Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Interested in working for a SME?

Many students have expressed interest in working for a SME – a small medium enterprise*

Alvaro Ferreira, BSc Management with International Business (Year in Business) student is currently doing his 12 month placement as a Wealth Management assistant for SME Ascot Wealth Management. Alvaro writes:

 “I think it is very important to consider applying for both MNEs and SMEs. In my experience so far, my favourite thing about working for a small company is that you are involved with most things that are happening in the business. In my case, Ascot Wealth Management is a growing company which is constantly going through changes and improvements. This means that we are all involved in the process of change, giving me the opportunity to contribute my ideas to the business as a whole. I find this to be a benefit, because it means I am given more responsibility and I get the chance to learn different parts of the business rather than just doing what my job description says. Alongside to this, being in a small firm really means you work and communicate with everyone which I enjoy as there is more interaction and you get to learn more from working with different colleagues.”

*SMEs are organisations which are small (fewer than 50) to medium sized (50 – 249 employees) and includes micros (fewer than 10 employees). According to Government statistics there are currently 5.5 million private businesses in the UK which is 2 million more than 2000. Combined SMEs account for 99.9% of all businesses and generate £1.8 trillion annual turnover (47% of UK Sector private turnover). 

How to find out more about SMEs.

Rate my Placement provides details of the top 10 small to medium sized undergraduate employers 2017-18 (source: those shortlisted at the 2017 National Undergraduate Employability Awards) :

The winner was Prospect Soft. 

Prospect Soft have placement positions for 2018/19 advertised here: https://placements.prospectsoft.com/

Other finalists were : Borro, Egress Software Technologies, Golfbreaks.com, Magpie, Sparx, Supreme Creations, Tekever, TLC Marketing and Whym.

Read more about previous Royal Holloway Year in Business students who have worked at SMEs: 
      > Rosie Toe did a marketing placement with Vercida. The Company helps employers looking to promote a positive and diverse working environment, and those looking for jobs in an equal opportunities workplace. http://yearinbusiness.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/normal-0-false-false-false-en-gb-ja-x.html

I     >Iris Pilement did a marketing placement with Vines & Terroirs in Hong Kong, an SME which is the biggest player in the specialised Rose Wine in Hong Kong

   >  Victoria Taylor (and now Sophie Quinn), have done digital marketing placements with Winser of London, a luxury woman’s clothing line. https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-taylor-46820a97/


     > Maria Stopnikova did a marketing placement with Lucidity London, an independent marketing consultancy where she was involved in working with the luxury food industry http://yearinbusiness.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/normal-0-false-false-false-en-gb-x-none.html

Monday, 30 October 2017

Enterprise Head Office placements

Many Year in Business students spoke to Enterprise Rent a Car at the recent YIB Employer event or University Careers' Fair and will be aware that Enterprise are coming onto campus on Tuesday 7th November to conduct interviews for their Head Office placement positions. They will also be back on Friday 1st December to interview for their Management trainee placement positions (London/ South East branches).

Royal Holloway YIBs who have secured Enterprise Head office placements include Muhatashim Butt (Revenue Analyst 2015/16) and Ellen Pearce (Finance  placement 2017/18). To find out more about Enterprise's placements read this blog

YIBs who are interested in applying for the Head Office positions should find the application forms here and apply by November 5th:

For those Royal Holloway YIBs interested in applying for the London/ South East Management trainee placements (on campus interviews December 1st) contact Katharine Radford for more details and read here about previous YIB Amy Taylor :http://yearinbusiness.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/amy-taylors-management-trainee.html

Monday, 9 October 2017

Call Back afternoon - September 2017

We were delighted to welcome back so many of our Year in Business students (YIBs) currently out on placement at the recent Call Back afternoon.

The students reprsented the following Companies: Affiliate Window, Ascot Wealth Management, Black and Decker, Canon UK, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, GE Renewable Energy, GMSA, Hitachi Europe, HBO, Kantar Worldpanel, Knight Frank, Lemonade, Menzies LLP, NetApp, Oracle, Pfizer, Porsche, Richard Davies ,SAP, Travelport, Toyota and World First.

It was good to hear the YIBs sharing with each other details of what they had been doing on placement to date : many were surprised at the amount of responsibility they had been given in a relatively short time. Students were working across a wide range of roles including recruitment, training and development, digital marketing, client management, wealth management , account manager, business analyst, publicity, marketing, accountancy, finance, management trainee, project management

The students also found out more about the Academic element of their Assessment. Year in Business students need to complete a 5,500 word Case study linking their work experience to the theory studied in the previous 2 years. They also need to provide 8 STAR examples based on their work during the Placement. The assessment accounts for 20% of their final year grade. Students have been allocated Year in Business Advisors and encouraged to engage with their supervisors and to be getting critique of their placement assessment.

 The students chatted over tea and many produced placement video profiles which will be shared on this blog http://yibprofile.blogspot.co.uk/. Many YIBs stayed into the evening promoting the programme either by presenting at the 2nd year information evening, talking informally to 2nd years looking for placements or manning company stands at the Employer Placement Fair.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Employer Placement event : September 2017

We were delighted to welcome 10 employers to the School of Management's Year in Business event : Ascot Wealth Management, Costco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, EY, GE, IBM, PwC, SAP, Toyota and 3M.

Many of our 1st and 2nd year Management Year in Business students attended the evening and were able to speak to representatives from the different companies about their placement schemes. Current YIBs Alvaro and Ropa were on the Ascot Wealth Management stand, while Catherine and Hannah represented SAP and Georgia was on the Toyota stand. We were also fortunate that many other YIBs who have also been out on placement made themselves available to talk informally to the 1st and 2nd years.

The 2nd year YIBs also attended an information workshop where they heard about the steps required to embark on their placement search and the support available from Royal Holloway's Placement team and the Careers' Service. The Careers and Employability moodle page has considerable resources to help students prepare for CVs/ Cover Letters/ Interview skills/ Assessment centres/ Psychometric tests. The 2nd year YIBs are also fortunate to be able to book 1:1 guidance sessions with Careers on Tuesdays (12 - 4pm) and Thursdays (12 - 3pm)

The YIBs also heard from YIBs Mary (HBO); Sharon (Menzies LLP) and Becky (Porsche) about their placements and the recommendations they offered placement students: