Business & Retail

Running a successful business requires many different skills depending on the type of business and the function you are in.  Core business functions include:

  • Operations (Production, Transport and Logistics, Administration)

  • Finance

  • Marketing (advertising, digital media, public relations, events)

  • Human Resources

  • Purchasing

  • Research & Development

For information on careers in Finance please go to the Banking and Finance page; scroll down this page for links to careers in other functions.

Management - the Chartered Management Institute website includes details of apprenticeships, plus lots of industry news - the Institute of Administrative Management - the Institute of Management Services - the Management Consutancies Association

Marketing - the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising website has details about careers in advertising plus lots of other useful resources - the Advertising Association website represents agencies, brands and media - the Chartered Institute of Marketing represents people working in marketing - the Advertising and Design Association - lots of information about the world of retail, careers, advice for writing CVs etc - the Institute of Direct Marketing website is fully of useful information about the industry, including details of their summer school where you can find out more about careers - the Market Research Society website includes career information and internship opportunities in the resources section - lots of advice about retail careers, including a CV builder

Events Management - the Association of Exhibition Organisers site links to 3 key event management organisations: the AEO (Association of Event Organisers), AEV (Association of Event Venues), ESSA (Event Supplier and Services Association) - the online magazine for information on exhibitions and live events. - this webpage from the University of Kent covers entry routes into events management, courses and recruitment agencies - this site covers job search, entry routes, college courses plus a wealth of information on the events industry - represents 16 international hospitality and events universities

Operations - lots of good careers advice on this website from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply - for information on global logistics

Human Resources - the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has a wealth of careers resources plus articles, podcasts and more to keep you up to date with the industry

Purchasing - the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply website has a huge amount of information about jobs and opportunities in a wide range of industries. Yes, there really is a job 'shopping' for companies!