Posted on 14/06/2011
Representatives from local businesses talk to students at a Careers Fair.
More than 60 local businesses attended a networking event at Royal Holloway, University of London yesterday (13 June) to find out how they could tap into the valuable resource that students provide to local business.
The event coincides with Universities Week (13-19 June), which is today celebrating ‘Big Ideas for Business’ highlighting the benefits of university and business collaborations. Universities Week 2011 is a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society and the contribution they make.
The Employers Networking Forum aims at providing local businesses with the chance to establish links with Royal Holloway, from advertising their vacancies to providing work experience for students or setting up internships and placements. The initiative has led to successful partnerships with local businesses including Centrica, Proctor and Gamble, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and Research In Motion and has also linked with large London-based organisations such as JP Morgan.
Rose Hackett, Employer and Business Liaison Assistant at Royal Holloway, said: “This was our biggest networking event and has led to a great deal of positive discussion that will hopefully lead to some fantastic partnerships. We are hoping to develop more internship placement schemes for our students and the local businesses are a key part of this.”
Royal Holloway has recently introduced an innovative virtual networking initiative in order to provide networking opportunities for international students.
Andrew Falconer, Careers Adviser at Royal Holloway, said: “We spend a lot of time talking about the benefit of networking but this is very hard for our international students who are often thousands of miles away from home.
“We established links with large businesses in India, including Marks and Spencer and Standard Chartered Bank, with the help of our alumni students and we now offer online web chats between students and these large employers. This has successfully led to employment for a number of our students.”
In addition to these placements and employment opportunities, Royal Holloway also supports the students’ own entrepreneurial activities.
A new student business incubation centre opened this year offering expert business support, hot desks and meeting facilities for students studying at the College and the Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs is a student-led society that offers peer support, networking and holds inspirational events.