My placement was without a doubt one of the most eye-opening experiences of my degree so far – it gave me clear insight to the technology industry, world of sales, and graduate life.
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What made you choose to study at NTU?
“Before visiting NTU on an open day it was not my first choice of university, but I left with an overwhelmingly positive feeling about the university and picked it as my first choice. Speaking to lecturers and students, I could tell they really believed that NTU has a lot to offer both in the classroom and out – and now I know from personal experience this is true.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The variety of topics covered; from workplace psychology, through to SME modelling, to quantitative analysis – my course has stretched me to think differently across a number of skillsets.”
What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?
“Getting used to independent learning can be challenging, but the staff on my course made me feel comfortable with reaching out to them whenever I had any questions. They even offered to meet and to discuss my work and learning. Moreover, the lecturers and seminar staff at NTU are experts in their field of study. This means that no matter what the question is, they will find out the answer and point you in the direction of relevant research.”
What do you think about the facilities available to you?:
“Most of my lectures and seminars are based in Newton building, which is filled with modern seminar rooms and has lecture theatres that mean waking up for a 9AM lecture isn’t that bad after all. The library is where I spend most of my study time. I believe it is the best facility in NTU; open 24/7, group-study rooms, silent zones, and stress-reducing puppies during exam season – it’s ideal for late night deadline chasing or early-morning starts.”
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“Nottingham is a great city for students. There is a strong independent scene, relatively cheap housing, and loads of green space – there is something for everyone! Every day there is a different night out, so you’ll never get bored of the same clubs; equally there’s plenty of independent coffee shops, interesting sports facilities, and cultural hotspots. Nottingham definitely has a lot to offer – I’ve been here over 2 years and have just scratched the surface.”
Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
“Business degrees are multifaceted, and so arm you with the skills required to take on a wide variety of job roles – key for an ever-changing job market. In short, NTU is the best place to get a respected degree, and have a great time doing it.”
What work experience/placement have you completed? – Where you went and what you did?
“I recently finished my 13-month placement at IBM, based in central London. My role was a worldwide sales enablement position, working with business partners and sellers across the globe to help build pipeline and close deals. My placement was without a doubt one of the most eye-opening experiences of my degree so far – it gave me clear insight to the technology industry, world of sales, and graduate life.”
How will your course and/or placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?
“Having a Business degree opens doors for you, doing a placement gives you the experience to know which one to walk through. Working full-time in a professional environment makes you much more attractive to employers because you can easily talk about the work you have done and the impact you personally had. In interviews for graduate positions I now have a file of work I can use to prove my efficacy, rather than relying on a degree alone. I am currently applying to a number of graduate programmes following a sales path, mostly in the technology industry, but also banking and finance.”
What opportunities have you had as a result of studying with NBS? How have these activities contributed to your university experience?
“During my second year I was a paid CERT mentor to a group of first year students, offering advice and guidance I would have wanted in my first year. This was a great addition to my personal and professional development, as well allowing me to earn a bit of money. I also took up a position as an ambassador for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), helping to create awareness of the resources and opportunities they offer throughout NBS. Additionally, between my first and second year I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Mandarin Scholarship along with some other NTU students. We flew to Beijing to study Mandarin-Chinese for a month, which was another opportunity to grow both academically and personally.”