Postgraduate taught testimonials

Georgia Heathman, MSc Leadership and Management (United Kingdom)

ambassadorWhat were you doing before you started your course? In 2015 I returned to the UK after a period of travelling and working internationally in Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand. I then obtained a position at an international mining company before deciding to study for my masters in Sheffield.

What made you decided to study Leadership and Management at Sheffield? I had been thinking about studying for a business based masters degree for a while but wasn't sure what route to take. My undergraduate was in Chinese and History and I felt a more vocational masters would be a great step in my career. The 'leadership' aspect of my course really interested me, learning about the different functions of leaders and how organisations work. Sheffield University Management School has such a great reputation and I really wanted to attend a Russell Group university in the North of England for a different experience to the one I had for my undergraduate degree - and it has been great so far!

What has been your favourite module and why? I have really enjoyed the Managing People in Organisations module. Learning the theory and academic study behind the business situations I have already experienced in the workplace has been very interesting and I have loved the opportunity to critically consider why organisations and people function in certain ways from an academic perspective. It is very rewarding to be able to reflect on previous experiences in work and use that knowledge in active discussions and debates in a classroom setting.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying your course? Do it - and if you do, make the most of every moment. Don't pass up any opportunity, attend every extra careers event, apply for any activity that interests you, adopt the 'I can and I will' attitude, use every resource available. Studying for a masters is hard work, but the support offered to you is unprecedented and in terms of your career, it's a great investment. Go for it.

Constantinos Rigas, MSc Human Resource Management (Cyprus)

coastaWhat were you doing before you started your course? I completed my bachelor degree in Economics in London. Before deciding to do my MSc I worked as a Human Resource Trainee at Cyprus Institute of Neurology of Genetic for three months.

Why did you choose to study your course? Why Sheffield University Management School? I was always fascinated in the human element of organisations, people are simply the beating heart of any society and the primary driver towards growth and sustainability making it the main reason why I chose this course. I was intrigued by the world class reputation of Sheffield University Management School and greatly motivated by the mission and vision that come with it. However the most important reason why I chose Sheffield University and the Management School is the attitude towards critical thinking and challenging real-world situations with research.

What has been your favourite module and why? Human Resource Management is about exploring employment relations, motivating and developing staff. A module which includes all these components is 'Professional Development' which has been one of my favourites to study. The general vibe and structure of the module is really enjoyable since we are constantly debating and discussing different issues. Group presentations happen on a daily basis that allows students to enhance our communication skills and become familiar with real life situations in an enjoyable and engaging method.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability? The career services within the Management School have been tremendously helpful. They provided me with lots of employability material like employer handbooks and brochures to help me find the most suitable job for me. In addition, there is a website that just advertises graduate schemes, placements or internships  to help students increase their employability. Furthermore, I recently attended a jobs fair where employers came to campus to meet exclusively with Sheffield University students exclusively. This event helped me better understand the application process as well as giving me the opportunity to network with employers.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying your course? Nowadays organisations tend to overlook people for profits and share prices. Human Resource management is all about people. If the thought of understanding and researching the links between people, motivation and organisation performance excites you, then Human Resource Management is the right course for you!

Chiara Dalla Libera, MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management (Italy)

asfsdfWhat were you doing before you started your course? I graduated in Spanish and English language and literature in Italy in 2008. Afterwards I travelled around Europe for two years thanks to the Erasmus Mundus Programme: I completed my MA in "Crossways in Cultural Narratives" in 2010, a joint interdisciplinary degree in European studies issued by the Universities of Siantago de Compostela, Sheffield and Nova Lisboa. Afterwards I stayed in Lisbon where I worked for five years as account manager in a private aviation company and as administative assistant as the University of Nova Lisboa.

Why did you choose to study your course? Why Sheffield University Management School? I was looking for a career change and when I read the description of the MSc CCI I realised it was exactly what I was looking for. Moreover, I had already studied at the University of Sheffield for a semester with the Erasmus Mundus programme and I had a very good experience. The fact that my MSc is in the Management School was an additional reason: it was important to me that the course had high chances of employability and I wanted a business oriented attitude and knowledge.

What do you like most about the city and why? You can have it all: a vibrant cultural life, a high quality university experience, a buzzing Student Union, lush parks, easy access to the other major British cities and so on. Sheffield is big enough to have lots of cultural venues, but small enough to be friendly and with everything at walking distance.

How do you feel the Management School has helped increase your employability? I've already had my CV and cover letter checked by the Employability Hub as well as attending various networking events, workshops and courses for the 'Employability Passport' as I would like to do a company-based dissertation project. There are countless opportunities to boost your CV and to increase your employability; you just have to take part!

Jessica Pickard, MSc Occupational Psychology (UK)

Occupational Psychology SheffieldWhat were you doing before you started your course?
I graduated from Newcastle University with my BSc degree in Psychology. Following that I spent some time gaining work experience, and I also travelled for six months around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Why did you choose to study your course?
Following my undergraduate degree I was interested to pursue a career within Clinical Psychology. However after gaining some experience in the field I realised it wasn’t the right option for me and started to explore other areas of Psychology. I did a lot of research into Occupational Psychology, spoke to students currently studying the MSc at Sheffield and read job profiles of current Occupational Psychologists and the varied roles within the discipline. This, coupled with my experience of working in different organisations, inspired me and assisted in my desire to pursue a career in Occupational Psychology, and contribute to improving the wellbeing of employees. In addition, the course is the first step towards my long term ambition of chartered psychologist status and registration as an Occupational Psychologist, and it will enable me to develop practical skills and knowledge to become successful in the field. I chose to study for my Occupational Psychology Masters at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) because of its recognised reputation as a centre of excellence, and also for its friendly and supportive community with dedicated staff who are leaders in their field. I was also attracted by the small class sizes and combination of the interactive teaching programme and research project within an organisation to provide real-world work experience.

What have you most enjoyed about your course/student experience so far?
I have really enjoyed the broad range of modules within my course, enabling me to gain an insight into the different areas of Occupational Psychology and experience its diverse and applicable nature. The interactive and practical element of the lectures have been stimulating and inspiring, and helped develop my communication and critical thinking skills whilst increasing my knowledge and understanding of the field. The support from the staff has really enhanced my experience so far, and it has been fantastic getting to know the other students on my course, both working together during group discussions and projects, and socialising outside of lectures.

What has been your favourite module?
This is a difficult question! The modules that we have been taught so far (including Personnel Selection, Work Systems and Human Factors, and Organisational Behaviour) have all been very interesting and insightful, and really highlighted how diverse Occupational Psychology is. I have particularly enjoyed analysing case studies of past and current workplace issues, and learning how to enhance the wellbeing of employees at work and the effectiveness of organisations.

