NBS Alumni share their experiences with our Third Year Students

On the 20th April 2016, former NBS students who took the 3rd year Entrepreneurship & Small Business (6010Y) module took time out of their busy careers to visit Norwich Business School to share their experiences with our current 6010Y students. They included Megan Rich, Sam Deane, Jennifer Aqwunobi and Nick Yeandle. Each gave a short presentation of the business highlighting their job roles and how they have applied their knowledge from the module in the workplace. In the latter part of the session they took part in a question and answer panel facilitated by module leader Graham Manville.

Megan Rich: Recruitment Consultant at Hyper Recruitment Solutions Ltd

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) was founded and run by Ricky Martin (the 2012 Apprentice TV Series winner) and Lord Alan Sugar.  The business is a recruitment consultancy placing permanent, temporary and contract staff in the science and technology sectors. The organisation is growing rapidly and one of our alumni, Megan Rich (BSc Business & Management 2015) was recruited last year. Megan is a Recruitment Consultant with HRS and enjoys working for a small fast growing organisation where she can make a difference in her role. Already she is responsible for mentoring new staff and at our session last month where she shared her experiences with our 3rd year Entrepreneurship and Small Business student she said “I am a lot busier now than when I was at UEA but I thoroughly enjoy my job”.  As HRS is planning to grow further during the next twelve months they are on the look out for bright NBS graduates so if you are interested please contact Megan at HRS to find out more and mention that you are a NBS graduate.

MegMegan Rich: Recruitment Consultant for Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

Jennifer Agwunobi: Founder of “Hairgoals”

Jennifer also graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Marketing. During her course she also studied Entrepreneurship and Small Business which gave her the extra support required to pursue her dream to make her business idea into a viable venture. Jennifer is the Founder of ‘Hairgoals’ (www.hairgoals.co.uk) which is described as a “simple, sassy and sustainable high-tech hair care start-up, here to help your hair grow healthily and happily”. AT UEA, Jennifer Agwunobi was the president of the UEA Entrepreneurs Society and the founding president of the UEA Fashion Society. She also has a blog called Bootyfurl (www.bootyfurl.co.uk) – which is pronounced as the way people from London and Essex say the word ‘beautiful’. Furthermore, she has also been featured on BBC, 4 Music, Vogue Italia, iD-Online, Cosmopolitan and many more. Her business idea has just received £3,000 funding from the UEA/Santander “Do It” fund. She developed a compelling business plan for her Venture justifying how she would invest the money and she is now looking forward to the next phase of her business. She believes that networking is vital for developing links in business which can open up further opportunities.

JenniferJennifer Agwunobi: Entrepreneur and founder of Hairgoals

 Sam Deane: Senior Recruitment Consultant at Concilium Search

Sam graduated in 2014 with a BSc in Business and Management joining Concilium Search when it was founded. Based in St Mary’s Axe, London, in the prestigious iconic Gherkin Building, Concilium Search Ltd is a market leading global executive search consultancy specialising in delivering bespoke recruitment services to the world’s leading Life Science companies.

Sam joined Concilium at the beginning and has risen through the ranks rapidly from Associate Consultant, to Consultant to Senior Consultant and now Manager in the Pharmaceuticals Division. Two years ago Sam was sitting in lectures like our final year students and now he is an exciting role, managing colleagues and working with global clients. He finds it very a rewarding career to make a difference to both the candidates he places and the clients he serves. Sam took part in our Employability Week event last year and his company wants to develop a strategic relationship with NBS. Sam believes taking part in student competitions and getting involved in the UEA societies really helps to develop your people skills and your organisational skills which are vital for securing your first graduate job. Sam believes that students who take part in sports are particularly suited to recruitment as it can be a demanding role. It is salaried but there is additional commission payment for placing candidates and there is always healthy competition in the office. If you are interested in joining Sam’s company they are currently recruiting and you can find out more on this link. The successful candidates will have an opportunity to thrive in a successful fast growing organisation plus have the support of Sam, a fellow NBS graduate.

Sam Deane 1Sam Deane: Senior Consultant at Concilium Search, St Mary’s Axe, London.

 Nick Yeandle: Director of AV Xpert Ltd

Another NBS graduate, Nick Yeandle, graduated in 2014 with a first class BSc degree in Business and Management also intended to speak but was unable to attend because of business commitments. Instead Nick provided a personal message to share with our cohort with his experience and motivations for starting his own business. Nick is a Director and owner of his own business, AV Xpert Ltd.

AV Xpert is based in Cambridgeshire and serves the East of England region, providing audio-visual equipment hire including sound-systems, lighting equipment and projection/conference equipment, as well as offering DJ services and sound & lighting engineering services. His client base includes private clients for birthday parties, weddings, etc. and corporate clients, for conferences, product launches, corporate events and nightclub/ bar nights. He can provide equipment for as many as 500 guests or an intimate event with as few as 5 guests.

Nick began as a budding DJ and established his organisation while an NBS student and continued running it throughout his degree programme. Nick hopes to take part in our Employability Week event in November where you will get the opportunity to get first-hand experience of starting your own business and also ask how he successfully managed to juggle his business career and still manage to obtain a first class degree.

Nick yeandle blog photoNick Yeandle: Director of AV Xpert Ltd

We are very grateful to our alumni for sharing their experiences and I am sure speaking on behalf of our students, they are also grateful for the benefit of their wisdom. Graduate job competition is getting fiercer, from not only the forthcoming graduates but also graduates from the previous year who have yet to find a graduate level role.  Moreover, graduate employers are also employing “A level” school leavers in addition to graduates. Therefore demonstrating graduate level subject matter expertise from what students have learned in their modules is vital to ensure that they stand out in this competitive job market place.

Written by Dr Graham Manville, Director of Employability

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