Mastering Professional Aspirations ; Combining the Academic Rigour of a Postgraduate Qualification at the London South Bank University Business School with Practical Experience Could Be a Winning Combination, as Niki Chesworth Discovers
Chesworth, Niki, The Evening Standard (London, England)
ADVANCING up the career ladder increasingly requires a professionally accredited postgraduate qualification. Whether you work in HR, accounting or marketing, or want to progress into management, regardless of the sector, studying at postgraduate level is now often a "must have" rather than a "nice to have" on your CV.
However, it involves significant investment of time, effort and money, so it is vital to choose the right way of learning.
"Our postgraduate students enjoy a high amount of contact time with our academic staff, which we believe is one of our strengths," says Jane Houzer, executive dean of the London South Bank University (LSBU) Business School.
"We are strongly teaching-led and this is underpinned by research rather than having academic staff who are focused on their research ranking as well as teaching. Our main priority is developing the professional aspirations of our postgraduate cohort. The other differentiator of our business school is that we do not focus solely on top Blue Chip companies. We are also keen to explore the social enterprise sector and the public and not-for-profit sectors. We know that HR professionals, for example, work in a wide variety of sectors and therefore there will be a diverse cross-section of students on LSBU programmes.
"This reflects the real world. The notfor-profit and private sectors are now heavily involved in public sector delivery and therefore we broaden our programmes and our student intake to reflect this."
Professional accreditation is another "must have".
"We have close relationships with professional bodies to ensure we are at the forefront of professional best practice," continues Houzer.
"These strong links are important for students and range from ACCA to the British Computing Society and the CIPD. In addition to offering a wide range of professionally accredited programmes, our academic staff have a strong professional and practical emphasis."
Other practical issues include location.
"We help postgraduates to fit study around their work and personal life and the Business School's London location is convenient for many professionals," says Houzer.
"Postgraduate study is not a training programme; what matters is a solid academic experience. …