School may be out for summer – but we’ve got some Unfinished Business to attend to. This free programme of on-demand Zoom round table discussions will feature Kent Business School academics, current and former students and guests from the world of enterprise.
Open to all students and the public, Unfinished Business, a series of free on-demand round table webinars hosted by KBS student and podcast presenter, Syed Mahmood provides topical debate on a plethora of issues, themes and trends at the forefront of the business world.
Are we Minding the Gap and Digitally Proofing the Future?
Tuesday 8 June 2021
The UK is on the verge of a shortage of digital skills, with reports suggesting only half of employers currently able to provide the necessary training for employees to bridge this gap. The number of young people taking IT subjects at GCSE has dropped 15% since 2015 yet according to research from LinkedIn, the professional networking site, 150 million new technology jobs will be created in the next five years.
So will we have the people to fill them? The panel debates…
- Dr Catherine Robinson (Deputy Dean and compiled research around digital skills shortages in Kent)
- Dr Hirbod Assa (Senior Lecturer Fintech and tech expert)
- Lance Younger (Guest Speaker from Procure Tech)
- Lewis Squire (current student and CEO of Reality Rooms)
- Syed (Zaid) Mahmood (Host)
Tuesday 29 June: “Has Covid helped or hindered the sustainability vision?”
Sustainability. Once a word synonymous with creating a profitable business that thrives, it is now about ensuring the whole planet continues to thrive. The Covid-19 pandemic has a huge impact on the environment and sustainability effort both for the positive and negative. From the greater use of single use PPE damaging the environment to the other side, less cars on the roads as people work from home and shoppers moving towards more local shopping. The jury’s out on the green credentials of a pandemic that has shaken the business world to the very core. Has Covid helped or hindered the sustainability vision? The panel debates!
- Dr Carmen Stoian (Senior Lecturer in International Business)
- Catherine Morris, (Environmental Adviser for the Safety, Health and Environment Unit)
- Suliat Alabi (Founder of Intentional Beauty Lab, and KBS Alum)
- Mercy Adeniji (founder of Vegate and winner of the Business Start Up Journey)
- Student: Syed (Zaid) Mahmood (Host)
Tuesday 20 July: “Reinforcing Entrepreneurship as a path to employment?”
What has emerged from the economic and social turbulence of a pandemic and the general increasingly digital, global economy is that the world needs individuals ready to tackle emerging complex problems and challenges, spot fresh opportunities and start new and impactful ventures.
Entrepreneurship – the process of starting and managing new ventures – is at the heart of this idea. In today’s discussion, we consider how best to launch yourself into entrepreneurship, and how to manage some of the barriers relating to starting up new ventures.
- Gloria Appiah, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Kent
- Rebecca Smith, External Engagement Management, Kent Business School
- Emay Enemokwu, Alumni and Founder of Jehu Cal
- Alex Hatzidakis, Owner, Chuck and Blade Burgers
- Polo Lam, Alumni and Founder of Deseo VR