FAQs - Work Placement Programme
What are the new business degree courses?
The new business degrees offered from September 2016 are:
What is different about the new degree programme?
Kingston Business School’s new degree courses combine:
- A work placement of nine months (or 6 months with the addition of a 3 month summer internship)
- A pathway towards professional qualifications
- Business readiness training
This is alongside their academic studies and all in just 3 years.
Why has Kingston Business School decided to update its courses?
At Kingston Business School, we believe there is a real need for degree courses that properly meet the demands of business and prepare students fully to enter the world of work. Employers have often stated their need for graduates who have skills that are not only academic but also practical. We believe our new business degree courses will meet that need, and are committed to giving our students the best possible start to their careers by incorporating a work placement, a professional qualification pathway and business readiness training into the three year degrees.
What kinds of organisations provide work placements to your students?
Kingston Business School has a wealth of contacts and excellent relationships with a wide range of companies from global multinationals to small cutting-edge enterprises as well as public sector organisations.
We have helped our students secure placements across different sectors through providing a comprehensive and completely free consultancy service to placement hosts, analysing your business needs and helping them to find the perfect fit for their placement opportunities.
What advantages will I gain from giving one of your students a work placement?
By agreeing to become a work placement provider, you will benefit from a hard-working, energetic student who has been prepared both academically and practically for the workplace and who is keen to learn and put their skills into practice. Students will have an active interest in your organisation’s areas of work, and will have knowledge gained from our courses that is up-to-date and reflects the latest changes in business and industry. Our students are from a variety of backgrounds and countries, offering a range of perspectives that reflect the society in which many organisations operate.
How will I know that students are ready to take a work placement with my organisation?
Through our Business Readiness Programme, we ensure students are ready for their work placements. The programme consists of a wide range of skills training, meeting the practical needs of the workplace. This skills learning begins as soon as students start their degree. Students are required to attend and pass assessments on this Business Readiness Programme before they are allowed to start a work placement.
What skills can I expect a work placement student to have?
The skills taught by our Business Readiness Programme include:
- Self-management, planning and organising including the setting and checking of targets, project management and problem solving, asking for help and using it.
- Selling and negotiation including understanding both parties’ needs and objectives, creating dialogues and consultative selling.
- Time and learning management including prioritising and setting goals.
- Professional workplace communication and etiquette including good email practice, appropriate social media and mobile use, ethics of business, handling a variety of workplace situations and cultural differences.
- Communication including writing reports and presentations, effective public speaking, creating and using spreadsheets and Microsoft Office skills.
- Networking including meetings at a conference, effective use of social media and constructive team work.
There will also be:
- Specific skills for accounting placements such as the use of Sage accounting technology.
- Specific skills for those in public or third sector placements such as an understanding of how these sectors gain funding for their work, their governance processes and how they manage customers who need public services.
How do I know the students will be suitable for my organisation?
Placement providers will be able to log in to our system and advertise their placement opportunities directly to the students via our vacancy board. Both students and work placement providers will then be able to match the skills required by the business placement and the nature of the work to the skills and suitability of the student.
You can have as much or as little to do with the selection process as suits you. Students can send their applications directly to you or Kingston Business School can shortlist a selection of the most suitable candidates for interview. As a work placement provider, you will always have the final say on the students chosen.
Will your students have professional knowledge?
Many of our students will be studying for professional qualifications alongside their chosen degree. Depending on their degree, these studies may include the well-regarded PRINCE2 project management qualification, or a Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Similarly, through the breadth of their study, our students may have gained partial exemptions to the professional qualifications awarded by:
- The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
What types of careers are your business students interested in once they graduate?
You will find our business students to be hard working, focused and ambitious. They have chosen their degrees because they realise the career advantages they will gain from these more intensive programmes.
Accounting & Finance graduates can expect to join an accounting firm or accounting department in the private or public sector (e.g. in a local government authority or a charity).
Business Management graduates secure positions such as a finance officer, marketing manager, HR administrator or personal banker and adviser. Our International Business graduates find employment in similar roles, but usually overseas or in international companies based in the UK.
Marketing & Advertising graduates typically seek a career in advertising and communications in marketing departments or marketing communications agencies. They aspire to reach senior leadership and decision making positions.