Natalie inside the Esther Simpson building

Natalie Gecau

Why did you choose Leeds University Business School? 

The Human Resource Management course is not a common course offered at an undergraduate level by most universities. Knowing that this was the course I wanted to take, I began to look for universities that offer the degree at my level.  

The Leeds University Business School immediately stood out to me. Not only was it offering my dream course at my level, but it was also CIPD accredited, which would be incredibly advantageous for my career. 

What do you enjoy most about your studies? 

I enjoy the fact that my course provides me with an understanding of the links that Human Resource Management has within general business operations, through modules like Employment Law, Labour Economics and Contemporary Industrial Relations. This has also highlighted areas that I could specialise in. I have also been able to explore my interests in other areas by taking on discovery modules such as Forensic Psychology and Introduction to Psychology. 

Have you taken up any of the extra opportunities available to you?

I have been a LUBS Student Ambassador from my first year through to my final year. This role has provided me with an opportunity to speak to prospective students and parents by giving them an insight into what to expect at Leeds University Business School.  

It has always been a great pleasure to represent my university in the best way that I can. This role has greatly improved my people skills, which are essential in the managerial world that I hope to join. 

During my first year, I joined the Street Dance Society. It was a great opportunity to explore a different style of dancing from what I was used to. They would host classes where they took on a variety of genres. Initially, dancing amongst very seasoned dancers was intimidating, but they were all very accommodating and I eventually gelled in. 

I have also been a member of the East African Society from my first year. It was one of the societies that eased my transition process into my new life in Leeds. It was home away from home. In my second year I was elected Secretary. I ran for this role because it was important for me to ensure that all newcomers feel welcome and part of a family, just as I did.  

How has your experience been with the facilities, the staff, your peers and the student union? 

It would be an injustice if I did not mention how friendly the members of staff are. They are always eager to help and are very supportive. 

The peer-to-peer learning that I have experienced has been great throughout my degree. Collaborating with different students from different backgrounds has taught me a great deal. 

The University’s state-of-the-art infrastructure cannot go unmentioned. The lecture halls, libraries, and seminar rooms are all well maintained and provide the best study environment. 

What do you think of Leeds and the surrounding region? Where is your favourite place to go in the area? 

I have come to enjoy the city of Leeds very much. It is a vibrant and lively city with lots of entertainment, fit for everyone’s needs. 

My favourite place is the city centre. It has a wide array of shops, restaurants and fun activities. Most shops have student deals and discounts which are always a great bonus. 

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? 

I aspire to work in the Human Resource Industry. I am interested in creating effective employee-focused HR systems that still support the organisation's mission. 

I believe the skills and experience I have gained through my course will be extremely helpful in steering me towards my plans. To list just a few, I have been able to work on my presentation skills, data analysis skills, and even writing skills which are known to be vital in the corporate world. 

Would you recommend the Business School to others who are considering studying here? 

Yes, I would recommend the Business School. Aside from the quality education they provide, their focus on preparing you for your career is incredibly important to me. You are provided with numerous opportunities to develop and explore your skills, to make yourself more attractive to a future employer. 

In addition, all the members of staff in the different departments were helpful. In my experience, the lecturers would go above and beyond to ensure that all my concerns were dealt with, even if it required them to sacrifice a few hours of their evening to explain a concept again. 

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? 

Although the idea of moving to a new country was initially terrifying,  my sentiments almost immediately changed upon arrival. During the welcome week, the student ambassadors took us on campus tours, while others assisted with completing the registration process. I then joined the East African Society where I made lots of friends who eased my transition into university life. 

I would advise international students to come with an open mind and not to be afraid to ask for help. The University has a variety of events, clubs, and societies which would be one of the best ways to socialise and settle in.