I studied Business and went on to university to study Business and Management. I did my dissertation while working at the Hastings campus. It was on leadership styles relating to gender within an educational facility; which I achieved a first on so I’m very happy with that!
Before that, I did my internship with Enterprise. I have worked with Marks and Spencer, where I looked at a range of different sales figures when they first launched their beauty line. I’ve also worked in sales.
Outside of college… I love my cats! I’ve just enrolled myself on a corporate finance course, to help with different units and develop myself too – which is important and something I love to do!
I have been at ESC for two years now. In regards to studying in Eastbourne, students have a great variety of activities to do. A lot of my students work part time and a lot of their employers have told them if they stay for the two years then they will look at putting them on a management program which most of them are really keen to do.
It’s a really great atmosphere with the students; they mix from all different courses so the students have friends who are from different courses, they will mix with the A-Level guys, or with the people over in catering – so there’s a range of different friendship groups that go on. It’s a great atmosphere. They all seem happy!
I believe students should study a Diploma course, because if you love business, and that’s all you want to study, then why not? It’s brilliant in the sense that it covers so many functional areas. If you’re thinking, OK, I want to go into HR or recruitment, then you can study this course. If you want to go into event management – you can study this course. If you’re interested in becoming an accountant you can go on to AAT afterwards. It’s so broad!
It gets you to university, it gets you to apprenticeships, gets you to higher level apprenticeships, and gets you onto employment too, so it’s a winner!
One part of the course is Managing an Event, so if you’re really creative and love putting on events, then you will love this! We have done events for the past two years, raising nearly £2,000 for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice and Cancer Research.
We’ve done trips to Metro Bank where we see the bank manager and he gives us a tour and takes us through the apprenticeship and graduate trainee programs too. We’ve been to East Sussex County Council. The guys have also been on a trip to China which was great for culture and business. We are looking at visiting the Coca Cola factory and how different organisations and operations work within Budapest – so there is a lot going on. We have a lot of people coming in, usually ex alumni, who talk about what they’re doing now., We’ve had alumni work in global banking, accounting, and sales negotiators at estate agents, so there’s a range of different things.