PhD student, Leeds University Business School
MSc International Business 2014
Marcia enjoyed her Masters so much that she is still at the Business School, studying at PhD level, now in her final year.
Why did you choose Leeds University Business School?
One of the main reasons I applied for the MSc International Business was because of its great reputation. I was looking for the best way to improve my experience and realise my aspirations. At Leeds I found an excellent academic and research environment perfectly integrated to the 'real' business world.
Tell us about your course...
One of the most exciting experiences was a teamwork project organised by the University along with a local company (Spooner Industries). We were required to formulate and present the company an entry strategy to expand in the Russian market. We did it by putting into practice the theory learnt during the modules. This experience taught me a lot both professionally and personally. I will never forget the time spent with my friends in doing research and developing our strategy.
What were your career aspirations when you arrived?
After my undergraduate degree, I worked for eight years in the private sector. Then, I applied for a Masters in International Business because I wanted to make a change in my career. I wanted to improve my communication and consultancy skills and find a job in a local company. That was my initial plan. Actually, I enjoyed the research field so much that I eventually decided to keep on doing research on a PhD programme.
I am currently doing an Internship at the Business School (Leeds University) and I planning to start my PhD next October.
Do you think your experience and skills gained here will help you in your future career plans?
My Masters was the most intensive year in my life, I enjoyed every single moment. The programme has provided me with a range of transferable skills. I acquired more self-confidence and awareness about my capabilities. I learned how to organise myself and how to work as part of a team. In addition, benefited from being in contact with experienced teachers who advised me and helped me to find my 'best-fit' career.
What was your impression/experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the student union, the City of Leeds and the region itself?
Leeds is amazing city. Not too large, not too small. It has been constantly improving its services. And people here are really friendly. The Business School at the University of Leeds is one of the top 10 Business School in UK and its facilities are always available to the students (e.g. PC clusters, common rooms, libraries).