- Course: MSc International Marketing Management
- Year of graduation: 2015
- Nationality: Indian
How did you hear about Leeds University Business School and why did you choose to study here?
I heard about Leeds University Business School from my friends and relatives who have studied in the UK and recommended it to me. Also, I did some research on the internet and found out about its ranking in the Russell Group.
Tell us about your course – why did you choose it? What elements of the course inspired you to study here?
I chose MSc International Marketing Management because I already had 3 years’ work experience in social media marketing, which encouraged me to pursue a Masters degree in order to enhance my knowledge and prepare for a marketing career in future.
What was the best part of your studies – what did you enjoy the most?
The best part of studying here has been gaining the experience of a multi-cultural environment that has helped us to improve our communication skills. Business School staff always tried to make the lectures easy to understand for all of us and the approach was very practical, both in seminars and classes as well.
What were your career aspirations? Do you think the experience and skills you’ve gained here have helped you in your career plans? In what way?
My career aspirations are to work for a company in the UK and achieve great heights as a marketing professional.
Do you have any noteworthy achievements from your study at the Business School that you can tell us about? e.g. prizes, highest scores etc.
I was chosen as a Course Representative which was a proud achievement because it gave me the chance to take on new responsibilities, organise events and interact with students and lecturers to make the course more helpful and better for everyone’s benefit. Also, I volunteered for various roles within the University as a Student Host.
If you are not from the UK, how was the transition to a foreign country? Did the University offer support or services that you found helpful? Can you offer any advice?
When I was preparing for studying in the UK, I thought the mental transition would be difficult but the friendly and warm environment helped me to cope with the initial ‘culture shock’. The University was welcoming and engaging for international students and they had special arrangements in student offices for anyone needing support or help in any form.
What was your experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the city of Leeds and the Yorkshire region?
The Business School has been extremely helpful and accessible. The staff have are always there for students in case of any doubts or concerns and could be contacted in person, online or through the mail. Staff work to help and guide all students in any possible way. They always take care of you and your well-being while staying at Leeds and keep in constant contact with you just in case you are unwell or need assistance.
My peers were extremely helpful, friendly and positive in nature. We all helped each other and tried to solve each others’ problems and also gave advice to each other about course work, group work or even communicating with people. Leeds as a city is very calm and welcoming. It has some very good tourist places such as the museum, the cricket stadium etc. It has a warm environment and people here are extremely kind to each other. Yorkshire is quite a nice place in the UK and has some great places to visit in your spare time.
Are there any experiences outside of your studies that you have particularly enjoyed? e.g. participation in extra-curricular activities or groups, nightlife, the region’s historic places of interest.
On both a personal and professional level, participating in various voluntary jobs has enhanced my whole experience of staying in Leeds and studying here. I have worked as a part-time tutor to students in grades 6-9 and taught physics and English online. It was an amazing experience in its own right and has helped me to support myself in my own small way. I also worked as a researcher for The Times group and collected data for them in the University of Leeds. Interacting with people from different cultures and gathering their feedback on the University was a great experience and meant that results could be used to make the University even better.
Would you recommend the Business School to others who are considering studying here?
I would definitely recommend Leeds University Business School to people who are aspiring to come here as it offers quality education, great multicultural exposure and extensive knowledge to students; not only in class but outside the classroom as well.