The sun was shining for our two day annual Pearson College London residential. The 2017 residential ran from May 25th - 26th, and this end of year celebration is a chance for students to reflect on their first year of university, build new skills and get inspired by our alumni and industry speakers. The location for the 2017 residential was the beautiful Horwood House, just outside of Milton Keynes.
Day 1 highlights:
The residential began with a welcome speech from Will Holt, Dean of Pearson Business School. He congratulated students on their achievements over the past few months, and explained what the next two days would involve. After lunch the first session of the residential began, students were set a challenge by CIMA. Students were split into groups and were given an hour to come up with a presentation that would help a fictional company cut costs and boost their profits. The students then had to present to the rest of the group and the tutors chose a winning team.
On the Thursday evening all of the residential students (and staff) sat down for a three course meal. During the meal a few students were selected for awards including, imagination, bravery and accountability, we were then treated to a motivational talk from David Murray. David is an experienced speaker & speaking coach and is a certified practitioner of NLP. He regularly speaks at public speaking events, such as Toastmasters so it was great to him give our students a motivational talk about getting over their fears and embracing change.
Day 2 highlights:
Friday morning began with an introduction from Frances Trought, our Head of Student Talent Development. Students were welcomed by industry professionals from sectors including, events, marketing, law, consultancy and finance. The students were able to quiz the professionals and get an insight into what it's really like to work in the different sectors and they also picked up some great advice too!
To end a wonderful and educating two days, we were delighted to welcome our alumni speaker, Sarah Crosley. Sarah used to study within Pearson Business School and now works for Nestle as an Assistant Brand Manager. Sarah took the students through her career journey and offered some invaluable advice, that really helped to inspire them!
It was a fantastic two days, a big thanks to our students for attending and all industry speakers and staff who helped to organise the event.
Notes for editors:
Pearson Business School
A university education, powered by industry experience.
We're transforming higher education. As a FTSE 100 company, immersed in industry, we do things differently. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart.
We offer all full-time degree students guaranteed internships*, so they gain experience during their studies. Our degree apprentices also get to work within a company throughout their studies, so they gain valuable experience, learning on the job. We help our students to build their own professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts, and they get to make contacts at industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, and Sony Pictures, to WPP, Lloyds of London and IBM. Alongside their academic studies, it’s the experiences like these that help our students to develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed, as well as inspire them, so they have the drive and ambition to get ahead.
Our students are enterprising and entrepreneurial. They get to work with our in-house business incubator The Access Platform (TAP), and many have set up their own companies too, like Kickpush and Yaantu and even social enterprises like Once Upon a Doug.
Our alumni have gone on to work for brands such as Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Dyson, Not on the High Street, the BBC, Snapchat, Wincanton and General Mills.
Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.
*subject to academic performance