Work placement students launch Student-2-Student support group on LinkedIn

A group of work placement students from Brunel Business School came up with the idea to form a Student-2-Student support group on LinkedIn to help returning placement students continue with their professional development, networking and business skills gained over the placement year.

linkedin group

Mona Kalantar, currently on work placement with BOSCH as a Logistics Continuous Improvement Intern, one of the group founders, said the group will also help to reintegrate final year students into the business student community.

“We’ve created the BBS Student-2-Student Support Group to provide support to our classmates in the final year of studies. Students can connect with and seek support from other classmates studying the same modules/degree pathway, with the long-term objective of facilitating a culture of teamwork amongst BBS current final year students and alumni. This group is focused on maximising the potential of BBS students achieving their very best and to support returning placement students in connecting with their new classmates, leading to a better integration experience in the final year of studies.”

The group, launched today, is dedicated to students expected to graduate in 2015 at this stage only, with the view of including other years in the future.

To request to join the group please visit Student-2-Student support group on LinkedIn.

Brunel Business School page launches on Linkedin

Brunel Business School “Higher Education Page” is now available on  Linkedin allowing our staff, alumni, current students and supporters to enjoy an exclusive and dedicated professional and educational community, in addition to that available under the Brunel University Page.

The Brunel Business School page can be found on  Linkedin by typing Brunel Business School into the search bar and selecting the option under the “Universities” heading.

BBS on LinkedIn

While University Pages were available for universities for the last few months,  Linkedin recognised that Business Schools often have a distinct identity and commitment to their stakeholders, which can be more suitably facilitated under a separate page on  Linkedin.

Some good examples of other UK business schools on  Linkedin are: London Business School or Henley Business School

Users of the Brunel Business School page can interact in the following ways:

  1. “Follow” – following the Business School page will allow  Linkedin users to stay abreast of the news from the School, as they might on other social media platforms such as Facebook (not available for many users in China for example, meaning our Alumni there often miss out on School specific information)
  2. Join the dedicated community by selecting your status on the right hand side panel of the page, as illustrated below, or entering the School details under the employment or educations sections of your profile.New Picture (5) This option was not available until now, meaning that students and staff could only type in the name of the School, without linking their profile to the School. Users will now be prompted to select Brunel Business School when changing their education or employer, and once selected, be automatically included in the Business School dedicated community on  Linkedin, allowing them to view others who are also linked to the School.
  3. Review Brunel Business School community: students, alumni and staff, drilling down by location, industry, etc for valuable networking and employment opportunities. This community will now be allowed to grow, following the launch of the Page, as  Linkedin users identify themselves with our community as in point 2 above.

Here’s how you too can help us grow the Brunel Business School community:

  • Click “Follow” on the School page
  • Indicate your connection with the School on the School page in the right hand side panel – you will shortly see yourself listed on the Brunel Business School page
  • Invite your colleagues and class mates to join us!

Joanna Oman, Marketing Manager for Brunel Business School, said:

Joanna Oman“We are early adopters in engaging with our audiences on social media and this  Linkedin launch confirms our excitement about connecting with our professional stakeholders. Ten other Business Schools in the UK already enjoy dedicated LinkedIn pages, with more to follow as the brand new feature is extended across the Business School sector. We’ve made the most of the features available, incorporating multiple videos, pictures and keywords, to ensure our close and extended community can easily find us on  Linkedin. This is especially important as  Linkedin has great expansion plans to adapt and promote the platform for the use of prospective students who will be looking for employment outcomes of graduates, and have more trust in the information in user generated profiles, instead of the University promotional materials. With a new profile, our challenge at first will be to generate this information. We have a lot to look forward to.”

5 job interviews with LinkedIn? Here’s a student story to show you how.

BBS Abdul-Basit Mohammed-02We interviewed Abdul-Basit Mohammed, a Brunel Business School student completing his BSc (Hons) International Business degree on his success on LinkedIn. Abdul is currently employed with British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and shares his experience of using LinkedIn as a student to encourage others to follow suit and reap the rewards.

So get to it, set up your profile and connect with Adbul-Basit today!

Why did you first create a LinkedIn profile?

I have always tried to be up to date with social media platforms and while on placement the social media manager advised me to be active on LinkedIn.

How difficult was it for you to complete the details?

It took time getting used to it because unlike social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, it is more professional but like the other social media platforms once you get the hang of it, you get addicted.

Did you get any guidance or training on using it?

No, I worked things out on my own. I made time for going on LinkedIn, having a look at what others who are similar to me are doing and incorporating different ideas.

How did you go about connecting with people?

I first added my friends and anytime I went to events and spoke at events to someone that I felt will be a good contact, I asked them if I can add them to my network. After a while I started getting request from other people on LinkedIn.

Were you approached with any offers?

Since joining LinkedIn, I have been contacted about job offers and had 5 interviews so far. I got my current part-time job through LinkedIn while at Brunel University.

