Recent graduates from our two conversion programmes (MSc Marketing and MSc International Marketing) have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students.
Strong industry links
We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.
Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills.
At the start of your programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. If you require any further information or support with accessing Careers in Business Online, please contact us.
View our Masters (MSc) alumni testimonials
Sam Adams describes his experience of studying within the Department of Marketing.
I enjoyed the chance to meet people from around the globe. In class we shared ideas with different perspectives and cultural contexts
First degree: BSc Biology in HKUST
What did you enjoy the most about the course: I enjoyed the chance to meet people from around the globe. In class we shared ideas with different perspectives and cultural contexts. It is a comprehensive programme in a dynamic environment, so everyday was a challenging day.
Future plans: I am a management trainee in one of the top five banks in China - Bank of Communications. My academic background and study experience will help me to develop an electronic marketing strategy for the bank. It is ideal for a master's degree holder to apply the knowledge in the real business world.
Key tip for prospective students: Get prepared! Taking master degree is not just about getting money and time ready, you also need to know what you want to achieve and how much you want to achieve. Finally, be committed in the course and enjoy the rest.
Birmingham Business School provides an environment which is conducive to successful, team-oriented approaches to overcoming challenges
First degree: English Language, University of California, Santa Barbara (graduated in 2004)
Current Position: Account Director, Lexis PR
Enjoyed Most About the Course: The ability to interact and learn from classmates from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, which lead to more dynamic and creative approaches to problem solving and exposed me to new ways of thinking.
Aspect of Programme/Experience which Helped Career: Being encouraged to learn! Oftentimes, one of the biggest challenges in finding a solution to client problems is knowing where to source information. Birmingham Business School provides an environment which is conducive to successful, team-oriented approaches to overcoming challenges. This combination, mixed with a degree of creativity, creates a strong foundation for continuous personal development.
Key Tip for Students: Start building your network, make use of the myriad resources available throughout the University and interact with your lecturers on both a social and academic level, as they can offer a lot of value on both fronts!
Career Development Advice
Consultants provide an individual advice service to help you realise your career objectives. These appointments commonly focus on:
Career Review and Objective-setting
Job seeking strategies
CV Review or Application Advice
Interview and Selection Advice
Working in the UK
International Work Enquiries
A Skills Development Consultant is available to support you in developing personal skills such as team working, leadership, presentations and interpersonal skills. Individual 45 minuteappointments can be made through Careers in Business Online
Liaison with employers
The Employer Liaison Team undertakes initiatives to attract employment/project opportunities into the Business School. Information about vacancies and other openings will be made available on Careers in Business Online and on Business School noticeboards as well as through the Careers and Employability Centre vacancy database at www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers.
There is also an opportunity to meet with the members of the Employer Liaison team, via referral from one of the Careers Consultants. Upon referral, the team will be happy to discuss and explore careers openings with you and summer project opportunities if your course allows for this.
Students keen to meet with a member from the Employer Liaison Team should first book an appointment with a Careers Consultant through Careers in Business Online
Careers Events and Workshops
A range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year to help students make the most of the opportunities open to them after graduation. They are advertised via Careers in Business Online, leaflets, noticeboards, email and on WebCT. Sign up to events to find out about employment opportunities, develop your skills and network with professionals in various fields.
Using the Careers and Employability Centre
Postgraduate students in the Business School are very welcome to use the services provided by the Careers and Employability Centre such as online vacancy listings, employer presentations and fairs and accessing online careers information. You should use the Careers in Business team for individual appointments, CV checking, mock interviews and other job search related activities. Full details of the services available through the Careers and Employability Centre can be obtained from www.as.bham.ac.uk/careers.