We’re living in rapidly evolving times; technological advancements are not only changing the workforce, but also our personal and professional lives in more ways than we can imagine.
Aspiring business professionals looking to make their mark in an increasingly challenging and complex business landscape will need to enhance their skill set and knowledge to not only navigate this new era, but future-proof their careers.
A postgraduate degree in business can help, not just to widen theoretical and practical knowledge, but to also boost their competitiveness in a tough job market.
The University of Birmingham Business School offers prospective students a modern business curriculum that reflects today’s changing economic, commercial and financial environment. Their courses enable students to not only meet their personal and professional goals, but ensure they have the right platform to learn and enhance their career readiness.
A business school for a competitive advantage
Birmingham Business School has carved itself a reputation as an elite business institution, thanks to its triple-crown accreditation from the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). Less than 5 percent of more than 16,000 schools worldwide that grant business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation, notes the AACSB.
Their programmes are taught in Birmingham, Dubai and Singapore, attracting students from 106 countries. As a student at Birmingham Business School, students will learn from an international faculty who conduct research all over the world, in addition to being part of a global alumni community of around 44,000 graduates. In addition, as part of its commitment to working for a responsible future, the school is readying its students to become forward-thinking leaders who practice business in a way that is inclusive, sustainable, and to the betterment of society.
Preparing students for the borderless economy
Today’s globalised economy means students will need to prepare to work in borderless workplaces.
Birmingham’s Business School helps develop global citizens by offering the option to study at the University of Birmingham Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Here, students have the chance to soak in the sights and sounds of this dynamic city, which offers a rich diversity of attractions, entertainment and lifestyle opportunities.
In speaking about Birmingham’s Dubai campus, international student Neelay Deshmukh who hails from India described the student community in Dubai as a “good mix”, with the campus hosting a sizeable number of international students for a diverse student body. Birmingham’s postgraduate courses in Dubai include the MSc International Business and LLM in International Commercial Law.
“I enjoyed my classes as they touch on issues which are relevant in the business landscape. Birmingham’s professors are also engaged in research that aims to address or understand the social or economic developments of the world.
“This ensures the educational discourse is useful and practical in the working environment,” said Neelay, who is pursuing his postgraduate business degree.
He added that the university also offers networking opportunities for postgraduate students, with such events providing a platform for students to mingle with industry representatives.
Business degrees that enhance employability
The University of Birmingham has a rich tradition of developing its students and producing highly employable graduates.
In the UK, the university is third in the country in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for graduate-level employment six months after graduation. Its employability efforts also feature at its Dubai campus, with various activities held to improve students’ career-readiness.
The university ensures students are calibrated for career success through various initiatives. This includes providing postgraduate students with access to a bespoke service from the university’s careers team.
An in-house ‘Careers in Business’ team supports student career development through: individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Consultants; Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme; skills sessions and mock interviews; and advice for international students and alumni who wish to work in the UK after graduation.
At the Dubai Campus, the Dubai Big Ideas Challenge is an intensive three-day competition where students work in teams to develop creative solutions to real-world challenges set by employers. Working collaboratively with their peers from across different disciplines at the university, the competition helps instill in students vital employability and enterprising skills.
They also offer other out-of-classroom learning opportunities, including the Entrepreneurship Project, which gives students a chance to work on a real project challenge set by a global employer. Working in teams over a concentrated period, students will present their final proposal to the company in a competitive process, helping to deepen students’ understanding of the world of business and enterprise, and enhancing their skills in an increasingly competitive global job market.
Without a doubt, Birmingham’s Business School offers students an enriching and unparalleled student experience that will help them thrive in the future of work.