Employability and related work experience are key aspects of GSM London’s degrees. That’s why we work closely with business to develop ‘live’ projects that form part of our students’ coursework. There are benefits for both students and companies. Students get the chance to develop and demonstrate their commercial acumen and companies gain from our students unique ideas and vocational business skills.
A recent project with KONE GB, the Finnish lift and escalator company, is particularly successful.
Zach Thompson, Programme Leader for BSc Business Management explains: ‘Each group of students submitted a proposal to lecturers. The top five groups will be selected, receive business presentation training from our Careers and Employability Department and present their findings to KONE GB’s commercial director, Danilo De Rossi. The highest performing group will be invited to present to members of the management team at the company’s headquarters in June. In addition, two internships have been allocated, to be selected within the highest performing team. These will provide in depth, relevant experience in a large multinational.’
GSM London has also developed live projects with local charities. This year, students taking the Introduction to Computing and IT and Professional Skills modules are creating a ‘live’ Access database for the Parent Support Group – a charity in South East London that works with the carers of young people.
Zach continues: ‘This is an opportunity for us to get involved with, and to contribute to, the local community by providing charities with much needed business skills.’