NBS Employability Week 2017

Last November UEA/NBS hosted its annual Employability Week 2017 (EW 2017). This is exclusive to Norwich Business School and highlights NBS’ commitment to providing our students the very best preparation for success in the ever competitive gradate job market. Our annual week-long event involves some of the most familiar global companies as well as local SMEs within the East Anglian region.

Our latest event has been the best ever with more than 80 employers and more than 50 events that took place week commencing the 6th November 2017. Director of Employability Dr Graham Manville said “Our events were literally at full capacity and the employers were delighted by the attendance and many have begun interviewing our students since the events.”

EW2017 raised the bar further with the introduction of themed days which enabled employers to focus on a particular day and also allowed our students to zero in their efforts to their chosen career interests. Within the themed days we also hosted events co-hosted by academics and professional bodies for students that wished to become chartered or study for further professional qualifications.

A copy of our schedule is shown here which details our themed days and the colour codes denote the event type:

Employability Week 2017 Student Timetable

Monday – HR and Operations Management

The Monday theme was devoted to careers in generalist roles including Operations and HR. The day included events hosted by academics allied to professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD).  The lunchtime session included a number of our recent alumni sharing their experiences and inspiring our students. The employers on our opening day included other familiar names such as the NHS, DHL, Unilever, Lotus and TeachFirst as well as larger regional organisations such as Norse.

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Tuesday – Sales and Marketing

Tuesday focussed on Sales and Marketing and included one of the largest sales and marketing graduate employers in the UK, Enterprise Rent a Car, alongside iconic brands such as Marks and Spencer. The evening event was an event involving our student Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) club and regional marketing employers. During the day, we hosted popular sessions hosted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and marketing intelligence database Mintel.

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Wednesday – Accounting and Finance

Wednesday was our Accounting and Finance day and this included major regional employers such as: Price Bailey, Marsh, Aviva, Alan Boswell and Larking Gowen. We also hosted the major professional accounting bodies such as: The Chartered institute of Management Accounts (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England  and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Association of Certified Chartered Accounts (ACCA). The day also included awareness sessions from FAME and Thomson Reuters financial databases. The set piece of this day is our major accounting firms evening which included EY, KPMG, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. Marsh also ran their BRAIN challenge, a dynamic and interactive simulation proving our students with an insight in to the world of insurance.

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Thursday – Enterprise and High Growth Organisations

This day was aimed at careers within regional SMEs and included a session from our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS) students sharing their experiences so far. The lunchtime event was devoted to student enterprise and included our UEA Enterprise Central and two alumni that have established successful businesses, Fresh Motors Ltd and Extremis Technology. The evening’s working for an SME panel session event included two Tech City Future 50 organisations, Carwow and Epos Now plus Concilium Search.

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Friday – International Careers Day

To close the week, we devoted an entire day to sessions specially to benefit our international students. This included events hosted by global companies with a strong Asian presence such as Hays Asia and KPMG China. We also held an extremely popular session on tips for international students looking to stay in the UK to work once they have graduated.

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The finale of EW2017 was the result of the Employability Prize which was a competitive prize open to all students involving psychometric testing, group exercises, presentations and one to one interviews. The prize was £200 and the ceremonial cheque was presented to winner Charlotte Whiting by our Head of School Professor Paul Dobson and Andrew Holdsworth, Careers Advisor.

L-R: Andrew, Charlotte and Paul

With so many great sessions it’s hard to mention them all, but you can catch up on our live tweets from the week at our hashtag #NBSEW17 for a comprehensive guide of all our top sessions.

We would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the organisations and delegates that joined us for our biggest and best Employability Week yet.

We are already looking forward to our Employability Week in November 2018 and if you are an employer looking to take part we would be delighted to hear from you. Whether you are a global company or a local SME, there will be an opportunity to take part.

For further details please contact us on nbs@uea.ac.uk

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