John Hillard Pro-Dean for Student Education
Which Business degree? John Hillard Pro-Dean for Student Education
Overview Which programmes are available? Skills gained at University
Programme distinctiveness at Leeds Career Pathways Summary
Our programmes The main areas of programmes are around: Accounting
Management Economics International Business Human resource management
Transferable skills at University
Critical Thinking Analytical skills Research Methods Time Management Project Management Advanced IT skills Presentation Skills Group / Team working
Accountancy What is it? Accounting and Finance, the flexible business degree to take your lifelong ambitions forward, whether in business, finance or academia. Why Accounting at Leeds Leeds is the leading UK centre for financial and professional services outside London (placements) Huge range of elective choices to complement your degree Impressive set of exemptions to progress career For a new graduate in Accounting and Finance to compete effectively in a crowded market they need be able to demonstrate two things. Firstly, the advanced technical and highly developed academic skills associated with a world class research-led institution. Secondly, and critically, they need to show that they have the high-level communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills that leading employers demand. To deliver the former, we draw on our extensive research expertise and work closely with employers and the main professional accounting bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA to ensure that teaching on our programmes is fresh and relevant to current thinking in the workplace. To deliver the latter, we give our students the opportunity to systematically develop and demonstrate their employability skills. (taken from brochure)
Career Pathways Career Pathways
Predominantly Finance related careers 61% (Accountancy contracts, Banking, Auditors, Financial Advisors etc) Other Business sectors 39%
What is Management? Base Disciplines e.g. Economics, Maths, Engineering Outputs e.g. Sustainability, Low Carbon Futures and Social Responsibility Business Functions e.g. HRM, Marketing, Business Operations Management is a dynamic topic and a field of study which is constantly developing. It draws on a wide range of base disciplines, including economics, engineering, mathematics, accounting, and law. It addresses business functions including strategy development, human resource management, marketing, business operations and information management. All of these disciplines and functions are constantly developing and our courses need to develop to keep pace with change in the business world and in the environment we live in. Perhaps an obvious example is the need for businesses to address the issues of sustainability, low carbon futures, and social responsibility. Don’t forget the full extent of combinations with Management i.e. Marketing / Economics and Management + JH.
Why Management at Leeds
Newly designed to incorporate current Management processes such as sustainability and social responsibility to keep pace with a constantly changing landscape and our environment Opportunity to study alongside a range of other subjects such as Marketing, Geography etc Huge range of elective modules to widen knowledge.
Career Prospects (Management)
Accounting Huge range of careers Marketing & Sales @Leeds (one-third go into accounting, one-third marketing & sales, and one-third, everything else (see below) Jobs directly related to your degree Management consultant Systems analyst Chartered accountant Chartered management accountant Insurance underwriter Logistics and distribution manager Corporate financier Jobs indirectly related to your degree Marketing executive Human resources officer Advertising account executive Retail merchandiser Banker Sales executive
Economics What is it? Economics “…is the study of how people make choices under conditions of scarcity and of the results of those choices for society” (Frank & Bernanke, 2001, p. 4). Micro: Study of choices made by individuals and firms. Macro: Study of aggregate outcomes of these choices
Why Economics at Leeds? Wide choice of Economics degrees
Flexible course structure Diverse perspective Successful graduates Employability strong We offer a choice of Single Honours Economics degrees A reasonably flexible structure that can accommodate changes in the student’s interest. A relatively diverse perspective on economic problems. Successful graduation rates: 66 per cent achieve a 2.1 degree or higher; 95 percent achieve a 2.2 degree or higher. Good employment and further study record of recent graduates. Range of Programmes include: Economics & Management Economics & Finance Business Economics Economics with Transport Economics & Geography
Typical Economic pathways
Careers in Economics Economist Agricultural Economist Industrial Economist Finance
Alternative careers in Economics
Economics degree Credit Analyst Chartered Accountant Statistician Civil Service Fast track Most graduate schemes Sales & Advertising Public Sector
Why International Business?
Most organisations have international operations, or are affected by them You are likely to have to deal with foreign companies in business International knowledge give you a competitive advantage Gain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of techniques, processes and innovations outside of the UK International business can be more complicated so opportunities are greater It’s interesting and fun! Many organizations have international operations or are affected by the global economy, even smaller firms (thanks to the Internet, for example) It is highly likely that your future career will involve dealing with foreign companies (e.g. as suppliers or customers) as well as managers and people from other countries to your own Increasingly, international experience and knowledge (not to mention language skills) are key to competing in the job market Studying international business will help you to understand the latest management techniques, business processes and innovations, many of which are being developed outside of your own country International business raises many more complicating issues than simple domestic business, so the learning opportunities are that much greater It’s interesting and fun...!
Distinctiveness CIBUL: the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds International standing Regularly identified as one of the world’s leading centres of IB research e.g. International Business Review (August 2006) Students benefit from teaching by experts – our research informs our teaching Opportunity to study alongside Economics or Finance Wide range of elective modules e.g. Language study
Career Pathways International Business
Export Management International Marketing International Economic policy and analysis International Business Finance International Trade As this is a new programme, we do not have any graduate destinations but ….. These programmes are designed to prepare you for specialist roles in, for example, export management, international marketing, international economic policy and analysis, international trade, and international business finance.
Human Resource Management
What is it? It is the effective management of the ‘people factor’ in organisations – our approach is to give students a strong academic grounding, and develop their critical thinking skills. Focuses in-depth on the human dimension to work organisations. There is less emphasis on the more quantitative subjects covered within the BSc Management but increased qualitative content that offers a more grounded approach to understanding people at work. The programme combines numerous subjects such as economics, politics, psychology and sociology, with a significant international focus.
Why HRM at Leeds CIPD accreditation Genuinely research led International focus Specialist modules such as Employment Law, Diversity/Equality, Strategic HRM Lower Maths requirement HRM combines general Management grounding
Career Pathways Recruitment Consultant Non-HR graduate schemes
HR Consultant Graduate Trainee Talent Advisor HR Officer Non-HR graduate schemes
Range of diversity We offer a range of programmes
Visit the subject talks today to gain a greater understanding of what is involved in each subject There are more ways than one to reach your goal Think about what you enjoy Don’t be afraid to try something new if it interests you
Career Pathways Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 15 years?
Have a Plan A and a Plan B, C, D and E! Most Business degrees will get you where you want to be eventually E.g. an Economics degree will stand you in good stead for obtaining an Accountancy qualification Accounting & Finance students have gone onto become Business Advisors, Auditors, Finance Directors Employers are looking for transferable skills
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