Some of our students are returning to the Companies where they undertook their placement years. Kane Nelhams did a Management trainee programme with Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the Slough branch and has now been promoted to Management Assistant. Over the last year Kane was a campus brand manager for the company and was actively involved in a number of Year in Business events, promoting the programme to 2nd years seeking placements. Another of our students, Ellen Pearce, is returning to Enterprise Rent-a Car head office for a Finance graduate position.
Other Year in Business students used their experience from their placements to help them secure Graduate positions with a range of other companies. These include Accenture, Bank of America, EY, Hogan Lovells, HSBC, KPMG, McClaren motors, Merkle, MVF, One Square Investments, Simmons & Simmons, Strata partners, The Crew network, Travelzoo, Wayfairer travel to name a few. At least one entrepreneurial graduate is looking to set up her own business.
We were delighted to hear the Graduating YIBs talk so positively about their placement years. Mikaela said " These past 4 years have been highly rewarding and I would definitely recommend choosing a course which incorporates practical experience such as a year in business, there is no better way to discover what type of role or company suits you for a future career."
Ellen who also graduated with a First Class degree described how the placement year "helped my confidence to grow as well as my abilities and knowledge of accounting and this massively helped in my final year. I was able to apply real examples to the modules and had a better understanding of them which helped for the exams!"
This is really inspiring to those students just about to enter their 2nd year and seek placement positions as there is not only the chance to improve employability prospects but also the potential degree grade.