- Course: MSc International Business
- Year of graduation: 2016
- Nationality: British
- Job title: Project Manager and Business Consultant (Graduate Scheme)
- Company: Capita PLC
How did you hear about Leeds University Business School and why did you choose to study here?
I was already aware of Leeds University Business School prior to my postgraduate application; however, it was only after researching the Business School and the programme online, and attending an open day, that I knew the institution was for me.
I chose Leeds University Business School for three key reasons. Firstly, its excellent reputation as a leading UK business school. I felt that gaining a postgraduate qualification from a respected institution would strengthen my CV and make me an attractive candidate to future employers. Secondly, the MSc International Business programme itself. Ranked in the top worldwide and offering exposure to world-class research and teaching as well as strong links to a multitude of industries, the programme would give me the best academic opportunity to fulfil my career ambitions. Thirdly, the location of the university. This played an important role in my choice. Leeds is a vibrant, modern and progressive city, with a great mix of urbanism and history. Coupled with the nature of the surrounding area e.g. the Yorkshire Dales, this provided me with the study and living environment I was looking for.
Tell us about your course – why did you choose it? What elements of the course inspired you to study here?
The whole Masters programme in International Business at Leeds University excited me. Of special interest were the core modules of International Business Theory and International Strategic Management. In addition, I was drawn to the optional modules of Global Perspectives on Enterprise and Chinese Business, which coincided with my passion for the development of new business ideas and fascination with the Chinese context. These modules have equipped me with the business acumen and tools to pursue a successful career in business consultancy.
What has been the best part of your studies – what have you enjoyed the most?
For me, the greatest part of my studies has been the once in a lifetime opportunity to network and establish long-lasting friendships with students from a diverse range of nationalities. With students from more than 20 different countries, the MSc International Business programme is international in every sense. This experience helped me grow on a personal level and enabled me to develop finely-tuned intercultural skills.
What are your career aspirations? Do you think the experience and skills you’ve gained here so far have helped you in your career plans? In what way?
I have three successive career aspirations. Firstly, become a business consultant. Secondly, establish my own international business consultancy, specialising in foreign market entry to China, German-speaking countries and the UK. Thirdly, complete a PhD in a facet of international business, possibly researching a unique detail of culture or foreign direct investment. In gaining an MSc in International Business from Leeds University Business School, I have earned myself a ticket to unlocking the relevant doors to turn my career aspirations into reality. I will begin the ‘Lead The Way’ graduate scheme with Capita PLC to become a project manager and business consultant in October 2016. I can definitely say the experience has helped me in my career plans.
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.
- Course Representative for the MSc International Business 2015/16 cohort.
- Nominated for the Student Impact Awards 2016.
- Ambassador for the MSc International Business Programme.
- Highest overall module score for Professional Skills in International Business: 79.
- Highest overall module score for Global Perspective on Enterprise: 75.
- Highest overall module score for Research Methods for International Business: 82.
What has been your experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the city of Leeds and the Yorkshire region?
The facilities offered by the Business School and the University more broadly are fantastic and catered to all my needs throughout my time here. My favourite place to study was the Laidlaw Library. As well as being architecturally impressive, this library offered me a modern and inspirational space to study and discuss course content with peers. Staff at the Business School were extremely approachable and willing to offer advice and consultations when needed. The way in which lecturers really pushed for students to think critically and championed originality made for a truly enlightening experience.
Would you recommend the Business School to others who are considering studying here?