"It really made a difference to my time at MMU, knowing that our tutors were there to offer help, provide advice and guidance and generally showing an interest in all students."
After I completed my degree, I began a 12-month internship at MMU in the business school, working on data enhancement and cleansing.
Working as an Intern provided me with some great work experience and also gave me the chance to really think about what career I wanted to go into, finance, in particular management accounting.
I applied for a small number of graduate schemes, as I felt it was more important to apply to companies that I liked and really focus on the application form, rather than applying for lots of graduate schemes and not putting much effort into the application stage.
I applied for the finance graduate scheme at Experian and was lucky enough to be offered a place on the graduate scheme and started in August 2014.
The University were instrumental in this. The careers service was brilliant; I attended their workshops on CV writing and interview techniques. As they are free to attend and the leaders of the sessions have some great tips, so it would have been silly of me not to take advantage of this!
Studying the International Business & Global change module also really helped me gain an international perspective in regards to business. Working for a global company, we have to be aware and conscious of the cultural differences and business practices, with not only our colleagues but also our clients.
I also enjoyed the group work I did at University and it really helps when in the work environment as you work with a whole host of different people on a daily basis.
I learnt which techniques and approaches were effective. These helped me when I began working, as I now believe that I make valid contributions and suggestions when working on particular projects as a team.
Communication is a skill that can be beneficial to students, as it is essential for success in the work environment and primarily at interviews/assessment centres. Every day you will be working with other people so it is important that you are able to communicate effectively and put your ideas across in an appropriate manner.
Take time with your job applications, think about what you want to do with your career and tailor each application to your job. It is clear to employers when applications are generic and copied from other applications made to other organisations.
Hannah Holmes in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, she was always encouraging students to strive to achieve their best, always set time aside for people and is happy to help in any way possible. It really made a difference to my time at MMU, knowing that our tutors were there to offer help, provide advice and guidance and generally showing an interest in all students.
The staff makes Manchester Met what it is, their passion, approachability and general positive attitude is infectious.