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Business & Law 'Making you a Professional' sessions

Published: 20th October 2014

THE FACULTY OF Business and Law has announced two ‘Professional Development Weeks’ for its students in November (3-7) and February (16-20).

The weeks are designed to improve degree outcomes and boost employment chances and come after the Faculty appointed PL Steve Mansfield as the University’s first academic head of employability.

The week will feature a festival of interactive sessions that mirror the Early Career Professional skills framework and are targeted toward all students of MMU’s faculty of business and law, with most attendees expected to be 1st & 2nd years.

Sessions are organised around five themes:

Commercial & Professional Awareness:

  • Social media for work not play
  • Building the brand of you
  • Searching for the best (guest speakers: legal firm DWF)

Thinking Critically:

  • Finding and using information
  • Understanding the news media
  • Big Data

Demonstrating Values:

  • Skills analysis
  • Opportunities to work
  • Bag It! (Sustainability film)

 Communicating Effectively:

  • Fearless feedback
  • Maximising your power and influence
  • Essay writing and critical thinking

Academic & Employability Skills:

  • Making Excel work for you
  • Professional presentations for interviews
  • Dissertation structure and planning

Steve said the aim of focussing on key transferable and academic skills was “to help students get a better degree and become even more employable in a competitive graduate jobs market.”

Additionally, there will also be opportunities to meet employers at the Graduate Jobs & Placements fair, meet with various professional body representatives, learn about and start to use an e-portfolio, develop CVs and cover letter writing know-how, improve and enhance key employability and core academic skills and become more commercially aware and talk the language of business!

For the complete schedule and to book sessions online visit or contact Roman Taylor on 0161 247 3716