketing and Branding, Innovation Management or the Creative Industries.

Employment experience and work placement

Career progression and finding suitable jobs are key for our students; hence employment experience is part of the degree programme. From your placement you identify a project, linked to the dissertation, and produce an internal consultancy report for a company.

Showcasing the degree certificate to future employers

Your specialist study and specialist placement experience is showcased on your actual degree certificate, to make it blindingly obvious for a potential employer, who is looking for a candidate that really stands out.

Engaging with businesses at high level

The Business Life programme is really supportive to your career prospects with a range of opportunities such as meeting with industry guest speakers, visits to companies and factories, and international business tours.

Accepting students from a variety of disciplines

Applications from candidates from social sciences areas and beyond who have aspirations of becoming managers are looked at seriously and positively, to put together a student body that’s multidisciplinary and international to enrich the course.

To find out more about this programme and other Masters degrees please visit the Brunel Business School website.

Top tips from an ‘Apprentice’ – getting noticed by employers

Saira Khan, author, business owner, TV presenter and corporate speaker, was one of the first contestants on the BBC’s The Apprentice series in 2005. Saira recently shared her top tips on getting noticed by employers at the Brunel Business School’s annual Business Boot Camps for prospective BSc Business and Management students.

Saira Khan

Saira Khan (left) with Business Boot Camp attendee Misbah Ishfaq

  • Forget ‘Business’, embrace the word ‘data’ – your success is linked to how well you analyse, interpret and utilise it to create ideas and solutions – translating big data into insights and business value will be an essential skill to get to the top.
  • Do your internship in an IT company to develop data literacy – internet marketing experience will be valuable.
  • Think about how you want to make the world easier for people when choosing your business idea or career path.
  • Be honest with yourself – why are you going to university? 61.6% of students say that a degree is useful for getting a job.
  • It’s not about which university you went to – it’s about what you did at University to enhance yourself and make yourself employable.
  • At job interviews, try and think about what an employer would want in you, rather than what you can offer an employer.
  • Employers want self-confidence, self-awareness and great communication skills.
  • Be prepared at an interview – research the company, their values, and the key decisions makers and then demonstrate in the interview that you have done your homework – this will impress.
  • Have a vision for your life five years from now and then get a plan on how to achieve it.
  • Ask for feedback after the interview – ask what you did well and what you could improve on, so you are prepared for the next one, and don’t make the same mistakes.
  • Master good communication skills: body language, speaking, writing, personal presentation, questioning and LISTENING.
  • Talk the language at interviews: your competencies – the drive for results, integrity, honesty, innovation. Consider how you can demonstrate these without bragging.
  • Develop yourself: understand yourself, sell yourself, have high standards
  • Get confidence – other people can’t give you this – work outside your comfort zone to understand your strengths and development areas – this will help you to gain confidence about who you are.
  • Be proactive about everyday life. Don’t wait for things to come to you, fight for them. Don’t hound people though, do it in a nice way.
  • Sell yourself – selling yourself is about listening, ‘so what do you want to know about me?’ An employer wants to feel they could work with you.
  • Come down to people as needed. Change your tone.
  • Network. Talk about them, not business.
  • Have a spirit of excellence and high standards in your work – be known for always being on time, responding quickly and always looking presentable – 3 quick things anyone can do to create that brilliant first impression.
  • Think Education. Experience. Exposure.
  • My Life CV. Start writing your Life CV at secondary school and keep it updated, write down everything that you do outside of school – speaking a different language, working in a charity shop, playing a sport, getting recognition for something that you have achieved, being a carer, volunteering, etc – always keep this separate from your main CV and send it as a CV in its own right with your academic one to the employer.
  • Read business books – get to know the latest thinking, trends and personalities shaping the business world today.

Saira Khan is author of ‘P.U.S.H. for Success’ and founder of Miamoo naturally derived skincare products.

Brunel Business Boot Camp is an exclusive, invitation only event for candidates wishing to pursue their Business Degree in Brunel University. The Business Boot Camp is a three day, residential event with accommodation and food provided by the School for all participants. It truly is a unique opportunity for future Brunel students to be distinctive within a vibrant, innovative, and forward-looking environment.


