The Futures First Employability Hub is a key asset to the Management School

Jamie Taylor
Jamie Taylor
Undergraduate student
BA Business Management
Jamie shares why he chose to study the BA Business Management and how the Futures First Employability Hub helps students to increase their employability skills.
Jamie Taylor

Getting the module balance right

After completing my A Levels, I knew that I wanted to do a course related to Business but I didn’t want to specialise too early. I was attracted to the BA Business Management course at Sheffield because of the module diversity alongside the opportunity to undertake a placement year.

The importance of reputation

I first heard about the Management School when I went to a University Careers Fair where I was impressed by the opportunities available at the University. I chose Sheffield University Management School because the undergraduate pathway has a clear structure and I felt welcomed when visiting the Management School on the open day.

Of course, the School’s reputation also helped. The Management School has Triple Crown Accreditation and is a member of the Russell Group. These marks of quality influenced my decisions to study at Sheffield because I could be confident that I would receive a high standard of education and this would improve my future employability prospects.

Settling in

Like everyone else, I expected it to take some time to adjust to starting my university studies. The systems are different. I went from a school system focused around knowledge recall and progressed to university where there is more of an emphasis on independent learning. But by the time the second semester came around and I had some feedback from my first assignments, I became more confident in my studies and knew that I had made the right choice.

What the Management School has to offer

The Management School’s facilities are excellent; and the school has a modern feel with spacious lecture theatres and plenty of seminar rooms. The Management School’s Courtyard Cafe is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch. It serves both hot and cold food which you can enjoy whilst working in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Wellbeing and support

The staff in the Management School are great! They are always happy to help you out and answer any questions that you have. Help is always on hand should you need it. Every student is assigned an academic tutor and you meet them every semester. Aside from this, the Futures First Hub is great for support with placement applications. Lecturers also have office hours each week if you have any questions and they are always contactable via email if you are busy during the office hours.

Employability

The Futures First Employability Hub is fantastic! It is a key asset to the Management School. Friendly and helpful staff are always on hand and I have used their services a number of times to check over my CV and applications when applying for part-time jobs and industry placements.

Gaining real work experience

Over the summer, I completed a 6-week internship working on eco-tourism and entrepreneurship in Indonesia with an organisation called AIESEC. Whilst on my internship, I had the opportunity to develop my team working skills, working in a team with people from all around the world. I also had a number of placements when I was out there: including ‘Unilever Indonesia’, ‘Nutrifood’ - a major Indonesian healthy food manufacturer as well as at a startup Digital Marketing Agency.

When I was placed at ‘Nutrifood’ I learnt about the organisational design of the company and I was able to apply my knowledge from my first year ‘Behaviour at Work’ module to the placement.

I found the placement to be a real eye-opener and it was particularly beneficial to see the comparisons and similarities between businesses in Indonesia and the UK.

These placements helped to further develop my interpersonal skills and build on my previous experience.

Being immersed into a completely new culture, with a different climate, language, food and way of living was difficult at first but I quickly adapted to it and found the experience to be highly rewarding! I developed a lot over the 6 weeks and I would definitely recommend anyone else to do an internship abroad.

Student life in Sheffield

Life for a student in Sheffield is great! There is such a large student population and this helps to create a really welcoming, friendly feeling around the city.

What I like most about Sheffield is its close proximity to the Peak District. I like to do caving in my spare time and it's great to have somewhere like the Peaks right on your doorstep.

Another positive about Sheffield is that you can walk to most places or catch the bus and make use of the £1 student single. Travelling around the city is affordable and easy to do.

And the best thing about Sheffield is that there are so many societies and clubs to try, where you can meet so many amazing people!

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