What do you like most about the city?
What I love about Sheffield is that it is a very student friendly, safe and vibrant city with lots going on, and an abundance of great cafes, bars and restaurants. The fact that it’s a small city makes it easy to navigate by foot (as long as you don’t mind the hills too much – but that’s another bonus as they keep you fit!), and where public transport is necessary, it is cheap and easily accessible and there are excellent transport links to other cities in the UK. Furthermore, Sheffield is the ‘greenest’ city in the UK and is situated on the edge of the beautiful Peak District, where I have enjoyed some excellent walks and cycling.

What do you want to do when you graduate?
There are so many exciting career options within Occupational Psychology and at the moment I am still not entirely sure which specific direction I will take. However following graduation I hope to gain a role within a consultancy and utilise the knowledge and skills I have gained throughout my Masters course, eventually working towards gaining chartership and becoming a successful practitioner within the field.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub?
The Management School has so far provided many opportunities to enhance my employability. They keep students informed of work experience opportunities, careers events and employer presentations within the school and are very supportive in gaining placements within companies to conduct research projects. I have attended several of the skills workshops associated with writing persuasive CVs and job applications, and being successful in interviews. In addition, there is a module on my course dedicated to practitioner skills and professional insights which focuses on developing skills ready for practice in Occupational Psychology. Examples of some of the sessions include presentation skills, team working, business strategy and also career workshops with guest speakers currently working in the field.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying your course?
First of all, I would highly recommend the course! Ensure you do lots of research into it, the city and Occupational Psychology in general to ensure it is the best option for you, and don’t hesitate to contact the school before applying if you have any questions or concerns. Importantly, make good use of the support available throughout the application process – such as speaking to current students who are happy to help and share their experience of the course with you. Unfortunately, I wasn’t available to attend the open day for the Occupational Psychology Masters, but the Management School was very accommodating and I arranged to visit at another time. I was welcomed by the director of my course who showed me round the school which gave me a great insight into its friendly, supportive learning environment. Ensure you make the most of all the fantastic opportunities the School offers throughout your course such as the skills workshops and networking events. Finally, be prepared to work hard, but to also have an exciting, rewarding year that will enhance both your knowledge and practical skills and prepare you for a career in Occupational Psychology.

Catalina Rozmarin, MSc Leadership and Management (Romanian-Swiss)

Sheffield Leadership Management Catalina RozmarinWhat were you doing before you started your course?
Before starting my Masters course in Leadership and Management, I was a Business Management student for three years, graduating from the University of Sheffield. I have dual nationality which makes me both Romanian and Swiss.

Why did you choose to study your course?
After I finished my BA Business Management, I was motivated to continue with a course that is broad, diverse, and will not limit me to a particular profession. Leadership and Management was the perfect choice for me in terms of those criteria. The modules on the course cover all aspects of business, from leadership to human resources and strategy formation. Leadership and Management is a relatively new, very engaging degree, and has surpassed my expectations. I decided to continue at the University of Sheffield because I enjoyed an amazing student experience during my undergraduate degree. I have met students from very diverse backgrounds, and joined various societies and projects I wished to continue with in social enterprise (Enactus), graphic design (graphCAD), international exchange organisation (AIESEC) as well as sports. Additionally, the Management School is in the top one per cent worldwide due to its Triple Crown accreditation, which makes it a great place to have a degree from.

What have you most enjoyed about your course/student experience so far?
My favourite part of the course has been the variety in subjects and teaching methods (from seminar group discussions to online simulations) which make the modules very engaging. The academic side of my course is certainly stimulating, but my student experience has been enriched by the students (now friends) I have met from all over the globe. I am myself an international student, having lived in three different countries, and I value the diversity of my course and campus. It is also very easy to make friends and network in the Management School café and at the frequent events the University and Management School organise throughout the year.

What has been your favourite module and why?
Foundations in Leadership and Teamwork have been my favourite module so far because the size of the class was small enough to easily engage in discussions and to get to know other people. It has also been very interesting and varied, with the latest research in leadership being discussed. It is also a module that is not usually taught in regular Management degrees; hence it is great to discover a new and fascinating area of business studies.

What do you like most about the city and why?
The city of Sheffield has really captivated me and was another reason I chose to stay at the University for my Masters degree. I love that the locals are so friendly to students, and being a huge foodie, I love that there are so many quality places where to eat in Sheffield. It is also great to live in a place that has the services of a large city in terms of things to do and places to go, as well as having large areas of green space that make it so pleasant to live in.

What do you want to do when you graduate?
When I graduate I would like to pursue a career in Human Resources or start my own business and, most of all, travel the world.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub?
The Management School has been great in increasing my employability. Not only is the degree from a Triple Crown accredited school which has a good reputation with employers, but it also provides me theoretical and practical business skills. The Employability Hub regularly puts on events to network with employers, and provides support to improve job application skills which are invaluable in today’s competitive market. Additionally, taking part in activities outside the course make me stand out by demonstrating practical skills in various roles in social enterprise, marketing, and leadership.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying your course? My advice to prospective students is to embrace the experience and the various nationalities that will surround you as it will enrich your world view. I would also encourage every new student to try as many new things as possible and get involved with the many societies and clubs the University offers to get the most out of your time here.

Shaheen Chaudry, MSc Management (UK)

SasheenWhat were you doing before you started your course? I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2012 with a BA in Modern Languages. I then pursued a job in sales for Ferrero Rocher and was promoted to Business Development Manager that year after consistently having one of the highest ROIs in the UK.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I soon realised, whilst working, that exposure in other areas of a business was essential for my motivation, I also wanted more responsibility and to work in man-management. Investing in my personal development was important in order to be competitive in such a difficult employment climate. Employers value a business-related Masters and combining this with work experience will ultimately lead to success.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I live in Sheffield and I have an alliance with the University, so it made sense to continue here. I know the system and I enjoyed everything about my undergraduate degree.
Nowadays, employers want people who have the whole package. This course gives that. With the diversity of the modules offered on this MSc Management, an all-round knowledge of general management can be learnt making graduates very appealing to companies. An understanding of all departments within a business is essential in making successful decisions and Sheffield University Management School provides a course that sees the ‘whole picture’. When enquiring about the MSc, I was told about the company project dissertation; this was the winning factor for me. I wanted to make an impact and do something that really could make a difference in the business world.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? I initially came to this university for my undergraduate degree as it was consistently in the Times Top 20 and part of the Russell Group. My experience here prompted me to come back and study; the friendly environment and activities on offer also made my decision easier. In terms of the Management School, hearing that it had become Triple Crown accredited and placed emphasis on careers opportunities gave me all the more reason to study here.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I have enjoyed all my modules. I have liked that I have been taken out of my comfort zone but given the opportunity to gain high marks. Emphasis is made on giving you the grounding in theory and letting you be creative with the information to devise your own questions and answers. I have especially enjoyed the mathematical type of modules such as Operations, Accounting, Finance and Economics. Having done an arts degree in the past, I rekindled my love for quantitative learning and have based my dissertation around methods learnt in these modules.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? I love Sheffield – that is why I decided to stay and work here after my undergraduate degree. I live ten minutes away from the Peak District and most weekends I go out there either to walk, cycle or try a different local pub. I live within walking distance of many parks and I often run around them. The city has lots to offer in regards to clubs, restaurants and theatres so you are never short of something to do.

