Frank: My degree was definitely a door opener for finding my first job in 1999. Studying abroad was something special and made me very interesting for employers. The international experience and knowledge of the English language has helped me throughout my professional life.
Andrea: It was very important. While today it is considered normal to complete part of your studies abroad to get some international experience and hone your English language skills, in 2000, it was something distinguished and set you apart in a good way. My studies at Abertay taught me a new approach to learning. I absorbed this concept of self-directed learning and it has become second nature. A capability that is ‘silver’ in studies but ‘gold’ in business, where the only constant is change.
Frank: I am currently working as a Business Strategy Manager at E.ON Business Services GmbH (EBS) in Hannover, Germany. EBS is the multifunctional support unit of E.ON SE, one of the world’s largest investor-owned electricity and gas companies. EBS unites Group-wide business services for Finance, HR and IT together under one roof. My work involves developing a corporate strategy for EBS, based on the Business, IT, HR and Finance strategies of the E.ON Group. In this role, I have designed an approach for developing strategies and bringing together the right people to discuss and define the future set-up of EBS and the right measures and initiatives to get there.
Andrea: I am a Business Consultant with IBM. In my current role as Communication Manager, I take care of internal communication related to the Public Sector in GBS Europe. I work in a multinational team. I get to organize events; engage and inform our teams across Europe through various media and means; manage and maintain the sector community and support our leadership in their communication mandate.
Both: The first coursework results because they were so different from what you do in Germany - it was exciting to discover how we had got on with our first piece of coursework. Working on your Honours Project, or revising for the exams until late in the evening, then going out with your friends for a pint and a whisky to wind down. Also, graduating in the Caird Hall is something we will never forget.
Thai students playing like happy children in the snow they were seeing for the first time in their lives; friendly people everywhere; lecturers who did not only teach but really work together with the students; living together with other international students; a nice selection of pubs and restaurants.
Both: Enjoy your student life and go out with friends. The friendships you make are just so special. They stay with you wherever you go thereafter. When you start your professional career, keep your eyes open and go for the things you would like to do, even if this means you change roles many times. If you're an international student and have the chance after finalising your studies, amke sure you take some time and travel around Scotland.
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