Led by and for students, the University of Cumbria Business Society launches this month to help upcoming graduates connect with employers and business networks.
UoC Business Society figures want to develop a vibrant relationship with business leaders, helping to shape students’ learning experience and offering real-world support and guidance alongside academic business management study.
It is also an aim to help employers, organisations and business leaders to engage and inspire future professionals, making connections, nurturing and helping to retain and develop future talent.
As an anchor institution for the North West, University of Cumbria works with strategic partners and employers to develop routes into and through higher education, helping to meet the region’s demand for higher-level skills among the current and future workforce.
UoC Business Society president is Will Adams, a mature first-year student who left a career in hospitality and relocated from Hertfordshire to the North West to study Business Management.
He leads the society with vice presidents Klaudia Uryniuk, Henry Conteh and Sam Ainsworth.
Inviting all businesses to support the student-led society, Will says: “From personal experience, connections and networking make the opportunities in your life and career.
“The aim is to connect upcoming graduates and businesses in Cumbria and Lancashire as a platform to encourage conversations, prospects and inspiration as we find our way into our own futures."
Cumbrian businesswoman Emma Porter, Construction Managing Director at Story Contracting – an award-winning Infrastructure and Civil Engineering company - will be the guest speaker at the UoC Business Society’s inaugural event taking place on Thursday 25 February at 4pm.
She will be sharing her thoughts on building long term business relationships and giving practical insights on how important this is to business success.
Emma says: “I’m looking forward to sharing some thoughts on the importance of building good relationships which comes from listening to and understanding your clients’ needs and always seeking to give more than you take."
Emma added: “I always got a lot from external speakers when I was in business school and I think you learn a lot from hearing a wide variety of experiences and career paths. And, from my own perspective, talking to and with students gives me a great opportunity to hear some younger viewpoints, ideas and perspectives. In a fast-changing world this is invaluable.”
Dr Erica Lewis, Business Management programme leader within the Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership at University of Cumbria, says: “The ideas we learn best are the ones we explore and it is great to see students translating what they are learning in their studies into practice. Not only those about building and growing organisations, but about serving their community too.
“The business society will be an important link between our students and local businesses and organisations. We’d welcome contact from any businesses or organisations that would like to know more about supporting our new business society.”
University of Cumbria students and alumni who want to find out more about the new society and its forthcoming events are invited to join the UoC Business Society Facebook group or follow @SocietyUoc on Twitter.