What do you do in your spare time? I had a lot to do with the university as an undergraduate, such as being a Student Ambassador, and have managed to continue some of these activities. I play intra-mural hockey and the flute in the University Medics Orchestra. I volunteer at a local Scout group during the week and go running and to the gym as often as I can. I have a part time job as well, so balancing social life and university life is imperative.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I took this course with the intention to run my own business in the future. In the interim I have secured a place on the much sought after area-management graduate scheme for Aldi. Progression there is very quick so I have an option of pursuing my own company or becoming a director within the corporate world. Both very appealing and achievable dreams thanks to the skills I have learnt here at the Management School.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? I believe I was successful in my application to Aldi because I could offer to them the refined skills I have learnt here from my modules. They liked the fact that I was confident in all areas of a business which will be needed to succeed at this role.
I attended, whilst applying to graduate schemes, careers meetings at the Management School with big names such as Ernst & Young and Unilever. The careers fair, advertised by the school, gave me an opportunity to collect invaluable information to be successful at the application stage.
The school’s Employability Hub has been a great service where I was able to make appointments with the careers advisors in the initial stage of my application. It also advised me and sorted out my membership with the CMI, another attractive feature on my CV.

Rafael Alejandro Vaquera Salazar, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Mexico)

Rafael SWhat were you doing before you started your course? Before coming to Sheffield University Management School I was working in a small company and, at the same time, collaborating with two friends on a start-up project.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? I chose to study here because the high level of quality in higher education and the easiness in the process for applying. Also, the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management was one of the few programmes around UK with a special module for Green Logistics and Green Supply Chain Management.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I wanted to rise my professional and academic skills in an area not well covered during my undergraduate degree. Also, I was interested to deeply understand the dynamics in the supply chain management, plus the logistical challenges that companies face in the current world.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I chose the University of Sheffield because of the good position it has in the Times Higher Education ranking, and particularly this course because of the accreditation that it has from several chartered organisations.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? Quite important. Times Higher Education was an important tool as it allows you to find out which universities are the leading ones in the country. The strong relation that the University has with Mexican educative authorities was also an important factor.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? No. It was a decision I came to by evaluating what I wanted to reach in the future, with the advice of friends and professors. Once I received the acceptance letter, I started preparing everything and here I am!

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I really appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm that the Professors give during each lecture, and also the pleasant social environment that the school has.
What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? The amount of green spaces Sheffield has make it special. It makes you feel like you’re somewhere really unique, where time goes slowly and enjoying the walk from one point to another becomes the perfect chance to think in whatever you want. A peaceful, green and still dynamic city where there’s something to do every day.

What do you do in your spare time? I participate in some Students’ Union societies, plus some exercising from time to time.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I would like to begin a career in a private company and start making moves towards doing a PhD after some years.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? I think the Employability Hub is a positive initiative that I have never seen before in other schools. The team has helped a lot of students in formatting their CVs, exploring internship opportunities, organising networking events, and other activities. I think is an important part of the school.

Is there any additional information you’d like to add? I haven’t regretted coming to Sheffield University Management School for a moment. I enjoy every day studying here, and try to make the most of the lectures and classmates. I sincerely recommend its programmes to anyone interested in gaining an excellent education.

Leen Batrawi, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Lebanon)

Leen BWhat were you doing before you started your course?
I just graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BBA degree (summer 2013)

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course?
I decided to pursue my postgraduate studies after I realised that I have a passion for operations and supply chains in general. Thus, I was keen to continue my studies and follow a career in this area.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course?
The University of Sheffield is among the few universities that offer my course – MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Also, it’s among the top ranked universities worldwide and is Triple Crown accredited. I believe that the School’s reputation plays a major role, especially when it comes to opening more doors to careers in the future.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK?
Actually, I was excited about coming to the UK and starting my new experience. However, I had some worries about what Sheffield would be like since I had never visited the UK prior to my course starting. I had nothing to worry about though – I have found Sheffield to be a perfect student city which provides students with all the facilities that they might need. People here are helpful, and the city in general is safe.

What have you enjoyed about your course so far?
The programme has increased my interest in the field even more. The module on green supply chains is very interesting, as it addresses the interaction between businesses and the environment.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects?
The Management School gave me the chance to meet several employers during the Careers Fair. Also, booking an appointment with one of the School’s in-house careers advisors was very easy and beneficial – with their help and support I have improved my CV. I’m really enjoying the learning experience at Sheffield, and would encourage anyone wanting to pursue further study to consider the Management School.

Anahita Kumar, MSc Management (International Business) (India)

Anahita KumarWhat were you doing before you started your course? I graduated in 2011, and in the same year I started a small business as an entrepreneurial venture. I have Nachos kiosks in multiplexes in Pune, India. I wanted to complete and pursue further studies, but worked for two years to get a little experience before starting my Masters. I decided on doing my Masters in Management.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? The UK and the USA were my study destination choices. I decided on the UK, as it is closer to India compared to America. Also I have relatives in London, so my parents were comfortable sending me abroad. Also, the UK has many well-known universities and the choices of colleges was larger for me than in the USA.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I always wanted to complete my education with a Masters degree. It is a worthwhile investment as it helps later on in life. I also wanted to learn more about International Business, as that is a field I want to be in.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? The University of Sheffield is very reputable and has a long legacy. Also the course modules I wanted to study were better than the other universities I was looking at. As I had applied for the scholarship offer, getting it made my decision to come to Sheffield even definite.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? I feel that the school’s Triple Crown accreditation is essential for graduates and for our CVs. To graduate from such a highly accredited university adds value to the degree and the course we study, as many conditions must be fulfilled. Hence one of my main reasons for coming to Sheffield University Management School was the fact that it has such accreditations and is very reputable.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? How did the School help you settle into University life?
Yes – I won’t deny that I was nervous to come and study, but when I reached Sheffield the people and the staff were so comforting and nice to me that I instantly settled and adapted. The people at the Students’ Union and the university teachers are so understanding and patient that settling in was very stress-free. I am really enjoying my stay here.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I have enjoyed almost every lecture, tutorial, becoming a Student Ambassador and meeting new people from different countries has been a great. The way we are taught here is different from the way I have been taught in India so the new experiences have been enlightening as well.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? Sheffield has really friendly people. It is a quaint city with loads of green spaces. I like the parks and the all the old university buildings. It reminds me somewhat of my home city – Pune, which is similar in many ways. Sheffield feels like home.