How did you secure your job opportunities?

I made sure the people and groups I follow are within the industries I am hoping to get employed in. I also follow recruitment agents, agencies and keep in touch with them. The most important thing of all is my profile; with LinkedIn your profile, network of connections, the companies you follow, groups you follow and comments/posts all serves as a CV. You can now apply for jobs on some company websites with your LinkedIn account and it’s even easy to apply for jobs within LinkedIn.

What opportunities did you get from LinkedIn?

I got to meet people I would have never had the opportunity to meet and get invited to events I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to. You get an insight into certain industries too, through the groups you follow. I have a good example. I have always had an interest in CSR, Ethics and Sustainability but it is a very difficult sector to get into. After working at Sky for a while I realised they are involved in this and created a whole department “The Bigger Picture”, so I added a few executives on LinkedIn and sent an email at work and asked them to have lunch with me. As a result I had lunch with the former head of the department who put me in contact with the current head and we will be meeting soon, to see how I can gain a voluntary experience.

What advice would you give to other students who want to set up a profile on LinkedIn?

As students we all know networking is very important for students and graduates, so why not have all your contacts in one platform. I advise students to join LinkedIn and start by adding fellow students and try to be active users. I will sometimes come across certain opportunities not suited for me so I will think of a former classmate or colleague and send it to them.

What advice would you give other students who are currently looking for a job on LinkedIn?

I know a lot of students and graduates say there aren’t any jobs out there but this is not true.  There are jobs out there, but as a student or graduate you might not have the necessary skills and experience for a lot of the roles. LinkedIn is a platform that supports students and graduates because it promotes a lot of Graduate schemes, entry level jobs and placements. There is a whole section dedicated to students. The best thing about LinkedIn is that although paying members have a lot of benefits, you don’t have to pay to reap all the benefits and opportunities.

Have you seen any benefits from joining Groups on LinkedIn?

Yes, joining Groups on LinkedIn has a lot of advantages. Apart from the jobs tab, you have the discussions tab for interacting, members tab to see what professions other members are in and you can add them to your network and the promotion tab to see what opportunities are being promoted and for you to promote yourself. You can ask so many questions within groups and get a lot of help from group members.

Is completing a profile on LinkedIn enough? What other things should students be doing?

Completing a profile is very important because people and employers can overlook an incomplete profile. you see the difference when your profile is complete because employers start contacting you. Having said this, that is not enough. Being successful on LinkedIn involves a multitude of activities. You need to be active, get involved in discussions, post your interests and questions, promote yourself and keep up to date with the articles, journals and posts others put up that might interest you. If your other social media platforms have professional profiles you can connect them to your linked in account to expand your reach to employers.

We wish Abdul all the best in his future endeavours, especially as he becomes a dad soon!



Expand your alumni network or get first-hand information as a prospective student with the new LinkedIn feature we love!

We’ve recently come across a new LinkedIn feature which allows you to find all current and past students of Brunel University with a click of one button! So get connecting and build your Brunel network.

If you are on LinkedIn simply hover your mouse over the Network tap and an option to “Find Alumni” will be displayed. You will be directed to your last university, but can also filter by institution, such as Brunel University or Brunel Business School, depending what your classmates/colleagues put in their education section, and hey presto, 40,144 profiles of your fellow “Brunelians” will be presented to you for the last 100 years or more!

Brunel alumni on LinkedIn

Brunel alumni on LinkedIn

Whether you live in Sydney, work in Oracle or need advice on Purchasing – you can tailor your search to find someone from Brunel who can help you. It’s official – we love this fantastic feature! It took us merely 1 minute to get some interesting stats and we share them with you below in descending order.

Once you found your classmates don’t forget to stay in touch with them by joining the relevant Groups, which oh so conveniently, are listed for you at the bottom of the search also. Great job LinkedIn!

Where do Brunel current and past students live?

  • United Kingdom
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Southall, United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Harrow, United Kingdom
  • Twickenham, United Kingdom
  • Reading, United Kingdom
  • Greece
  • Slough, United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Germany
  • India
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sydney Area, Australia
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Redhill, United Kingdom
  • China
  • Ilford, United Kingdom

Where do they work?

  • Brunel University
  • IBM
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Cisco Systems
  • Accenture
  • Barclays
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • HSBC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Microsoft
  • Deloitte
  • Sky
  • PwC
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • BP
  • Vodafone
  • Barclays Investment Bank
  • NHS
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • British Airways
  • Oracle
  • Thomson Reuters

What do they do?

  • Information Technology
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Program and Project Management
  • Finance
  • Media and Communication
  • Research
  • Arts and Design
  • Support
  • Business Development
  • Human Resources
  • Healthcare Services
  • Administrative
  • Legal
  • Community and Social Services
  • Accounting
  • Quality Assurance
  • Product Management
  • Purchasing