Employer ProgrammeOne of the primary goals of Nottingham University Business School is to prepare our undergraduates for a successful career. As one means of achieving this, we run a series of Professional Development Programmes that connects top employers with our undergraduate students. Whilst participating organisations may change over time, major contributors to the Employer Programme currently include Deloitte, Ernst & Young, HSBC, KPMG, L'Oreal, P&G, PwC, Unilever.
Employment Opportunities & Prizes
The Professional Development Programmes involves a variety of both formal and informal activities. All of the participating companies use the programmes to communicate company information and potential employment opportunities to our undergraduate students. Many of the companies also sponsor prizes for the highest performance in different years of study or in particular subjects.
Lectures, Workshops, Visits & Games
The majority of companies in the Professional Development Programmes contribute to a series of lectures and workshops. These run on average three times a week during term time, and improve student employability by developing professional and transferable skills. In addition the School works closely with the Careers and Employability Service to run a dedicated programme for Business School Students.
Professional Development Employer Programme Certificates
Students participating on the Professional Development for Leadership and Management for first year students and International Business, Leadership and Management Programme for penultimate and final year students will receive certificates on successful completion of the programmes. Competition is based on attendance, completion of online materials, a CV and a reflective journal.
The purpose of the Programmes is to ensure that by the end of their first year students have developed a practical understanding of the skills required to succeed both academically and in business with a specific focus on Leadership and Management. Whilst for our penultimate and final year students them with the companies participating in the Programme through a series of presentations, workshops, business games and networking events students' will develop their professional skills and knowledge in Leadership and Management with a clear focus on internationalisation.
Internships & Placements
Unlike some of our main competitors, we do not offer a formal year in industry as part of our undergraduate degrees. To a large extent this is because we do not believe it possible for any UK business school to arrange any significant number of high quality and highly relevant one-year work placements for undergraduate students. We do have some links through which about 10-20 students a year obtain a year in industry. However, our experience working with the partners in our Professional Development Programmes and more broadly is that most undergraduate students best prepare themselves for their final careers by obtaining internships or other work experience during the 20 weeks of each year they are not resident at the University. The Business School therefore strongly promotes and supports internship opportunities.
Over the past few years, those companies with whom our undergraduates have undertaken internships and other work experience have included Accenture, Allianz Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, Proctor & Gamble, PwC, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Through the STEP programme and Year in Industry, students have also obtained placements with small and medium-sized companies.