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Emily Knowles


United Kingdom
I particularly enjoy all the extra opportunities made available to Entrepreneurship students including the fantastic chance to foster your creativity and entrepreneurial skills at our business innovation centre, The Hive.

More about Emily

What were the key features that attracted you to your course?

“Like many prospective university students, I was unsure on my exact career path. However, the business management course had the right mix of all the different disciplines and skills needed to become a well-rounded business student. Should I decide to specialise in one of these disciplines, I already have all of the background knowledge needed to be successful!”

What do you enjoy most about your course?

“I particularly enjoy all the extra opportunities made available to Entrepreneurship students including the fantastic chance to foster your creativity and entrepreneurial skills at our business innovation centre, The Hive. Here, you can use all of Nottingham Trent’s industry professionals’ skills and resources to be able to create your own business. And if you’re lucky, you can continue to run your dream business throughout the rest of your time at university!”

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?

“Nottingham is such a vibrant student city and is home to a large independent scene with many unique shops, bars and restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else in the Midlands! Everything you could possibly need is always just a short walk away from the city campus.”

Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

“I think the awards that NTU has achieved speak for themselves! Having won the Times ‘Modern University of the Year’ and the Guardian’s ‘University of the Year’ perfectly represents the quality of teaching, facilities and student satisfaction at Nottingham Trent University. The Business Management & Entrepreneurship course has the perfect mix of theory and practical application that really allows you to become a well-rounded business student. It also allows students to be creative with many coursework projects revolving around real life business issues which encourages students to be creative and apply innovative solutions to commercial scenarios.”

What work experience/placement have you completed? – Where you went and what you did?

“During my placement year as the Strategic Projects & PMO intern at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, I lead numerous corporate initiatives while working with teams of 15+ employees. These were focused on workplace strategy and employee engagement activities including incorporating various sustainability initiatives and organising events across our 10 UK and Ireland sites as well as our global organisation. I was also the chair of the Intern committee where we managed to raise over £40,000 as a cohort for various local charities!”

How will your course and/or placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?

“My placement has without a doubt enhanced my overall skillset and prepared me for life in the ‘real world’ after graduating university. Having worked for a multinational technology company, I’ve become accustomed to the intricacies of day to day operations in many different business units across the organisation as well as seriously improving my project management skills. I’m also much more confident with approaching new situations after being given such a large amount of responsibility. I also used my own initiative to achieve desirable project outcomes.”

What opportunities have you had as a result of studying with NBS? How have these activities contributed to your university experience?

“I was lucky enough to study at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon during my second year of university. This included two weeks of living and studying in France whilst undertaking a Design Thinking and Innovation module which attributed to an additional 20 credits to my degree. Here, we were put in contact with a local business who had been struggling with their marketing and branding positioning and we, as students, would come up with a proposal to make this more effective. This was a hands-on experience which allowed us to directly interact with the business and get instant feedback from them about our ideas.”

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