Accounting and Business Management student, Jack Farmer secures job at Mitten Clarke after Keele networking event
Why did you choose to study at Keele Business School?
The variety of modules such as taxation, law, and management and financial accounting provided me with transferable skills that I can take into the workplace. The variety of modules helped to widen my career options and open pathways I didn’t think were possible. When I came to an open day the staff were welcoming and explained to me in depth what would be covered when I started University. The school had a clear vision for their students and the made it clear that they would always be on hand to help.
What did you enjoy most about studying at KBS?
The module structure made the course very interesting. Even though I studied and Accounting and Management degree we touched on business law, phycology in the workplace, history of business and plenty more. This made the course insightful and helps to open so many career pathways. Some modules were flexible where you chose the assignment such as writing an essay on your experience as a learner/employee or anything which strikes your interest in business. Examples I touched on were the financial crash of 2008 and analysing a company and their financial performance and writing a report on said company. How down to earth and helpful the lecturers were. They were always on hand and you were never reluctant to drop them an email if you were stuck.
Tell us a little about the process you went through to secure your new role
One of my lecturers, Tracy Clewlow sent an email out to KBS students letting us know that Mitten Clarke, a local accounting and wealth management firm were coming to Keele. They were at Coffee with Employees (a networking event) where I spoke to Cai and Dan from Mitten Clarke who told me about what roles were available and what Mitten Clarke was like. They invited me to an open day where I found out about what the roles were like and more about being a financial planner. After attending the open day, I was invited to meet the director of wealth management, Paul, where we spoke about what the role was like and the plans if I was successful. We then arranged for me to do a week’s placement where I would work alongside some of the financial planners there. Following the weeks placement, Paul offered me the job with a start date of September as a financial planner.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying at KBS?
Take every opportunity when it comes and don’t shy away from a challenge. Attend careers events as these are a good opportunity to get your name out there. Engage as much as you can in tutorials as they help to develop and apply your knowledge from lectures.