Business and MBA Graduate, Class of 2018 & 2020
“From the first time I visited Newman I really liked the family feel of the university, whereby every student was made to feel important, and valued. Alternatively, when I had visited much larger universities this unfortunately wasn’t the case, which made me feel that you were one of many, a number more than a person. Whereas at Newman, it really appealed to me that you could form personal connections with lecturers who not only knew your name, but were familiar with you as an individual.
Both the BA, and MBA, captured my interest as they explored a range of business practices that I held interest in. I felt that this would give me an insight into the full 360° nature of how to manage a business, whilst also allowing me to specialise in the topics that I developed a natural flare for.
The staff at Newman were incredibly supportive, and insightful, throughout my entire tenure with the university. They would often go above and beyond to ensure that I achieved the absolute most that I possibly could, and for that I owe them a great deal of gratitude.
For my work experience I worked as content editor, which allowed me to not only develop the theoretical skills that I’d been taught during my degree, but also allowed me to experience a real life workplace for the first time.
During my MBA I commenced on creating my own small enterprise, which I ran throughout the entirety of the qualification, and the years that followed. Whilst pursuing this venture I:
- Created and maintained www.unitedkingdomstraightedge.com, where I engineered a worldwide checkout service, complete with automated postage costs.
- Designed exclusive items to be included within the product portfolio.
- Engaged in social media marketing, in order to enhance brand awareness globally.
- Communicated with a global customer base, in order to secure sales, ensure client satisfaction, and most importantly, generate repeat purchase.
- Performed trend analyses, inventory valuations, capital budgeting, financial forecasts, and break-even point calculations.
- Ensured that a 5% donation from each sale reaches charitable causes.
I currently work as Head of Digital for MiGrowth, who are a specialist recruitment business, which utilise their own pre-assessment software to provide hiring managers with job relevant data prior to interview. I moved into this role having run my own ethical clothing company, United Kingdom Straight Edge, for the past three years, where I had shipped products to over fifteen different countries worldwide.
The theoretical understandings developed during my time at Newman gave me the knowledge and understanding of how to perform a range of tasks within a corporate setting. This along with the soft skills taught to me by my lecturers and peers allowed me to quickly adapt to the role I now hold. However, I would say that the most important lesson that I took from my time at Newman is the drive and determination to always keep pushing, and endeavour to achieve the absolute most that I can.
My advice to future Newman students is that the duration of your studies will fly by, so endeavour to get the absolute most out of your experience so that when it’s finalised you can look back with no doubt that you gave it your all. Ultimately, the work you do today will have an impact on your life tomorrow.”