The Brighton Business School is committed to providing relevant, up-to-date courses that reflect the reality of current business. We provide career support and the opportunity for real-world experience from the first year. This is the only way to ensure our students are employable in the UK's highly competitive job market. We do this by:
- having a career focus in our course content and structure
- working with industry to gain professional insights into what business needs from graduates
- building a strong alumni network to support students throughout their careers.
In spite of the current recession the number of students from the Brighton Business School going into graduate employment and postgraduate study remains strong.
Good graduate employment rates
According to the university's Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2009/10 almost 90% of our graduates start a job or go into further study or training within six months of finishing their course.
Experience through undergraduate work placements
All business and management undergraduates are encouraged to apply for a paid work placement year. Work placements significantly add to your CV and provide networking opportunities, and many students return for their final year with firm job offers.
For a £750 fee you have the opportunity to gain work experience at firms such as American Express, BMW, Bosch, Channel 4, Disney, Electronic Arts, Hewlett Packard, Home Office, IBM, Ipsos Mori, ITV, lastminute.com, Microsoft and Rolls Royce. More about work placements
Students have plenty of flexibility within their degree. There are dozens of electives enabling you to tailor your studies to your chosen career path.
The university's Careers Service offers information and guidance relating to any aspect of your career planning and development. The service is in regular contact with over 1,800 employers who post vacancies and attend our careers fairs. The Careers Service remains free for all former students to use after graduation. Visit the Careers Service website
Christina Keiller is the Business School's Careers Counsellor. You can speak confidentially with Christina to discuss your plans, come up with ideas, have your CV checked or prepare for interviews. Christina works closely with course tutors and together they ensure that employability is included within your academic study.
Career Planning Agreement
We are one of only a few universities to ensure that students have a career planning agreement (CPA) in place from the beginning of their course. As part of the CPA course leaders and careers counsellors plan and provide activities to support your career and personal development.
More about Career Planning Agreements.
Course development and accreditation
Our partners in industry and the professions contribute to course development and teaching. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies. This means that when our graduates start work they can move quickly into a professional role.
We are closely linked to the world of work. We have a long history of working with local employers and are well placed to meet their needs. Our close links with industry and professional bodies help ensure that our graduates have the range of skills employers are looking for.
Applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios
Our teaching approach is vocationally orientated: we cover the theory in depth and then apply it to real world issues by case studies and through employer-based projects.
The majority of our lecturers have worked in industry and continue to consult for corporate organisations, enabling them to provide business insights based on real-world experience.
Many courses feature guest speakers. For example, our MBA course features a Global Management Forum, the Diploma in Law has guest lectures by local practitioners and judges, and the Social Marketing PGCert has visiting speakers from The Campaign Company.
Applying relevant research
Our specialised research centres and collaboration with our business partners enables us to translate our research into commercial success through real-world application. This is vital for our teaching, ensuring our courses are up-to-date, interesting and relevant.
As an alumni of the Brighton Business School you are entitled to free, lifelong membership of the University of Brighton Graduate Association (BGA), connecting you to over 100,000 alumni worldwide.
Our alumni are very active in providing help and support to our current students, sharing business insight and career advice, providing mentorship, as well as employment opportunities for graduates.