International Business

MY PLACEMENT AT MICROSOFT

In our latest post, International Business Management Student Jonathan Foster shares his journey, tips and time management wisdom developed through his placement search and time spent on placement at global  software giant Microsoft.

Hello everyone!  My name is Jonny, a BA (Hons) International Business Management student and I am currently on my placement year at Microsoft as an EMEA Business Program Manager.

I wanted to write to you all out there who might be on course to find your perfect placement year and to give a little insight into my first 2 months at Microsoft.jonathan-foster

I started my Placement search in November and found my first Assessment Centre to be quite a challenge and wasn’t able to get a full offer – the experience was invaluable though and I learnt how to approach Assessment Centre’s and make the impact I wanted to, on the day.

My key tips for being successful and getting your first offer would be to never give up!

See every Assessment Centre as an opportunity to learn, grow and try new strategies.

Once you’ve mastered this you can then show your confidence and know-how to confidently make all the right moves to make a good impression with the recruiters.

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Your Placement Search – The Road to Success!

#Resilience #YouCanDoIt #Dedication #Motivation #TheLongGame #StickWithIt

So it’s that time of year when students are busily applying for placements for 16/17. We are still adding lots of exciting placement opportunities on CareerHub, such as, SIEMENS, KELLOGGS, NISSAN.

Your perfect placement is just around the corner!

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Easter Holidays – Have you lost a bit of placement focus?  Feeling a bit disheartened having been for a few interviews? This is common at this stage of the year and the Placement team are here to help get you back on track! Everyone is at a different stage of the process, so even if you are just starting out on your placement search, be sure to use the Easter holidays to get some applications in.  Are you still in Manchester over Easter?  If so, come and see us.  If not, we are more than happy to help via email.

Time line – Right now is a great time to apply for placements. Some hard work now will really pay off!  You have until end of August to secure a placement and we will help you get there.  Hopefully you will have almost submitted any assessments for other modules, so this will free up some time for your placement search.

Finance – During your placement year, you will pay fees of £680.  You can still apply to Student Finance England for your Maintenance Loan if you wish.  If you don’t end up doing a placement year, you will simply need to advise Student Finance that you need to arrange a ‘Change of Circumstance’.  This is very straight forward and shouldn’t be a concern at this stage.

Accommodation – Are you already starting to think about accommodation for next year?  Ideally, we would like you to keep your placement location options as wide as possible, so don’t limit opportunities unless you really need to.  If you must – there will still be lots of accessible placements in the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area.  So this shouldn’t be too much of a barrier.

Own Placements – Are you using your own networks to search for placements?  LinkedIn, Parents, Family Friends etc can provide useful placements leads.  Let us know if you want any information to share with potential placement providers!

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Success Story: From Placement to Graduate Role!

Today’s post is a perfect example of how a placement  year offers much more opportunity than simply work experience.  Lynn from the Placements Team picked the brains of MMU student Jenny Goddard, who completed her placement year with Lidl UK.  Jenny is now in the final year of her Ba (Hons) Business Management course, and is still benefitting from the boost her placement year has given her in regards to her studies and graduate job search.

Jenny Goddard - Lidl Placement Student

What course are you studying at MMU?

I’m a final year Business Management student. I completed a placement with Lidl UK and was based in their Regional Distribution Centre in Runcorn, Cheshire.

What were your key reasons for choosing the sandwich placement route?

As Business Management is a very competitive degree, I wanted to enhance my employability through obtaining a years experience within a multi-national organisation. I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted to pursue upon graduation, so I wanted to utilise the year to help me decide which area of business I would find the most interesting.

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Inside View: The Placement Year at LateRooms.com

Today’s post is a spotlight on LateRooms.com, the Manchester based hotel booking company, where two keen MMU Ba (Hons) Marketing Management students are currently completing their placement years; Jade as a Content Executive and Kirsten as a Hotel Promotions Coordinator.

LateRooms.com’s Talent Partner Victoria Loughlin met with Jade and Kirsten to talk about their placement experience so far.

Jade & Kirsten LateRooms

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I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

In our latest blog we hear from Joshua Steer BA (Hons) Business.  Joshua secured a placement with IBM and having started in June, his post gives us an inside view of his journey so far.

Hi I’m Josh and I’m now four months into my placement at IBM, I still can’t believe how fast it’s going!Joshua Steer

I work within the area of Resiliency Services and I have the amazing job title of: Engagement Services Strategy & Portfolio Management Support Analyst.

What that means in English is I oversee all of the offerings Resiliency Services has, track what updates/new offerings are coming in the future, and assist with campaigns where we work with business partners to enable/sell our offerings, amongst other things.

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From placement year to career: 1 student’s success story

In this inspiring blog we hear the story of Kim Walker née Simpson, BA (Hons) International Business, who successfully completed her placement year in 2008/09 and is now still working for her placement provider as the Sales Manager responsible for a multi-million pound furniture retail business.

Kim Walker first joined Forest Sofa in June 2008 as a Sales and Marketing Assistant on an undergraduate placement year. Forest Sofa is a leading furniture manufacturer based in Manchester producing and distributing high quality furniture through multiple brands. (more…)