Practice makes perfect: Get hands on, with a KBS degree

Taking a degree with Kent Business School offers the theoretical knowledge in your chosen topic, that you need. 

But more importantly, it will give you the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice with tailored activities, placements and co-curricular opportunities. 

We’ve got lots of links to local, and international businesses who are keen to work with our undergraduates to give them a slice of life in the real business world.  

Pitch perfect  

Our regular Pitch It! Competition sees students work together in the form of a consultancy, to address a business challenge by a firm.  

Pitch It! Spans four to six weeks and then you get to pitch back your findings in a presentational style expected in the workplace. 

In the past, our teams of students have worked with the likes of Sony, English Heritage, Turner Contemporary, Macknade and many more. 

Two students at The Bloomberg Lab
The Bloomberg Lab is a trading floor simulator at Sibson

Finding your finance feet 

Did you know that in the Sibson Building you will find a real-life trading floor simulator? The Bloomberg Lab offers real world data on the stock markets for you to use as part of your studies.  

If stocks and shares are your thing, we also run an annual Financial Trading Competition, with students battling against one another for a prize. 

a photo of Ruby Hamilton at Microsoft HQ
Graduate Ruby at Microsoft’s HQ where she secured a graduate role

Year in industry  

Every single Kent Business School undergraduate degree comes with the option of a Year in Industry, a salaried year that is self-sought, but heavily supported by our Employability Teams. 

Our students have worked with exciting big brands like Disney Microsoft, Warner Bros and London based banks, while others have cut their teeth at smaller, local firms and start ups. 

The sky is the limit and your placement year could be an option you hadn’t considered before or something you’ve always aspired to work in.

Many companies will allow you to try various roles throughout the year, and a taster for different fields.  You can also take a Year in Industry abroad, like Diya did, who now works as a successful auditor in Europe.

What’s more, some of our Year in Industry students get the offer of a graduate job – like Business and Management graduate, Ruby Hamilton (pictured above) who scooped a great role at Microsoft.  

Emay Enemokwu
Business Start Up Journey finalist and successful fashion entrepreneur, Emay


ASPIRE and the Business Start Up Journey  

Our ASPIRE labs at Medway and Canterbury offer a unique and exciting entrepreneurial education via informal drop-in sessions and our Business Start-up journey. They also support our Selfie Year students – who take their year in industry to start their own venture. 

The Business Start Up Journey is a competition to bring your ideas to life in a 15-week programme that ends with a Dragons Den style pitching competition and the ability to win some cash to inject into your start-up.

Former students like Emay (pictured above) who launched his fashion brand Jehucal with ASPIRE now has a six-figure business with a celebrity following, countless media appearances and collaborations with famous brands.

Joy Nyarko has secured three very successful placements in her first year at Kent

Placements and industry visits 

As well as the opportunity to take a Year in Industry, there are plenty of opportunities to find placements, internships and volunteering opportunities at businesses as you study.

Our Employability Teams work closely with local, national and international businesses to ensure students are up to date with all the right opportunities.

Joy Nyarko is studying BSc Accounting, Finance and Economics. She works as Campus Ambassador for SEO London.   With their help, and the help of other organisations in the field, she’s secured internships at financial institutions like Goldman Sachs.

Want more information on work experience as you study? We’ve got all the facts here.

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