PGDip Human Resource Management
Anna is originally from Ukraine, chose to stay on at Exeter to study PGDip Human Resource Management after completing her undergraduate degree here. She feels the CIPD accredited course and the outstanding careers support she has received so far, will greatly enhance her employability and help her secure a career in HR strategy consulting.
Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?
I had a great time here during my undergraduate degree from the teaching, social life and amazing people, to the beautiful campus and town, as well as the proximity to the seaside and generally nice weather. It was an easy choice for me to stay here for one more year.
What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?
I moved to the UK after finishing high school in Ukraine, in order to complete a Foundation degree at the University of Exeter. I then enrolled into the 4-year long programme, BSc Business and Management with Industrial Experience course at Exeter. As part of my degree, I completed a 14-month long placement in HR at UBS in London. I then returned to the University for my forth year and graduated with distinction in the summer. As I wanted to deepen my understanding of HR, I decided to study a postgraduate degree as well.
Why did you pick this postgraduate course?
My interest in the topic was sparked in the second year of my undergraduate degree, and it only grew further after I completed a placement in HR. This experience has given me a chance to successfully combine academic and practical HR knowledge. While I enjoyed it tremendously, I also realised that I still have a lot to learn in the field of HR, and this course offered an excellent opportunity to do so.
How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?
My favourite module so far has been Employment Law, as I found it the most challenging. It is a field I was unfamiliar with previously, but I was able to gain a lot of insight and understanding through lectures and the interesting assignments we were asked to complete.
How have you found the support services and the facilities?
The lecturers on the course are extremely supportive – they are always here to answer any questions or address concerns. They are also very accommodating to individual circumstances and always find time to meet with students.
Do you feel Exeter has an international feel? How does Exeter compare to where you are from originally?
The campus is very international, and it is one of the things I absolutely love about Exeter. During my time here, I have made friends from every corner of the world, an opportunity I would not have had otherwise.
What are your top tips for international students thinking about studying in the UK?
Use your time in the UK to explore the South West and Britain in general – it’s a beautiful country. Join societies and make friends with local students and people from other countries as well – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn lots about different places and cultures, and make friends for life.
Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?
I intend to pursue a career in HR strategy consulting, for which a CIPD qualification is often a requirement. Therefore, completing a CIPD-accredited PgDip will certainly contribute to my employability.
What do you think of the campus?
I absolutely love Exeter’s campus for how buzzing and serene it is at the same time. My two favourite places are the library, as it is a great place to work and has a beautiful collection of books, and Reed Hall, which is the place I visit when I want to unwind and enjoy the scenery.
How have you found the city and the surrounding area?
Most of all, I enjoy how peaceful Exeter is. It is a beautiful city with a lot of places to have a picnic with your friends, go for a walk or even for a run. The top places for me would have to be the Cathedral green or the quay, it is absolutely beautiful when the weather is sunny. I also find it amazing that the sea is just a 20-minute train ride away from Exeter, I take a trip to seaside every time I want to unwind and combat exam stress.
How is your accommodation at Exeter?
The location of my accommodation (Lafrowda) does not get any better – it is a three-minute walk from the Business School. My studio is nice and cosy, and has all necessary facilities. The staff in the accommodation are very friendly and always happy to help.
Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs?
I am a Peer Mentor for students at the Business School Careers Team. Having received lots of support from the team during my undergraduate degree, I decided this job would be an excellent opportunity to be a part of the valuable work the team does for the students.
What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?
The biggest highlight of studying at the University of Exeter would certainly be meeting my friends, who I am certain will be my friends for life! Exeter brings together unique people with interesting life stories.
Have you used the Career Zone? How has it benefited you?
The advice of the Career Zone professionals was key in my undergraduate degree, particularly when I was looking for an industrial placement. I have been an active user of its services during my postgraduate degree as well, attending employer fairs and events, workshops, 1:1 appointments and using the resources available online.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?
I would suggest visiting one of the open days at Exeter – it is a unique opportunity to meet some of the academics, other important staff, as well as current students, and ask any questions you might have. Moreover, experiencing and seeing Exeter first-hand is likely to make you fall in love with it!
Is there anything you wish someone told you when you were joining Exeter?
Get involved with as many activities and societies (academic or social) as possible – your time at Exeter will fly by, so don’t waste your chance to create great memories for life!
What would you do differently if you could start all over again?
I would get even more involved with different societies and university events.
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I am planning to work in consulting, advising companies on HR strategy and how to maximise the potential of human capital as one of the main organisational assets.
Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:
Unforgettable, life-changing, valuable, incredible.