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News: Trainee man­agers host Big Debate

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The Big Debate was hosted at the Adams Restaurant & Brasserie
The Big Debate was hosted at the Adams Restaurant & Brasserie

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
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  • 19th February 2020 (3:07 PM)
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