The University of Bristol Business School hosted a careers event for Postgraduate students in Business and Economics. The event included a workshop on how to build your network and a chance to meet other students to talk over strategies and share tips.
We took the chance to catch up with some of our students to find out why they chose their programme and what their plans are for after graduation.
Aastha Hingar, MSc Management (Corporate Social Responsibility + Sustainability)
Why did you choose to study MSc Management (Corporate Social Responsibility + Sustainability)?
“For my first master’s and bachelor’s, I studied business and commerce which was more focused on finance. Sustainability is something that I’ve always been passionate about, but I didn’t know you could have a career in it. So, I saw that the University of Bristol is offering a course, which is like a combination of both – so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to have a second master’s in something that I’m passionate about!”
What made you choose the University of Bristol, as opposed to any other university in the UK or in the world?
“After a lot of deliberation with my parents, I decided on the UK. I did have my choice between Bristol, Bath and Leeds. All three universities had good reputations but I wanted a Russell Group university. That was one of the most important things for me as they are the most targeted by graduate organisations, and Bristol University was in the top four that was targeted!
Also, the University of Bristol was the first university to declare a climate emergency, which was one of the most important things for me because often universities don’t realise how much of an obligation they have towards the environment and sustainability. But reading about it, I did realise that the University of Bristol takes sustainability seriously and it is in one of the greenest cities in the UK. There are more opportunities and small businesses in Bristol than in other cities.”
What would you like to do after you graduate?
“I’m still exploring what sort of jobs and opportunities are out there for students like me who graduate from management and sustainability. For now, I feel like a sustainability consultant or sustainability project manager or just having a better impact on the planet, not just the company’s profit.”
Chien Yun Kuo, MSc Marketing
Why did you choose to study marketing?
“My undergraduate degree was also from a business school and of all the business courses, I’m most interested in marketing so that’s why I applied to postgraduate. I also received an offer from other universities, but I thought that Bristol is a good city to live and study in as it is very comfortable and there are also a lot of international students here. Also, the reputation of Bristol is really good.”
Would you recommend your course to other students from Taiwan?
“Definitely. I would tell other students in Taiwan thinking of coming to Bristol to just come!”
How would you describe the career support you’ve been receiving?
“I think the careers service is really helpful and can give a lot of support to students studying here. This event is good for us to network with others who have the same desire as us”
Roshni Bhagatkar, MSc International Business Strategy: Global Challenges
Why did you choose to study here?
“I wanted a city which was not too busy, but would not be too quiet, Bristol was that. Second, it is close to London but more approachable. Also, the university’s ranking was really good in the world.”
Would you recommend your programme to other students from India?
“I would absolutely recommend it, not just because of the course but the whole experience. The support system, the resources, and the tools we have are really good. It’s not just me, I had some friends visiting and overall they found Bristol to be very vibrant.”
What would you like to do after graduating?
“I’m a little different from some other students as I’ve been working for nine years now. I’m an architect by profession but after nine years, I realised that that’s not something I want to do. I was always into business as well. I had my own small teams to handle and hiring and management for that, and eventually, I felt that I’m more inclined toward sustainability and making things greener. I wanted a career change and I felt like going back to study was the first step to learn more. So, my next steps would be finding a new job or a new workplace where I can do what I’m really passionate about – and that’s making the world a little greener.