Natalie has ambitions to work for a multinational corporation.
'What makes you stand out from the other job candidates in this hyper-competitive market is what Teesside University can offer – a real life experience.'
To fulfil my aims and objectives in my career I wanted a fundamental understanding of my chosen topic before entering the world of work. I think higher education allows you to develop and gain the skills and knowledge to allow you to succeed.
I wanted to go to a university where I would make a difference, so that one day I would look back and say I was a part of that. I want to give back to the community and help others on my way. After reading about the investment and development at Teesside I knew I would be able to achieve my ambition in making a difference.
Business studies was my strongest subject at school, I was truly passionate about it. Business management provides a holistic view of business, you can grasp an understanding of how organisational functions are interrelated. This is vital for me, as I have always wanted to work my way up an organisation to CEO or director level. In my course I have experienced all functional areas of a business, to help me decide which department I wanted to start in when I enter the world of work.
HRM: Contemporary Issues, because it’s important to understand how to manage people because without a motivated workforce there is no organisation. I gained an understanding of real contemporary issues of business and I also focused on one country, which allowed me to become more passionate on the topic. I also enjoyed the Business Dynamics and Problem Solving module, because it had real life application. Every interview placement that I was successful in was due to me talking about the application and theory that I have learnt within that topic. I could see the link between theory and real life application that I can apply in my future job role. I will also be doing a work placement for a year at GE Oil & Gas in Newcastle.
The campus is outstanding! The facilities are amazing to look at however, the services provided allows you to feel a part of a community. Teesside University is the future and the campus and buildings such as the Curve and the Library showcases this. Everyone is friendly and willing to help - excellent service. From the career services I learnt the fundamental basics of putting a CV together, cover letter writing and placement tests which have presented many successful job opportunities.
Restaurants and bars around the area are a great place to get together, especially as the cost of living is more affordable, you are able to experience the surrounding area on a regular basis.
I volunteer as a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader. I am intrinsically motivated when I am helping others to succeed in modules that they may find difficult by passing on my advice and knowledge. I also volunteer as a student director to DigitalCity, leading a student board team of four. I have gained real life work experience. I have the confidence to network, public speak, present and write professional emails. I have gained leadership skills, communication skills, set objectives, performance-rated others, motivated others, overcome challenges and team work. I have also had the opportunity to speak at the House of Commons, lead my own campaign and create my own network event.
I would recommend Teesside University 100%. I am proud and privileged to be a part of a fantastic university that is a cultured community for everyone. If someone wants more than just a degree but an experience, a successful job in the future, opportunities to excel and develop as a person, gain real life experience, employability skills while being a part of a community with all the support and encouragement you can get then there is no other university that offers a full rounded service. Overall Teesside University gives you the support needed to make the best of your upward journey in life.
After graduating, I hope to gain a career within a multinational corporation. My course will allow me to achieve my ambitions. What makes you stand out from the other job candidates in this hyper-competitive market is what Teesside University can offer – a real life experience.
Teesside University contingent to help inspire women in business