Nilaanjan

MSc International Management 

Nilaanjan joined us from India to study MSc International Management, with the hope to go into consulting when he graduates. Despite cultural differences between the UK and India, Exeter is now a home away from home thanks to the excellent support he has received from lecturers and the friends he has made.

Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?

I was convinced that pursuing a Masters degree from a reputable foreign university would best supplement my career aspirations. My two major considerations while evaluating universities were global rankings and overall cost. The University of Exeter Business School is not only one of the highest ranked institutes in the United Kingdom, but also offers generous scholarship opportunities to international students.

What were you doing before you started your postgraduate studies at Exeter?

Prior to pursuing my postgraduate studies at Exeter Business School, I acquired a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (with a specialisation in Marketing) from J.D. Birla Institute, Kolkata.

How have you found the teaching, research, lecturers, course content?

I have thoroughly enjoyed several aspects during my time here, the course content covers diverse aspects of management sciences and practices, and there are also countless optional modules available. The lecturers are also extremely knowledgeable, very well respected and highly accomplished in their respective fields.

How have you found the support services and the facilities?

The student support services and facilities provided are top-notch. The lecturers go out of their way to help us students. Also, the fact that all the lectures are recorded is a real bonus, as it immensely helps with revision.

Did you find it okay settling into Exeter / the UK?

The University has a really effective support and wellbeing system in place, which helps international students settle into life at Exeter smoothly. It was easy for me to make new friends as everyone here is extremely warm and friendly. Moreover, there are several Indian restaurants and stores scattered across Exeter, making it very easy to find Indian food and other items. You’ll be surprised as to what you might find here!

Do you feel campus has an international feel? How does Exeter compare to where you are from originally?

Exeter is very different when compared to India. The differences, however, are quite pleasant. The campus most definitely has an international feel to it; it has a diverse mix of ethnicities, cultures, languages and backgrounds. To put things into perspective, in my course alone there are people from over 17 different nationalities.

Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?

Yes, definitely. I feel that the academic learning and experiences that have resulted from the course has helped me grow immensely as an individual. I am certain that the course has enhanced my employability and I am much better placed to follow my dream career path.

What do you think of the campus?

The campus at Exeter Business School is extremely picturesque. The mix of contemporary and more traditional architecture is eye catching and moreover, the campus is always lively. My favourite spot on the campus has to be the -1 level at the Forum Library. It has a good mix of silent and group study areas.

How is your accommodation at Exeter?

I live at Clifton Place, a privately managed student hall. My accommodation is a 20 minute walk from the business school. There is also a shuttle service available right outside, making commuting very easy.

What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?

The biggest highlight of studying at Exeter Business School is definitely the friends and connections I’ve made this past year.

Have you used the Career Zone? How has it benefited you?

Yes, I have. The Career Zone is an extremely useful and helpful concept. Ranging from keeping students updated about various job openings and graduate schemes, to organising events by top employers on campus. Moreover, the personal appointments with the career counsellors have been extremely helpful. They cover all bases, from things as complex as career advice to things as simple as advice on writing CVs.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering your course and Exeter Business School?

I would suggest prospective students choose their optional modules wisely, as there are plenty of really interesting ones to choose from. I would strongly advise against opting for a particular module based purely on its simplicity; rather, I suggest you choose modules that will help you in learning something new and supplement your knowledge and skill-set.

Is there anything you wish someone told you when you were joining Exeter?

The Indian education system, at least at undergraduate level, does not focus on academic essays and reports as meticulously as the UK. In hindsight, I would have been better placed had I been informed of the assessment systems in UK institutions in advance.

What are you plans after finishing your course?

After the completion of my postgraduate course, I shall be going back to my home country, India, where I shall apply for jobs in consulting. I hope to work at one of the top companies in India as a Management/Sustainability Consultant.

Any memories/final thoughts?

Special mention to my programme director, Claire Dinan, who has gone above and beyond to make us all feel at home here. Whether it’s been career advice, help with assignments or just talking to us when we were feeling homesick, she has always been there to support us. I will remember her fondly every time I think of my time here in Exeter.

Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:

 Amazing, fun, memorable, life-changing.