Hamish, Business Management

"I chose Business Management and Economics at Keele because the course gave me the option to take a placement year. This has enabled me to experience what it is like to work in the real world. I studied Economics at A-Level and enjoyed it and wanted to combine this with learning more about how businesses are organised and managed. I really enjoy the diverse module content as this gives me an understanding of a wide range of topics. I also really like the small size of seminar classes as it allows you to ask any questions about content you are unsure about. A piece of advice I would give is to get involved in extra curricular activities, whether this be joining a society, sports club or volunteer for something. This will allow you to relax away from your studies and give you a chance to meet like-minded people. 

Keele Business School and in particular Sharon Farrow, the placement officer, were extremely helpful and supportive when I was looking for placements. Every week Sharon would send an email listing every placement role which had applications open, highlighting those which were closing soon. The Business School also ran a specific module, which focused on employability skills and application advice, this helped when I was writing applications and interviewing for roles. Without doubt I would recommend a placement to my friends, the main reason for this is that a placement gives you the chance to experience working in the 'real world'. It has also given me a better understanding of what I want to do once I have graduated. My placement has given me a strong idea of what I want to do once I have graduated, before my placement I did not really know what I wanted to do. There is also the possibility of me returning to IBM in a graduate role, this is something which a lot of placement students do. My placement year has benefited me in my final year studies as I have a better understanding of what work is really like and I am able to apply my experiences to my academic work".