On 22 November, we hosted the Institute of Directors (IoD) membership launch event for over 200 of our students, supported by a number of student ambassadors.
“Attending Brighton Business School events as a volunteer gives me great opportunities to increase my professional network by meeting business experts.”
Each year we offer to pay for a year’s IoD membership for MBA and MSc Management and MSc Marketing students and select final year undergraduates. This event is designed to introduce new student members to the IoD and the benefits of membership.
The event enabled attendees to receive their IoD memberships, and meet with other members from the IoD. Students were talking through the support and resources available to them as members, which range from exclusive events to advice from prestigious business mentors and support in their careers or business start-up ideas.
Aidan Berry, Director of the Business School, summarised, “The Business School does more than just provide excellent degrees for its students. We are incredibly proud of our relationships with professional bodies and partners enabling us to offer our students opportunities such as tonight’s event with the Institute of Directors. This is what we do; we go the extra mile to help our students to go on and succeed in the world of business.”
A Student Ambassador’s Perspective
Key to the smooth running of this evening, and many of our events, is the support from students, helping others understand the benefits from a student perspective.
Daniella Gallimberti, a MSc Management (Entrepreneurship) student and talks about her experience of being a Student Ambassador for the Business School: “Being a Student Ambassador at the University of Brighton is an enriching and valuable experience that brings not only professional but also personal development.
“Attending Brighton Business School events as a volunteer gives me great opportunities to increase my professional network by meeting business experts. Moreover, collaborating with other student volunteers at the events helps me to develop key skills for business eg. teamwork skills by allocating and coordinating the tasks for the event among the other student ambassadors.
“Good communication skills are crucial since one of the tasks was to assist other students as well as the guests from the Institute of Directors. Other tasks included registering the guests when they arrive, give assistance to the Business School staff, network with other students and share pictures and comments on the official University of Brighton social media platforms. The whole experience is great for students who want to meet interesting people, get more involved with University staff and expand their CV.”