Just in case you hadn’t realised, it’s Freshers Week! For many of us this is a time of much anticipation and excitement. A new academic year often brings about work-related resolutions for me such as ‘to work smarter not harder’ and ‘to always take a lunch break’! The Placements Office has come along way since it was created in the Spring, but it is great to get started on a new academic year and officially launch our team to all staff and students in the faculty.
2014/15 is going to be particularly exciting for the Management School. There are lots of changes ahead; new staff, new facilities, new programmes and new students. The Placements Office builds on the successes of the Management School and the Faculty of Business and Law whilst bringing together lots of different colleagues and projects from across the University. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Management School Employability Co-ordinators, The Education Development Office, Careers Destinations, the Alumni team and the wonderfully enthusiastic and determined Placements staff from across the university.
On Wednesday I was lucky enough to visit some of our Marketing students on placement at IBM Southbank. They have already completed 3 months of their placement and I was amazed at their personal and professional development to date. It was wonderful to hear how they had already made such an impact on their departments. We discussed their progress and set targets for the coming months. It is often easy to make over ambitious goals at the start of something new and then reality kicks in… the phone rings when you were trying to get out for lunch or your project management software decides it doesn’t like your new password…. so resolutions have to be revised. We shouldn’t feel this is a failure; rather we should be proud of our enthusiasm and desire to change things for the better.
This year I hope The Placements Office can make a real difference to the Management School by:
– Improving communication to staff and students about employability and enterprise initiatives and events
– Preparing students for their placement year through the Professional Skills Module
– Providing employers with one point of contact for the Management School
Looking forward to working with you over the coming year!