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Industry connections

Industry Connections

Making the most of opportunities to forge strong industry connections


Studying a business degree is not just about academic understanding, you also need to build experience and develop practical skills. It’s important to gather these skills from the first year to ensure you graduate with an impressive portfolio and CV. Here are my top tips on making the best use of the support provided.

Tip 1: Attend masterclasses

Every Wednesday we have the opportunity to attend free masterclasses where executives from large corporations and small start-ups share their experiences to help inspire, educate and motivate! It’s a great way to get tips and advice on how to launch your career.

Tip 2: Go to Careers Fair

One of the most memorable events I’ve attended this year was the Careers Fair. It’s a day-long event where representatives from various companies come to the university to talk to us about their organisation. They run seminars alongside one to one sessions so that we can find out; how they conduct interviews, the graduate opportunities available, the work and company ethos and what they are looking for in a graduate candidate.

I particularly enjoyed the day as it enabled me to get a better understanding of the opportunities available.  For example, I knew very little about consulting services, but after meeting Accenture it’s now an area I think I would really enjoying working in.

Tip 3: Remember about the Careers Service


The careers service at the university is continually wor‌king to help students develop their professional skills including finding a part-time job, placements and advice on securing graduate level work. They also provide opportunities for future entrepreneurs by holding start-up seminars.

Reload Greece recently visited to introduce their start-up challenge and invited teams to pitch ideas. These events help potential entrepreneurs gain the knowledge and technical skills required to start up their own ventures.  Whatever course you decide to study, my biggest piece of advice is to utilise the careers service from the beginning. It’s a great way to jump start your professional development and to help you stand out in a crowded job market.