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Work Placement

In today’s tough jobs market, graduates need to stand out from the crowd to successfully secure that all important first full-time job after university.  The Work Placement Team works very closely with the employers and with the students to help find a suitable part-time job which can be used for their work placement.  

The Work Placement Team delivers pre-employment preparation sessions which include CV workshops, interview techniques, career counselling and visits from prospective employers and provide one-to-one support, students are provided with a Step-By-Step Employment Preparation Handbook which all assists in the student securing a relevant job.

The Work Placement Team makes sure that help and guidance is provided at every stage and connect with the industry and employers, monitor and support throughout the student’s work placement and check on the student’s performance and provide students with feedback whilst on their work placements and upon their completion.

Work Placements are a compulsory part of the course and are available for students who are studying Healthcare and Hospitality course at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For further details of your eligibility for the work placement, or if you are an employer looking to recruit students from the Healthcare or Hospitality industry, please contact workplacement@lca.anglia.ac.uk

Andrea Toth

BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Andrea Toth

Andrea Toth - BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Andrea’s passion for the healthcare sector is very clear to see as she speaks about the work experience she has been gaining alongside her classes. As an integrated part of her degree course, the Employability Team secured Andrea a 3 month voluntary work placement with ANA Nursing Home as an Administrator and also provided her with CV and interview support to secure the position. She highlighted how the placement has been critical in her professional development as she was encouraged to experience working in multiple areas of the business, from a hands-on role as a Carer to administrative office duties. She has learnt a great deal about how domiciliary care works and the current issues surrounding adult social care. Furthermore, she has learnt about the vital importance of effective team work, describing how friendly and welcoming the entire team was there and how she has made friends for life in this role.

This voluntary role also provided her with the pathway to her current job at SHEERI Training, a Health and Social Care Training provider. Given her background in teaching she feels this role is an excellent way to combine her skills developed from past experience with her enthusiasm for healthcare. The 2016 Top Achiever Award Winner adds that she has enjoyed applying what she has learnt in the business and management aspects of her course into the work place, and her practical experience has helped her greatly when writing assignments. She advises other students to be open-minded and take every opportunity to develop their professional experience, as well as to consider pursuing further training alongside university studies; this being an invaluable way of increasing your chances of getting the job you really want!

Bastien Thorelle

BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing

Bastien Thorelle

Bastien Thorelle - BSc (Hons) Business and Marketing

Final year student Bastien Thorelle has been keeping busy alongside his Business and Marketing degree. Through the Employability Team’s services he was able to secure a Sales and Marketing internship with Ladurée, which thanks to his hard work and commitment has potentially become a permanent job. At Ladurée he works with clients of varying sizes including Louis Vuitton and Bulgari and has been able to get involved in many different projects, from baby showers and weddings to large scale corporate events. He has learnt a great deal about managing the CRM systems and data handling, cross-selling and providing specific product recommendations. He enjoys the fact that at Ladurée he has a great deal of responsibility, for example when dealing with important events or client orders. He is continuously encouraged to bring his ideas to the table and to be involved with decision making, including recently with regards to researching for a new food printer. Bastien believes the most challenging aspect of his job is being responsible of planning events for large brands, with his employer having high expectations of him, a challenge he often rises to. Bastien is quickly discovering that he must be ready for any challenge the clients might present. For example, recently one purchaser announced that they did not like the trays that had been provided to display the Ladurée macaroons. He searched across London to find alternatives - resulting in him exceeding customer expectations and through being persistent he has managed to promote the brand awareness of the company. He works hard but receives recognition for this by being able to work flexibly so that he can focus more on his university studies when needs be. His course and job complement each other well as the theory he learns gives him more ideas at work and a deeper understanding of what techniques will work most effectively.

Reflecting on his greatest achievements during his time at Anglia Ruskin University London, he speaks about his involvement with an entrepreneurship contest in his first year and a business strategy game in his final year, for which he finished 1st amongst 12 competitors and was invited to partake in a worldwide competition for the Business Strategy Game. His advice to other students is to have a motivated attitude and consistent willingness to learn - using your free time productively to develop your skills and commercial awareness. 

James Goudie

BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

James Goudie

James Goudie - BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Finance and Accounting student James has gained a variety of relevant work experience alongside his university studies. This includes customer service roles at both HSBC and NatWest, before landing the role of a Finance Assistant at Malvern House Language School in Kings Cross. James secured the job via the Employability Scheme and in particular a charity event he attended in which he was able to network and meet invaluable contacts. During his time at Malvern House he thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with the finance operations and the way the different departments worked together; a highlight being having the opportunity to shadow an accountant. Learning how to use finance software and experiencing working in a busy office has been highly beneficial for him.

Speaking about his degree studies, he comments on how having lecturers with real-life experience in their industries (including taxation and financial accounting) brings the course to life and makes it much more engaging. The work experience has complemented his studies, helping him to develop his practical knowledge of the finance industry and being surrounded by like-minded people. This is demonstrated through him achieving the highest marks of all his peers upon completion of his first year of studies, and winning a Top Achievers award for the Business Skills module. Upon completing his studies in the summer, he plans to become fully ACCA qualified and then progress onto his SIMA or AAT Accounting qualifications, with dreams of one day owning his own accountancy. His advice to other ARUL students? Make sure your CV is always up to date, and don’t be afraid to contact the Employability Team - they are always on hand to help and provide career guidance!  

