Henley Careers - develop your potential

Our aim at Henley Careers is to empower and enable you to leave the Business School confident in being able to progress your career forward successfully.

We are committed to enable you to take a strong career leadership approach to your career planning. We will work with you to help you understand yourself better, as well as truly understand the obstacles and opportunities around you. Research both at Henley and other leading Business Schools shows that people who are self-reliant and are ‘career-activists’ usually achieve higher levels of success. We therefore encourage your job search to be driven by you and your needs, but along the way, we provide you with advice and insight regarding your strategy.


What can you do with our service?

Meet with a Career Consultant – book in with your careers consultant to discuss any careers-related topic. We will support you in gaining a better understanding of what really matters for you personally, how you can plan your career autonomously, or assist you in making tough decisions at times of uncertainty. We can also take a quick look at your CV / application or assist you with improving your interview and assessment performance.

Sign up to a Lunchtime Careers Workshop– The Lunchbox Careers Workshop Programme is a series of workshops open to all Henley students to discover insights into different Industries and job functions, build your self-awareness and develop personal skills as well as get practical hints and tips on job application and assessment.  Go to MyJobsOnline to see the programme of events and sign up to attend any of these lunchtime events.

Network at The Monday Night Employer Panel - come along and question companies from a selection of industries; from City Finance to Sales & Marketing! This is prime opportunity for you to network with these businesses and understand more about their sectors by quizzing them on topics of interest to you - from how to get in, to a day in the life of their employees.

Attend timetabled Careers Teaching – attend teaching sessions specifically timetabled for you. Topics have been tailored to support those of you preparing to apply for graduate positions or separately for those of you with previous work experience and seeking employment as an experienced candidate.

Network at employer events – attend our events when various employers will be on site to talk to you about their companies, industries and opportunities, and answer your questions.

Access our online career resources 24/7/365 – visit the Henley Careers blackboard site for online support – we provide you with a wealth of information to support you through every stage of the careers process.

Apply for jobs through MyJobsOnline – visit the University’s job board and search through the database of job adverts. Many employers specifically aim to attract applicants from Henley Business School and advertise with us.

Attend the Business Leaders programme – get involved with the Business Leaders programme and develop your understanding of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development through a series of stimulating workshops and networking opportunities.


Want to book a session with your dedicated careers consultant? Why wait?

Book now: Career Consultant Session Booking


Got a question? No problem - email us at

For specific information please see below.

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For further information please contact Henley Careers by email at or by phone on 0118 378 5420.

Upcoming Events

Students - book in for all events and appointments here: Henley Careers 

Lunchbox Workshops

Henley Careers runs many events to engage and empower our students. We have a full programme of career learning activities throughout the year, including Autumn Term daily workshops and the incredibly popular Monday Night Employer Panels, and Spring Term information and practical sessions.

For Spring term's timetable please click here: Spring Lunchbox Workshops


MBA Career Transitions Panel Discussion featuring Bill Payne, Board Mentor - Critical Eye, Sandy Shipton - Board Advisor, First International Group, Jazz Phull - Director, Talent Acquisition, Global Talent, Smith & Nephew, and Iain Johnston - Chairman and Non-Executive Director Hill Dickinson LLP, Internetq plc, EMS. 

17:30 – 19:30, FREE to attend
@ National Grid, Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley on Thames

Click here for more info: MBA Career Transitions Panel Discussion 


Business Leaders - Masterclass Series

The Business Leaders programme is back and in a brand new format: the Masterclass Series! Each masterclass is designed to be approximately 2-3 hours and bring you a practical, fun and interactive experience in leadership learning, followed by pizza and beer on us!

Playing with Leadership with Lego Serious Play: build your way to be a better business leader using The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology – a powerful tool designed to enhance innovation and business. Get hands-on with Lego and be creative; building models representing your leadership strengths, future and create an action plan! Mon 8th Feb, WK HBS G03, 6pm-8pm + pizza and beer

Leading with Humour: Comedians have the best communication and presentation skills and you can really fine tune yours by attending this amazing masterclass. Learn about the process of comedy, see how dealing with hecklers can be applied to business meetings/presentations, discover how humour can be used to engage and inspire and develop the leadership skills that comedy can teach us Mon 22nd Feb, WK HBS G10, 6pm-8pm + pizza and beer

Entrepreneurship in 2 hours: Whether you work in a large corporate or you are a solo-preneur entrepreneurial leadership is what is needed to get things done, build teams and create business.  Everything you traditionally know about business start-up is wrong.  Learn how to start up quickly, build businesses fast and do it without spending any money – led by Entrepreneur of the Year, Inspire Awards 2015. Mon 14th Mar, WK HBS G10, 6pm-8pm + pizza and beer

Attendance to a Business Leaders masterclass adds you to the exclusive Business Leaders Network.

