Where Are You Now?

Julia Singh

Julia Rajeshwar Singh

MBA 2014

Julia Singh is a Human Resources Officer at a wheels manufacturer in Pune, India. Her responsibilities include recruitment, selection, induction and canteen management, among others.

Julia, who juggled her studies with a part-time job, said graduating from a UK institution has been the realisation of a long-standing dream.

“It was a big challenge when I had to juggle my part-time job in London, where I was working in Burger King, with my studies, reports, presentations, test papers, written exams, attending lecturers and of course, the biggest thing, the final assignment of my MBA.

“Managing studies and work life wasn’t easy for me at that time. But they say if you work hard, you will definitely be awarded by fruitful results, and I can say I successfully completed my MBA.

“I learned a lot of things from my time at the University of Sunderland in London that I can now apply in my daily routine. I think my greatest achievement to date has been graduating from the University - it was the best day of my life.”

The 25-year-old, who had previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and Commerce at the University of Mumbai, thought that studying an MBA would give her a competitive edge in the eyes of employers.

She said: “When I first looked up online about the University of Sunderland in London I was amazed to see the good friendly environment. I also searched on YouTube and saw many videos of students relating their own experiences at the University.

“When I learned that I had been given a place in the London Campus I was very happy. I recall friendly lecturers and staff members while I was studying there. Lecturers would give practical examples of the subject which made studying easy and also they would make themselves available after the lectures, in case students had any doubts regarding the subject matter.

“I enjoyed my course by interacting a lot with the teachers, staff, students and almost everyone in the class.”

It is almost one year since Julia has come back to India, but she still misses some things about the University of Sunderland in London.

“I miss my senior lecturer Lorna Brooks. She gave a really helping hand in terms of my final assignment, and the sessions with her were really useful,” said Julia. “I also miss sitting in the canteen after the lectures with my friends, or spending time in the library. I also really enjoyed the special event days of the University. In short, I miss everything about my university and will always cherish the sweet memories of it.”

Asked about what advice she would give recent graduates entering the job market, she commented: “Never give up applying for jobs at good companies and attending interviews. You never know what luck and hard work can bring you. Also, don’t get disappointed if you don’t get the opportunity to work with a certain company.

“Work on your CV and highlight all your strong points in it. Be confident no matter what while you are being interviewed. Just focus on your skills and ability to interact with the opposite person and give them the correct response.”

Julia feels learning doesn’t stop when you graduate. She would still like to keep learning about innovation, human policy, competency and compliances for her work related stuff.

“I would like to keep learning about work environment,” she concluded. 

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