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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews Natural History Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon

November 20 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The Director of London’s Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, has spoken out about the importance of the impact technology can have on visitor experience.

Speaking in the museum’s Darwin Centre as a part of London School of Business and Finance’s (LSBF) Great Minds series, Sir Michael explained that technology is important for both visitor interaction and the scientific happenings behind the scenes.

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5 tips for securing your first job after graduation

November 18 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 tips for securing your first job after graduation

When you’ve studied hard to complete a postgraduate – or even undergraduate - qualification, it’s easy to think you’re set for the future. You’ve developed advanced skills that will really help you stand out and show employers that you have what it takes to succeed. Surely that’s the hard bit over?

In fact, there are a few more hurdles you need to clear in order to you secure an industry role. Here are LSBF’s top five tips for landing your first job after graduation:

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Selecting the right MBA for you

November 17 ,2015 | by Dr Steve Priddy

Selecting the right MBA for you

Dr Steve Priddy, Director of Research at LSBF, offers his advice to those deciding which MBA best fits their career plans.

 

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews VTB Capital Plc's Masroor Haq

November 13 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

VTB Capital’s International Head of Infrastructure Capital and Project Finance, Masroor Haq, believes that education plays an important role when it comes to banking industry talent.
 
Speaking with London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) as part of its Great Minds interview series at VTB Capital’s London headquarters in Bank, Mr Haq said that education can provide aspiring bankers with the tools they need to succeed in the industry.

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5 benefits interim professionals bring to businesses

November 12 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

5 benefits interim professionals bring to businesses

In a market where skilled professionals are a scarce commodity, businesses are relying on interim resources to meet growth plans.

Today, change is a constant. As a result, businesses of all sizes and in all industries are increasingly looking beyond their conventional model of hiring by including interim professionals as part of their recruitment strategy.

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Why technology trends are revolutionising the interview process (and how to prepare!)

October 27 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Why technology trends are revolutionising the interview process (and how to prepare!)

Today’s students and graduates are the first generation to grow up completely immersed in the digital age – and graduate recruiters are catching up with the latest trends.

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5 steps to securing your dream career

September 24 ,2015 | by Claire Payne

5 steps to securing your dream career

Whether they’re studying at university or obtaining practical experience at a company, there are a lot of people working towards chasing their dream careers today. There are also many people who may not be so sure of what they have to do to get there.

Once upon a time, all you needed to do to achieve your career aspirations was demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen industry. Times have changed a lot since then, but ambition hasn’t faded. That means that achieving your goals now requires a lot more effort and a much more colourful CV.

Are you looking to enter a new career? If you’re at a loss as to what to do next, here are the five steps you should take towards securing your dream job.

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LSBF survey finds nearly 50% of UK workers want to change careers

September 18 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

LSBF survey finds nearly 50% of UK workers want to change careers

Nearly half of the UK work force is looking for a career change, a new report produced by London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) suggests.

The study found that 47% of respondents wanted to change careers, though many were unsure when they would go ahead with it. Of those who did have a concrete plan, most were thinking of leaving their current roles in two years or earlier. 

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Do universities really (not) offer value for money?

September 08 ,2015 | by Prof Maurits Van Rooijen

Do universities really (not) offer value for money?

This question emerges from a recent ComRes survey which showed that four in ten students felt that their university course had not been worth the fee that they had paid, as reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

This is in comparison to the last national student survey, which indicated 86% student satisfaction. So what are the factors that could affect these answers?

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Why starting your career at an SME is good for you

August 19 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Why starting your career at an SME is good for you

If you’re studying at university, chances are you’ve seen all the big employer names out on campus vying for your attention – and, ultimately, your talent. 

Whether they’re running large campus events or popping up in your lecture theatres, you’re far more likely to meet a Times Top 100 employer than see a small, local start-up making an appearance on campus.

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From Chef to Finance Chief – Interview with Kyle Tyrrell, Head of Finance, AXA Global Protect

July 10 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

From Chef to Finance Chief – Interview with Kyle Tyrrell, Head of Finance, AXA Global Protect

In just seven years, Kyle Tyrrell went from working as a chef in a catering business to becoming head of finance at one of the world’s leading insurance companies.

He was awarded Newly Qualified (NQ) Accountant of the Year at the 2015 PQ Magazine Awards. Here, Kyle talks about how his career has excelled since completing ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) at London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).

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What to expect from a career in accountancy

July 10 ,2015 | by Helen Gould

What to expect from a career in accountancy

There are a lot of misconceptions about working in accountancy - for example, many assume that finance is a boring subject. As we have written before, this is not necessarily the case.

In addition to having a good head for numbers, accountants also need a sharp sense of professional ethics, an eye for detail, and the ability to make informed judgements about financial decisions – there’s a lot more to it than the public perceptions.

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Access to higher education - the next frontier

Access to higher education - the next frontier

What can the next generation of young people expect when it comes to higher education?

Professor Maurits Van Rooijen discusses the value of higher education and the need for a change in attitudes towards re-entering the educational system later in life.

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The pros of an MBA – Prof Maurits responds to Observer article

The pros of an MBA – Prof Maurits responds to Observer article

Ryan Holmes makes a couple of fair comments when he questions the value of the MBA.

