Archive | October, 2018

Meet Our New Placement Officer



I would like to introduce myself as the third team member of the Placements team in the business school.  I came through Strathclyde Business school studying Human Resource Management and that has given me a good understanding of some of the skills and qualities needed for business.  I went on to work in learning and development, coordinating, designing and delivering accredited and non-accredited courses.


I have a great deal of experience of helping people with employability issues mainly within the Third sector.  As well as helping clients build their confidence through identifying their strengths and skills, building strong CV’s and writing effective applications, I have organised work placements in all sectors.   I am a strong proponent of gaining first hand work experience and bringing in your fresh, current knowledge to the workplace.   I have helped many people gain employment which I find particularly rewarding.


In my various roles in Scotland and England I have taken placement students in the short and long term.  This will be helpful in knowing what employers look for and also the key aspects of what makes an outstanding worker.    This has been a privilege watching students grow in confidence and bring a fresh perspective and knowledge to the various organisations.   I have recently facilitated young undergraduates through the process of updating digital media in a local anti-poverty charity and I look forward to hearing how they progress in their careers.


I am looking forward to having the opportunity to meet you and to working with some of you with the guidance of Rob and Rochelle as I learn the many aspects of working at University of Southampton. It will be great helping you get that placement that will make the difference to making your learning real and start you off in a path of an incredible career.

Kind regards

Suzanne Wright



Credit Analyst Internship – Volvo Financial Services

This Post was written by BSx Business Management Student Elizabeth Last currently in a Credit Analyst Internship Role at Volvo Financial Services

My role as a Credit Analyst involves a range of duties, involving underwriting applications for finance, working on projects for various staff within VFS and reviewing the UK and Irish portfolios in order to aid decision making for credit. I would encourage interns to apply for a role within VFS as you will be treated as a respected, credible member of the department and will be given an abundance of responsibility and independence. In particular, the Credit Analyst position will allow you to enhance your analytical skills, financial knowledge and understanding of the commercial market for Volvo and Renault products.  You will be encouraged to step outside of your comfort zone and will prepare you for a career after graduation. I am enjoying my placement year immensely and, since starting in June, have already seen myself become more professional and competent in skills such as Microsoft Excel, working under pressure, negotiation and many others.

As I am originally from London and am a student at the University of Southampton, I had to relocate to Warwick for this placement and I share a flat with a Marketing intern, also at Volvo Group. If this is something which you will have to do when applying, Warwick rental prices are modest and it is very easy to find a house share with another intern. Relocating has allowed me to experience Warwick and the West Midlands, which all adds to the adventure of doing a placement and building independence.