What will you get from the Business Leaders Network?:

  • Networking with those attending Business Leaders events
  • An invitation to the annual Business Leaders networking event*
  • A chance to win exciting prizes and get discounted tickets – we currently have 4 student memberships to the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (access to hundreds of companies and business networking events in the Thames Valley and London area) up for grabs!

So what are you waiting for?! Book NOW on MyJobsOnline with this link:

Henley Careers Blog

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Henley Careers Blog.  The blog is a way for the Careers team to share thoughts about various careers practices, and respond to related business and recruitment news.


 Autumn Term – Open Workshops and Employer Panels

As part of our commitment to offer experiences that appeal to all learning styles, throughout the Autumn Term we’ll be delivering 4 lunchtime workshops per week.  These workshops will cover all aspects of Careers – for example understanding careers in differing sectors and industries, learning ways to succeed in applications and selection, and developing an understanding of your strengths.

We are also arranging many events with employers – a cornerstone of this approach will be the Monday Night Employer Panel.  At these events, a number of themed employers will come together to discuss careers options and realities in both an Q&A session, and informal networking.

These optional activities will sit alongside our current offerings of 1-2-1 appointments, course specific workshops, and embedded careers modules.

For more details contact Graham Philpott.


The University's new Online Career Centre?

There are lots of resources, useful information and another jobs board, plus much else besides which complements the Henley Careers Blackboard Site.

If you are a current student or a member of Henley Business School staff - Click Here to Register


The Henley Careers Launch Event – March 2015

To mark the launch of the new Team, Henley Careers welcomed MBA students to an informative and entertaining talk by Bill Payne, who is a Venture Capitalist, Non-Executive Director, Business School Lecturer and former senior manager at IBM.

The event was co-organised by the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, and following the talk attendees networked over canapés – an excellent opportunity to learn from a successful business manager, and then practice those all-important networking skills.


Employers: Recruit New Talent

Henley is widely recognised for its international reach. Our industry connections bring learning and career opportunities with leading organisations. We have exceptional talent and we know that in order for businesses to grow effectively, they need to have the right people. As an international business school with 68,000 alumni in 154 countries, we have range of students across different degree programmes exploring work opportunities from entry level to more senior roles.

We like to partner closely with recruiters to understand recruitment requirements and company culture. Our students are bright, ambitious and highly proactive and we are proud to support their personal development in this way.

If you would like to engage with our students, there are many ways to do so. Click "read more" to find some ways in which you can access Henley talent. The list is not exhaustive and please note that we can customize campaigns and events according to your preferences.

"EY have found the students from Henley Business School to be very strong candidates for potential graduate positions. We have met with a large number of students from different backgrounds and degrees and have been impressed with students from Henley, especially with their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to learn about EY and what we do. We have also recruited a high number of our EY student brand managers from Henley Business School who have done a fantastic work, promoting EY on Campus. So far, it has been a great experience to meet with the students from Henley business school and we are looking forward to recruiting more Henley graduates in the near future."

Ernst and Young


Placement Fair – held annually every October for students interested in placements/internships only. Spaces are limited and get booked up by July/August.

Corporate Presentations – the best time of year runs from October through to February. Students love interactive skills seminars where they can learn more about the company culture and meet with staff.

Employer Panels – held every Monday evening to a targeted group of students. Ideal panellists normally include recruiters from different companies within the same sector or function eg City Finance or Marketing.

Guest Lectures – a great way to have access to students from a specific degree programme and be seen to be contributing your thought leadership to Henley.

On Campus Interviews – you can pre-select the candidates you’d like to interview and we can take care of the logistics.

Competitions/Games – we are happy to promote any competitions you are running at the national, international level and also those that are specific to Henley only.

Case Studies – a fantastic method of engaging student talent and awareness of your brand. Can be run as a workshop or competition.

Student Societies – we work very closely with the Entrepreneurship, Business, Finance and Bright Futures societies and would be happy to make an introduction.

Office treks – we can arrange student trips to visit corporate offices. Specific degree programmes or career interest groups can be targeted.

