First year BA Business Management students at St Mary’s University, Twickenham were given the chance to visit Sky HQ as part of their undergraduate course.
The tour of the company’s Isleworth base is an element of the Organisational Behaviour module of the programme.
During the visit the students had the opportunity to learn about Sky's internships and also received employability and career progression tips, giving them a chance to think about the type of job they would like to do in the future.
Sky’s Operations & Development Director Chris Bernard and Customer Intelligence Director Cristina Diofebbo gave the students an insight into the broadcaster’s operations and working environment as well as the challenges faced by managers such as power and politics, stress management and staff retention.
Dr Eleni Aravopoulou, Lecturer in Business Management at St Mary’s, said, “A key aim of our programme is to create strong links between Academia and Industry and enhance our students' employability skills.
“This visit was not only a fantastic networking opportunity for our students, which wouldn’t have happened without our university’s Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Merlin Stone, but also great for them to get an insight into the working life of a big organisation like Sky so I’m really glad they received very useful career tips and got inspired by this visit.”