STUDENTS who involve themselves with enterprise while at University receive a massive confidence boost when looking for work.
That's the view of a team of MMU's brightest, who have just missed out on winning Flux 500 – the UK’s biggest student enterprise contest.
The six-strong squad travelled to Plymouth for a 'dragon's den' style pitch after winning the regional enterprise final earlier this year.
Executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Experian, and BAe Systems judged our team's pitch for a business networking website and offered advice on HR, marketing and finance.
"It's a fantastic way for students to improve their business skills while having a lot of fun," said Team Captain Neil Kelly, 22.
Andrew Halliday, an undergraduate in Business, believes the competition has given him the confidence to set up his own venture and he is applying for a tenancy at Innospace, the university’s business incubator.
Neil, a Marketing Management final-year, is MMU's first Student Enterprise Ambassador, a paid role which supports student enterprise activities, including FLUX and Flying Start.
"My networking has given me a lot of confidence when approaching professionals and industry experts. It will definitely form an impressive part of a CV if you get involved."
MMU Enterprise Champion and Head of Careers Jan Moore, says enterprise events, particularly the contests, can raise confidence massively. "Lots of bright graduates have ideas and spot opportunities but it is about having the confidence to take that risk."
The FLUX team was:
Lisa Benvie - International Fashion Marketing, Hollings
Surinder Chana - International Fashion Marketing, Hollings
Ali Khawaja – Business Management, MMU Cheshire
Andrew Halliday – Business (Sandwich), MMUBS
Soumyajeet Bhattacharjee - Accounting and Finance, MMUBS
Neil Kelly - Marketing Management, MMUBS
Meanwhile, Combined Honours student Peter Smyth was the winner in a BBC competition for new ideas for reality TV shows. Peter and nine other MMU students pitched ideas to a panel of commissioning editors, watched by a studio audience.
Michael Farnell of the BBC, who organised the competition with lecturer Pauline Hearn, said that the standard from the students was excellent and promised to run it again in 2010.