Student Case Studies: Joe

Joe – 2nd Year BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations student 2017/18 Joe’s advice to new students is that you should not be intimidated by using the Careers Service: “It’s a two way street – you have to come to Careers for them to help you but they will help you a lot if you turn up….it will boost your confidence and give you the ability to go out there and say what you can give to other people.” Joe’s journey to Lancaster University Joe attended his local state secondary school then sixth form college in South Birmingham. His health …

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Student Case Studies: Aisha

Aisha – 1st Year BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy student 2017/18  Aisha strongly recommends Careers to other students:  “If they just look into what Careers can offer, they’ll start getting into it – looking into one thing, they’ll find out about another thing. One thing leads to another and they’ll start to develop both themselves and their ideas for their future.” Aisha’s journey to Lancaster University  Aisha did her A levels at a Girls College that particularly encouraged aspiration to science and medical careers but she was uncertain about her future direction until she discovered her academic interest in Politics through A level study. She …

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Student Case Studies: Sam

Sam – 2nd Year BSc (Hons) Finance student 2017/18  “Careers at Lancaster University are able to offer resources that many other universities don’t. The resources and experiences available are invaluable and are there to be used, so make the most of them whilst at University” Sam’s journey to Lancaster University  Sam grew up in a tiny village in East Lancashire. At his local high school, thinking about going to university and into a graduate level job was unusual. His family and most of his friends back then aimed for skilled practical jobs but Sam was always ambitious. He went on to the …

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Student Case Studies: Kate

Kate – 3rd Year MSCI Ecology and Conservation student 2017/18 “If you can be open-minded about career paths and different approaches, speaking to a range of people can offer new ideas and can link your previous experiences in a way you hadn’t recognised previously, as well as developing new opportunities to consider in the future. It’s important to make the most of the opportunities available at university as they’re often not available to you once you’ve left, so don’t put it off!” Kate’s journey to Lancaster University Kate worked in various jobs after her A levels, before training in Forensic Science …

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Student Case Studies: Jonathan

Jonathan: 2nd Year BSc Economics student 2017/18    Jonathan’s journey to Lancaster University  Jonathan attended a small Sixth Form with a limited choice of A level subjects and was not academically orientated until he discovered Economics. Lancaster University attracted him because it offered independent study options, which suit him better because of auditory processing issues.    Not having done either Economics or Maths at A level, Jonathan had a massive learning curve when he first started his Economics degree course and early results were not encouraging but he stuck at it and was achieving high grades by the end of his first year.   The influence of …

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Nicki Smith – Capital Connections London

As a first year History student considering a future in teaching, I was unsure whether Capital Connections would be relevant for me. I was keen, however, to learn about graduate recruitment processes, and to identify key skills and experiences that would help me to stand out in the competitive job market. Even before the trip to London, taking part on Capital Connections already offered me invaluable insight on the graduate recruitment process, as I was able to participate in a mock assessment centre for the Civil Service Fast Stream. Hosted by former Lancaster students who were now on the Fast …

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Shwaib Malik – Capital Connections Manchester

A mix of first, second, and third year students spent a very enjoyable day in Manchester as part of Lancaster University’s Capital Connections program which offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain an insight into working at different companies in Manchester. The trip is fully-funded,and it provides students with a fantastic chance to discover what the city has to offer and the chance to make long lasting relationships with Lancaster Alumni. The first visit of the day was to the impressive offices of PwC where we were given an overview of the range of opportunities available to university students from the …

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Olivia Dunphy – Capital Connections London

Whether you know exactly what you want to do after university,  you have no clue, or you’re somewhere in between, I’m sure Capital Connections can provide you with valuable experiences and insights. From sitting down to start my application to connecting with people on LinkedIn while I travelled home, the opportunity taught me a lot and I’m so grateful to the staff, students, and alumni who made it possible. I knew I wanted to work in a career that allowed me to have a positive effect on the world (a rather vague and optimistic aspiration, I know, but bear with …

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