- Course: BSc International Business
- Year of graduation: 2020
- Nationality: Indian
How did you hear about Leeds University Business School and why did you choose to study here?
I came across Leeds University Business School 3 years ago, when I was in High School. I wasn’t able to meet the entry level qualifications so I chose to do an International Foundation Year and the next year I secured a place on the course, and was awarded an International Foundation Year Scholarship.
What is the best part of your studies? What are you enjoying the most?
My passion is International Business, so the satisfaction of studying it every day is great. During my time at Leeds, I have met a lot of course mates who have similar passions and similar goals. This has made my university life very happy and satisfying.
What are your career aspirations? Do you think the experience and skills you will gain from your degree course will help you in your future career plans? In what way?
After I graduate, I hope to be a project manager in the fashion industry, to develop my management skills and industry knowledge, and maybe even start my own enterprise one day. My university journey has taught me a lot and I am still learning. I believe one should never stop learning, and I hope I will be able to continue to learn even after graduation.
Have you taken up any of the extra opportunities available to you and what was your experience of these?
PASS (Peer-Assisted Study Sessions) Leader
I used my own experiences from first year to help support new students and facilitate their learning and integration into university life. As well as helping the new students, I had the chance to develop my communication, leadership, organisation, and teamwork skills.
Course Representative (University of Leeds)
Acting as a bridge with both students and academics, this position helped me develop leadership and negotiation skills.
Career Development Officer (Leeds International Business Society)
My role was to represent Leeds International Business Society contacting possible speakers and organise career related networking/events. This role has made me a lot more confident talking to people at different professional levels.
What is your impression/experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the student union, the City of Leeds and the Yorkshire region?
Leeds is a happy and beautiful city. The staff are very friendly and supportive, I definitely wouldn't have achieved so much without the support of my personal tutor.
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?
The transition to the UK was very comfortable, I was able to make friends right away because I made sure to attend welcome activities at Leeds University Union. I also recommend joining clubs and societies to learn new things and meet new people. For example, I joined LUBS soc, but there are over 300+ societies to choose from it’s completely up to you. It’s never too late to start something new!
Is there anything else you'd like to say?
My advice for future students is to always apply for new opportunities and try different things. I have been rejected before, but failure is part of life and it should never stop you from anything you want to do. You either win or learn.