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.

Softcat and BBS join forces to improve students’ career prospects

The Brunel Business School Business Life programme is developing an exciting opportunity for our current students in collaboration with the HR department of Softcat, a leading IT reseller in UK. Softcat won a host of awards, including their most recent ‘Business of the Year 2012’ award, and the Business School is proud to enjoy a close working relationships with the company which in turn directly benefits our students.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailIn this collaborative event final year students and postgraduate taught students will visit Softcat offices and take part in their assessment centre and live interviews with the company HR team. Students are required to register in advance.

This is an exclusive and exciting opportunity for students to experience preparing for applications and live interviews with the industry experts. Who knows what opportunities may come up by passing a business card or two around whilst there!

More information coming soon on the Business Life facebook page.

Business Life is a unique Employability Programme designed to maximise students’ career prospects by providing an intensive programme of professional workshops and events that run in parallel with academic studies.

Business Life was conceived, developed and is delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector.

Business Life features at-a-glance:

  • High quality personal, technology, language and business skill training courses and workshops
  • Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and guest speaker series
  • Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work
  • Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases
  • Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates

Graduate Employability: it’s personal and it’s business.

Graduate employability is the final product of a good degree, most of us would agree. It’s personal to the student, and it certainly is business to the University.

We have a responsibility to the students to equip them with a professional advantage, and not just give them an academic qualification.

says Joanna Oman, Admissions and Marketing Manager of Brunel Business School.

Given the increasing mobility of young people, that advantage must be evident on an international scale. By this I mean that our students must be equipped with skills that will make them competitive in the job market in any country in the world .

In order to enhance the employability of its students the Brunel Business School conducted research with companies and organisations like Bosch, Centrica, FDM Group, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM UK, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Matchtech Group, NetApp, Webfusion, Atkinson Associates,HotCourses, Kids2Work,Saloria Architects, VT Partnership, Workzone Professions, BP Collins, Catalyst Housing Group, Grant Thornton, IBB and London Borough of Hillingdon.

They helped identify the job-ready skills and work tools that make a difference for companies when choosing graduates for employment or placements. As part of the Business Life Employability Programme students are able to participate in events and training that helps them obtain these job-ready skills and gain recognised certificates and valuable examples of their work which provide Brunel Business School students with real employability advantage.

  1. National and International tours
    1. Oxford Mini Factory Tour ( MIM’s & MSc Supply Chain)
    2. International Business Tours (MBA and MIMs)
    3. UK Industry Visits
  2. Networking with companies
    1. Meet the Professional Bodies Showcase
    2. Annual BEST Event
    3. MBA Capstone Event
    4. Career Booster Programme: Sessions with Guests from Industry
    5. Naked Series – Inspiration Career Journeys from Industry Professionals
    6. MBA and MiM Showcase Events
    7. Meet the Apprentice
    8. Undergraduate Showcase: Students can exhibit their talent to professionals
  3. Business Games and Simulations
    1. Practice Business Challenge with CIMA
    2. University Trading Challenge
    3. IBM Business Challenge
    4. CIMA: Simulation (Business Games)
    5. CIMA Global Business Challenge
    6. Marines Leadership Training: Leadership & Team Building with the Marines, physical  and practical session (PCC)
  4. Employee Best Practice Competencies
    1. Auditing your Skills & Presenting your Strengths
    2. CV Writing Skills
    3. Time Management & Project Management
    4. Professional Written Communication Skills
    5. Preparing for Numeracy:  Number crunching for non-number people
    6. Skills: Job Interviews
    7. Teambuilding: Myers Briggs Type Indicator
    8. Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT)
    9. Volunteering  & Entrepreneurship
    10. Presentation Skills
    11. Introduction & Advanced Sage Accounting
    12. Critical & Analytical Thinking
    13. Psychometric Testing
    14. How to Network
  5. National and International Conferences
    1. Web  2.0
    2. PhD Symposium
    3. Annual Brunel Business School Lecture
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Business Life is run in partnership with the Placement and Careers Centre and Brunel Library Service (ASK).