King’s College London Business Club

As future students of a Business Management degree and prospective investment bankers, consultants or entrepreneurs, you most certainly should hear about the King’s College London Business Club (KCLBC) society. You may wonder what use it might be to you. If your profile happens to match with the club’s requirements here is what you are going to discover:

The Business Club is the largest KCL business society and a leading entrepreneurial society in London. Given that the sector of business societies offers a vast range of investment banking, financial, economic and marketing societies this should give you a good idea about KCLBC’s magnitude. The KCLBC’s structure is a well-established framework of success. The members are divided into four groups:

  • Regular members – subscribe to the events of the KCLBC (customers)
  • Associates – accepted to support KCLBC (starting level members)
  • Directors – control divisions (middle management)
  • President and Vices – control directors (top management)

We are divided into a few divisions, led by directors and these are: Corporate Relations, Enterprise, International Relations, Marketing, Projects, Health and Sciences and Technology. Although the application procedure is strict and we are only able to accept 40 of the 130+ applicants, we would like to encourage you to apply. Even if we might not be in the position to offer you a place, you might find our assessment procedure a good experience of application processes as preparation for future job applications. If you get through and become a member of KCLB, then this this accomplishment is worth a bold marked bullet point on your CV.

So what is it that KCLBC actually does? As a new member I would like to share my experience. KCLBC is partly an event management society that connects people with their interests. Naming only a few: corporate relations, organise presentations, networking sessions and workshops with companies for students. KCLBC also raises funds for its purposes including established partners for this year like EY, Santander, Simon-Kucher and Partners. Projects have a similar role, but instead of companies, they create social opportunities to meet, such as the KCLBC ball. Through competitions for students sponsored by firms, the enterprise focuses mostly on the fun and work events. One of the most attractive is the annual Apprentice Challenge, which is a small-scale student version of the famous TV show ‘The Apprentice’.

The International Relations division consists of business trip organisers. They choose a country of interest, contact national firms and create a timetable for prospective attendees. This year, they organised two trips, one to Stockholm and the other to NYC. The last three divisions are focused on their specialisation for students and at the same time work around business club.

From this brief description, you can see that the KCLBC includes diverse participation opportunities, which is of practical advantage for your career. However, it is not like people have to follow some strict rules. From a corporate relations experience, you can choose what you want to do and you can actually organise some events on your own with the support of KCLBC. Furthermore, you will meet many interesting people who will make you perceive business on a new level. Connecting you with other leaders, KCLBS supports you in creating a strong network and if there is a buzzword in the business world, it is definitely “network”.

KCLBC is, from my personal experience, an amazing structure considering the limitations of a student-led organisation and I believe it reflects how amazing people at KCL can be.

Managing your Time

This past week has been extremely busy and I realized that I happened to do the one thing that I have been avoiding and neglecting since I was born aka TIME MANAGEMENT. I have been wandering around the city with a book in my hands and whenever I have time, I scribble in some new notes about the things I need to do and when I need to do them by. Dn’t worry though, this lifestyle is totally optional!

How did I get here?
Besides your lectures (where attendance is mandatory for the most part), you can engage in a variety of other extracurricular activities.King’s College is home to a number of student-led societies. Sport clubs, business clubs, interest groups, religious groups and even political groups. At the beginning of each year every student is welcome to take a look at a sample of these at the so-called Fresher’s fair. Societies at Kings cover almost every aspect of interest you long for and they love having members. I personally am a member of three societies: Fencing Club, Business Club, and Czech and Slovak Society. But don’t worry as being a part of a society doesn’t mean adhering to super strict rules and mandatory attendance. They’re more of a hobby or a treat for yourself after a long week.

Another time-consuming activity is work. For those of you that want to make money for that extra bit of cash or just to get that feeling of being independent, this will be one of your agenda. The important thing to note is that getting a job doesn’t only require sending applications. You have to prepare for everything, starting from spending time on your CV and cover letter, to prepping for interviews to actually landing the job. There are different kinds of jobs available internally at Kings and externally as well. I myself work for King’s and my hours are quite flexible which works for me.
Also, if you want to work on your personal and career development, King’s offers a variety of choices that will help you reach your goals. You can find courses such as essay-writing courses, leadership and professional skills, CV reviews and computer literacy as well.
Did I forget anything? Yes! UNIVERSITY PREPARATION TIME! Coursework, tutorial work and everything else does not like to wait and is the only obligatory thing that you should focus your efforts on.

What I’m trying to say, in the end, is that everything that I’ve mentioned above (except university attendance and work) is optional. You can happily go out every other day or you may want to be super involved in different activities (which you can do) just make sure you can manage your time effectively so it doesn’t start affecting your coursework and your sleep!!

