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Industry engagement kicks off at Newcastle University London

Newcastle University London is fast becoming a hub for industry activity, with several events taking place on Campus to help students kick start their careers and engage with industry.

Through the Young Entrepreneurs Programme, launched by Reload Greece, students across seven UK universities are going head-to-head for the chance to be paired up with a business mentor within their industry. 

“The purpose of these events is to help young people develop their entrepreneurial skills, and it also appeals to those who already have a business idea but need help implementing it,” said Gabriela, MSc International Business Management student and volunteer at Reload Greece.

The first introductory workshop took place on our London Campus, and the second was hosted by London Business School.

“During the first two events, we learned how to come up with possible ideas by finding gaps in the market, with big data, automation and technology in mind,” Gabriela continued. At the third event, taking place on Tuesday 29 November, participants will learn skills and techniques for presenting in front of investors.

Participants will then pitch their business ideas to the group, and the 10 finalists will be matched to mentors, who will help students refine their proposals. The finalists will then pitch their plans to a panel of industry experts, in the hope of winning the Innovation, Young Leader, Social Impact or Rising Star Award. Prizes range from cash to internships to free accelerator courses.

“The scheme is helping Newcastle University London students enhance their skills and come up with business ideas. It has also helped us to build our network – this will be beneficial in our future career, but will also allow us to learn the latest industry information to feed into our dissertations.”

Meanwhile, a representative from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) recently visited the Campus to offer insightful advice to our BSc Honours Accounting and Finance students.

Outlining that our students receive exemptions from many of the CIMA examinations upon completion of their undergraduate studies, Jason Nye, Student Recruitment Manager at the professional body, explained that top companies such as Sky, JP Morgan and Burberry often sponsor those on graduate programmes to receive the full CIMA qualification.

“Management accountancy is fantastic option for students that want to be involved in a wide variety of projects across a business,” he said, “from deciding the cost of a new Bentley, for example, to calculating the return on investment for marketing campaigns.”

Next up is a Market Research Society Graduate Roadshow on 29 November, followed by a visit from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) on 30 November. There are also plans to launch a student Entrepreneurship Society next week.

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The first Reload event which took place at Newcastle University London

published on: 11 November 2016