Hometown: Bydgoszcz, Poland

 

How did you come to choose the course and why QMU?

I decided to study marketing many years ago. I considered different UK locations to progress my studies but realised Edinburgh would be a perfect place for undertaking my course. After deciding on the location, choosing the university came easy to me. QMU seemed a perfect choice in all the aspects – small, modern university with many lecturers being still actively involved in the industry (something especially important in field of marketing and PR), offering accommodation in fairly affordable prices.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

I chose the location of my course together with the field of my studies. When I dreamt about studying marketing and public relations I knew I would have to move to the country where the industry is well-developed. The UK was a perfect choice, and although at first I mainly considered London, I finally decided to come to Edinburgh as it seemed more affordable, more welcoming and just… less scary that the English capital.

Living Away from Home

Where did you live whilst studying? If you were living in halls what’s was the best part?

I stayed in halls during the first year of my studies. The chance to meet a massive amount of new people was what I liked the best about it.

Life in Edinburgh – what was the best experience you had in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

Moving to Edinburgh from halls was a great experience on its own. This is to say, although for the first year at the university the halls are great, in my personal opinion, living in the city centre is far more exciting. Taking the early 45 bus service to QMU on a sunny morning is probably not ‘the best thing’ that happened to me while being in Edinburgh, but the journey along the seaside definitely has its charms. I would also recommend getting a bike if moving into the town!

"The most interesting part of my course was the group projects. Some of them gave us a chance to work with “an actual client” (a company, NGO or a person from outside the university who was interested in creating a campaign). This, together with the whole structure of the tasks, gave me a chance to better understanding of what it might be like to work in a PR agency."
Marzena Brodziak

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to attend it.

What was the most interesting part of the course? Either something you learned or a particular activity. "The most interesting part of my course was the group projects. Some of them gave us a chance to work with “an actual client” (a company, NGO or a person from outside the university who was interested in creating a campaign). This, together with the whole structure of the tasks, gave me a chance to better understanding of what it might be like to work in a PR agency.”

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

Stay on top with your newspaper reading, it’s always beneficial especially if you are thinking about a PR career.

Did you work during the course?

I worked part-time for the majority of my years at university.

After Graduation

What are your plans for after graduation? Have you lined up a job or are you considering another option i.e. internship, voluntary work, travelling?

Somehow, my plans for after graduation got organised pretty fast. While writing my dissertation I applied for a one year graduate scheme at the advertising agency Weber Shandwick. After a couple interviews at the assessment centre in Glasgow I got the position.

Would you consider further study?

I don’t plan to go back to a university in the nearest future. However, I may consider undertaking a postgraduate course after getting some experience working in the industry.

 

Story published 2016-2017