What do you do in your spare time? I usually go out with friends, explore new places and probably go for a coffee in the evenings. Otherwise I stay back at home, cook food and spend time with my roommates. I am looking forward to volunteering and learning a new language this semester.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I want to work and gain some corporate knowledge. I am looking at bank jobs as of now, but will also love to be part of an MNC or an FMCG company.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? The school has organised many seminars for international students, especially as to how to get jobs and work here. The Employability Hub as well has been helpful in the resume formation and cover letters etc. although I need to visit them again to get a few more tips.

Is there any additional information you’d like to add? Sheffield is a great city and the university makes it even better. I am glad I chose the University of Sheffield to complete postgraduate studies.

Read more about Anahita's journey to Sheffield on our blog.

Hayley Lam, MSc Management (Hong Kong)

Hayley LamWhat were you doing before you started your course? Studying Mass Communication and Journalism in Hong Kong.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? I wanted to take the opportunity to expose myself to a new culture, meet people from different nationalities and learn better English.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? At first, I wanted to study a postgraduate course after working for one year but then I decided it was better to study now. I was worried it would be difficult for me to catch up with study after a year of work.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I chose finance and management as my electives when I was studying in Hong Kong, and I find it is interesting to know more about management as it is essential for every company. I knew the reputation of Sheffield University Management School is high, so that is why I decided to choose MSc in Management.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? Although reputation is an important element for me, I also considered other factors such as safety, the environment and the University’s facilities.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? How did the School help you settle into University life? Yes, as English is not my native language, I was afraid I could not communicate with others fluently. Luckily, I joined the Orientation Week organised by the School, and it is a great chance to meet people, especially for training in English skills. Also, Orientation Week organised some activities and talks to let us know more about the school, which indeed helped us to settle in.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I enjoy the learning environment of the course, for example student discussions and mini-presentations, this is one of the ways that we can learn how to communicate and co-operate with others (which are important if we are going to work in management).

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? I love the peaceful environment here. People are nice and kind, and it is well-known that Sheffield is one of the safest cities in England. I am not worried about security and socialising.

What do you do in your spare time? Sometimes I will explore other cities in England, and also have dinner with my friends. But most of the time I need to continue to prepare tutorials, coursework and examinations.

What do you want to do when you graduate? As I studied Mass Communication and Journalism before, I would like to find a job that could combine both expertises.

Paapa Korankye-Ankrah, MSc Management (Ghana)

Paapa Korankye-AnkrahWhat were you doing before you started your course? After I finished my undergraduate degree, I took a few months to do some volunteer work while I researched for my Masters programme.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? I previously studied in Africa and North America and thought it wise to add a European educational experience. The UK was absolutely the best choice because of the language and the high standard of the educational system.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I wanted to study past undergraduate level to set myself apart and improve my chances of a head-start in my career.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? Firstly, I chose Management as my course because my ultimate goal is to become a management consultant. Sheffield University Management School was one of my top choices because of the name and prestige of the university, coupled with its Triple Crown accreditation, which makes it one of the top 1% of business/management schools in the world.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? The reputation of the school was a major deciding factor for me when I was selecting my Masters. I believe the the prestige of your school gives you an upper hand in a competitive job application process.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? How did the School help you settle into University life? I was more excited than nervous about coming to the UK. It was a new challenge and a journey I had never travelled before. The school has fuelled my aims and expectations positively.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? In the time I have been here, what I have been most impressed with is the experience level of the lecturers. They support theories with real-world examples that they have experienced personally. This puts context into a lot of the material we are taught.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? What I like most about the city of Sheffield is its safety. With the university running a 24-hour learning space alongside a popular commercial street, West Street, students are able to freely move around even at odd hours without feeling in danger.

What do you do in your spare time? There is never a dull moment in Sheffield. Whether it is the Meadowhall shopping centre, or the never-ending series of parties and activities in the city centre, Sheffield never fails to provide options to fill spare time with.

What do you want to do when you graduate? The idea of life after graduation centres around employment and career building.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? Through the initiative of the Management School to invite representatives and scouts from top global brands such as Delloite and Ernst & Young, I have an established idea of exactly what type of career I would want to pursue.

Monica Ruiz Vargas, MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management (Mexico)

MonicaWhat were you doing before you started your course? I was studying my undergraduate degree in Hotel Management and Tourism at Tecmilenio University in Merida, Mexico.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? Because many of the best universities of the world are in this country, therefore the UK has a reputation for offering a high academic level. Also, a Masters programme usually takes only one year when compared to other countries – they often take at least two years.
Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? Because I am interested in research and I want to be more competitive in order to find a good job.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? First I chose the course because I could not find something similar anywhere else – the MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management is so unique. Following that choice I did further research into the University of Sheffield and, noticing its global ranking and prestigious nominations, I had no doubt that it was the best decision.
How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? The school’s reputation was highly important to me. It was one of the main aspects I took into account when making my decision.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? I was a little nervous, but a few weeks before coming I got some tips about life here from the ‘Across the Pond’ agency and university and programme literature. This made me feel more confident, and as soon as I arrived I realised that there are lots of people willing to help you in the city.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? The course environment is great. I like the quality and the content of the lectures, and we have many field-trips to creative and cultural organisations like theatres, museums and heritage sites which make us understand better the concepts and issues we discuss in the lectures.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? I like the fact that there are a lot of students in Sheffield, and that it is safe. There are lots of services and facilities for students throughout the city, which creates a very good academic and social environment. Sheffield is also well located in the centre of the country, which makes other cities accessible.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy reading novels, watching TV series and going for short or long trips.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I would like to work for the Tourism Ministry in Mexico, specifically in the area of cultural tourism and cultural policy. I want to be able to make a difference to this industry in my country.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? The Management School is always informing us about the opportunities available for students, such as vacancies and special lectures or workshops where you can improve your knowledge and get new skills. It is something I appreciate a great deal because I feel they care about our career development further than just about our degree.

Is there any additional information you’d like to add? I am delighted to have chosen this University and this city, and I would definitely recommend it to others. As a Latin-American student I feel more at home with the warmth of the local people and the living environment of the region.

Alex Sumner, MSc Management (UK)

What were you doing before you started your course? Before starting this course I studied Law and Criminology here at University of Sheffield for three years.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I chose the management school as I got my undergraduate degree from this university and couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else, as I have enjoyed my time here so much. I think Sheffield is a fantastic city to live and work in so it made sense that Sheffield University Management School would be my first and only choice for my management Masters.

