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Internship: my #SalfordStories

27 September 2015
Rebecca Frankland

Rebecca Frankland

It’s no secret that internships open you up to greater job possibilities than if you were relying solely on having a degree, for the majority of sectors anyway. But aside from the obvious, i.e. gaining skills in your chosen area, what are some other benefits of undertaking an internship in a business?

I am Becca Frankland, Clubs & Electronic Music Editor at Skiddle, the event and ticketing agent, and I would like to talk about my experience interning with Skiddle and how I turned it into my full time job.

I know that Salford Business School students are always encouraged to take an industrial placement or internship, but this advice applies to all courses! During my degree, Journalism BA Hons (Multimedia), at the University of Salford, I was told by my tutors how important it was to gain work experience. That’s why, in June 2014, I started my three month internship with Skiddle as an editorial assistant.

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What does an #MBA teach you?

9 September 2015

What does an MBA teach you? I have not done an MBA personally but I know it’s something that could have helped me and my business. The route I took was largely haphazard (although on paper it looks ‘logical’ and ‘well thought out’).

So, I did a BSc in Business Information Systems (2000-2003), after that I didn’t get a job because I didn’t look particularly hard for one. I also thought that jobs would come to me because of my shiny new degree. Anyway, after being ‘unsuccessful’ on the career front I decided to come back and do an MSc in Managing Information Technology (2003-2004). Once that was completed I still didn’t get a job as I didn’t really look for one (can you see a pattern emerging?), and I still thought it would just come to me.

I drifted along, spent a year or so selling stuff on eBay, and alongside doing that I ended up looking into Subway Franchises. Fast-forward to the end of 2005, I’d opened my first store at the age of 23 (I was the youngest franchisee in the UK at that point)… I didn’t really have any idea of what was going on or any kind of ‘masterplan’, I just kind of thought, “it doesn’t seem to be that difficult…I’ll just figure it out”.

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My experience of studying MSc Marketing at Salford Business School

12 August 2015
Katrina Winstanley

Katrina Winstanley

Almost a full year ago I wrote about why I chose to study MSc Marketing at Salford Business School. And now, almost twelve months later, I wanted to write an update on why this is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

When I last wrote about my attendance of the business school, I was two and a half days into my first module… Fast forward a year and I have now finished all four of my Masters modules and have moved on to the Business Innovation Project in order to turn my Postgraduate Diploma into a full MSc in Marketing.

After working extremely hard and overcoming various obstacles and challenges, I have so far been thrilled with my grades, and have most definitely exceeded any initial expectations of myself and hope to continue to do so throughout the somewhat lengthy process of researching, presenting and writing up my final project.

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How to network: Make the right first impression

14 July 2015

Richard Lira, Salford Business School Alumni

As I was about to embark on my final year at university, typically, more and more graduate unemployment statistics kept creeping up. I say ‘typically’ because naturally when you don’t want to think about something there it is, constantly in front of you.

Social media was a great reminder of how tough the job market was and I always knew I had to stay ahead of my competition to stand out from the crowd.

I was always presented in class, gained 1st class marks in all my academic years, did a 12-month professional placement and  had two part-time jobs in the marketing and communications field in my final year, not to mention how hard I worked on my online personal brand.

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Salford Business School Ball – A night to remember

17 June 2015
Seema Dosanjh

Seema Dosanjh

This year’s Salford Business School Ball took place on Friday 29th May at Hotel Football (owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92) and was the biggest to date as it sold out with 260 people in attendance.

The Salford Business School Ball is an annual black-tie event that not only brings together final year and postgraduate students, staff, and alumni, but celebrates their success as well. However, this year the event was more spectacular than ever as Salford Business School celebrated winning Times Higher Education ‘Business School of the Year’ Award.

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My Golden Ticket to Camp Digital 2015

6 June 2015
Karim Laljee

Karim Laljee

For those of you like myself who were very keen to attend Camp Digital and get your hands on those sort after tickets and be one of the 350 lucky people to be at the event, it must have been a disappointment if you didn’t get chance to go.

Tickets had sold out and the only option I had to attend the event was to try to sneak in or enter a competition that University of Salford were holding, where you had to come up with innovative ways of using new technology. Thankfully I was selected as one of the winners and got my hand on what felt like one of Willy Wonkers Golden Tickets!

You could also see that all those with tickets were going to make sure that they were there!

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Salford Business Submarine takes on the Salford Dragon Boat Race

2 June 2015
Seema Dosanjh

Seema Dosanjh

On Sunday 31st May 2015, Salford Business School participated in the Salford Dragon Boat Race. The event took place at Salford Quays at the largest Salford Dragon Boat Festival ever – where more than 20 teams came ready to row for charity.

Competing in this race was a first for Salford Business School and for majority of the team members. However, the motivation and enthusiasm to support their charity, Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, pushed Salford Business Submarine to train hard and give it their best on race day.

A total of 23 teams entered this competition this year and over £15k have been raised for charity so far.

How did the Salford Business Submarine team get on?

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Lost in translation: is the Arabic language being eroded?

11 March 2015
Mark Rix, Chief Executive Catchpole Communications

Mark Rix, Chief Executive Catchpole Communications

Having gained an MBA from The University Of Salford it was naturally exciting for me to be invited to join the University’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) Advisory Board.

The Middle East expansion of the University is a very positive development which presents outstanding opportunities for students from the region to further their education within a world-class institution.

The wider possibilities for public and private sector collaboration with the University are considerable and this is of equal interest.  The long term effects of the University’s investment in this region lies in the positive contribution to the development of a knowledgeable and competitive economy.

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Let’s talk about what we can do with UX…

24 February 2015
Fianna Hornby

Fianna Hornby

I’ve always seen the importance in User Experience (UX) but I found it a bit hard to find out where to start with really getting to know the practice and apply it in my work. As a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate in a role of Digital Marketing Executive at Salford Business School I took the next step to get myself more familiar with UX and here is how I did it!

What is UX? You might have heard about UX before but what does it really mean? UX is short for User Experience, UX is defined in many ways but the wider remit is to be focused on enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product.

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Playing the game: CV writing and interview tips

12 February 2015

Article by Craig Dean, CEO Web, Applications UK Ltd

In my time as an employer I’ve probably interviewed thousands of people, which would mean I’ve seen ten times as many CVs. Though the stats tell us we are seeing more jobs appearing, today’s labour market still demands pushing every opportunity to its limit; which means writing better CVs, making the most out of your experience, and preparing as best you can for any interviews you’re invited to.

This is doubly important for students of Computer Science, who have recorded an 11% rise in undergraduate enrolment in the last academic year, the joint highest with Biological Sciences, where the recorded average across all subjects was a 2% decrease.

This tells us that though the overall job market is on the up, when it comes to software development, the long-celebrated surplus of available jobs is starting to narrow. There always has been, and will continue to be serious competition. The astute job seekers (the ones reading this blog) will put themselves ahead of the curve and make sure they’re in the best position possible.

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