About My Degree: Management and European Languages by Anna Bonapersona

Hi, I’m Anna and I’m an Italian student at Lancaster University. Since I was only a child, I have been dreaming of living in the UK. The first time I have been to this country was at the age of 16, when I came in contact this magnificent and fascinating culture and from that moment, I knew I wanted to move to the UK, and I started to look for degree programmes.

The year before applying for universities, I was studying foreign languages at A-Level while I was volunteering in a canteen for poor people that got shut down only a few months later. The thoughts I had when this happened are still very vivid in my mind: Why has this big organisation been closed? Was it due to a managerial problem? What if, things were handled in a different way?

All these questions were the root of my interest in management studies, and I wanted to find out more about this subject and all the issues behind it. That was the reason why Lancaster University was my first choice. Indeed, it is one of the few institutions that allowed me to combine two of my passions: languages and management.

Therefore, I get to learn modules from both the Management School such as Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, and the department of Languages and Cultures. This opportunity made me realise how important is nowadays to understand the value of different perspectives and experiences in a globalised world.

In this regard, I was able to take part in the Global Leader Experience in Boston (Massachusetts), a programme aims to develop the ability to lead from an international point of view. Thanks to the LUMS careers team, they supported me throughout all the application process and helped me to win a scholarship, I got the opportunity to join this worthwhile project which allowed me to travel around a different culture, establish new networks with future employers and add useful skills to my CV. As if that wasn’t enough, I was able to meet and speak to leaders from various organisations such as Boston Police Department, Boston City Hall, Horizons for Homeless Children and many more.

Currently I am in my third year, working in Wuppertal, Germany. As part of my degree, I could choose to either study in a German partner university or work for a company. My decision came from a personal willingness to gain valuable work experience that could benefit my future career, and as a result, I ended up in doing a placement in Online Marketing for international e-commerce.

Once again, thanks to Lancaster University, I was able to combine my main interests and put them in practice in a real working environment. As a matter of fact, I could improve my language level and learn more about international marketing and management. Finally, I have been offered a job to work for the company after my graduation.

To sum up, I can strongly agree that these three years have been the best ones of my life, and even though challenges and difficulties were a daily occurrence, there is not one single thing that I wouldn’t do again because Lancaster University made me become the person I am today, and I cannot be more grateful.