Thursday, 8 March 2018

Speed Recruitment event 2018

On Monday evening our School of Management Year in Business students came out to talk to a number of companies at our Speed Recruitment style event. I would like to express a huge thank you to the representatives from Enterprise Rent-a-Car, EY, Gain Credit, NetApp, PiXL and Richard Davies Investor Relations who joined us at Royal Holloway.

We were particularly pleased to see current Royal Holloway YIBs who are out on placement back in College talking about their company placement schemes. Kane Nelhams is doing his placement with Enterprise as a Management trainee at the Slough branch and Mae Wang is doing a Project Management placement at NetApp.

Small groups of students moved around the room every 8 minutes talking to different companies about the range of placements available and seeing if there was a suitable match.They heard about a range of positions including Accountancy (Tax, Audit, Assurance), Marketing, Market Analysis, Wealth Management, Finance, Management training, Project Management and IT support.

It was good to see the students' enthusiasm to secure a placement and to hear positive feedback from the Companies about the students they talked to and the types of questions they had been asked.

Last year a number of our YIBs secured placements on the back of attending a similar event and we do hope the students this year are equally successful. Do let us know!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Jamie Leigh Platt's placement at Avis Budget - Global Travel and Partnerships Coordinator

This is a guest post from Royal Holloway student Jamie Leigh Platt who is studying for BSc Management with Marketing (Year in Business) and is currently doing a 12 month placement with Avis Budget as a Global Travel and Partnerships Coordinator. Avis Budget are currently advertising a range of placement positions in nearby Bracknell so if you like the sound of Jamie's placement do consider applying!

Since joining the Avis Budget Group in June for my placement, there hasn’t been a day I haven’t learned something new. From creating websites to flying to Barcelona for a call centre incentive, I’ve been given so many opportunities and been able to see first hand how a global business actually works.
Jamie Leigh Platt holding the award when Avis won best car rental at the Star Awards
While initially I dreaded the thought of applying for placements and doing the rounds at different assessment centres, interview days and trying (and failing) psychometric tests – I can say now, I shouldn’t have been so worried… While it is possible you might fail to make the cut due to the applicant process at one company, you’ll always find other placement better suited to your skills. Especially in my case, I struggled with psychometric tests due to my dyslexia so I reached out to companies I knew preferred to have face to face interviews. 

Jamie and the Partnerships Team
When it comes to interviews, instead of getting nervous and trying desperately to impress, see it as a chance to get a feel for the people and the company you might be working for. While its important you get this experience under your belt, its more important you enjoy your time there. 

By only applying to placements that I could see myself enjoying made the whole applicant process so much easier. Having a genuine interest and a passion to learn more about your placement will come across to employers and make your time there so much more enjoyable. For me, marketing was my biggest interest so my manager helped me get involved with this side of the business. So far, I’ve been able to help create promotional campaigns for our big partners at British Airways, Mastercard, American Express and many more. I’ve also helped with planning all our upcoming events and award shows in 2018, and now I’m even helping to organize our annual ABG event at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Jamie was featured in TTG magazine with some of her colleagues at the TTG Awards.

If you want a chance to apply for my placement role, please follow the link below. The applicant process was simple - with no psychometric tests at all! :

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Official opening of the Placements Place & Call Back afternoon news

The School of Management foyer was buzzing at lunchtime on Monday 29th January as we welcomed Royal Holloway's Bob O’Keefe (Dean of Management, Economics and Law Faculty) and Gloria Agyemang (Head of School of Management) to cut the ribbon to officially open the Placements Place.

The Placements Place, office 10 of the Moore building, has been recently refurbished to provide a welcoming area for students seeking placements to come for advice: do come and relax on our sofa, check out our video screen and placement board and chat to the Placement officers. It is also a place to celebrate the success of previous YIBs who have already secured placement positons and in many cases found Graduate jobs on the back of their successful placements. Our large Tube track poster, “Where will your placement take you?” provides an inspiring list of company names, both large and small, where our Management students have been on placement.

On that note we were delighted to welcome our current cohort of YIBs who were in College for their Call Back afternoon. These students connected with each other over the buffet lunch and many spoke to members of staff and encouraged younger year YIBs to remain persistent in their placement hunt. Following short speeches by Katharine Radford (Year in Business Programme Officer); Alvaro Ferreira (current placement student at Ascot Wealth Management) and Bob O’Keefe (Faculty Dean) the ribbon was cut!

During the Call Back Afternoon the YIB students talked at length about their Academic Assessment.
> One workshop with the YIB Careers’ Advisors gave each student the opportunity to talk through one of their STAR examples and get instant feedback on their specific example for their Personal Development Portfolio.
    > A second reflective workshop on their Case study saw Justin O’ Brien, one of the YIB Academic Advisors giving tips to the students and drawing in the learnings from returning YIB, Kwok Lam, back in his Final year having completed his placement at DHL in 2016/17.
   > All students were encouraged to interact regularly with their YIB Advisor as they work towards the October 15th deadline for their Assessment.

In addition to learning about the Academic Assessment, the students found out about forthcoming placement visits (all students get a visit to their workplace between 5 – 9 months into their placement) and about the opportunity to gain passport points by writing blog articles and by signing up to be a Peer Guide and mentor 1st year YIB students from September

Unfortunately Year in Business students cannot gain passport points from the placement itself as it is a mandatory part of the degree but can get points from other internships, from doing Passport Challenges and a range of other activities outlined on the website:

We concluded the evening with a trip to go bowling and witnessed some very impressive performances all round.

Thank you to all YIB students for taking time out of their placements to attend the Call Back afternoon – it was good to hear how your placements have been going!