My name is Tendayi Rodwell Madziwa and I graduated with an MSc in Supply Chain Management in 2018. The MSc that’s offered at Aston University is very attractive to employers because of the modules that the course offers – Aston is one the best UK Universities for this course. I liked studying Project Management, Operations Management, and Strategic Finance modules. Recently, Supply Chain Management has become one of the most important business functions within firms. It is also of increasing importance with the Brexit uncertainties.
I am currently a Graduate Researcher intern with Aston’s Careers and Placements team. As part of my internship, I’ve worked on a number of things that will boost my employability skills:
- Collecting and analysing student data which has given me research experience.
- Providing graduates with information about employment opportunities.
- Working in a project team which has improved my confidence and interpersonal skills when communicating with stakeholders.
I did my undergraduate studies with the University of Wolverhampton where I obtained a BA (Hons) in Social Care & Social Policy and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education. In my undergraduate course, we had modules on public sector commissioning; this is what motivated me to pursue a Masters qualification.
My aim is to work in Public Sector Procurement in areas such as inventory management, buying, supply chain analyst, demand and production planning. In the longer term, I am also interested in pursuing a career in training, lecturing or teaching.
To help me achieve my goals, I have had a number of careers guidance appointments with the Careers and Placements team. In these appointments I have started to work on a Career Action Plan, in which I have assessed what I know about myself already and how this relates to my specific career goals. It has also helped me to identify considerations such as whether I have sufficient experience to apply for certain roles. Also, I have reviewed my CV and cover letter with a Careers Consultant. These have enabled me to narrow down the list of employers with whom I am interested in working and to tailor the applications I am making.
Written by Tendayi Madziwa