It is true that anyone can get rich without an MBA. Buying a lottery ticket does not require an MBA and since the lottery makes someone very rich, some might take that as proof that no MBA is required. And, of course, there are several genius artists who made it rich without an MBA (some even without any arts education).

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September 2015 ACCA: to sit or not to sit?

May 05 ,2015 | by Paul Merison

September 2015 ACCA: to sit or not to sit?

Later this year, ACCA will move to 4 sittings per year, with the first new sitting in September (not in all exam centres, so check the ACCA website for full details).

Naturally, a lot of students are asking me questions even now as they register for June 2015 classes and exams – so here is my best attempt to answer them.

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#StartupSpotlight: Mangopay looks to simplify securing third-party payments

April 27 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

#StartupSpotlight: Mangopay looks to simplify securing third-party payments

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we spoke with Céline Lazorthes, CEO and Founder of Mangopay, a new marketplace and crowdfunding payment platform.

Elevator pitch

Mangopay enables marketplaces and crowdfunding platforms to accept third-party payments, create and manage e-wallets (white label), split funds and collect fees in a simple, secure and transparent way.

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews Marriott Hotels Europe CEO Amy McPherson

April 21 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Amy McPherson, CEO of Marriott Hotels Europe, shares with LSBF the secrets to a successful career in business.

Great business leaders know how to surround themselves with good people – that is the secret to a successful career in business according to Amy McPherson, the CEO of Marriott Hotels Europe.

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#StartupSpotlight: Purplebricks is redefining how estate agencies work

April 16 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

#StartupSpotlight: Purplebricks is redefining how estate agencies work

Michael Bruce, CEO and founding partner of disruptive hybrid estate agency Purplebricks, spoke with LSBF in the latest edition of Startup Spotlight.

Elevator pitch

Purplebricks.com is a disruptive hybrid estate agency model - we combine the expertise of a Local Property Expert with a unique online platform, giving customers a 24/7 service at a fraction of the cost charged by high street estate agencies.

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#StartupSpotlight: Tempus Energy aims to shake up UK energy market

April 09 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

#StartupSpotlight: Tempus Energy aims to shake up UK energy market

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we speak with Sara Bell, CEO and founder of Tempus Energy, a new renewables-focused ‘disrupt’ energy supplier in the UK.

Elevator pitch

Tempus Energy has developed a disruptive technology to create cost savings across the electricity supply chain. In March 2015, we launched a new kind of electricity supplier, which matches customers’ energy use with times when renewable generation is plentiful and wholesale prices are lower.

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#StartupSpotlight: SATcase keeps you connected to the world, anytime and anywhere

March 30 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

#StartupSpotlight: SATcase keeps you connected to the world, anytime and anywhere

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we speak with Jim Thomson, CEO of SATcase™, a reliable communications device aimed at keeping remote-area travellers and workers connected to the world at all times.

Elevator Pitch:

SATcase™ is a revolutionary new communications device that uses satellite technology to help keep people safe in remote areas of the globe.

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#StartupSpotlight: MoveHub makes moving abroad simple

March 25 ,2015 | by Hari Sri

#StartupSpotlight: MoveHub makes moving abroad simple

In this edition of Startup Spotlight, we speak with Ben Tyrrell, Head of MoveHub, a London-based startup dedicated to international removals that has helped over 450,000 people move since its launch last year.

MoveHub is a one-stop shop for people who want to move abroad; our site will tell you everything you need to know about your prospective city from the best residential areas to buy a house in to where to go for the best food to the rankings of local schools and when you are ready to relocate.

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Video: Great Minds Series - LSBF interviews McDonald's UK CEO Jill McDonald

March 06 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

In this interview, LSBF speaks with Jill McDonald, McDonald's UK CEO, who discusses some of the main challenges and achievements of the global restaurant chain.

Ms McDonald was appointed chief executive for McDonald's UK operations in 2010. Since then, the brand has seen a growth in sales and profitability and, more importantly, an increase in trust of the brand and its products.

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This Valentine's Day, let LSBF help you #FindYourPassion

February 13 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

Because we know how much you love Advanced Taxation...

Fall in love with the unexpected.

Valentine's Day 2015, let us as London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) help you #FindYourPassion.

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The LSBF’s ACCA Study Manuals Competition Terms and Conditions

February 06 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

The LSBF’s ACCA Study Manuals Competition Terms and Conditions

The LSBF’s ACCA Study Manuals competition is hosted on the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) Facebook page. In order to benefit from the Competition entrants must complete the registration form and submit an answer for the question asked.

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PQ Awards 2015: Meet finalist David Laws, lecturer at LSBF

January 29 ,2015 | by LSBF Blog Staff

PQ Awards 2015: Meet finalist David Laws, lecturer at LSBF

LSBF tutor David Laws has been shortlisted to receive the Private Sector Lecturer of the Year award in this year’s prestigious PQ Awards.

Held annually, the PQ Awards are organised by popular accountancy title PQ Magazine. They honour the best institutions, teachers, students and learning resources in the world of accountancy education.

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