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My international experience will enhance my employability

I chose the University of Exeter for a number of reasons: reputation, resources, size, and location. I was really interested to earn a master’s degree relating to business management with some type of international component, but personally, was not inclined to earn an MBA. A 1-year course studying International Management in England was perfectly suited to my goals and aligned with the direction I wanted to follow, especially in a foreign country. I felt that the modules covered in this program embodied the aspects of academia that I wanted to dive into, while bringing in my previous knowledge and experience to build a versatile degree for my future.

Prior to studying at the Business School, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic and Corporate Communication with a minor in Psychology, from Chapman University in Southern California, USA. Following this I worked as a Human Resource intern for 6-months at a global medical technology company specializing in non-invasive patient monitoring devices.

The University of Exeter is an exceptional institution with some of the best resources and the most incredible staff I have ever had the privilege to work with. I have benefitted greatly from both the lecturers teaching styles and time spent with professors outside of class. I have particularly enjoyed the Global Career Management module lead by Becky Kilsby and Claire Dinan. This course covers a broad range of practical information to specifically help students grow professionally in their careers, rather than just a course rich in academic information.

The University of Exeter’s campus is the perfect size, and with a central location it’s easy to walk into the town centre for lunch and shopping with friends, or to catch a bus or train for a weekend getaway. The scenery is lovely, the older buildings give the atmosphere character, and walking around the hilly campus is a great way to stay in shape and catch a break from sitting in class.

Moving to Exeter from Southern California was not too much of a “culture-shock” or challenge for me. I arrived overjoyed for this opportunity with a positive and open mind-set and with genuine willingness to adapt to a new environment. One of the biggest highlights has been the international feel of the university, which was exactly what I was looking for. Establishing amazing and lasting friendships with people from all over the world is something I will cherish forever and often reflect upon. I truly would have not had the same experience without branching out and building relationships with my peers.

My advice for students wishing to come to Exeter would be to do so with an adaptable and motivated spirit, taking time to truly immerse yourself in post-graduate life and establishing solid relationships from the very beginning. You need to be mentally and emotionally prepared to stay on track using time and energy management skills, whilst learning how to be responsible and fully take care of yourself away from home. I would also recommend building good rapport with your professors and to meet with them, even if just for a chat. The staff here are extraordinarily friendly, approachable and welcoming to international students, use them as a resource!

I have made the decision to pursue my career back in the USA. Before I leave, I am thankful for the opportunity to travel through Europe and catch a break before beginning the next chapter. I absolutely believe that my international experience earning a postgraduate degree from a prestigious UK university will enhance my employability. Conducting a final business consulting project,connecting local businesses and stakeholders interested in the future of Exeter as a city, has also provided hands-on, practical experience that will prepare me to effectively launch my career.

Clairre C.   Abeyratne

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