Hometown: Varberg, Sweden

 

About You

I chose to study the International Baccalaureate diploma programme during my high school years in Sweden, as I very early on had a keen interest in the English language. This stirred me to apply for universities in the UK for my bachelor, after I’d taken two gap years to work in Sweden, study French in France, and Mandarin in China.

As I got accepted to QMU for my bachelor in Events Management, I decided to study in Scotland. During my third year I had already made the decision to not continue on to fourth year and was at that time presented with the opportunity to apply for the MSc. It appealed to me since I didn’t want to continue onto my Honours but at the same time didn’t feel quite ready to rejoin the real world.

 

"I found the course very challenging and a step up from bachelor level, but I was happy about it. I loved the challenge, and finding subjects that I’d never encountered or knew about like Supply Chain Management, as well as reigniting my interests in familiar subjects, such as Marketing and Strategy. The support from lecturers was very personal and attentive since the classes are smaller, and there is also a lot of peer support."
Elin Nordberg

The Course

My main hope for the course was to expand my knowledge in the business world, to steer my career away from an events focus and at the same time advance my personal development.

I found the course very challenging and a step up from bachelor level, but I was happy about it. I loved the challenge, and finding subjects that I’d never encountered or knew about like Supply Chain Management, as well as reigniting my interests in familiar subjects, such as Marketing and Strategy. The support from lecturers was very personal and attentive since the classes are smaller than average, and there is also a lot of peer support.

During the second semester of the course, I got a paid part-time internship with a charity. This resulted in me needing to manage my time a lot more carefully, but I also found that it was a welcomed distraction that helped me focus on my uni work, and I also got to do my Community project with them. However, I always prioritised uni work and took time off if I had deadlines, so my uni work never suffered.

My top tip is to read any additional reading, even if you find everything else overwhelming, as it will help you expand your knowledge and enhance your critical thinking, which is just as valuable as your marks. This course really challenged my thinking, and allowed me to give voice to my own observations, ideas and thoughts. If there is anything I have taken away from it, that’s it! Not a single theory, journal article or exam mark can compare to my increased self-awareness, and ability to observe different alternatives/perceptions, that I gained from this course.

Life after Graduation

Before I even had time to finish off my final project, I got offered a full-time, temporary role in a local social enterprise as an Operations Manager. The role didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, however I received lots of support from management, and through theirs and my QMU lecturers’ encouragements, I secured a graduate role in one of Scotland's most successful tech companies. I now work in the city-centre of Edinburgh for Skyscanner, as one of their Commercial and Marketing Graduates, which I’ll be doing for the next year or so, and then move into a permanent role in the business.

There isn’t a single course in the Master’s which equipped me to do my current role. It’s the programme as a whole, which gave me well-rounded knowledge in the world of business, that has guided my work so far, and I’m still attending courses in the company’s own “University” so the learning is always ongoing.

MSc International Management and Leadership

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