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Calvin Vere-White Business Management,  2018

Year 2

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Southampton provides opportunities unmatched by most other establishments; the ability to shape your degree the way you can here is exemplary.

Southampton appeared to be an extremely inviting choice when I was looking for Universities. The range of Business courses that they offer, along with the chance to select one of 6 pathways after first year was unique. The course itself seemed to be more than the standard theoretical syllabus, but more of a bigger picture sort of curriculum that would give us a much richer understanding of the business world than other degree courses. Needless to say, the University has more than lived up to what I expected before coming here.

Without doubt the experiences that I have enjoyed most have been involving other people. Activities through societies such as Football and Tennis gave me a solid group of friends. The experiences with this contingent of people have been fantastic. Also, being involved with the innovative student/lecturer co-creation project I have been privy to a whole new level of responsibility that has developed me immensely throughout my first year. The contacts gained from both societies and University based projects will benefit me greatly in the coming years.

Through throwing myself into a lecturer/student project, the buddy scheme as well as the Business Innovation Programme I have immersed myself in the more professional side that the University of Southampton has to offer. Through doing so certain personal aspects such as confidence, organisation and public speaking have greatly improved. Being able to meet and involve myself with senior members of staff has given me more motivation to develop further so as to reach some of the levels of success that I see before me.

Through attending events and lectures led by companies such as Deloitte and PwC, I have had the chance to meet and network with graduates and interns. This experience not only allows me to find out what is necessary to reach such a position, but also enables me to decide which path to pursue, stemming from the feedback and opinions I receive from the people with whom I meet. The University of Southampton also provides many initiatives through the Business school with companies such as Boeing and PwC, which further help us as students get a better understanding of the industry.

One of the best aspects of the course is the ability to shape and mould it as you choose, through the use of the extensive range of optional modules. Through choosing accounting modules this year, I have the benefit of exemptions from further exams in the future, should I decide to pursue a career in finance. The range of modules extends past the norm and delves into a range of hands-on, practical modules in fields such as biology and economics, all available to us business students. The range of optional modules is a factor that will greatly set University of Southampton students apart from the rest when we graduate.

Insight evenings from top employers such as Deloitte, PwC and KPMG are amongst the multitude of opportunities open to students here at Southampton. Being keen on a career at one of these employers, I attend as many as I can and find that they greatly benefit all who attend. Whether you’re taking part in workshops or listening to a lecture on employability skills, the benefits of attending are clear to see. These opportunities are not to be missed as they give students the chance to network with people they aspire to be, as well as getting insider knowledge on application processes and interview tips.

Being keen on a career in consulting, I made sure to mould what modules around this area of employment. But although the modules gave me extensive knowledge on the topic, it’s through involving myself in schemes such as the Business Innovation programme that allow me to think about the bigger picture in terms of what field to specialise in. The University of Southampton provide countless career and skill development opportunities, which not only develop you as a person but also allow you to narrow down what it is you want to do when you graduate.

 

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