As part of his MSc in International Management and Leadership, Jamie is completing a Business Consultancy in Practice project for a book publishing company, instead of a traditional written dissertation route.
Tell us a bit more about the BCiP project you worked on...
My client was an independent, London-based book publisher. They asked me to look at their electronic book (eBook) potential after they noticed that the market for buying eBooks had shot up during 2020 but they had had no time to explore this new market, however they wanted to increase sales revenue from this strand.
They suggested to me that I analyse inhouse sales data for the purpose of recommending existing titles/genres from the back catalogue that could be turned in eBooks. In addition, I was asked to recommend strategies for boosting online eBook sales.
I started having conversations with Pavilion in January 2021 and the project had begun to form by the end of February. At this stage I had to give a pitch to Marc and Richard (course leaders at QMU) which really helped me sort out the flow of the project and how I would carry it out. The project was designed to be delivered by the end of July/early August.
What were your biggest highlights whilst working on the project?
One of the outstanding highlights of this project came early on and it was when I got great feedback after my pitch that made me feel really motivated to deliver my best work and gave me confidence in doing the project.
Another highlight was how enthusiastic and willing Pavilion were to bring me on board and help build a project with me that I was really interested in and was very useful to them.
What challenges did you encounter?
One of the challenges was that all the communications had to be done by phone or email because of home working and COVID restrictions. I communicate much better face to face and also I would have enjoyed conducting this whole project in the Pavilion offices and the experience of that. However, as the country and workplaces are easing out of lock down, I am still hoping to get into the office toward the end of the project.
What do you feel you learned most from this project personally and professionally?
What I’ve learned most is the importance of being able to quickly respond in situations and not let things mount up. I definitely feel that I’ve learned to be more confident about putting myself forward professionally and I’m now looking forward to joining the workforce after QMU in a professional capacity.
What support did you have on the project?
I have received excellent support from my supervisor, especially at times when I was struggling with the workload of other assignments and he helped me to plan my time out well. Also the CEO at Pavilion was hugely generous with ideas and suggestions for me about defining and taking the project forward.
Has this project helped you decide on a future career choice?
This project has made me realise that I want to work with companies and help them embrace new technologies and bring them into the digital world. I'm aware that it is an exciting time to be a business consultant because global markets are changing and developing at rapid speeds due to fluctuating economies, shifting populations, increased technologies and change of working habits.
What advice would you share with anyone thinking about applying for this PG course?
This is a really dynamic and intense course that will leave you with a much deeper understanding of how businesses work within themselves, the issues that face them and the different business cultures across the globe. You’ll also get a basic understanding of financial auditing and develop the ability to deliver professional work with corporate clients. This course certainly helps you to build a robust toolbox of professional skills and you will leave much stronger than when you came in and make some great connections along the way.
"This course certainly helps you to build a robust toolbox of professional skills and you will leave much stronger than when you came in and make some great connections along the way."
[Story published in August 2021]