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First Term Insights (E&M)

I bet many of you guys would like to know how are the exams and workload like in a university. How stressful it is, or how difficult tests are. Well, no worries, because I’m here to give you a brief insight of what it is like to be an economics and management student here at King’s (at least for the first semester).

Firstly, the pace of lectures and tutorials in the first semester is very manageable if students put in consistent effort in keeping up with them. Lectures are the time where we learn new concepts, and tutorials are times when we clarify and further reinforce those concepts. It is hence essential to complete assignments before tutorials so that students can get the most out of them. Personally, I will dedicate at least 2 hours for revision and assignments per day on a regular basis.

For someone who has done “Higher Mathematics” and “Economics” for A-levels, courses such as “Mathematics for Economist” and “Principles of Economics” are a breeze for me. This however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as tests can be very tricky as they test the true understanding of concepts raised in lectures that many may overlook. “Accounting and Financial Management” and “Work, organization and society” courses on the other hand post greater challenges for me, as these are subjects that I have never come across before. Students who took “Business Studies” for A-levels or even IB, however, mentioned certain similarity between syllabuses.

snapchat_JH_web1-200x300Secondly, the tests that E&M students receive in their first semester here at King’s are relatively easy (just a personal opinion). Questions are similar to tutorials and past year papers, and what lecturers or tutors have explained before. So its really those individuals who put in that extra effort in taking note of important concepts or hints by tutors, and who make consistent effort in practicing these concepts, that will surpass their peers. So if you are the kind of person who will be taking down notes during lectures instead of snapchatting how boring lectures are, and someone who will plan ahead for his or her tests and essay assignments instead of cramping them up the day before, then you are pretty much set for succeeding in your first semester!

Economics & Management 101

Strand Campus

Strand Campus

Life at King’s is more exciting than you can ever imagine. It is after all at the very heart of central London – one of the most vibrant cities in the world. From museums to nightclubs, iconic places to musicals, the things London has to offer are endless.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

 

 

              As an Indonesian who has never been to any part of Europe before, studying at King’s is definitely one of the greatest opportunities I have to explore these magnificent foreign countries. Just few weeks ago, my friends and I embarked on a journey to Scotland, and it was just amazing, albeit the very chilly wind; it was exactly how we pictured it to be. There are so many places to explore in the UK and other parts of Europe, and students should exploit the student privileges (in terms of discounts) to travel during holidays.

Cambridge

Cambridge

International applicants, like me, usually don’t get the luxury like most locals do to check out the schools before making a decision. So the only sources of reference I had before applying for BSc Economics and Management is from the college website and seniors’ personal opinions. It is of course after a thorough research that I made a decision, and choosing King’s has been one of the best decisions I made in my life.

E&M is under the Department of Management, and we are currently the first batch of students. There’s approximately 80 of us, and the courses we take overlap with those of business students. The differences ofbetween the 2 courses get more distinct as we approach second and third year of study.

Other than being an academic powerhouse, King’s also provide students with a well-balanced social life. With a variety of interesting programs organized by the student unions and over 200 different societies to join, life at King’s will never be boring. I, for instance, due to my love for travel, have joined the international relations team in KCL Business Club, where we get the chance to host events and travel to different parts of the world (ie. New york and Stockholm).

My first few days in London were spent attending the international orientations activities. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it at first, but boy was I wrong. Orientation days have been one of the highlights of my university life so far. Aside from all the talks about our course outline, settling in London, opening of bank accounts, internship and job opportunities (which were equally important), our Student Union hosts the best activities ever. We have pub quiz, river cruise (which by the way were all free), and the best part of all, the party they host at various nightclubs. There was an event at Ministry of Sound, which was catered to international students, and lots of other fresher’s events. The whole month was jam packed with events and it was like nothing I have ever seen. Truly amazing fresher’s experience!

River Thames Cruise

River Thames Cruise

Freshers Event

Freshers Event

Misconceptions about Business Management

Around this time last year, while I was in my senior year of high school, application deadlines were just around the corner and I had to decide which university to go to and what course I wanted to pursue at the higher education level. I felt a little lost and I had considered the business route before but its not something I was sure of. When finalizing my course selection, I recall it being a really nerve-wrecking process. I remember asking myself  ‘Am I actually a business person?’ ‘Is this what I actually want to do?’”

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If you find yourself undecided and you are considering the business management route, it is nothing to worry about. Business management is for both types of people, those who are decided and those who are undecided. The worst that could happen would be realising that you do not like it, change your course and do something else. The best outcome, however, would be to actually like it and end up with a job you love, which, to be fair, is very likely considering all the possibilities you will have.

