Preparation for the world of work
NCH understands the importance of thinking about your future while you are studying for your degree, so that you are ready to succeed in whatever you choose to do as soon as you graduate.
Taught across each of your three years at the College as part of the NCH Diploma, LAUNCH fosters the basic capabilities that are essential for a wide range of different professions, and encourages you to develop winning attitudes and behaviours to excel in any field – from law, finance and consulting, to marketing, advertising and TV, setting up your own enterprise, or postgraduate study.
Each year, you will also participate in an intensive, one-to-one Careers Clinic with the College’s expert and highly experienced careers counsellors, who will help you map out what you want to do after NCH and will work with you to formulate a detailed plan, tailored to achieve your individual goals.
My Beautiful Career
A highlight of the programme is My Beautiful Career, a series of informal seminars where you can listen to, meet and network with distinguished and senior people from many different fields in an intimate, small group setting.
These seminars will provide you with the opportunity to discover more about the various options available to you, and present a rare and sought-after chance to socialise with leading professionals and public figures.
They include a professional theatre company, a business that sells wristbands for young bohemian travellers, and New East Platform, a website that commissions and aggregates political and economic analysis of affairs in Eastern Europe.
A cornerstone of the exceptional educational experience provided at NCH and unique to the College, LAUNCH is the perfect complement to our students’ academic studies.
Nick Robertson, Economics BSc with Politics & International Relations (Lond/NCH, 2017)
‘LAUNCH includes Industry-specific ‘Employer Evenings’ giving you the chance to meet and learn from real-world practitioners and experts in their field. These have frequently led to internships and job opportunities, as well as providing a wider understanding of the requirements of the workplace. LAUNCH also encompasses a system of personalised mentorship and coaching that provides guidance, giving you an enormous advantage when applying for jobs.’
Jonny Corrie, Law LLB with Philosophy (Lond/NCH, 2017)
‘The NCH careers service helps you get a foot in the door by linking you to networks and giving you plenty of face time with employers. I also had success with a technique taught in LAUNCH called the two hour job search. LAUNCH provides unparalleled grounding for those who want to keep up in a competitive market.’
Salisa Kaur, Politics & International Relations BSc with Philosophy and Economics (Lond/NCH, 2017)
‘LAUNCH has given me a lot of confidence to help me enter the working world, as well experience to showcase. The module on creating a digital app allowed to me to assume a leadership position, and display communication, organisational, and collaborative skills. I was able to talk about this at interviews, with something tangible to show for this. Both LAUNCH and careers support at NCH has been invaluable to me!’
Dr Barbara Hause Schwepcke, Publisher at Haus Publishing
‘There are only two ways to describe the NCH student who interned with us this summer: incredibly brainy and fantastically versatile. The brainpower of any NCH student was never in any doubt, but the versatility was I am sure a product of the broad liberal arts syllabus. When we said “jump!” she asked “how high?” and always surpassed our expectations.’
Paul Munch, Managing Partner at Maher Bird Associates
‘MBA have had the pleasure of working with a number of NCH students. We have been impressed by their energy, diligence and unique viewpoints towards challenging advertising briefs. The skills instilled by LAUNCH were clearly evident in the students, who approached the working environment in a professional, yet natural fashion.’
How will I be taught?
Each year, students work in teams to explore and address current issues faced by a range of enterprises and, to date, have developed projects for organisations including On Our Radar, Find A Cure, Give Me Tap, Angelus and 21st Century Tiger.
LAUNCH is assessed through a series of individual and team-based written assignments, presentations, participation in electronic forums and project work. Your studies will contribute to your grade for the New College of the Humanities Diploma, which is awarded alongside your degree.
The LAUNCH Programme comprises two courses:
Introductory Capabilities (Year 1)
The centrepiece of the Introductory Capabilities course is a live brief provided by a real client. You present your recommendations to your client at the end of the Trinity term. This project is supported by seminars covering:
- Effective Writing
- Working in Teams
- Market Research
Applied Capabilities (Years 2 and 3)
Component parts include:
- Coaching & Mentoring
- Financial Literacy
- Getting & Giving Feedback
- Health and the Workplace
- Strategy & Problem Solving
- Working with Digital
Year Two Project: ‘Well-made’
- Students develop a new product (it could be a business, an app or an event), write a plan, test the revenue assumptions using primary customer research and pitch their idea to a panel of CEOs
Year Three Project: Students create the digital footprint that accompanies their Year Two plan
- Merry Baskin: Planning Director at Chiat Day and J Walter Thompson
- Simon Bucknall: Presentation coach to various CEOs, runner up in the 2017 World Toastmaster public speaking competition
- Ben Hart: Co-founder of We Are Atmosphere (technology consulting business)
- Lisa Thomas: formerly McKinsey, independent consultant to global firms
Careers Advisory Board
The Careers team at NCH works closely with an Advisory Board comprised of distinguished figures and experts from a variety of sectors.The Advisory Board’s role is to ensure that the careers offering at NCH is truly distinctive. Members participate fully in the intellectual life of the College – mentoring students, judging business plans, and giving advice prior to interview.
Current members include:
- Kemi Akindele (Senior Digital Strategist, Hanover Communications)
- Lara Boro (Managing Director, Business Information Division, Informa)
- Frances Bryon (Graduate Surveyor, Lambert Smith Hampton)
- Hugh Cameron (Chief Strategy Officer, PHD Media)
- Simon Duffy (Founder, Bulldog)
- Danielle Lestrade (Head of Recruitment, OC&C Strategy Consultants)
- Ralph Lucas (Owner, Good Schools Guide)
- Barbara Schwepcke (Publisher, Haus Publishing)
- Matt Symonds (Partner, Bain Consulting)