Reena Mandhub

BSc (Hons) Law and Accounting

Reena Mandhub

Reena Mandhub - BSc (Hons) Law and Accounting

Reena, a second year Law and Accounting student, is highly proactive in developing her relevant work experience alongside her studies. She has worked part time in a receptionist and administration role at Butler & Co LLP since October 2015, and after networking with KLSA accountancy firm at the ARU London Careers Fair in spring 2017 she has now begun a month long internship with them. She credits the Employability Team for helping her to improve her CV and improve her interview skills, which was necessary for securing this opportunity.  At Butler & Co she comments that the working environment has been very warm and all of her colleagues are consistently keen to help her with any queries she has, a blessing given her previous concerns as an international student working in an office in the UK for the first time. She has additionally found that her studies have complimented her work experience, and vice versa too. At work, the accounting tasks she completes such as filing confirmation statements, preparing professional letters and invoices and using accounting software such as Iris and Xero help her to put the theory she is learning from her course in to practice. In addition, the Introduction to Accounting module she has studied helps her to better understand the debit and credit tasks she completes, and her second year Law and Accounting modules have helped her to better understand the corporate law environment that she is now exposed to.

Moreover, Reena’s confidence has improved a great deal through her work, particularly as she frequently learns how to do important tasks using her own initiative. For example, the first job she was given at Butler & Co was to complete an invoice given to her by a partner. She was unsure how to complete the task but rather than asking for help from her colleagues, opted for reading over additional invoices that she was able to access in order to work out how to do it for herself. When her work was checked, apart from the odd minor error she was pleased to learn that she had completed the task successfully.

When asked what her greatest achievements are, Reena has a great deal to speak about. After working with the police force in Mauritius, leaving this position to come to study at ARU London on the other side of the world was a big step for her. That said, she has certainly flourished during her time here, demonstrated by her receiving a Top Achiever awarded in 2016 for economics and accounting, and additionally being awarded a scholarship as well as successfully securing the competitive KLSA internship. Asked about her aspirations for the future, Reena looks forward to discovering where her current positions with both Butler & Co and KLSA will take her. She also is interested in pursuing further studies of either ACCA or CCH qualifications, working towards her longstanding goal of working in the finance sector. Her advice for other students is to work hard at university from the outset, as the results will be clear and the confidence you gain along the way will be a great driving force.

 

Sandip Josan

BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Sandip Josan

Sandip Josan - BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Sandip has been greatly enjoying working at the affluent Chelsea Millennium Hotel alongside studying International Business Management at Anglia Ruskin University London, an opportunity that was sourced for him by the Employability Team. He acknowledges that working for such a reputable company is a highlight on his CV, and appreciates the Business Skills module of his degree for having helped him to secure his position. Events such as match days and at Christmas bring extra-long shifts which can be very busy and stressful, although Sandip expresses that he finds them interesting and more exciting and help him develop skills in high pressure environments.

Sandip has also completed further training focused on anti-terrorism and has been adding to the value of his experience and developing his skill set by working in different roles. Having taken part in the Investment Club and Big Pitch competition at university, he advises other students that it is always advantageous to have other projects to pursue alongside their studies and that through these you are able to develop your confidence and transferable skills.

Sibin Daniel

BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Sibin Daniel

Sibin Daniel - BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Business and Healthcare Management student Sibin keeps very busy, working at UCLH hospital as a Nursing Assistant as well as volunteering as an Admin Support Assistant at St John’s ambulance alongside his university classes. He also volunteers as a receptionist for a Newham renewal program which he says the key for him has been him being flexible to employer’s needs. Through this, he is developing his transferable skills, including acting in a professional manner at all times through challenging situations and working effectively and proactively within a team. He feels particularly fortunate to have the opportunity to work at St John’s Ambulance where he completed his full time work placement with such a highly regarded company who’s emergency services are so prevalent in London. 

In addition, he frequently finds that his studies help him at work, particularly the Service Operations Management module. He has been able to apply the SWOT analysis theory at work with St John’s and will be presenting his recommendations to the managers of St John’s Ambulance. He feels that having practical work experience inspires him at university and is even improving his grades; having recently achieved a 1st class grade in his Driving Improvement in the Workplace module reflects this. He has great ambitions for the future - aiming to achieve a First Class Honours degree, before embarking on a postgraduate nursing course. He suggests that other students do not overlook the great value of voluntary work within the sector to boost your work experience and employability. 

