MSc Management student secures graduate role

One of the key elements that attracted me to MSc Management at Lancaster was the inclusion of a dedicated Professional and Career Development module that aims to offer students guidance and opportunities to get ahead in the competitive graduate job market.

As the UK graduate job market for the 2019 intake was fast approaching, I felt apprehensive as I was unsure of what exactly I was looking for and how to effectively communicate my strengths to potential employers. However, within the first few weeks of beginning my MSc Management course, I was given incredible support with a one-to-one career advice session, online resources to help strengthen my CV and LinkedIn profile and an abundance of opportunities to interact with employers at graduate careers events.

One particular careers event, that was provided exclusively for MSc Management students, was a presentation by The Hut Group, a fast-growing global e-commerce company based in Manchester. This event provided a great chance to learn some application tips from a large graduate employer and also the opportunity to introduce myself to the employer and learn about their potential job opportunities.

I was particularly interested in the graduate marketing roles offered by The Hut Group and was able to secure a telephone interview off the back of this presentation. Following on from this I was fortunate enough to be invited to an interview assessment day where after I was offered a position within The Hut Group’s Ingenuity division.

I am delighted to have secured a graduate role so early into the recruitment cycle and the support and resources that are available through the MSc Management programme are invaluable in providing these kinds of opportunities to students.

Matt Hill, current MSc Management student

What type of writer are you?

We are all aware that we do things differently. I have this odd habit of procrastinating my research work for most of the morning and then working till late at night. No matter how much I want to break out of this habit…it’s difficult. I generally settle into this routine at the end of all my trying. There are those who start work early because they can’t stay sharp till late. I am not sure why we develop these different habits… is it something ingrained in us or is it something we learn… everything circles around that eternal conundrum, I guess.

But I’m digressing. I thought I had a rather unique way of going about my writing. The procrastinator that I am, I keep reading and reading reams and reams of literature till I see the deadline looming really close and I have no choice but to start writing. I thought this was a fallout of my laziness (which it might be) because reading is far more relaxing and exciting for me than writing…don’t get me wrong, I enjoy writing more than most people, but I can’t deny that writing requires me to give more of myself in terms of effort than reading does. So, I generally tend to read till the cows come home and then I start writing. The wonderful thing that happens is because I have read so much the words flow a lot more easily, I have more connections to make, I have more thoughts to bring to the table…and somehow I seem to know what I am writing though I am not conscious of having deliberated about it. I never really thought much about this as a ‘writing style’ or a ‘writing type’ because I had no way of knowing that someone else in the world might be following this rather circuitous path to writing…

So imagine my amazement when I was lately introduced (as part of my training to be a Student Writing Mentor in the Academic Writing Zone at LUMS) to the different ‘Types of Writers’ (Crème and Lea, 1997)…and there was one that resonated very well with me.

The Diver: The Diver as the name suggests simply dives into the piece of writing without any plan in mind. The Diver will slowly build up from there, writing bits and pieces that may end up in different places.

The Patchwork Writer: The Patchwork Writer starts with rough headings or section titles that seem relevant to the essay, and then works with these sections to build an argument. The Patchwork Writer may move around sections or drop them linking them all in the end.

The Architect: The Architect is the supreme planner. The Architect will make a clear plan or outline of the essay, maybe even using a diagram to help with the process. The Architect will also make notes about what would go into each section before actually starting to write the piece.

The Grand Plan Writer: And finally…The Grand Plan Writer spends a lot of time reading…and need to read a lot more before they can write. The Grand Plan Writer may be thinking about all the material at the back of their mind because when they finally get down to writing, the ideas seem to flow naturally and fall in place.

As you can see, I was quite surprised to find that though I thought my way of writing to be idiosyncratic, I very much belonged to a ‘type’. I must say I am not particularly unhappy to see my style captured so because it makes me a little less guilty of what I thought was simply a symptom of laziness and a tendency to procrastinate!

Do you recognise your type among the four? It’s quite possible to be an amalgam of more than one type, I would think!

For more about the types, and writing in general:

*Creme, P. & Lea, M. 1997. Writing at University: A Guide for Students, Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.

Guest Blog: Anjani Sarin – Career Support at Lancaster University

All my friends and acquaintances who wish to study abroad, keep asking me about the job prospects in the UK. I tell them that getting in the job in the UK is as challenging, as it would be in any part of the world. The job markets in the world are becoming more challenging day-by-day and I understand this but, I am no quitter and made the decision to try my best to get some experience from the UK. With this spirit, I decided not to leave any stone unturned. I contacted the employers who had rejected me due to the Visa issue and asked them if I could sponsor myself, I studied about the Visa requirements, applied only to the employers who had the license, but nothing worked. At this point in time, I was on the verge of exhausting my loan and had no job offers. I turned to the careers department of the university and asked them to help me out. They recommended me to apply for part-time jobs. To be honest, I hadn’t given internship and other part-time roles much thought, but an opportunity appeared, and I grabbed it.

I now work for an organisation which was established by an Alumni of the University, what’s more, is that I help them with social media marketing and research (my dream role) and it’s in the food sector (absolutely loving it!!). Another question that I frequently get is about the career support from the University. Well, my tale is one of the many support stories. I have graduated but I still get support even to find part-time job. So, the support is never-ending. You just need to ask the right people.

Another story could be my boss’s, Supawadee Pongwisaitat (Jing). She loved cooking as a hobby and after pursuing her master’s at Lancaster University in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Practice, she felt empowered to pitch her idea of establishing a Thai street food business (TwoThai– follow her story on the Lancaster University Enterprise centre page) to the Enterprise Team at the University. The rest is a history. She is the owner of two companies in the UK and has a separate brand of condiments and sauces. I work for the sauce brand Styles of Siam through which she aims to bring the flavours of the Kingdom of Siam (South East Asia) to the UK. She is working here on Tier 1- Entrepreneur Visa and recently won the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award with the support of the Enterprise Team. She describes her journey as a rollercoaster ride and the support of the Enterprise Team and LUSU (Lancaster University Student Union) as the safety net which she knew would guide and protect her through everything.

The support from the University is innumerable. I still meet my career counsellor for support with job applications. I am hopeful that things will work out just the way they did with the part-time job. In the meantime, I am just enjoying every bit of my work as it gives me the opportunity to be creative with social media and analytical with the research bit. So, all you people out there, the support at Lancaster University never ends but you do have to be willing to try your level best as well.