School of Business and Economics


Student profile

Tim Ive, BSc Information Management and Business Finalist

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

How modern it is. It aligns incredibly well with current businesses affairs, which really helps to engage in learning. The broad variety of modules allows for a comprehensive general business understanding, but the choice that you get in the latter stages of the degree allowed me to focus on what I really enjoyed and found interesting. 

What did you do on placement and what did you take away from that experience?

I worked as a business consultant in London for IBM. This was a dream placement for me, and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. It is my most valuable work experience to date and I would highly recommend undertaking a placement to anyone. It gave me an opportunity to network, build on my course studies and experience aspects of what I’d learnt, while also getting a feel for what it’s like to work full-time. Often, it can tell you what you want to do and what you don’t want to do, which is equally as valuable. For me, it showed me what I want to do for a career. 

What are you career aspirations and how to you feel your course has prepared you to fulfil these?

I am going back to IBM to work as a business consultant. I start a graduate scheme in September and I can’t wait. If I’m honest, I do see myself working for IBM for a while, but it is hard to say where I’ll be in five or ten years’ time. I would like to think by then, that I’ve gained real respect at my company, have significant responsibility, including some management responsibility and I know exactly the career path I want to pursue.

In terms of how my course has prepared me, I would say it has given me an excellent platform to apply for most graduate business jobs. We’ve learnt about all aspects of business, and how one operates. I have then also developed many skills, such as independent learning, organisational skills, and attention to detail.

How do you feel you’ve developed your employability at Loughborough?

I’ve developed it massively. Having studied at Loughborough University alone does wonders for it, but having done a placement really enhances it. Besides academic achievement, I was part of my Hall’s committee and was a member of a number of sports teams. Both of which were enjoyable, but also boosted my CV and give me something to talk about in interviews. 

What would you say to someone considering your course?

It’s a highly relevant course that teaches you all you need to know for any business job, but its emphasis on understanding how technology can improve businesses, makes you stand out to ensure you secure that job. It is an interesting course, and it is run very well. So, don’t consider this course for any longer, just do it, because you won’t regret it! 

Has Loughborough inspired you?

Loughborough University has been the best experience of my life. Choosing Loughborough is the best decision I’ve made to date. It’s called the bubble because you really do get engulfed in Loughborough life. It’s extremely sociable, great for playing and watching sports, and has excellent facilities for studying. I’ve developed incredibly as a person and I’m ready to tackle the world.