BA (Hons) Service Sector Management students were put through their paces earlier this month, as they presented their research findings to an audience of industry experts and fellow students as part of their degree-level course. They were tasked with researching and presenting their own business event from scratch, which they hosted at the College’s Adams Restaurant & Brasserie.
Industry partners from De Vere Orchard Hotel and Nottingham Conference Centre, Gala Casino Nottingham, Cloud 9 Event Management, Centre Parcs, and East Midlands Airport supported the event, which was attended by Hospitality Management and Visitor Economy students.
Students orchestrated a debate with a panel of industry representatives, based on the perceived benefits of work experience to students and industry. The panel discussed whether graduates are seen as overqualified and under experienced, reaching the conclusion that a combination of qualification, work experience and personality was the driving force for recruitment by employers, with perhaps experience and personality outweighing qualification.
Following the event, Course Leader Robert Seals, commented that the industry representatives, three of whom were past students from the course and now holding quality jobs, had inspired students. He said:
Many students agreed they would now actively seek to further their own work experience to hopefully improve their academic course work and achieve higher degree classifications, and enhance their CV’s for better chances of graduate employment. It was also a great opportunity to forge closer links with our industry partners.— Course Leader, Robert Seales