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.

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!!!