Overview of the Sector
Management roles exist in all sectors and types of organisations. Graduate opportunities have been increasing in recent years and are expected to continue to increase (www.highfliers.co.uk).
- Main areas of work
- What do I need to gain graduate employment?
- Analytical Skills– being able to translate large amounts of data into useful information
- Commercial awareness to understand business needs and processes
- Communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills– being able to work with different people and get the best out of them
While a degree in Business can be helpful, most of the graduate opportunities for this type of work are open to students of any degree discipline, and employers are keen to receive applications from students studying a diverse range of degree subjects.
There are many graduate schemes in this area. Most of these will be well advertised on MyFuture and other student and graduate job websites. Examples include:
Some of these organisations will run placement and internship schemes which will be well advertised on MyFuture and other student and graduate job websites.
Other great ways to gain experience and demonstrate your aptitude for these roles:
- Part-time work– particularly any customer service role
- Clubs and Societies– especially getting involved in the management committee
- Insight into Management– 3 days of interactive business games, simulations and case studies- every Easter (apply in Sem 1)
- Key Employers
Consultancy Graduate Management Retail Deloitte Enterprise Rent-a-Car Henderson’s EY HSC NI KPMG Randox PwC Ulster Carpets
UK and Global:
Consultancy Graduate Management Retail Accenture AXA Aldi Deloitte BT ASDA EY Civil Service Fast Stream Boots KPMG Enterprise Rent-a-Car John Lewis McKinsey National Grid Lidl PwC NHS Musgrave NGDP M&S Royal Mail Tesco
- Local/ Northern Ireland Opportunities
On Campus resources:
- Careers Fairs– Key employers in this sector attend many on-campus fairs throughout the year including the Graduate and Placement Fair in October and the Work Experience and Placement Fair in February
- MyFuture– Internships, placements and graduate opportunities.
- Hard copy resources at the SGC Hub– A number of very useful magazines come into the Hub every autumn e.g. Inside Careers: Management Consultancy. These are free to take away from the Hub and are also available online.
Opportunities in this sector are well advertised on MyFuture
Unadvertised roles & networking:
These roles will be well advertised, but networking with alumni and potential employers is highly recommended to build commercial awareness and help you stand out from the crowd.
Job search websites specific to Northern Ireland include:
UK and Global Opportunities
On Campus resources:
- ‘Going Global’– MyFuture/Jobs/Going Global– database of jobs and internships, key employers and country guides
- Global Opportunities (Erasmus, Study USA, EVS, INTO China) Advertised on MyFuture.
- Graduate Recruitment & Placement Fair– annual showcase of NI and international firms with vacancies
Many of the key employers listed above are large international organisations with opportunities around the world. Home students who want to work overseas are advertised to apply locally and then move once within the job.
International students may find it easier to apply for opportunities in their home countries and then move.
Useful sites for finding student and graduate jobs in this sector in UK, Ireland and further afield:
- Professional Bodies and Organisations
- Further Reading
Prospects Job Sectors and Gradireland sector career guides will help you to search for employment in this employment sector.
Prospects: Business consulting and management
Further information resources are available at the Student Guidance Centre Hub (Opening hours: Mon- Fri 09:00- 17:00), including free copies of Gradireland, TargetJobs and Prospects guides plus self-help guides and employer brochures. The Student Guidance Centre Hub has free wifi, tea and coffee.
This information is obtained from a variety of sources, including the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), Prospects, Gradireland and relevant professional organisations and other appropriate resources, as available.
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