- Course: BSc Economics
- Year of graduation: 2014
- Job title: Rugby Union Player
- Company: Saracens
Why did you choose Leeds University Business School?
Economics was the subject that I most enjoyed at school so it made sense to continue studying it at degree level. What interested me most was the idea that studying economics would allow me to examine topics that have major impacts on the everyday lives of individuals.
Tell us about your course – why did you choose it? What elements of the course inspired you to choose the Business School/University?
Being from the south I enjoyed the move north and living in Leeds for three years. Its a great city with lots going on so I enjoyed making the most of what Leeds and the surrounding areas in Yorkshire had to offer.
What were your career aspirations when you arrived?
On arrival I really had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of a career, but knew that the degree programme and all the experiences along the way would stand me in good stead for the future.
How has your career progressed since leaving the Business School? Have there been any notable highlights?
I am currently a player for rugby union club Saracens. Making my debut for Wasps and scoring for the first time in the Aviva Premiership have been the big highlights so far.
What are your ambitions for the future?
To keep getting better as a rugby player and push for honours whilst continually networking and preparing for a career after rugby.
Do you think your experience and skills gained here will help you in your future career plans? In what way?
Definitely. I think the ability to work and get along with all kinds of different people, even those that you may not have much in common with, is a skill that can be applied in any career.
What was your impression/experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the student union, the City of Leeds and the region itself?
The facilities, especially in the Business School, were excellent and the staff were always enthusiastic and happy to help in any way that they could. Leeds is a great city and one of my favourite places. There is so much going on in Leeds and in the surrounding areas in Yorkshire so my advice to future students would be to not waste a day and make the most of everything that the place has to offer because there is so much.
What would you say is your defining memory of studying here?
I will cherish a lot of special memories but what I am most grateful for is the friendships that I am sure will be as strong in 20 years as they were the day I graduated. I would recommend the Business School to others. It provides a wide range of programmes and modules which means that students can always study topics that they are interested in. In addition to this the staff are excellent and this is reflected in the outstanding results achieved by students.