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Taking on the challenge of two different roles

BSc Business student Beth shares how the skills and experience she gained on her two six-month work placements led to a graduate job offer.

Beth on campus.
Taking two placements gave Beth the opportunity to decide which future career to pursue.

Choosing a course that suited me

I was first attracted to the School of Management because of the excellent reputation of the business school. Bath has extensive links with industry, a large alumni community and high-quality teaching. These were all huge factors in my decision.

The chance to do two six-month work placements and a semester abroad attracted me to study BSc Business. As I didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue, working in two different companies in two different roles was a massive selling point. I was also keen to learn business fundamentals before customising my degree to suit my interests, which the course offers.

How my two work placement roles compared

For my first placement, I worked at Babybel as the assistant brand manager. The role involved producing monthly performance reports, supporting the development of campaigns, leading e-retail projects and liaising with external agencies. The role was very varied. I spent time in trade marketing, sales and e-commerce, allowing me to figure out which career path I’d prefer.

For my second placement, I worked in London, as a Research Analyst at Q5. Q5 is a management consultancy focusing on organisational design, strategy, change and culture. My role focused on the project management and delivery of Q5’s pro-bono consulting offer to charities, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses. I was able to help some interesting organisations tackle their challenges, which was a really rewarding element of the job.

Securing a job offer

The opportunity to learn in a real working environment and gain an insight into a potential career has been invaluable.

My second placement employer offered me a graduate role. This allowed me to focus on my final year studies and make the most of my time on exchange in Canada.

I would not have been able to achieve what I have without the skills and experience I've gained at Bath. The placement team, who helped me secure both placements, have provided invaluable support through mock interviews, checking CVs and cover letters, and meetings to discuss applications.

The opportunity to learn in a real working environment and gain an insight into a potential career has been invaluable.
Beth Buckley BSc Business

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