Reflecting on Another Successful Employability Week

During the first week of November, Norwich Business School (NBS) hosted its annual Employability Week 2019 (EW 2019). This is an exclusive opportunity open to Norwich Business School students in line with our aspirations to produce ‘Graduates of Global Distinction’ and highlights NBS’ ongoing commitment to providing our students the very best preparation for success in what is an ever-competitive graduate jobs market.

Our annual week-long event offers themed days that cater for the wide range of career interests our students have, and involve a combination of global companies as well as local SMEs within the East Anglia region; some events are also co-hosted by academics and professional bodies for students that wish to become chartered or study for further professional qualifications.

Monday: HR and Operations

Our opening day of Employability Week was centred around careers in generalist roles including Operations and HR. The day included talks from professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), in addition to a panel of professionals who worked within the Project Management industry and were representatives of the Association of Project Management (APM). The lunchtime session included a number of our recent Graduates sharing their experiences and the day was further supplemented by a session run by the UEA Business Society on how to get an internship featuring guest student speakers including James Rhodes who had completed a Management Internship with Tesco. The day was concluded with an evening session featuring several employers including BT and the Civil Service Fast stream who offered advice to the attendees and facilitated networking.

Tuesday: Sales and Marketing

Employability Week continued on Tuesday, focusing on Sales and Marketing, with the morning sessions seeing talks delivered from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in addition to a session from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). During the afternoon there were talks delivered by SKY, Enterprise Rent a Car and Aldi, supplemented by networking opportunities, in addition to an insight and coaching session on Wellbeing at work and a further session on what it looks like being an Assistant Director. The penultimate event of the day was a Mock Assessment Centre delivered by Enterprise Rent a Car to help students immerse into what an Assessment Centre looked like. The day was brought to a close with a Working in Marketing session, featuring Sainsbury’s and Unilever, as well as local Waste Management group Norse.

Wednesday: Accounting and Finance

The mid-point of Employability Week 2019 saw a day dedicated to careers in the Accountancy and Finance sector with a series of events taking place to promote the different pathways available, with industry experts from regional firms such as Alan Boswell and Price Bailey offering insight to Students, in addition to hearing from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and Professional Accountancy bodies such as CIMA and CIPFA. The day also saw a Student led event from the UEA Investment society and culminated with the ‘Big 5’ showcase which featured talks from KPMG, PWC, EY, Deloitte and Grant Thornton.

Thursday: Enterprise and SME’S

The penultimate day of EW 2019 saw a focus on Enterprise and Small-Medium Business, as well as a series of hands on sessions designed to equip Students with various skills around Leadership and Entrepreneurial thinking. The day kicked off with a student led session from Enactus designed to increase the awareness of what they do and how they help to tackle social issues, but then to also engage Students to think like an Entrepreneur; this session was further supplemented by a session led by Careers Central to challenge Students to consider careers in Business Research.

An action-packed afternoon followed and saw a panel featuring recent Graduate Jacob Freshwater who now runs an ever-thriving business Fresh Motors following the support of UEA Student Enterprise, who also featured on the panel- the session explored what it was like to run your own business. Further events included a Leadership Masterclass delivered by the British Army and then the final event of the day was an evening session consisting of High Growth companies and SME’s including Anglia Capital and Concilium.

Friday: International

To conclude a busy week of events, Friday saw a day dedicated to thinking globally and also supporting the needs of those who might explore a career overseas. An early morning start saw a networking breakfast over Skype with Lockin China and Ipsos and then followed with talks from KPMG Hong Kong and a session on Global Careers featuring Groupon (USA) and the European Court of Auditors. BDO also delivered a session on how to pass video interviews and psychometric tests which complimented sessions from Careers Central on Strengths based Recruitment and what Global opportunities/resources are on offer. The final event of EW 2019 saw UEA Graduates, who have pursued careers internationally, facilitate a networking session to offer an insight into their career journeys.

by James Rhodes

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