What made you want to do a postgraduate course? I wanted to diversify from what I had done previously into something which I know will give me really good prospects for the future. Management runs throughout any industry and business, so is a really good subject to study and will build on what I have previously done to give me an edge and stand out more from everyone else. I know that a postgraduate course will open a lot of doors for me and help me get into the career I desire faster.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I have loved working and socialising in the new management building which is just a fantastic space to be in. In regards to the course itself, I have most enjoyed the diversity of students that I study with and making new friends as a result of this. Also I would have to say the content of the modules that I am currently studying are really engaging and give me a sense of what it will be like to work to actually work in management and the sort of things that I will be doing.

What do you like most about the city and why? I like the fact that the city is really quite centralized, with everything you could need just a short walk or tram ride away. The fact that the university is also right in the middle of the city means I am surrounded by everything I could need. There is a really student friendly atmosphere which makes a massive difference compared to other cities I have visited.

What do you want to do when you graduate? After graduating, I want to get onto a graduate scheme in management and fast track myself into a senior role. I think a management course will allow me to quickly progress up through management as it is a strong educational background to have and completely relevant to managerial positions.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? The management school has increased my employability prospects ten-fold! The fact that you can demonstrate an advanced level of learning, skills and qualification puts you in a really good position when it comes to looking for employment. The Employability Hub has been a crucial part in this as they have directed me towards some placements and have helped me work towards the job that I want after I graduate. The staff in the Hub are really friendly and it has a nice casual atmosphere which has encouraged me to pop in quite a few times whenever I have needed to ask something I am not certain on. As the only department to have its own specialist on site Employability Hub I think we are really lucky to have such a valuable resource.

Cindy Chu, MSc Marketing Management Practice (Taiwan)

Cindy ChuWhat were you doing before you started your course? Before started my course at the University of Sheffield, I was studying in the department of English in Taiwan and had a part time job in a doughnut shop.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? There are three main reasons why I choose to study in the UK. First and foremost, the UK has a stable economic and political status quo, which means it provides a decent environment for foreign students to study in here. Secondly, UK has a high reputation for having numerous prominent universities – as a result, there is a growing number of people who choose to study in the UK. Lastly, I personally like the history and culture of the UK, and this has inspired me to come and explore more about British people and their culture.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? It is mainly because just having a Bachelor’s degree is not competitive enough for finding the standard of job I want in the future.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? First of all, Sheffield University Management School provides students with a brand new facility on which the construction was only completed in June 2013. Secondly, Sheffield University Management School has integrated career services and alumni assistance so students are guaranteed to have help in finding a career or further studies after finishing our Masters. I chose to student the MSc Marketing Management Practice is because I want to explore and learn more besides literature, and marketing management is a more practical science which can be put in practice in almost every sector.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? The school’s ranking and reputation was a key element when deciding where to study, since it is a way that other people judge you either in society or when applying for a job in the future.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? How did the School help you settle into University life? The answer is absolutely for certain, and even though I have been to the UK twice before finally decided to study in here, I found it quite difficult to settle down. The School offered a guide in the Sheffield Train Station to help us reach the school accommodation, and there were assistants available at the campus giving help and advice to students in introduction week. Also, the Students’ Union provides programmes (such as the Sheffield Walk & Tea Tour) for free at weekends during this time to help people discover different areas of Sheffield.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? At the moment I find module tutorials the most interesting, since during seminars we are available to discuss certain subjects, issues or case studies with our friends, learn more while exchanging different ideas, and the tutors would be able to communicate with each of the students. That helps us answer questions we’ve thought of in the lecture.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? Sheffield is a nice city for both studying and living, for the reason that it has a good public security and at the same time it is a tranquil environment for students to study.

What do you do in your spare time? For most of my spare time, I go out with my flatmates either to have a meal in the city centre, or go shopping to Meadowhall. At the weekend, we participate in some events held by societies or sometimes we join ‘Give it a Go’ programmes and visit other cities in the UK.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I would really like to find a job or start a career in the UK. I’ve studied here, and it could be an opportunity to experience working overseas.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? From my perspective, the Management School indeed put efforts on this issue. For example, I received a box when entering into my accommodation which included information on the career service and, in introduction week, there was a speech which also discussed finding a future career.

Kathryn De Kort, MSc Occupational Psychology (UK)

What were you doing before you started your course? I was studying for my Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I choose my course because of its international reputation and the fact that the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) lecturers taught me at undergraduate level, therefore I knew that I enjoyed both the content of the course and the teaching style. This decision was further boosted by the Management School’s placement in the top 1% of business schools, following gaining Triple Crown accreditation. Furthermore, the university has good network connections with a range of employers, which is beneficial for my dissertation project.

What made you want to do a postgraduate course? I felt that my undergraduate degree was not specialised enough to allow me to work in the job positions I was interested in. My Masters course allows for this specialisation whilst simultaneously contributing towards stage 1 of the qualification in Occupational Psychology leading to long term career development benefits.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I have really enjoyed the interactive and practical nature of the lectures, regularly participating in group activities. Further to this I have found the lectures arranged with practitioners in the field of Occupational Psychology really insightful and beneficial for gaining an understanding of the application of course content in a business setting.

What do you like most about the city and why? I have now lived in Sheffield for four years and really like the safety of the city, aided by the fact that it feels much more like a collection of towns. The green park space is also ideal for social activities and exercise and all the local residents have been very friendly.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I aim to pursue a career within Human Resources in a position that allows me to work towards Chartership, which is my long term goal.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your employability, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? The Management School have arranged visiting speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, enabling networking opportunities and the ability to work out specifically what I am interested in, guiding my job search criteria. Further to this, the links that the Management School holds with a range of top employers will be beneficial when I apply for project opportunities. This project work will boost my employability as I will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that I can apply my knowledge within a corporate context.

Norihiro Yoshitome, MSc Management (International Business) (Japan)

Norihiro YoshitomeWhat were you doing before you started your course? I was working as an assistant marketing manager at an Israeli-based factory-equipment maker. My role was to research customer satisfaction, competitor products and technical issues that clients had, and to engage in the R&D project by providing research outcomes from the Japanese market.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? A Masters course in the UK usually only takes a year, whilst most of other countries are commonly two years. As I did not want to be away from work for a long time, a shorter course was suited to my purpose.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I carried out market research in the previous job, but it was limited to the Japanese market. Luckily during that time I had some chances to meet the production and marketing managers. I was excited to hear how these managers make decisions based on research conducted all over the world, with decision being made including which location is most appropriate for distribution of items across Asian countries. I was interested in decision making at a worldwide level, but aware that I am not fully equipped with knowledge and ability to deal with complex issues in a global business operation. It is a postgraduate course, I believe, where I learn how to assess the situation and manage it in most effective way.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? When I was researching universities, the University of Sheffield was recommended by my marketing supervisor at undergraduate level, because his former company has sent managerial candidates to the university. Luckily friend of mine I met in Japan was a graduate of the University of Sheffield, and she showed me what university life was like here, with the help of a lot of photos on her Facebook page!

