Business networking event helps ready students for their careers.

Posted on 11th February 2016

Students at the University of Chester’s Business School had the opportunity to enhance their networking skills and find out more about their potential careers at an exhibition and conference with some of the city’s key employers.

Business networking event helps ready students for their careers.
Business networking event helps ready students for their careers.

The group was given an invaluable insight into organisations including Chester Zoo, Cheshire West and Chester Council, UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) North West, Raise the Roof Marketing, Outwrite Public Relations and Bloop Bubble Tea.

Representatives from various support departments at the University, including Careers and Employability, Volunteering and Work Based Learning, were also on hand to give advice and guidance to students about their future careers. The event was set up in order to encourage first year students to start developing their CVs and career development from an early stage of their academic studies.

Julie Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University’s Business School, said: "Our Marketing, Tourism and Events Management students seemed ignited from hearing from the range of speakers about the sorts of skills they have used and needed within their career journeys.

“Such employer engagement benefits our students, and creates valuable lasting networks for them and the Chester Business School.” 

The employers and representatives from organisations were impressed with the students and their enthusiasm and questions they asked.

Andrew Greenyer, Social Media Specialist and Trainer, of Raise the Roof Marketing explained: “It was great to meet and speak to the students about how I fell into Marketing 33 years ago and how I don't regret a single day of the journey. To succeed, grab every opportunity offered at University and throughout your career.”

Andrew Bowles, Community Arts and Events Assistant at Cheshire West and Chester Council, added: “It was a great pleasure to speak to the University of Chester Business School students. I know how hard it was initially getting on the career path and to share my experience will hopefully give the students an understanding of what is needed.”

Tracy North, Managing Director of Outwrite PR, said: “Judging by the volume and range of questions we presenters received, the students were keen to find out all they could about careers in PR and marketing. Hopefully they’ll apply the tips and advice we gave to their own searches for the right career.”

Philippa Hardie, Careers Consultant at the University of Chester, said: “Taking part in this Employability Conference gave me the opportunity to talk about the services we offer to all students in Careers and Employability. I was able to stress the importance of having a good CV and to add extra-curricular activities such as volunteering. I took part in a Question and Answer panel at the end and the students asked some very interesting questions.”

Jodie Brighty, aged 20, from Bacup, Lancashire, a first year Tourism and Events student, added: “The conference has been absolutely great. It has been really interesting to see what employers want and how many options there are available for employment.”

The above photo features: Kala Krishnan, Bloop Bubble Tea; Anna Barker, Chester Zoo; Sara Knowles UKTI; Andrew Greenyer, Raise the Roof Marketing; Jane Martin, Programme Leader Marketing Management; Julie Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Marketing; Dr Maeve Marmion, Programme Leader for International Tourism Management; Tracy North, Outwrite PR: Andrew Bowles, CWaC and Will Catterall, Outwrite PR.