I’ve come up with a few guidelines/misconceptions I had about business management at King’s and I’m hoping these are useful for you when you make your final selections:

1. I have no practical or theoretical knowledge of business, I will fail immediately.

What did I even think? You don’t necessarily need anything before starting a course at University, and I mean any course. Whether it is business management, biology, electrical engineering or philosophy. The reason why universities require some grades (ex. Biology for biology degree) is to find the aptitude and interest in the field, not the knowledge of it. First years of any course are introductory. Lecturers try to bring people from different backgrounds to the same level, starting from the basics and working up to the most complex concepts. Therefore, not choosing the degree you would like to study, just because you do not know too much about it was not an actual reason.

2. I have never been involved in any kind of business. I cannot even bargain, I am bound to fail.

University is not a stock market, you do not have to have any trait of a future successful manager. Studying management is basically learning the best practices in business.You will learn how to handle financial as well as human side of the business and you can then choose which part of business you want to actually focus on. I didn’t realize that business management is not only being a CEO of a corporation. It is much more. There are plenty of functions for every kind of personality and you can make it to different managerial positions in the sector that you choose. Some professional management consultants say that the managers are born not made but I have to say it is a very 21st century thought.

3. King’s is for nerds, I will not be able to keep up!

This was my biggest misconception so far. King’s is full of smart people indeed but by far they are not all nerds. Business management course, especially, is a diverse course when it comes to students. In my course, there are people with interests varying from banking, through football, to music. If you think you will just not be able to keep up, think about this course as one big team-work project. Some people are better at theoretical modules and others at numerical ones and the goal is to match ones with the others, hopefully in bigger groups, in order to create synergies. I am not as good with people studies (sociology and psychology) but happened to be a good friends with a girl, who loves psychology and she helped me with my despair. She, on the other hand, has problems with understanding finance and I helped her get a better grasp of the finance components. So its all about creatively solving problems and using the resources around you such as lecturers, students, libraries, tutors etc to help you overcome.

4. I do not want to work in business, but after graduating I will just have to find a boring corporate job… My life is going to suck!

I do not have to be in business at all. I can do whatever social science research in the future I want. I can carry on and do a Masters and a PhD. I could also use my undergraduate degree, get a job and build my career without any further academic progression. The beauty of the course is in the ease of selecting the future focus. I can be anything I want (except for natural scientist): a super successful banker, a statistician, a sociologist, depends solely on what I choose to do next.

I must say (a cheesy phrase again… I think I will have one in every blog post) that I was lucky when choosing business management at King’s. Business management undergraduate degree opens so many doors that you might be overwhelmed with choices. Yet, it provides insight into business areas, which makes it easier for you to choose. Since the last year of high school (2 years ago) I have significantly reduced the number of options I had in terms of career and actually feel like I know where I am going at the moment. So if you are considering a degree, do not hesitate. Business management all the way!!!

New Beginnings

20141113_155308On the 11th of September, it was exactly a year ago since I first set foot on London ground as a King’s College student. I can recall how stressed I felt when looking out of the plane window that evening at Heathrow Airport, all I could think was: ‘You are going home in December.’

I am Ivan and I’m from the small country of Slovakia, with strong bonds with my friends and family, and I had left all of them to pursue my dreams. I felt selfish and foolish, I could have been happy at home as well. In addition, my first moments were far from being fabulous… The tube with shady individuals, the streets overflowing with people, the weather murkier than ever… I was stuck in this city and had nowhere to run, no one I knew, and no one I could really talk to.

Luckily, this scary first impression faded extremely quickly. Soon after my arrival in London, I got to meet with some of my future classmates from the Business Management course. We had organized an event on social networks before the start of classes. I must admit that going to that event was one of my best decision so far! I got to meet these equally scared yet motivated people from countries like Romania, Singapore, Germany, Indonesia etc. who were just as lost and alone as I was back then. These kinds of situations somehow attract people of similar natures and interests and brings them together. These people then became my buddies who I can always find support from.

Halloween in London

Halloween in London

Aside from making new friendships I then went on to discover one of the greatest aspects of London: it does not make you feel different from others! I have had the chance to get to know an incredible number of people I would have never thought I could have met. People from different cultures, backgrounds and places I had only read about! Multiculturalism is the weakest point of Slovak Republic, but London is just amazing when it comes to that!When you stroll around the city, you can see that it does not matter where you come from. I personally believe the best thing about London is the fact that people do not perceive you as a member of a race, religion, sex or orientation. The differences exist, but in harmony and everything (well, almost) is acceptable.

So when I look back to the initial situation, a lot has changed. London is not the scary place with never-stopping rain anymore. It is now a very friendly and welcoming place filled with people who are able to relate to you from the first moment because almost everyone has experienced the same initial shock. If I had known this before moving to London, would it have changed how stressed I was? Probably not! But experiencing it first-hand was a life-changer!