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Management - using your degree

Introduction

Popular career areas for Management students:

A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students worldwide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers. Additionally, business and management is in the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job. (The Telegraph)

The study of management introduces you to a variety of organisations in all sectors, giving a real insight into things like: what's happening in the external environment that might have an impact; what contributes to creating a successful organisation; why is organisatinal culture important; how is strategy developed and deployed. All these topics and many more are directly relevant to organisations you might go on to work for.

In addition to acquiring academic skills, studying management helps you develop a range of general transferable skills, which are valued by employers in many sectors. One of the top 10 skills employers look for is commercial awareness or business acumen. This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. Showing that you have an understanding of what the organisation wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace. Graduates with good commercial awareness are aware of business trends and their impact on their chosen industry and the employers they have applied to. (TargetJobs).

A high percentage of Management graduates go into professional roles after graduation. Typical employers include: professional service firms; banks; consultancies; accountancy firms; energy companies; retailers; insurance firms; health service; finance; marketing; communications; manufacturing; as well as a wide range of small to medium size employers, in a variety of sectors. Some go on to start their own business.

Review your degree skills

The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities. It may help you to identify the valuable skills that you can offer to potential employers.

Where do our Management graduates go?

Recent Management graduates
Carphone Warehouse - Managing Development Analyst              Willis - Graduate Insurance Trainee      M2M - Media Assistant              
JP Morgan - Analyst PwC - Assurance Associate      Aberdeen Asset Management - Business Analyst
Graduates who are established in their profession

Carnall Farrar - Consultant

John Lewis - Director, Retail Operations Development

Bloomberg LP - Financial Analyst

Fichtner Consulting Engineers - Head of Wind Energy-UK

Grant Thornton - Consultant

Manchester United - Strategy and Business Development Manager

Jack Lancaster

Jack graduated in 2012. He has worked as an Analyst Consultant with Accenture.

Read Jack's case study.

Noel Carr

Noel graduated in 2013. He is a Lead Account Representative at The Dow Chemical Company.

Read Noel's case study.

 Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.

Network with alumni

Many jobs and internships are not advertised. One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking. Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme. Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry.

How to contact alumni

There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:

  1. Saint Connect - brings together alumni and current students to facilitate networking, enable informal mentoring, provide industry discussion groups, and enable graduates and students to stay up to date with their student societies and sports teams.
  2. LinkedIn - most comprehensive resource to connect with alumni is the University of St Andrews LinkedIn – Alumni Tool. There are also many LinkedIn St Andrews Groups, mainly based on location, which you can join to network with fellow students and alumni, eg St Andrews North America Careers Link.

Postgraduate study/research

In 2014, 13% of Management graduates went on to do further study.
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic. 

Summer internships/work experience

Campus Opportunities

Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work. Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.

The Management Society

Joining a society and particularly taking on a role of responsibility can impress future employers and also enhance employability skills such as team working, negotiation, event management, controlling budgets, leadership etc. The Management (MNG) Society aims to give management students and everybody interested in management an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of everyday business processes and encourages leadership among its members.

Case studies

Key links and resources

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