James Ellis, BSc Business Management (Year in Industry)

...a diverse curriculum of twelve different modules each term has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities."

James Ellis is studying a BSc Business Management with a Year in Industry and has found the campus at the University of Birmingham has a real buzz and that the range of modules on his course will help with his future career.

Why Birmingham Business School?

I applied to the Birmingham Business School to study business management, as put simply, I had no idea what business sector I wanted to work within, in the future. As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum of twelve different modules each term has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities and processes which have now given my future a clear vision and pathway.

I believe that by not limiting yourself to one discipline of business will make you a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.

The Birmingham experience

On top of having such an amazing business school, the campus is such an incredible place to be. I fell in love with the architecture three years before I joined the university, whilst on an open day, which I really recommend attending, and from that day forward I only had eyes for one University.

... there is such a buzz of activity and there are always things to get involved with..."

When you are on campus, there is such a buzz of activity and there are always things to get involved with and participate in. For instance, I had the idea for a Fashion society, and within two weeks, I had opened a society and began recruiting a committee to help drive my society forward, whilst also gaining a wealth of experience which looks amazing on my CV. 

All the staff within the business school are extremely welcoming and will help you in anything you need to know. The school also invites high profile alumni and guests speakers through its doors and I was lucky enough to listen to Tony Hayward (Ex BP) talk about the oil crisis he found himself in. This was a truly memorable experience and it would not have happened if I had not joined such a fantastic University.

Tips and advice

My biggest tip would be that you should throw yourself into as many different activities and roles that you can, as you are then more likely to stand out in your future career.

Business Management BSc (Year in industry)