An Accounting and Finance student discusses the Professional Development Module and how it could help with developing your career.
A degree from Birmingham Business School is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment.
Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, which is why 89% of our graduates go on to work, or undertake further study, with the average salary of graduates over £21,000.
“The University of Birmingham produces enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world with us”; PricewaterhouseCoopers
Throughout your time on the Accounting and Finance course, employability is a key area of focus. We help to make sure that you are employable through a range of department led and university wide initiatives which include:
Professional skills module
The professional skills module involves a trip to our activity centre at Coniston in the Lake District and helps develop key teamworking, leadership and presentation skills which you will build on throughout your degree in preparation for your future career.
Professional development module
You will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of a work placement as part of your final year by undertaking the professional development module as part of your optional module choices.
This is an event held in the second year where professional service firms such as Deutsche Bank, Deloitte and PwC visit campus and are available for students to talk to allowing you to get a better idea of what each company does, giving you the opportunity to build professional networks.
The Careers Network is the university’s careers service and recently won an award from ‘ratemyplacement.co.uk’ for being the best university careers service. It will provide you with guidance on application forms and CVs, to arranging mock interviews and assessment centres. They also have a selection of internships and graduate vacancies.
Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.
Professional firms involvement in your degree
Some of the classes you take as part of your course will be led by representatives from some of the most prestigious professional service firms in the country, allowing you to develop your network as well as a better understanding of what they do.
In addition, many of the firms and some of the accountancy institutes sponsor prizes awarded for academic performance in each year group.
Many of the Accounting and Finance undergraduates take the opportunity to complete at least one internship over the summer. Between 80-90% of students undertaking an internship are offered a graduate position at their placement, conditional on successful completion of their degree. The careers network are experts in helping students secure an internship whether it be in the UK or overseas.
Through our industry links, the Business School has secured several internships with companies including Sony and Capgemini. These internships are exclusive to Birmingham Business School and can only be applied for by Business School undergraduates.
Your Birmingham degree
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.