Maggie

MSc International Management

Maggie was looking to launch her business career after studying Cosmeceutics for her Bachelor’s. She was looking for a degree that had a practical focus to give her hands on experience and a solid grounding in business concepts. She has enjoyed the amount of support the University offers international students and has already secured a role in London.

Why did you pick Exeter over other Universities?

I chose to study for a Masters degree in the UK because it can be completed in just a year, whereas in other countries it takes at least two years. The University of Exeter also has good rankings in the business field and a good employment rate. Because I decided to study a business Masters programme, I researched practically focussed courses that would give me hands on experience, and Exeter’s programmes offered just that.

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

I was studying for my Bachelor’s degree and major in Cosmeceutics at the China Medical University in Taiwan. During my studies I spent most of my time working on activities for the school, companies and the government.

Why did you pick this postgraduate course?

As I studied Cosmeceutics a lot of my learning was focused on materials, manufacturing and supply chain assessment which involved spending a lot of time in laboratories. I decided that this actually didn’t fit in with my long-term career goals, so I decided to study a business programme to broaden my perspective.

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

I really like the modules that involve case studies as it makes it much easier to understand how to put theory into practice. I have also enjoyed the operation and supply chain modules as it has helped me learn how to improve current situations and increase efficiency in the future.

How have you found the support services and the facilities?

The overall support from the school is very good. Firstly, The Career Zone is amazing and has given me a lot of support in searching for jobs, writing CV’s and interview practice. Secondly, I joined several workshops which provided a great introduction to understanding my career and I made lots of new friends. Lastly, language support from the INTO centre has been great. I have joined personal tutorials and lectures for academic writing before my essay and dissertation deadlines which were a enormous help.

Do you feel your postgraduate course will enhance your employability?

Yes, that is one of the main reasons I chose this programme as the practical experience will be very beneficial for my career.

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

I used the Career Zone for correcting my CV, asking for recommendations on my applications and improving the way I present myself. This has been useful as there are different preferences and rules in different countries so I now feel confident looking for a job anywhere.

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

Attending events during Fresher’s week was a great way to settle in, understand the school and get used to the environment. My course had a careers camp during fresher’s week which was very helpful in introducing who you could got to for support across the University. Joining societies makes it easier to meet people and I found it quite easy to make friends outside of my own culture. Don’t be afraid to speak English, people are friendly and they understand English is your second language so you can make friends from all over the world.

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

I do feel the campus has an international feel, especially compared to my previous schools. In my course alone there are people from 18 different countries which is amazing as you get the chance to know people from different cultures which will be helpful for the future.

What are your top tips for international students thinking about studying in the UK?

  1. Set up your own goals and determine your purpose of studying in the UK
  2. Do as much research as you can and try to reach people who have studied in the UK before, or are still studying.
  3. Be brave and enjoy!

Are you a member of any societies, volunteering, or hold any part-time jobs?

I was a member of the Taiwanese society. I highly recommend people join their own country or regional society, as you share the same or similar culture. It is always nice to know where you can find mental support and belonging.

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

A management degree will give you a broad understanding of how a company works from human resource management and supply chain to finance and marketing. If you want a course that will give you a solid grounding in a range of business concepts, this is the course for you.

How have you found the city and the surrounding area?

Although Exeter is smaller than some of the bigger cities, it has everything you need including Chinese restaurants and Asian markets. I really like the quayside, it is a lovely place to go for a walk or to hang out with friends.

What has been the biggest highlight of studying at Exeter?

Getting my degree definitely is one of the biggest highlights. However, I have really enjoyed living in the UK and have experienced a lot of great things, the friends I have made during my time here are the best gift I could have asked for.

What do you want to do when you graduate?

I am currently working for P.W. Group Limited based in London as a part-time business development assistant and will be transferring into a full-time role in September. I am currently responsible for finding new channels for our Skincare Brand, Cosset. I will be working in the UK for at least two years and I am hoping to get in to a bigger cosmetic brand in the future.

Sum up your experience at Exeter in just four words:

Enjoyed life, great experiences