Careers and connections in Business, Finance and Leisure


As a future businessperson, our priority is to give you a foundation of knowledge in various aspects of modern business.

Industry links

You will forge the connections to start your career with access to industry professionals, expert academics and guest lecturers that can take your learning and knowledge to the next level. You'll also gain the skills you need to join our successful graduates that are breaking boundaries in industry.

Getting you career ready

  • Choose to spend up to a whole year on a paid work placement in the UK or overseas to gain real-world experience and to build your employability profile.
  • Attend inspirational guest lectures that provide invaluable insights into industry
  • Visit careers fairs, networking events and exhibitions for a unique chance to connect with a variety of industry players before you graduate.
  • Take part in live projects with local and national organisations to gain insight into real-work practices and expectations, as well as building a network of contacts for the future. 
  • Our business and finance courses are dual accredited by the CMI, so you will automatically receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership professional qualification in addition to your degree.

Your career

Past students have gone on to work in the following roles, and much more:

  • Business manager
  • Human resources
  • Marketing officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Accountant
  • Systems analyst
  • Operational researcher
  • Sales executive
  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Event organiser
  • Hotel manager
  • Travel agency manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Outdoor activities manager
  • Education manager

Ben and Michael Dyer

Business Management, 2012

A business idea, formulated whilst on their degree courses, led cousins Ben and Michael to launch their company to inspire thousands of school kids every year.

Ben's story

Our latest connections

Work experience

You'll be guaranteed the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the UK and overseas alongside your course. These can range from a few weeks to an academic year, and you'll have dedicated support before and during your placement. Students can also study with our partner organisations across the world and in some cases students can get funded placements and work experience across Europe.

Industry exposure

Our courses are designed to build the foundations of business you need to succeed in various future roles. We are connected to industry through course design, professionally active academics, and business partnerships with the likes of Merlin Group. Our connections work together to give you the best chance of employability after you graduate and provide you with guaranteed work experience opportunities throughout your course.

Below, graduate Nick Kerry talks about how the work experience he undertook on the FdA Visitor Attraction and Resort Management course has helped him to succeed in his career so far.

The best thing about studying at Staffs is the experiences you get.

The best thing about studying at Staffs is the experiences you get, the connections that you make and the general friendliness from all of the staff.

Simon Hope

Visitor Attraction and Resort Management FdA Graduate

Our students

A Staffs degree is your competitive advantage!

I have experienced first-hand just how relevant a Business Management degree from Staffordshire University can be. The theories we learn, practice, and apply to assignments can be similarly applied to real-life business situations. As part of this course, I completed a 12 month Industrial Placement with Aldi. Throughout the Placement I had the opportunity to lead various projects - looking at real business issues – where the models and approaches taught at Staffs proved to be instrumental. A Staffs Business Management degree is your competitive advantage!

Jack Tordoff

Business Management

My degree at Staffs was the best thing I've ever done.

I work across all elements of events at Trentham including managing large in house events such as the summer outdoor concerts and project managing external events such as Staffs Uni Graduations. Contract writing, client liaison, contractor and supplier liaison, writing events management plans and risk assessments are all my remit. It's a mixed bag, but I love it. My degree at Staffs was the best thing I've ever done.

Hannah Mannion

Events Manager, The Trentham Estate

The experience was a mix of enjoyment and satisfaction. It played a vital part in securing my job and its rewards in terms of progression.

The experience was a mix of enjoyment and satisfaction. It played a vital part in securing my job and its rewards in terms of progression. I was lucky enough to take part in a work placement year and the degree instils the necessary skills needed to succeed in the work place.

Ryan Smith

When Fleur joined Burton Albion, its business side was almost non-existent, but she has overseen huge changes. Last season alone, the club welcomed 105,000 spectators, 8,000 people enjoyed match day hospitality and around 30,000 guests attended a conference or event.

Fleur Robinson

Commercial Director, Burton Albion Football Club

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