Midlands' MBA Fair provides enterprising opportunities

Leon Richards with Keynote speaker Mike Whitby and Matthew Hidderley of Birmingham Science Park Aston
Leon Richards (left) with Keynote speaker Mike Whitby (middle) and Matthew Hidderley of Birmingham Science Park Aston showcasing enterprising opportunities for MBA students

The first Midlands MBA Career Fair took place over the summer at Aston Villa Football Club, with 20 leading companies exhibiting and over 400 MBA participants and alumni in attendance.

The event was the result of months of collaborative working between four of the region's leading business schools: Aston, Birmingham, Nottingham and Warwick.

The new initiative is designed to increase employment opportunities for our MBA students and build stronger relationships with regional, national & international employers. The event also acts as a showcase for a highly skilled, adaptable workforce capable of supporting growth in the UK economy.

Delegates were welcomed by the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby and had the opportunity to listen to presentations on employment opportunities and meet with the exhibiting companies which included Canon, AT Kearney, Bloomberg, E.On, Barclays Wealth, Disney, Birmingham Science Park Aston, Abercrombie & Fitch, Contact Singapore, Cooper Industries, Assystem, BT, Ernst & Young and Santander.

Professor Michael West, Executive Dean of Aston Business School, said: “We are delighted to take part in this event with the other Business Schools from the region with whom we are always seeking to promote partnership working so that we offer a tailored range of integrated services to business and a wide range of career opportunities for our talented MBA students. We are pleased to be attending this event at Aston Villa Football Club, with whom we already have a well developed partnership. Our aim is to ensure our students continue to have outstanding careers as a result of our leading international record for employability and our commitment to supporting their careers”.

Also exhibiting at the event was Birmingham Science Park Aston, who were showcasing their innovative Entrepreneurs for the Future programme – a scheme which is particularly attractive to students and graduates with an entrepreneurial leaning.

Matthew Hidderley, Business Development Manager at Birmingham Science Park Aston said "The MBA fair provided the Science Park with an excellent platform to meet a diverse range of talented individuals from leading midlands business schools. We were overwhelmed with the interest in our Entrepreneurs for the Future programme providing an alternative route to traditional employment for many students that were interested in starting and developing a new technology business."


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