I recently graduated with a Masters in International Business from Aston Business School. My reasons for choosing to study International Business at Aston University were:
- I wanted to gain a deeper understanding on how businesses navigate in an increasingly global market.
- It gave me the opportunity to develop skills that would enable me to work effectively across borders.
- The location of the campus (seriously).
Not only did I have a great time during my studies, but I also had the chance to gain and improve upon key skills and competencies, such as communication, presentation, and research skills. The individual research project (dissertation) was incredibly useful it equipped me with the right qualitative and quantitative research skills that ultimately helped me land a short-term research position with Aston Business School’s Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME).
Undertaking research with the CREME was a great experience as I learnt a lot about Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Ethnic Minority entrepreneurship, and the challenges and obstacles ethnic minority entrepreneurs face. Not only did I gain invaluable knowledge (and a changed outlook), my skills and competencies were further improved upon. I’ve also recently been working short-term with the Careers+Placements team.
I would definitely encourage postgraduates to undertake internships or any other short-term engagements as they can arm you with the necessary skills and experience needed to bridge the gap between graduation and full-time employment.
Now that I’ve completed my work at CREME and in Careers+Placements, the next stage for me is to gain further experience with off-cycle internships, as well as applying for graduate schemes with business and finance employers. To help me find my ideal opportunity, I’m using Bright Network, the Debut app, Aston Futures and TARGETjobs. I’m super confident!
Written by Nicolle Mudzongo