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? School reputation affected my decision to some extent since it is just like brand which potential employers might consider. Universities of good repute are believed to provide good education. The University of Sheffield is ranked 69th in the QS university ranking. However, I don’t think my decision was made solely on the basis of the ranking, but it did help me ensure the credibility of the university after I narrowed down the options.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? How did the School help you settle into University life? Yes, I was. The support provided by the university is amazing. I was worried about making friends at the beginning but through the activities I took part in during Freshers’ Week, I made a lot of friends and I still hang around with them. Most of those activities were carried out by friendly (student) staff so it was easy to join and meet new people. Freshers’ Week also provided many introductory programmes in which students can get information they need, for instance an English course for international students.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? The course and components modules are all well designed. Tutorials are well planned so we can obtain the essential knowledge out of those, as well as how to apply our knowledge and skills to actual business situations. For example in marketing, we play a simulation game with computer software and discuss how to implement theories and research done individually whereby students can connect the useful theories and real-world business situation.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? Sheffield is well balanced. It is not too big, yet full of fun. Anyone with experience of living in a bigger city such as London says that foods and accommodation are relatively cheap in Sheffield (a pint of Carlsberg in a pub is about £3 or less!), but it is large enough to have all the conveniences of a city. For example, if you go to the city centre, you can enjoy shopping at H&M, Next and Primark, all the basic shops for students. There’s even a big shopping centre, Meadowhall where you can buy almost anything. There are many entertaining events in the city such as Halloween and bonfire night. There’s also a big national park, the Peak District. This is such a beautiful place that everyone must visit. There’s a bus to the Peak District which doesn’t cost much (only £4 or so for a one-day ticket). In a word, this is one of the best places for students who want to enjoy both city life and the nature.

What do you do in your spare time? I play tennis at the university’s club and also privately with friends. I also go to the debating society, and it helps me practice English as well as understand real issues from the real world. Occasionally I go on a night out with friends. The Students’ Union runs a music venue and it operates on a daily basis, covering different genres of music like hit charts, hip-hop, and techno electronica music. These events are simply amazing.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I am looking to master the practical implementation of the supply chain management function I am studying in my Masters degree at the university. I am particularly interested in procurement role in a manufacturing company. I have a background in sales and marketing in a manufacturing-equipment maker where I learned supplier-manufacturer relationship and all the negotiation skills essential for that relationship.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? My course is absolutely beneficial to employability. I’m looking for supply chain positions, so the relevant module is vital. I am also taking marketing and accounting modules which help me understand how to analyse the strategy of companies I am applying for. Another module, human resource management, gives me a lot of insight about the selection process of job application. Overall, I’m sure that I am ahead of those who are not clued-up on these ideas.

Is there any additional information you’d like to add? There are many work opportunities provided by the university. I believe all of them are great chances for students willing to know the way of work in UK.

Sikander Ayub, MSc Marketing Management Practice (Pakistan)

Sikander Ayub

What do you like most about your degree? MSc Marketing Management Practice was the first choice in my degree interest, the reason being that it offered teaching in key marketing areas such as Marketing Communications, Branding and Consumer Behaviour. Throughout the year, the course required us to be very active and creative, working on assignments on critical marketing issues arising in the present world. The course structure was designed in such a way that each subject was given enough time so students develop a very solid and rapid approach towards understanding and problem solving. As the course was accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), every student received a membership, which provided the latest useful information for marketing students. For me that was very helpful and made me feel I am being a part of something big and recognized around the globe.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? The University of Sheffield took me by surprise when I first came here. The department fill up the whole city with students which gave it vibrancy and a lively feel. The Management School is one of the best in the UK with recognised academics such as Bradley Barnes and Daragh O’Reilly. The best thing about the University is the diversification of cultures it offers; international students are respected, which I think is very important. In short, Sheffield felt like home.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? Throughout my academic career, I always wanted to do something creative and something where my own opinion mattered. My Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management provided me with a solid base of understating businesses and financial aspect of business management. However, it lacked understanding of what happens in the world outside of your business premises. The MSc Marketing Management Practice filled that gap and the nature of the course made me think outside of the box and develop problem solving techniques.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? Despite its excellent academic reputation, I don’t think students really know how good the University of Sheffield is until they experience it first-hand. My personal journey towards Sheffield was triggered by the fact that it has the best Students’ Union in the UK. This meant that the University offered a very diverse learning environment which was what I wanted. Moreover, the Management School is recognised by world-leading research institutes such as EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, leading to its Triple Crown accreditation. The degree programmes are not ridiculously expensive which also motivated me to come to Sheffield.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? I was pursuing my A levels at Beacon House School Lahore in Pakistan.

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? I hope to go back to Pakistan and start my own business in yarn trading and carpet manufacturing.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? I was an active member of the University of Sheffield cricket club. I was also elected as the Welfare Officer of the Pakistani Society.

What is your career aims for the future? I aim to use my experience and knowledge to develop an international business in carpet and yarn industry from scratch. If possible, I will pursue further education in Business Sustainability with the aim to make a difference in developing countries like Pakistan.

What do you like about Sheffield as a city? Being the greenest city in Europe, Sheffield is at the heart of England. The city is multi-cultural and vibrant with loads of activities throughout the year. The local people are really friendly and helpful. Its central location provides easy access to other big cities in the UK. Being the safest city in the UK, it is an ideal place for a student to study and live.

Oliver Raimond, MSc Management (International Business) (UK)

Oliver Raimond

What do you most like about your degree? I have really enjoyed the broad range of modules, allowing me to get an insight into many different business areas. This has kept me very interested in my studies as well as helping to give me a better idea of which area I would like to pursue a career in. I have enjoyed meeting other students on the course from a wide range of educational backgrounds and different levels of work experience. The very international nature of students on the course has also been a major plus both in terms of making new friends from different countries and cultures to actually helping understanding modules with students being able offer their own experiences of different cultures being highly beneficial.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? Having looked around other universities I really liked how Sheffield, whilst having all the amenities of a city, maintains a very friendly town like atmosphere. Another major advantage for me is the abundance of parks and proximity to the Peak District National Park, which is very easy to get to.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? Having studied BSc Medical Microbiology I realised that I had a very specific skill set which wasn’t ideally suited to a career in any graduate scheme job, which I had decided I wanted to do instead of pursuing a microbiology career.
The MSc Management (International Business) really appealed to me as it offered a wide range of modules allowing me to experience different areas and decide what I liked the most, which I could then aim for a future career in.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? Initially I choose to study in Sheffield back in 2008 as I did my undergraduate degree here as well. The reason I choose Sheffield back then was partly the friendly feeling nature of the city, as well as the high standing of the university. I also knew people who had previously studied at Sheffield and they couldn’t praise it enough, with a lot of them choosing to stay in the area after graduating.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? Before studying for the MSc Management (International Business) I was already in Sheffield studying for my undergraduate degree

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? After graduating I am hoping to get onto a graduate scheme or graduate level job either in finance or sales primarily, hopefully where I would be supported in gaining further professional qualifications.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? During my time at Sheffield I have been involved in a number of clubs and activities. I have been heavily involved in Sheffield Medicals RUFC, being on the committee as tour secretary for 2010-2011. This has been a large part of my time at university and has resulted in me making many lifelong friends. In 2011 I also took part in Bummit charity Hitchhike to Krakow for the Sheffield RAG (Raising and Giving), this was a great activity giving me the chance to experience Europe in a different way to a normal holiday whilst raising money for a good cause.

