essex business school

Your career

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Take control of your future

You get more than just a degree with Essex Business School, you get a jump start on your career. 

Workplace skills and career learning are embedded into all of our courses but you are encouraged to dive straight in and join our employment workshops that are designed to help you build a CV, find an internship or develop your interests into a business of your own.

Your career

Essex Business School students have access to some of the most complete careers support at the University of Essex.

We help you to develop specific skills related to accounting, finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship through embedding careers modules into your curriculum and by inviting graduate employers into your classes so that you are exposed to the world of work long before you graduate.


Supporting you

Undergraduate placement years

You can do a placement year with any of our undergraduate degrees at Essex Business School (students on our language courses can opt for a study abroad or work abroad placement year) - it's the best way to gain some hands-on experience for your CV.

The Placements team at Essex work with our students to help you apply for nationwide placement schemes, such as those with Lloyds Banking Group and Samsung, as well as for more tailored opportunities at fast-growing SMEs and startup companies, such as Footprint Digital and Filament AI.

We'll support you through the whole process of securing a work placement. From the research right at the start of your second year, through to coaching you for writing your application and attending interviews and assessment centres - We'll be on hand to help.



Successful futures conference

Your future, your conference! We are one of the few business schools to run an undergraduate conference with the aim of bringing our students closer to business and issues affecting the global economy. Each conference is themed around a topical business issue and guest speakers join our student to discuss their experiences of the issue in their workplace or industry.



Find out more about Successful Futures


Our graduate destinations

Essex Business School graduates are out there making business better all over the world. From Qin Zhou who is a Senior Associate at PwC to Vicky Madzharska who set up her own business while still a student, our graduates are as varied as our degrees.


Enrich your career

Start now. There are hundreds of opportunities on offer to Essex students and graduates and the only thing standing in your way is you! Find out about Essex's award-winning Frontrunners placement scheme for current students, discover Essex Interns, our internship scheme just for Essex students and recent graduates, or start your own business with help from the Essex Startups team.

Our advisory board

About the board

The role of the Essex Business School Advisory Board is:

  • to provide advice on the strategic development of Essex Business School, including teaching, research and knowledge transfer
  • to enhance the reputation of Essex Business School and promote its activities
  • connect and engage with our stakeholders
  • to increase external support for Essex Business School with the aim of securing additional capital and operational funding for the School

Our board members

Professor Nicolas Forsans

CHAIR, Professor of Management and Marketing and MBA Director

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Nicolas joined the University of Essex in 2018 as Professor of Management and MBA Director. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Exeter (2013-1018) where he repositioned and led the growth of the MBA. Prior to that he worked as a FME Research Fellow, Lecturer then Associate Professor at the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL).

Professor Neil Kellard

Interim Dean of Essex Business School and Professor of Finance

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Neil studies the commodities markets and whether it is possible to model and forecast the price of commodities in order to predict global crises in food supplies, often considered the trigger for wider political conflict. Neil is currently acting Dean of Essex Business School for the second time.

 James Norman

Head of Operations and Business Services

Essex Business School, University of Essex

As Head of Operations and Business Services at Essex Business School, James is responsible for the successful leadership and delivery of all professional services activities, and help to shape our future direction, drive forward change, and contribute to the delivery of excellence and success in the department.

Professor Claudia Girardone

Professor of Banking Finance

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Claudia is Director of the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) and the School’s Director of Research. She is currently on the editorial board of several journals including the Journal of Financial Economic Policy and The European Journal of Finance. Her current research areas are on banking sector performance and stability, bank corporate governance, the industrial structure of banking and access to finance.

Dr Magda Abou-Seada

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Essex Business School, University of Essex

Director of Global Employee Relations and Compliance

, Rolls Royce

Essex Alumna and HR professional Philippa has been leading the HR team at Rolls Royce for nine years and previously rose through the ranks of HR at British Airways for the previous nine years.

Managing Director

, Portcullis Legals

With 30 years experience in the legal services profession, Trevor specialises in estate planning, bringing the expertise needed to protect clients and their families, after creating the business as a 23 year old.

Head of Corporate Affairs

, Adnams

Oliver made a name for himself as a PR and marketing professional, working his was to Director of External Communications at Marshall Aerospace before joining Adnams as Head of Corporate Affairs in April 2019.

Non-Executive Director, Independent Director, Senior Business Adviser and Alternative Asset Specialist

, Various Alternative Asset Funds

Essex alumna Kevin is a Non-Executive Director, Independent Director, Senior Business Adviser and Alternative Asset Specialist, guiding the delivery of global, commercial business strategies for the Financial Services sector. He built a NED/Independent Director/Advisory portfolio leveraging 25+ years’ experience across all verticals of the hedge fund sector including asset management, fund admin, legal and prime brokerage.

 Nick May

Executive PA

Essex Business School Executive Services, University of Essex

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