So, you want to be a Pearson Business School student...?

By Rod Brazier

The answer to this probably isn’t what you expect.

The word ‘Business’ tends to conjure up an image in many people’s minds: ‘hard’, ‘driven’, ‘cut-throat’, ‘individual’. However, when it comes to the study of Business and Business Management these words aren’t true and they aren’t fair. Well, not at Pearson Business School anyway. Here, the students that succeed tend to have certain qualities. If you’re interested in joining us, you might like to consider whether you have what it takes to be one of the best among the best...

Are you Career-focused?

If you’re 18 years old and don’t know exactly what you want to do with your life yet, that’s ok. Not everybody does. However, you’re probably starting to rule certain roles or industries out and this is part of the continuing career-development process that you’ll go down. However, be aware that you are now on the path towards a career; the decisions you make are important (though not irreversible) and building up your skills in order to improve your CV will give you an advantage. Do short term things (like volunteering and internships) to boost long-term prospects.

Are you a team Player?

This isn’t an episode of The Apprentice. That is entertainment, not real-world. In the real world you’ll be working on projects, with other people (including some who you may not have chosen to work with) and you might not receive any pay, glory or instant rewards for doing so. But…this is what makes businesses successful. People pull together and teamwork is crucial. When studying with us you’ll be asked to work in groups; on presentations and on real business projects. Don’t look for individual success — do the right thing by the team and you’ll be noticed.

Are you academically inquiring?

You’re choosing to study business for a reason — to learn. You may already run a business, work for a corporation and have many of the skills necessary to succeed but having the knowledge of theories, ideas and models that underpin your learning will give you the edge when explaining a concept to your boss or a potential business partner in 5 years time. Ask questions, want to know more and become an academic. Your degree classification will be an indicator of your ability to future recruiters, so get a First Class one!

Are you driven to succeed?

Sometimes the going will get tough. You won’t feel like opening the books to do the extra reading and there will be times when you doubt yourself. The key to success here is finding your way around those difficult moments. Top performers recognise that they don’t always have the answer, that they can’t do everything by themselves — so ask for help. But, be resilient. Take knock-backs on the chin and use them as an opportunity to grow. Find the motivation that keeps you going; prove to yourself and others that you can do it.

Are you reflective?

It’s often after the event that we learn. Being reflective is an important part of the learning process as it allows us to be honest with ourselves about who we are, what we’re like, what we’ve learn’t and how useful that knowledge is to us. If you’re someone who recognises areas for improvement, believes there is always a better way to do things and can take feedback and advice on board (and use it to your advantage) then you’re probably someone destined for success.

Do you have what it takes?

Interested in studying Business from within a FTSE 100 company? Check out the Pearson Business School section of our website.