Date of release: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AirbusA University of Greenwich undergraduate has landed a one-year placement with Airbus – one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers – after facing competition from more than 7,000 applicants.

James Woodland attributes his success to the "invaluable advice" he received from the Business School's Employability Office team.

James, who has a longstanding interest in aircraft, will spend the third year of his BA Hons Business Studies programme with Airbus in Bristol.

Airbus advertised three, one-year paid placements based in its resources and contracts management team.

After submitting his application, James, who is studying with the Business School, was invited to an interview and to take part in a group exercise. The company then offered him a fourth, unadvertised placement in operations management.

"It is an amazing opportunity," says James. "This placement is absolutely perfect for me – even better than the advertised placements. It gives me a major step up in my ambition to build a career in the aircraft industry."

As soon as James decided to apply for an Airbus placement, he sought support from the Employability Office. He was referred to Senior Consultant Katherine Leopold.

"The advice she gave me was invaluable. We focused on interviews and the practical steps that I could take to improve my chances. She helped me get to grips with research into Airbus and stressed the importance of being prepared with focused, relevant questions to ask at the interview.

"I was particularly interested in the working culture Airbus promotes – known as the Airbus Way. They encourage people to interact and share their knowledge and experiences.

"I researched the Airbus Way in depth and arrived at the interview armed with information and questions about that culture. I had also prepared the reasons why I thought I would do well in that style of working environment," says James.

Ms Leopold, who has more than ten years' experience with specialist London recruitment agencies, says she is delighted with James' success.

"Industry experience is now essential," says Ms Leopold. "The recent High Fliers report looking at the top 100 UK companies running graduate recruitment schemes reveals 70 per cent do not even consider applications from graduates without significant industry experience.

"Ensuring our undergraduates gain the best industry placements possible is at the heart of the work of the Business School Employability team.

"The number of applications made for the Airbus placements is not that unusual. Students need to work very hard now to gain valuable work experience.

"Our aim is to give students the confidence and the skills to stand head and shoulders above the rest. James clearly achieved those goals."

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Picture: James Woodland.