Jonty Symonds

BA Business and Management with Industrial Experience

The friendly staff and modern facilities drew Jonty to the Business School after he visited for an Open Day.

“I have always been entrepreneurial and I’ve always had a business career in mind so I knew that I wanted to study Business. A degree in Business and Management offers a great scope for application in a wide range of careers, including accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing and more.

Compared to other universities, I found the Business School to have far superior facilities for students. At the open day, the staff were extremely welcoming, helpful and engaging and they have been very supportive during my time here.

The flexible programme structure suits me very well, with the central concepts included as compulsory modules and a wide variety of optional modules available from other disciplines. I like that I’m not confined to one particular area of study so if I decide that I like a particular subject, I’m able to mould my degree around that. For example, in my first year I was able to opt for a finance module, and now in my second year I have chosen some economics modules.

I’ve chosen to do an industrial placement in my third year. During my time at the Business School I’ve been able to get insights into many business-related industries. After applying to a range of employers I’m pleased to have secured a placement with Johnson and Johnson in a Sales and Customer Development capacity.

The Business School and Career Zone have been very supportive during my application for industrial placements, holding extra lectures and classes on application processes, CV writing and interview skills. I’ve attended many of the employer presentations and evening networking events at the university, which have greatly increased my confidence and provided invaluable tips for applying to specific companies. The Careers and Placements Fairs were a great help in deciding where to apply, with many top employers available to talk to. All of this gave me the best chance of securing a placement that I was most interested in.

My advice to others interested in applying for placements would be to do your research early and set time aside each week dedicated to this. Make sure to attend the employer events that the University holds and be prepared at these. In particular, take note of the names of people that you speak to as these key points of information can be extremely valuable when it comes to applying. Make the most of all the help that the University offers as it really is invaluable.”