The Employer Relations Team
An important part of the Careers & Professional Development Service is the Employer Relations Team. We work with current employers, both in the UK and internationally, with an overall objective of helping them to hire our students.
The team also proactively targets potential employers, to educate them about the strengths and career aspirations of our students, with the aim of increasing the number of advertised job vacancies and maximising the opportunities for students to meet companies on campus through recruitment events, student clubs and other networking activities.
Companies we partner with
We partner with a range of companies across industry sectors for a variety of events and opportunities (see examples below). In 2014/15, 129 different companies were represented at events on campus, 145 offered projects and 310 posted jobs on our Jobs Board.
In terms of recruitment, recent examples of organisations that have employed Imperial College Business School students include, but are in no means limited to: Bain & Co, BlackRock, BP, Burberry, Deloitte, Dyson, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, GSK, J.P. Morgan, L’Oreal, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Nestle, Ogilvy, PwC, Unilever, Vodafone, and the World Health Organisation.
Recruitment events, workshops and office visits
The team organises a large number of recruitment events on campus, especially during September, October and November. These include recruitment presentations, case study interview practice and other skills workshops.
Formal recruitment events are supplemented by alumni panels and office visits (in the last year, these have taken place at the offices of Innovate Finance, PwC, Diageo, Google, Rolls-Royce and HSBC to name a few).
Careers Fairs and Specialist Events
As well as running the main Business School Careers Fair in September, we have introduced new ‘Micro-Fairs’ in Digital, Tech & Marketing Analytics, Consumer & Retail and Finance & Consulting – highly focused small scale careers fairs with the emphasis on networking.
We also run specialist topic events, including the Energy Forum and ‘Women in Leadership’ panel discussions with Deloitte, McKinsey, Telefonica, Amazon, AlixPartners and AT Kearney.
Employer Involvement in Programmes
The last few years have seen the introduction of “The Finance Industry Careers Course”, and “Management Industry Careers Course” – intense courses delivered in September by the Careers & Professional Development Service and supported by employers. The programmes are designed to assist students’ understanding of the industries, specific companies and roles, as well as preparing them to make successful applications.
Similar courses are delivered, in a less intense format, as “Contemporary Marketing Practise” and “Contemporary Analytics Practise” – a series of connected guest talks and workshops throughout the year.
The team works with programme teams to source live projects from our partner companies which are then used as Group Projects for a number of MSc programmes and individual consulting projects for the Full Time MBA programme. To ensure that programme content is highly relevant and that students are best equipped for the professional challenges that their career has to offer, all of our programmes are reviewed by a Corporate Advisory Board, bringing an industry perspective to our courses.
Career Clubs and Conferences
A number of student-led Business School Career Clubs are supported, which aim to bring together MBA and MSc students with similar areas of career interest and/or professional backgrounds. All of the clubs are organised by students and run a number of events throughout the year. These events give opportunities to meet other Business School students with similar interests, learn from and network with alumni and other professionals, build links with relevant employers in the sector, and learn more about roles available and the skills needed in the industry.
The Business School also hosts an annual conference, in May of each year, with speakers from the corporate world and industry, organised entirely by students, with a year-on-year title of “The Fusion of Business and Technology”, which allows for a focused theme each year. For the inaugural conference in May 2016, the theme was “Big Data – Destination Unknown?”.
Online Jobs Board
All partner companies are encouraged to post their opportunities – projects, internships and permanent positions – on our online Jobs Board. (Only current students and alumni with active Symplicity logins can use the Jobs Board).