Business trips for students are an essential element of any business studies course, especially for students aged 16-21 studying either A Level/GNVQ or equivalent, or at degree level. Not only do they provide a huge insight into actual business practice, as well as offering all the other benefits of student tours (independence, socialisation, etc.), but they also widen occupational exposure for students.
The most popular locations for business studies tours are major global cities such as New York, London, Tokyo and Paris. These cities are where the world’s most important trading occurs, and are home to a diverse number of occupational settings, many of which are service-based. Some industrial firms can be located in large cities, and there are plenty of tourism, catering and hospitality companies too.
Widening the Occupational Exposure
Students wanting to excel in business, either through employment or by starting their own venture one day, will benefit hugely by being exposed to a wider range of occupational settings. A tour is able to do this because the time you have allows you to visit a number of businesses in a week. A business studies trip to Barcelona could, for example, allow students to see how a newspaper, vineyard, football club and glass-blowing factory all operate. A trip to London could allow students to visit a major insurance company such as Lloyds as well as the marketing team for a major London landmark and the headquarters of a major high street brand.
Tours vs Day Trips
Tours, as opposed to day trips, allow teachers and facilitators to pack a lot more in, thereby hugely widening occupational exposure for students. This is especially important for students living in rural areas, whose occupational exposure is fairly low on a day to day basis. Whilst a day trip is a great way to get a deeper understanding of how one business works, a tour of one city allows students to visit at least one business setting per day.
The greater the scope of businesses that students are exposed to, the more options for employment they are likely to find, when it’s time for them to start applying for jobs. This is because they are likely to cast a larger net when it comes to job applications, as a result of what they have seen. It can also really help them think about what kind of business they’d like to work for, and in which capacity. Meeting employees of large firms at every level, including senior levels, will also give them a sense of what their ambitions are and which employers might be good choices for their personal career growth.
Business trips for students, whether in London, Manchester or New York, are bound to widen a student’s occupational exposure. It will help them see a range of jobs in a number of industries and settings, and will help them start thinking about exactly what it is they’d like to do themselves one day.