Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Connor Griffiths - Finalist of Management Undergraduate of the Year!

Huge congratulations to Royal Holloway Business and Management (Year in Business) student for reaching the Finals of the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award. The finals were held in Canary Wharf on Friday 20th April, hosted by Rachel Riley of Countdown fame. While Connor did not win the actual award it was a massive achievement to get through to the Final-
over 3300 students applied for 1 of 12 different awards

The Management Undergraduate of the Year Award was awarded to "An outstanding Management student with an aptitude for Customer Service and Sales, Flexibility, Leadership, a strong work ethic and great communication skills"

Connor said " It was amazing to be a part of the Management  Undergraduate of the year awards. I met some great like minded people and contacts in other applicants and also members of staff at Enterprise who sponsored this Award. I have learnt so much throughout the application process. In particular how to tackle an assessment centre and also how to network (something I’ve never really done before and found very daunting)."

Read more about the Awards here: https://undergraduateoftheyear.com/

Connor was one of the 1st students from Royal Holloway School of Management this year to secure his placement and he will be starting with Ascot Wealth Management on placement in the summer. He is featured in the picture below at the official opening of Royal Holloway's Placement Place, alongside Alvaro Ferreira who also reached the Final of the Management Undergraduate of the Year Award last year.

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! :