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Enabling young talent in partnership with the University of Kent

Marlowe Consulting has been involved in the University of Kent’s Employability Points Scheme for several years. The scheme provides a unique, innovative approach towards enhancing student employability whilst also providing employers with access to their talented students.


Nicola Wilkinson (left) and Deborah Feakins (right) from Marlowe Consulting with students Marzia Bilwani and Emily Perridge.

Nicola Wilkinson (left) and Deborah Feakins (right) from Marlowe Consulting with students Marzia Bilwani and Emily Perridge.

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In June 2022, we were joined by students Marzia Bilwani and Emily Perridge who shadowed our team of expert consultants over two days. From meeting with pharmaceutical and broadcasting clients to learning about our day-to-day operations, business development and marketing & communications they were able to get into the heart of what it means to work in a busy business change consultancy.


In addition to the specific work experience we also provided them with 90 minutes of personal development where a facilitator from RADA Business helped them to develop their consultancy skills.


At the end of the internship Marzia and Emily both presented their findings from the two days; sharing their insight on what our clients need from us, replaying our proposition and sharing their top takeaways for a career in consulting – which included:

  • Being people centric

  • Being willing to help and willing to adapt

  • Commercial awareness

  • The art of communicating

  • Bringing in diverse perspectives

  • Having attention to detail

We’re sure all consultants will agree that they understood our roles and skills perfectly!

Both students were delighted with the outcome with Marzia saying, "The work shadowing opportunity for Marlowe Consulting will be one of the highlights of this year for me! During an intense two-day programme, I had the chance to speak to employees from a wide range of backgrounds, interact with some of their clients and participated in training to improve my public speaking and presentation skills.


The team at Marlowe are friendly and easy to work with and through their work ethic, I can say that they surely put in their best to leave a positive impact through their work."


She also added that she felt a noticeable difference in the way she was interacting with everyone on the second day.


I learnt what makes a good consultant and what clients look for in a consultant.

Emily agrees. "My two days with Marlowe Consulting were enriching and insightful. I learnt what makes a good consultant and what clients look for in a consultant. The most frequently highlighted focal point was “understanding”. I also learnt how to be a better communicator, further accelerated by a RADA workshop. Deborah, Nicola, and all others involved; thank you for all the time and work you put in to ensure a worthwhile experience - it certainly was worthwhile!"


It’s incredibly important that businesses provide opportunities like this to enable students to truly understand the world of work as they embark on their careers.

Marlowe founder and Director Deborah Feakins concludes: “The Employability Points Scheme is a great way to get to know young, talented people and Marzia and Emily were exceptionally talented! It’s incredibly important that businesses provide opportunities like this to enable students to truly understand the world of work as they embark on their careers. I would highly recommend this scheme to any business looking to help new talent."


For more information on the scheme please visit the University of Kent’s Employability Points Scheme website or LinkedIn group.


 

About Marlowe


Marlowe Consulting specialises in business change and change communications to support organisations who are undergoing transformational, technological, and cultural change. With over 30 years of business change experience, we are adept at adapting! Please contact us if you would like to know more about delivering exceptional business change.