Last week, students of the National Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University Center of Newbury (UCN) focused on business management at a seminar on leaders Jan Sarson.
Mr. Sarsson, CEO and Coach of Empower U Coaching Ltd, is an advisor to organizations looking to invest in the hospitality sector. While this may not seem obvious to students working on a career in engineering, his fascinating conversation about his life and career experience has made an invaluable contribution to the student professional management department.
This unit aims to provide students with the employment skills needed by professional engineers, including strategy, planning, understanding the role of sustainable development and how to manage people.
The degree student, Oliver Cankham, said:
“It was great to understand the direction and principles of a successful business manager like Ian. I found his contribution interesting and makes me think. “
Prior to establishing Empower U Coaching, Ian had a successful 35-year career, including CEO of Compass Group PLC (UK, Ireland and Northern Europe) and Managing Director of Sodexo (Hong Kong and China).
As a trustee of Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Charity Association, Ian is passionate about people and is committed to using his expertise and academic understanding to help them reach their full potential.
Interacting with employers is an important part of UCN’s strategy. As a provider of higher-level professional education, UCN programs are designed to prepare students and trainees for transition to senior positions in their organization or elsewhere in the industry.
HNC / HND engineering and manufacturing leader Stephen Payne said:
“Access to industry professionals and outstanding leaders in global organizations such as Jan Sarson is a great opportunity for students, many of whom are beginning their managerial careers. Ian has made an inspiring insight into his career from college student to leading one of the world’s largest employers ”.
To learn more about the wide range of engineering programs available or to explore different ways to support the next generation of engineers with students or work-related activities, visit ucn.ac.uk
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