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Samuel Phelps BSc Business Analytics 2018

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The University of Southampton offer some fantastic business fairs and events. I’ve met representatives of every bank from Barclays to Zurich, supermarkets from Lidl to Tesco and many others such as Network Rail, Amazon and Jaguar. Having the opportunity to talk to the industry directly about what they are looking for in graduates, really helps shape the person you will become over the next 3 or 4 years.

I chose to study at Southampton because it is close to my hometown of Christchurch, and the top university in the country to be offering Business Analytics - a greatly sought-after qualification across all business sectors. The University of Southampton has a fantastic reputation, with the Business School especially being highlighted as a key focus for the future. Having the flexibility to change courses with ease at the end of the first year was a major plus point too.

The best part of my course has been the variety of different lectures. Although Business Analytics is very maths-based, focusing on ideas and technologies that have provided business with turning-points over the centuries has been exceptionally interesting. It helps you to gain an understanding of what business really is. The lecturers have been very open to questions, which really helps building a rapport greater than that of a school teacher to student relationship.

The ability to work with and meet so many people from so many different cultures was really amazing. So many different people with different stories all collaborating on projects is incredible. Everyone can bring their own ideas, some that I, myself, would never have thought about. It really prepares you for what working in industry would be like.

Furthermore, the work opportunities at the University of Southampton have been fantastic. It could be working in the Student’s Union, participating in Visit or Open Days, or actually working with the Lecturers and Academics as a co-design group for the modules. I have participated in Visit Days, speaking to potential new students and answering their questions. I also got to present in front of over 100 people about my time at Southampton, which was a fantastic opportunity to beat my presentation nerves!

In addition to Visit Days, I have been involved with the Co-Design Group, which is a group of students who discuss ways we can innovate the curriculum, enhance the use of technology in our modules and how we can improve the learning community in the Business School. Working as a team on a huge project that could revolutionise how the first year modules are run, is a brilliant opportunity and one that certainly develops transferable business skills.

The University of Southampton offer some fantastic business fairs and events. I’ve met representatives of every bank from Barclays to Zurich, supermarkets from Lidl to Tesco and many others such as Network Rail, Amazon and Jaguar. Having the opportunity to talk to the industry directly about what they are looking for in graduates, really helps shape the person you will become over the next 3 or 4 years. Keeping in contact with other universities that I have met through conferences too, has given me the opportunity to share ideas for the co-design team. Communication is key and Southampton Business School certainly provides the chances.

Being a campus, the university has a really great community feel to it. When the weather is nice, the grassy areas are filled with students studying or on a break, just eating food as the world goes by. The city centre is only a 20 minute bus journey away, as well as a beautiful marina. Additionally, from a business perspective, the motorways surrounding Southampton are ideal for reaching practically any place in the country. You can get to London by train in 1.5 hours, and there is a major international and regional airport too. Southampton offers a great nightlife, with plenty of places for relaxation and activities.

My advice to students starting at Southampton is carry on the motivation and excitement you first feel when you join. Trust your lecturers and academics and genuinely participate in as much as you feel is possible, really focusing on time management. Be prepared and maintain your enthusiasm and do not be afraid of asking questions, there are a lot of people to help.

 

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