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.

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!