The Postgraduate Careers Service (PCS) recently held a successful week-long Careers Expo where nearly 20 companies provided insight into how they work and presented full-time and internship opportunities to our MBA students. A mix of longstanding partners and new companies visited campus, and there was also a ‘company trek’ to Amazon and a number of webinars. Read on to hear more about the week’s events and reviews from staff and students.
“We were delighted to welcome 18 companies onto campus for this year’s MBA Careers Expo. It was a fantastic opportunity for student engagement where both classes immersed themselves in the sessions and asked insightful questions. We are proud to host this event which seems to get bigger every year as the external market continues to recognise our MBA talent for both internship and full-time hiring opportunities.” – Chris Garnett, Head of Postgraduate Careers and Employability
The Expo was a great opportunity for us to focus solely on our careers, internships, networking and post-MBA strategies. As classes were suspended for the week, I was able to invest all my time in researching and meeting different companies and attending events. I made some great connections from networking at company presentations, which will be hugely valuable for me in the future. I particularly enjoyed attending the Co-op Group and Admiral company presentations. – Laura Yeaman, Vice President of Communications & External Affairs, Class of 2018
Companies that attended Careers Expo 2017 included:
- GP Bullhound: Nick Horrocks (Class of 2004) offered an insight into GP Bullhound, who provide independent strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions as well as private placements to leading tech entrepreneurs, companies and investors across the globe.
- REACT Engineering: REACT wrapped up the first day of Careers Expo 2017 with a presentation on the opportunities they offer across a wide range of areas, including front-end engineering, implementation and safety support.
- Haq Solicitors: Ammar Haq of Haq Solicitors returned to explain how Tier 4 University-sponsored student visa holders can work in the UK post-MBA.
- Eli Lilly: Eli Lily presented a webinar that gave an insight into the company, an overview of their extremely competitive internship programme followed by an opportunity for a Q&A.
- Admiral: Hosted by Admiral CEO, David Stevens (AMBS alumnus and MBA guest speaker), Admiral’s session was delivered by Nicoletta De Luca, along with AMBS alumni Armin Kia and Andrey Gonzalez. The presenters explored the MBA graduate opportunities available at this MBA-initiated organisation.
- Daniel Porot: Daniel Porot delivers his ‘Creative Job Search Strategies’ seminar to MBAs at most of the top B-Schools in the US, Europe and Asia and has been coming to Alliance MBS for the past 15 years. Daniel skills session covered how to manage business relationships and secure opportunities, along with his unique approach to job search strategies.
- Wheatsheaf Group: We welcomed Wheatsheaf to campus for the first time for a presentation by Head of Research, Tim Shaw. Wheatsheaf believes in looking after the land and the environment, as well as the communities and partners with whom they are involved. PCS are thrilled to be working with them and hope to engage with them further.
- Amazon: There was a great turnout for the Class of 2018’s visit to Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Rugeley. One of the innovators shaping the future of e-commerce, Amazon is continually looking to recruit future leaders. During the on-campus presentation, the Customer Fulfilment & Talent Acquisition Team shared information about the culture and exciting opportunities they have to offer. They also received their AMBS ‘Best Employer’ runner-up award.
- Scott Robert: Scott Robert are market leading consultants for FinTech and Financial Services firms. They specialise in taking entrepreneurs and innovative ideas to market through their expertise in FinTech and RegTech. Robert Cooper provided an overview of the company, which is hoping to offer summer internship opportunities.
- Entrepreneurship Forum: Jonny Cadden, Founder of Business Rocks (www.business-rocks.com) visited AMBS to share his experience of setting up a business in the UK with our MBA students. PCS want to offer more opportunities for our AMBS students to learn about entrepreneurship, so the session was followed by a networking lunch with our alumni: Idalia Dawidowska, Dawn Holmes, Tim Langley, John Macauley, and William O’Brien.
- Turner and Townsend Consultants: Established for over 70 years, Turner & Townsend are a globally established consultancy with a focus on lean consultancy and operational excellence within industries including real estate, energy and technology.
- Trak Global: Trak Global gave a presentation about their company culture and job opportunities. They are a group of companies covering the full spectrum of telematics services, offering partners ad hoc end-to-end solutions. They are currently involved with an International Business Project with the Class of 2017 and are looking forward to continuing their engagement with the school.
- Hilti: Hilti regularly recruit students from AMBS for both internships and full-time positions. MBA and attended a presentation and networking session to find out more about the exciting opportunities with Hilti.
- Co-op: The Co-op is an iconic feature of the retail industry in the UK with a unique business model and cultural heritage in the North West, so we were thrilled to hear from the Transformation Team about their project based internships.
- Ernst & Young: Disruption and innovation were the themes of EY’s session this week. We were joined by a Partner and Director of the firm, who challenged MBA students to come up with new ideas on disrupting business models in heritage companies like EY. The ideas were all taken away by the representatives so watch this space for what’s next!
- BNN Technology: PCS were delighted to welcome representatives of BNN Technology, Scott Kennedy Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director, and Emma Rawlinson, Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Scott and Emma introduced BNN and focused on the relevant opportunities for MBAs. They also delivered a skills session on personal branding and interview preparation.
“In a very short amount of time I got an outlook on career opportunities not only in the UK, but also in continental Europe, the Middle East and China. I truly believe that this week was invaluable, as it triggered my interest for industries I had no knowledge of before. I made an efficient use of the opportunities presented and managed to get several one-to-one application interviews with company representatives. I advise next year students to take the maximum out of it, but most important of all to enjoy it and have fun!” – Driss Ouazzani Taibi, Class of 2018
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