Aston Edge

Upcoming events to help you develop vital skills and grow your professional network

As you enter term two and begin to focus on getting that important first job we're holding a number of events which will enable you to:

  • Learn lessons from successful alumni
  • Develop vital skills
  • Grow your network and meet potential employers
  • Talk about interviews

Click on the event names to book your free place at any of the events below. 

Google Digital Garage - Wednesday 1 February, 15:30 - 16:30

Learn how to harness the power of the web to grow your business or your career, and get top tips, training and mentoring from Google to improve your digital capabilities. This masterclass from the Digital Garage team will boost your digital knowledge and awareness through exploring various digital topics such as building websites that work for all audiences, and show you how to tell your story online through social media and meaningful content.

Google Digital Garage

In Conversation with Derek Brewer - Friday 10 February, 13:00 - 14:00

Aston graduate and cricketing legend Derek Brewer will share his knowledge on commercial banking and his experience of leading sporting businesses for the past eleven years .Derek Brewer is the fifteenth Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC. He assumed the role in May 2012 after seven years at the helm of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He graduated from Aston University with a degree in Business Studies in 1981. He had a 24-year career in banking and was Regional Director Commercial Banking for the East Midlands at NatWest immediately prior to joining Nottinghamshire in 2005. 

Speed Networking with BPS Birmingham - Wednesday 8 February, 17:30 - 19:30

Final year Undergraduates and Postgraduates are invited to join us for a Speed Networking event in partnership with
BPS Birmingham Aspire This exclusive event will give you the opportunity to connect with Birmingham's business professionals and learn more about their career paths and tips for securing the job you want.

You'll have the opportunity to speak to professionals from across a range of sectors including finance, legal,  HR and training, property and development, consultancy and marketing.

Speed Networking

Aston Business Network - Wednesday 22 February, 17:30 - 19:30

Are you looking for an informative and enjoyable way of expanding your professional network?  
The Aston Business Network is our regular networking event that provides an opportunity for students to network with local businesses and alumni in a friendly and informal setting, and hear from a topical guest speaker.  John Holder from Profit-Growth Unlimited will present  Stop wasting money on ineffectual marketing introducing you in a practical way to the fundamentals of marketing and the buyers journey. 


In Conversation With EvaEisenschimmel - Tuesday 28 February, 18:00 - 20:00

Leading marketer and Aston alumna Dr Eva Eisenschimmel will share her expertise and passion for customers, brands, digital engagement and building diverse teams at work.  Eva Eisenschimmel has worked in multiple sectors, in businesses of different sizes and types and has lived and worked abroad in five countries during her diverse career. The red threads throughout are a passion for customers, brands, digital engagement and building diverse teams at work.

She joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) as MD, Retail Marketing and Direct Channels (Lloyds TSB, Halifax & Bank of Scotland plus Telephone Banking and Digital/Mobile Banking) and was subsequently appointed Group Chief Marketing Director and Group Culture Director.

Eva Eisenschimmel

Whose data is it anyway? Wednesday 15 March, 18:00 - 21:00

It's impossible to exaggerate the strategic importance of data, particularly 'big data', in terms of driving business growth, competitive advantage and increased customer engagement.  This session, will include a consumer perspective, and show what they feel is appropriate and not, and where the line should be drawn. How much data are people willing to give up in order to get personalised service from companies and when do they feel marketers overstep the mark?

Steve Woolley, Head of External Affairs for The Chartered Institute of Marketing, will share research from consumers and marketers which reveals how customers feel about sharing their data and how seriously marketers take those feelings and the issue of data protection. Do marketers keep customers at the heart of their thinking to develop long-term engagement and trust, or cross boundaries for short-term gains?

Steve Woolley CIM