What are your career aims for the future? I hope to get into a career where I will gain a further professional qualification, possibly in accounting. I also have a strong desire to work/ move overseas, after gaining further experience in the UK, so am looking for a career where this is possible and my qualifications will be useful.

Pratyush Dadhich, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (India)

Pratyush Dadhich

What do you most like about your degree? My course, MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, is designed to focus on all aspects of business, green sustainability and low carbon future. In today’s business scenario, there is an extra pressure to be more socially and environmentally responsible and there are risks which need to be mitigated and managed. Then, there is the complexity created by ever rising customer demands and expectations, globalization, the pressure on cost, and the availability of resources. Supply Chain Management provides the solution of these issues by improving profitability, increasing revenue and market share.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? As the key strength of a management school lies in the collaboration between individuals from diverse backgrounds, I am continually learning from the experiences of the student they bring to the table from different countries. The helpful nature of the careers service, Student Services Information Desk (SSID) and personal tutors makes me feel like being at home university.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? Given the current skills that I had along with my academic background I realized that this is the field where I can make my presence felt in the long term. Based on the understanding that no business can sustain without effective Supply Chain Management which would primarily be dependent on Information Technology in the future, I wanted to better position myself in the field of Supply Chain Management with an in depth understanding of the concepts involved. After significant research on the academic options that I had and my interests I believed Sheffield’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management was the best course for me.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? Choosing Sheffield was similar to studying facility location in my logistics lectures! I had to do a tremendous amount of research. I chose Sheffield due to its reputation in the global market, value for degree, low cost accommodation and vibrant Students’ Union.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? I was doing my graduation in Computer Science and Management from Mumbai, India.

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? I intend to establish myself as an analyst in supply chain with one of the reputed FMCG or apparel industry. I would like to see how my knowledge and analysis can make the supply chain more efficient and productive.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? The Students’ Union is undoubtedly best in the UK, there are a number of societies which will interest you according to your likings. I am actively involved in the University of Sheffield Enterprise, Salsa Society, Swing Dance Society and Indian Society. I will definitely recommend the newcomers to join at least one society for making new friends and the international experience.

What are your career aims for the future? The career path that I have chosen allows me to influence the way an organisation's supply chain functions at a micro level, the long term vision is to be a thought leader in the chosen industry verticals and make an impact on how the industry works.

Sabika Raza, MSc Human Resource Management (Pakistan)

Sabika Raza

What do you most like about your degree? The great thing about HR is that it is about people. The most valuable asset an organisation can have is people. I am a people person and a great listener who loves to assist and advise friends, family or colleagues. I wanted to enhance and develop stronger concepts of HR that I have previously studied back at home. The best part is that there is something for everyone in this degree: For the logical brains there’s an analytical side, dealing with compensation and benefits and rewards management; for the ‘legal eagle’ there’s opportunity to check compliance of policies and processes, harassment, lawsuits and so on forth and thirdly, psychologists can look at Emotional Quotient (EQ) of employees, study human traits and personalities in order to recruit and select the best candidate for the job.

There are a lot of behavioural models, motivational theories, different management styles that we can use in future as a HR person to resolve issues and facilitate other functions of the organisation. But how do you decide which method is better? What internal/external factors can affect the decision? Is HR being an effective facilitator? I love doing research to find answers to these questions, scrutinizing impending trends and writing down these ideas in the form of research papers, essays and exams.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? There is a long list of things that I like about the city, the university and the people in Sheffield. Firstly, the city itself is very picturesque with its beautiful parks such as the Botanical Gardens. Sheffield city centre is very lively as it has lots of places for shopping and eating. In addition, there are two large theatres, the Lyceum and the Crucible. I also had the finest shopping experience in South Yorkshire when I visited Meadowhall, where you will find all types of retailers under one roof as well as a huge food court.

Studying at Sheffield has exposed me to things which I that not experienced whilst studying back at home such as an excellent career service, a highly successful Students’ Union and a reputed library – the Information Commons, which is open 24/7. Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS) provides excellent IT services, whether it is installing an anti-virus on your PC or if you want to download or synchronising apps on your smartphone or tablet which are integrated with the university network. I love the concept of a personal tutor, who listens to your problems or queries you may have and they can provides excellent advice.

Sheffield has cheap public transport, which is convenient for many students. Moreover, I like the tram service which runs throughout the city. Lastly, I found that people here are very down to earth and willing to help you – especially if you are an international student.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? I always wanted to go to a Russell Group university because they are perceived as being among the best with regard to academic achievement and place higher priority on research ratings.

My postgraduate degree, MSc Human Resource Management, is accredited by CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) that equips me with the resources and connections for my career progression. Moreover, I have the opportunity to gain further recognition in the workplace through a professional level of membership.

In addition, I was very impressed to find Professor John Arnold as director of the Institute of Work Psychology. During my undergraduate degree I studied from his famous book ‘Work Psychology’ and I liked the way he places emphasis on concepts and theories and integrating them with live practical examples, so having him as a lecturer in one of my modules was a great learning experience.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? Before taking the decision, I had done thorough research and had discussions with some ex-students and the feedback persuaded me to consider University of Sheffield for my postgraduate study. Another factor that made me choose University of Sheffield was the Postgraduate Scholarship I received for being an international student.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? This is my second postgraduate qualification; I already have a MBA in Human Resource Management. Before coming to Sheffield, I have worked at Shell as HR Officer and at Eni Pakistan as a graduate trainee in the HR department for one year each.

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? I want to pursue my career as a HR generalist straight after my graduation so that I can apply the knowledge gained in my postgraduate in practical scenarios.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? I am currently working as workshop leader in Give it a Go – Students’ Union and am one of the course representatives for MSc Human Resource Management, representing my class in the Staff and Students’ Committee Meeting 2011/12.

I am working on my ‘Skills for Success’ programme at the University of Sheffield. It is a series of skills sessions, run by graduate employers. They cover a wide range of transferable or employability skills, I’ve attended sessions on team working skills by BT, networking skills by PwC, project management by Rolls-Royce and cultural and global awareness by the University of Sheffield.

