Hi, my name is Aleksandra and I am from Poland, currently on a final year of BBA International Business Management (Spain). It is a four-year double degree where I spent two years in Lancaster and then another two at ICADE Business School in Madrid. As part of the course at the end of the third year, I also had to undertake a 6-month work placement and I was offered a position at a Spanish consulting company in Madrid. Thanks to this program, I have also gained professional fluency in English and Spanish.
What I´ve loved about Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is the variety of modules and the focus on practical skills. Every module was split into weekly lectures followed by seminars where we were solving real-life cases. I especially enjoyed seminars, because classes were small (about 15 students) so that professors could answer all your doubts.
Additionally, LUMS runs workshops and 1:1 sessions helping students with math issues or language skills. I found them helpful before the examination sessions. The LUMS Careers offers numerous employability seminars such as “how to boost your CV” or invites companies for networking events and to give insights into the roles. Every student has also access to the Careers portal where you can take mock tests and prepare for interviews.
One of my favorite modules was Management and Consulting Practice and Critique involving diagnosing organizations through small-group live consulting projects with business clients. I gained first-hand experience of business issues, project management skills and better insight into team dynamics and interpersonal relationships, which is especially important during working in multicultural groups. Thanks to this module I realized that consulting career is the direction I want to follow.
Also, at the beginning we were encouraged to obtain The Lancaster Award which I achieved by participating in campus life, workshops, volunteering or undertaking a part-time job. It recognizes your employability skills and involvement in personal development.
Another great thing to consider is joining societies that allow you to start a new hobby and meet new friends. And here I have found my favorite one as well: Ballroom Dancing Society! I have been dancing since I was 5 years old and finding a place where I could continue my passion after moving abroad was amazing.
After the second year, I moved to Spain to continue my degree at ICADE Business School in Madrid. It´s a private university, where the teaching approach is different, as most of the workload you are supposed to do in the classroom and there are more assignments and group projects throughout the year, but less weighted. You get assigned to a class of around 50 students and it is your group for the whole year.
Joining Lancaster University´s been the best decision in my life. It provides you with the knowledge and abilities you need to succeed in your future career. It´s a place that broadens your horizons and teaches you how to be the best version of yourself.