Tom Sessink

BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Tom Sessink

Tom Sessink - BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Alongside Tom’s International Business Management degree he has kept very busy undertaking meaningful work experience. This work includes working as a nanny for two families, working at a ‘World Youth Cup’ football tournament in Sweden and in particular, a Finance Assistant internship with the Marriott Hotel Maida Vale. This opportunity was sought for him by the Employability Team, who also helped to improve his CV and employability skills.  Reflecting on his time at the Marriott he speaks about all the new skills he has developed, the fantastic team that he worked with and having the invaluable opportunity of getting involved with big projects. He has developed his organisation and time management skills, through always writing to do lists and multitasking in order to complete tasks more efficiently. He has learnt a great deal from this internship, particularly accounting-related knowledge and how to use a variety of office software systems including Opera, Oracle, Micros and Birch Street.

Tom believes that working alongside his studies has noticeably improved his grades as it enabled him to be more focused and developed his time management skills. Looking to the future, he plans to undertake another internship over the summer and is looking into studying an economics postgraduate course. His key advice to ARUL students is to use the part-time nature of their studies to undertake meaningful employment alongside their classes, pushing yourself to work as much as possible and make a good impression from the start. 

Tope Majekodunmi

BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Tope Majekodunmi

Tope Majekodunmi - BSc (Hons) Business and Healthcare Management

Tope works with Nightingale Hammerson, a longstanding partner organisation of Anglia Ruskin University London. The Business and Healthcare Management student initially saw the vacancy advertised via an email from the Employability Team, and contacted them to express his interest. The team then helped him to improve his CV and coached him on his interview skills to ensure he successfully landed a job as a Healthcare Assistant at the South London Residential Care Home.

Tope thoroughly enjoys working at Nightingale Hammerson, commenting on how welcomed he felt when he started working there and how friendly all the staff are. There are frequent training courses that he is encouraged to undertake to boost his professional skill set and his employability, an advantage of his job. The main challenge he believes, is getting to know all of the Home’s service users and their personalities and backgrounds although lengthy it is a exercise he greatly enjoys. He finds his course studies highly complementary to his work, particularly when writing his university assignments and as he applies his healthcare knowledge into the workplace. He has recently had an appraisal at work which has encouraged him greatly. He was told to keep up his excellent work and encouraged to consider undertaking some NHS private courses to enhance his skills. His advice to other students is to work hard in pursuing what you are passionate about, and to believe in yourself and what you are capable of. 

Valerio Mazzanti

BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

Valerio Mazzanti

Valerio Mazzanti - BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting

As well as studying Finance and Accounting at Anglia Ruskin University London, Valerio has been undertaking an accounting internship at Malvern House Language School. He credits the Employability Team for this work experience, for coaching him with his interview skills and supporting him through his application. He has gained knowledge of the finance side of administration and learnt how to use different accounting software systems, as well as additional soft skills including teamwork, computer and communication skills.  Moreover, he has been able to directly apply the knowledge he is gaining at university into the workplace, confessing that although his classes often focus on big companies there are many aspects that can be applied to small businesses too; including Malvern House. He remembers his first week being the most difficult due to colleagues being very busy and so having to use his initiative and work a lot out for himself, however he has been able to learn fast and feels very comfortable there now.

At university, Valerio believes he has progressed a great deal. He has found the skills he has developed from having auditing duties at Malvern House to be invaluable, particularly as this is not something that had been taught previously on his course, and has achieved exceptionally high marks in multiple assignments including 78% in the Legal Aspects of Business module in 2016. He has additionally been involved with the investment club in which in 2015 he was awarded the Best Investor prize; winning the competition. Following his internship, Valerio has developed his teamwork skills even further through working with a team in the BSG Strategy game, skills which he also exercises in group work tasks on his university course. He highlights the benefit of work experience as being an invaluable way to develop your professional skills, and apply what you are learning in class into the real world. With high ambitions, Valerio is considering his options for studying a Master’s degree in Economics or Finance in the UK or abroad, and looks forward to commencing a fast-paced career in the Finance sector with a particular interest in applying for hedge fund positions.  

Robie Christian Romos

LLB (Hons) Law

Robie Christian Romos

Robie Christian Romos - LLB (Hons) Law

LLB Law student Robie has recently had the fantastic opportunity of an internship with prestigious London law firm Barar & Associates. Robie started off as a Customer Assistant at Boots, received training and soon progressed onto a Pharmacy Advisor position within a short period of time. He discovered this vacancy through the work opportunity alerts advertised to ARUL students by the Employability Team, who also provided him with advice on guidance on perfecting his CV and Cover Letter as well as his interview skills through multiple mock interviews.

Although he admits to having struggled with his studies during his first year, he speaks of how the Study Skills seminars and regular feedback and guidance from his lecturers have helped him profusely and his grades have not ceased to improve. He especially enjoys the Civil Litigation module of his course which is directly relevant to the requirements of his internship. He adds that ARUL is the only one of the few universities to offer this module in undergraduate study, despite it being a core element of solicitor training (LPC). He has relished getting stuck in to university life during his time at ARUL, including working as a Student Representative since starting his course and Vice President of the University Law Society; as well as having won an award for receiving the highest marks in his year for one of his course modules. With plans to commence his LPC training upon completing his undergraduate degree, his advice to law students is to apply early for jobs they are interested in and to be aware of early application deadlines, and the great value of undertaking meaningful employment alongside studying to boost your employability and taking what you are learning in the classroom out into the real world.

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