CV Books – we provide these for our full time MBA students only.

Apply for jobs through MyJobsOnline – visit the University of Reading’s free job board where you can create a profile, register your company and post a job advert.

Business Leaders – twice a year we run a series of careers conferences for students to learn more about the latest trends and topical issues in industry. If you would like to be involved, please let us know.




Luisa Dunn, Employer Relations Manager            +44 (0) 118 378 4412

For Real Estate and Planning only:

Jane Batchelor                  +44 (0) 118 378 6035              


Online Resources

Your Service

The Henley Careers Team has developed a 
Blackboard Organisation to act as a central 
portal for all your careers information. 

Click here to visit the site: Henley Careers 

If you are having any difficulties accessing or navigating around the site please contact Graham Philpott

Booking a career consultant session

Click here to book your one-to-one session with your dedicated careers consultant: Careers Consultant Session Booking

Other resources

We also have a range of online resources that students can use:

  • MBAExchange – industry and employer insights, an MBA job-board, development programmes and further careers services
  • 10MinutesWith – global community of students and professionals, video interviews with hundreds of people from across functions and industries – plus a job board
  • – industry and employer insights, careers blogs and guides and a job board
  • Reading Online Careers Centre – an online portal that provides careers planning content, access to job boards and further e-learning content 

MBA Alumni

MBA students who commenced their course before September 2014 can access their Online Resources  by clicking here > Online Resources


"Without exception, Henley Business School students have consistently performed above and beyond what we would expect of a placement student. Every year we look forward to returning to the campus to recruit some of the best talent in the country! "


"I received invaluable coaching from Henley Careers in preparation for applying for placements, throughout my year in industry as well as future guidance regarding graduate careers."

Emily Aubrey, BA Business and Management

"The best aspects of careers support we have been given have aimed to get us into the mindset of the real estate graduate recruiters, making us aware of the importance of commercial knowledge, being able to network effectively, and understanding the nature of business that the firms we apply to conduct."

Anonymous, MSc Real Estate

 "The support I received from Henley Careers enabled me to take full advantage of my MBA. With their help I developed crucial insight into my own beliefs and behaviours which has allowed me to manage my career with confidence."

Carolyn Johnson, Flexible Executive MBA

"The Henley MBA Programme has helped me to relocate and get introduced to another business environment in the UK. I greatly benefitted from the diversity of the programme which (now a year later) I am using in dealing with global companies and the structure of my internal team. I want to mention the Henley Careers team for their support and dedication to MBAs and their careers – it was of utmost important to me to have them on my side when making decisions." 

Iskren Kulev, Strategic Partnerships, iZettle London, Full-time MBA

"My Henley career consultant had in-depth and well developed coaching skills. This combined with their practical knowledge of the MBA recruitment industry helped me align myself with the attributes that the employers were seeking."
Esam Bakhsh, Project Consultant to pharmaceutical industry, Executive MBA

"The Thames Valley Cchamber of Commerce respects its relationship with Henley Careers as this working partnership provides an important link between students and businesses. Together we provide students with a greater understanding of business, the workplace and future employment opportunities, which will ultimately help enrich Thames Valley’s future workforce."

Atif Baig, Account Manager, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group

"I found the Henley Careers team to be very supportive, whilst applying for and throughout my internship. Their guidance and assistance really smoothed the process and helped me not only achieve the placement I wanted, but allowed me to construct a detailed career path for the near
future. Communication has been excellent and they’ve taken a real interest in how I’ve progressed."

Joe Walmsley, Business Intern; Opportunity & Lead Management, Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives at Siemens, BA Business and Management

"I would like to thank you for your guidance. Although I did not get the offer, your good advice gave me insight into the selection process, from which I have benefited later. Recently, I applied to the PwC graduate program, and luckily got an offer. Even at the beginning of this year, I thought that it was mission impossible, since I am an international student, Visa sponsorship requirement and language barrier take away most of job opportunities.  Thank you very much for everything, I could not have made it without support from Henley Careers."

Peng Li, MSc Accounting and Financial Management

The one to one support is fantastic and has made applying for jobs a smooth process. Knowing that there is always someone that you can go and talk to about the industry is a comfort. Furthermore, the insight to the companies makes it easier to distinguish where you feel you might be best suited.  RREF evening lectures have been incredibly insightful, and very helpful throughout the interview process. Having the Kings Cross Development lecture from Savills has helped me in every single interview that I have attended.

Anonymous, MSc Real Estate