Business Management - My Three Reasons Why
Why should you consider applying to study at Birmingham City Business School?
You've probably already heard about our practice based learning, our unique relationship with the city we're in, and our newly upgraded facilities, but what do our students think are the real selling points for their courses?
So we asked Will, a final year Business Management student, to give us three reasons why he chose to join Birmingham City Business School.
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At Birmingham City University and more specifically the Business School; students are not just taught how to pass an exam. Firstly, many lectures and seminar leaders are veterans in their respective fields. They often supply knowledge based on real life industry or past experiences, which, for me and my professional development is a much better source of knowledge than the reading of a text book. Students aren’t just graded on their ability to retain information and display it in an hour exam. Sure, there is an element of examination but students are also graded on assignments, reports, group work, presentations and projects – these aspects of academia are far more relatable to industry.
For example, in my second year studying Business and Management I undertook a module called ‘The Business Entrepreneur’. Inspired by the popular TV show Dragons Den, this focused on a group’s ability to research, assess and present the profitability of a Small Medium Enterprise (SME). We had to source an existing SME located in Birmingham that operated with a ‘niche’ idea and gather financial information, future plans and analyse its industry, all by talking to the business itself and documenting all of our findings into a detailed report. We then delivered a presentation as a group and requested a sum on capital from an investor. This was a great module as it focused heavily on aspects of ‘the business world’ that were real and replicable for when we start our careers.
University isn’t just about the grade you come out with or the lectures & seminars. It’s actually a chance to immerse yourself into a new environment and develop your employability. BCU offer a variety of part time roles to their students. I had the opportunity to become a corporate ambassador and work on Open Days and manty other uni events. This then lead me onto becoming an Aim Higher Mentor which entailed the mentoring of year 10 students regarding higher education, social skills and their future in a local secondary school. I did this for a 15-week period and it was beyond rewarding. Now, I assist the Vice Chancellor, Dr Phillip Plowden with his welcome talk on Open Days (sometimes in front of an audience of 400 pople). BCU is undeniably amazing at offering opportunities to their students and my success in getting an internship is definitely a product of that.
My course is Business and Management. This is a 4 year course with a placement year integrated within. In order to gain a placement year students have to work hard and develop their CV, Covering letter and recruitment skills in order to be successful. I worked closely with a man called Mark, from BCU’s Careers+ team, who used his years as a recruitment consultant to help me along the process. This enabled me to really understand and delve into what the employer actually wanted from an applicant, and shape my approach and CV to fit in with their needs. After being successful with gaining a placement Mark took me through my contract & relevant information. I am currently in my 8th week of my placement at a Management Consultancy company called OTD where I am gaining the experience I need to kick start a successful career, and, as much as my ego hates to admit it, without the Business, Law & Social Sciences Careers+ team I wouldn’t be in such a positive situation.
Good luck with your application and hope to see you see next year!