I was part of the successful peer panel that went for AACSB Accreditation.

What are your career aims for the future? After gaining my knowledge of HR from academia and its application as HR generalist in top organisations, I aim to be a HR specialist working in a challenging dynamic work environment where I can utilise my knowledge, skills and experience and the organisation provides me opportunities to learn and develop myself.

Laura Marulanda Grisales, MSc International Management (Colombia/Spain)

Laura Marulanda Grisales

What do you most like about your degree? My master degree was an incredible experience for several reasons. I really like the methodology, material and bibliographical resources used by my professors. Additionally, I believe that the programme helped me to develop a critical point of view of the current business environment and have a better understanding of different perspectives given by the cultural mix of the students.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? Sheffield is a student city and one of the safest places for living and studying in England. The University of Sheffield offers the possibility of getting involved in many different activities starting from sports to interesting conferences. Being a student at the University of Sheffield implies more than academic work, it is a personal development in every sense. I really loved the chance of being at the Information Commons during my studies, which is the largest research complex in the UK. In addition, it is important to mention that the university offers a high quality of teaching, an excellent quality of research centres and the strong academic collaboration with the leading universities worldwide.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? We live in a globalized world which brings new challenges in today’s business environment. Studying international management is becoming more and more important for future managers. Managers must possess intercultural awareness, strong leadership skills and develop relevant competences that the international management programme at Sheffield University Management School help to develop. This programme is aimed to prepare students from everywhere in the world to achieve successful careers.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? My decision was taken after considering four relevant aspects: Global reputation, research capacity, university facilities and cost of living

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? I finished my bachelor’s degree, then I worked for a marketing agency as marketing assistant. After that I did an intensive management English course at the same university.

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? At the moment, I am looking some job opportunities in the UK and also I am analyzing the possibility of doing a post-doctoral study.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? I joined several charity events managed by Unicef and some other charities. Additionally, I belong to the management society (ManSoc), the entrepreneurial society, the Latin American society and the salsa society. I have also participated in craft fairs, food festivals and skill building seminars, as well as creating the Santander Bank Scholars at University of Sheffield Facebook page and I am still joining the Santander Bank scholars group.

What are your career aims for the future? My career goal in the mid to long term is to conduct the business ideas I want to put into practice in Pereira, the city where I was born and grew up, because I would like to enrich the lives of the people who live there and To improve the quality of life, provide them with excellent jobs and an atmosphere to work.

Saba Sajjad Khan, MSc Human Resource Management (Pakistan)

Saba Sajjad Khan

What do you most like about your degree? The HRM course at University of Sheffield is accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. This course provides core training to gain a better understanding of human resources management in its strategic, financial and organisational aspects.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? As a new student at the University of Sheffield, I have had a lot of new and different experiences. Firstly, the university is a host to many different cultures and a variety of languages from different parts of the world. To witness such a mix of cultures I feel illuminated when I enter the doors of the different buildings.

Secondly, the tutorial sessions give an opportunity to each student for an interactive class; this aids in enhancing an individual’s communication skills and also opens doors to any doubts and queries a student might have from the lecture classes. It also enables the person to get a better insight to the subject for a better understanding.

Furthermore, MUSE is the best thing I’ve found at the university. Everything is accessible through one click of a button, from lecture and tutorial notes to booking a room in the Information Commons. It also helps in locating a person’s email address when in need and acts as a great tool to connect with a professor, even after university hours. This leads me to the personal tutor; each group has been assigned a tutor who aids the student throughout the year regarding any task, be it academic or personal. The tutor guides the student and helps them to become comfortable in the atmosphere. They also aid in building a better future for the student where career is concerned.

Finally, social events like the management party offer potential to interact with teachers on a communal level, and also help in networking across the department.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? My passion for this field ignited when I undertook a short course on HRM from the Pakistan Institute of Quality. Though it was a short course, it had a significant impact on my development and I gained key human resource skills from teachers who were also HR managers of the leading multinational companies.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? I applied to various top ranked UK universities, but choosing the University of Sheffield was an easy decision. The Sheffield University Management School has achieved Triple Crown status from three high-ranking business school accreditation associations; AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB. The University of Sheffield is ranked highly nationally and internationally.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? Before I came to the UK for my postgraduate degree in Human Resources Management, I completed my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Bahria University in Karachi.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? I am a member of the University of Sheffield’s Pakistani Society (PakSoc) and love to volunteer in most of the events it organises, helping me promote my culture to the international students.

What are your career aims for the future? Being a graduate from such a reputable university, I see myself in a top level management position where I will be contributing and sharing my knowledge and experience with others for the betterment of the organisation.

Martin Fuentes Robles, MSc Marketing Management Practice (Chile)

Martin

What do you like most about your degree? As my background is in engineering, but my interests are in the arts, getting into marketing was a logical step for me. Marketing is the perfect blend of science and arts when applied to business.

Having the possibility of discussing, researching, thinking, feeling and living marketing 24/7 has been the most exciting experience. My MSc in Marketing Management Practice is giving me an experience in the whole sense of the word.

What do you most like about studying at Sheffield? Sheffield has all the facilities of a big metropolis, but compacted into a small city. Moreover, the feeling in Sheffield is that of friendliness. Apart from this, if you are a music fan like myself it is the ideal destination – you’ll find endless possibilities for going to gigs and getting into the music scene.

What initially sparked your interest in the subject you are studying? I started working for an airline and in that job I had marketing related tasks, but they were of a numeric nature. As my interests are in music and arts, I decided to complement all the analytical skills I had acquired so far with a more academic point of view. It will give me the opportunity to develop a career completely focused on this topic.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? There were two key factors in my decision; the accreditations and ranking of the university, and the city itself. The first consideration was especially important because it is crucial in my career and represents an important investment – I wanted to be sure that I was spending my money in a good way. The second reason is because life is all about having fun and good times, so the choice of city should be one that gave me the opportunity to do so. Sheffield fulfilled both criteria.

What were you doing before you came to Sheffield? I was working in the biggest hotel and casino chain in Chile, as manager of the revenue management team. I was very focused on this, but wanted a broader view of the world so decided to study in another country.

What do you hope to do straight after graduating? As I already have work experience, I want to look for a job straight after my degree. The main objective is to start a career as a marketer abroad, not in Chile. I want to know many places in the world not as a tourist, but as a citizen – this Masters from a top university such as Sheffield will be a helpful tool.

What clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? My goal for next semester is to join the music society; I am a drummer and want to start playing again.

What are your career aims for the future? My main goal is very specific – being brand manager for Heineken. Otherwise, I would like to be involved in the entertainment industry, close to the creative side of the business in marketing.

What do you like about Sheffield as a city? It is a vibrant city and every time I go into the centre there is something which grabs my attention. I also like its size – I love the opportunity to walk everywhere, it is good for your mental and physical health.