Natasha, Business Management and Economics

"The course is really flexible. I have been able to choose elective modules from a completely different subject area, which is great! The lecturers are always helpful and I also liked having the opportunity to take a placement year. This gave me a unique experience and I definitely feel more prepared for life after university. The school placement bulletin emails helped a lot. They gave me a good starting point and played a huge role in helping to secure my placement. The placement I secured was a role that was exclusive to Keele Business School students, arranged and brokered between the school and my employer directly. I developed my written and verbal communication skills as I had to confidently interact with individuals throughout the placement. I also improved my presentation skills as I was required to do presentations during the placement. I have learnt that I adapt quite easily to new situations when I need to. Initially I was nervous about the prospect of having to move through different departments. However, I managed to adapt and adjust quite quickly during the last months of my placement. The opportunity gives you a good insight of what working life will be like. You also get the chance to try out a career for a short term basis and see if it is something you would want to pursue in the future. I now feel like I can rule out some career paths because I have a better idea of what I like and dislike as a direct result of my placement year. I have a lot more to talk about when I go to interviews as I can now reflect on my experiences during the placement year".