Priyanka Fernandes

"I loved that MMU was so diverse and multi-cultural, it felt like my own class had people from everywhere."
About my career

During my MSc in International Human Resource Management, I did my placement with the Marriott Hotels in Manchester. It was an amazing experience and even helped me to add valuable work experience to my CV. I personally feel it is very important for students to do a placement if possible; it gives you hands-on industry experience, it helps build contacts in the industry and it gives an added advantage to your CV.

MMU’s case study approach while teaching has taught me to think strategically. I was able to critique everything I did and so when a new position came up in the Diversity and Inclusion team of the APAC region, my VP suggested my name. Gaining these skills throughout my degree, such as supporting all my arguments with evidence, has proved useful for me during every day in my career to date. I secured my first role as a HR coordinator at Morgan Stanley in Mumbai, straight after graduating.

My top tip for students is…

I would recommend to current students and recent graduates to keep an open mind in any job you take, and to keep trying various jobs as it can take time and experience to find out what you are really good at. Also, don’t shy away from using your networks to get an interview. When you do get an interview, you don’t need to be nervous; just be yourself, employers really appreciate that.

I’m inspired by…

The one person who inspires me to achieve my goals is a fellow a classmate of mine during my time at MMU. He taught me that it’s never too late to do what you love and you’ll never achieve anything if you shy away from your goals.

Why I love Manchester Met

I love that MMU was so diverse and multi-cultural, it felt like my own class had people from everywhere.