More about Aleksandra
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The course structure was the most attractive to me compared to other universities and as soon as I got into the city, I felt like it was the perfect place for me. It felt like the most friendly and vibrant city and after visiting for the open day, I didn’t want to leave!”
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
“I was reading reviews about the course that I wanted to study and I always knew that I wanted to take my French skills further. Not many universities were offering a 2-year placement abroad and I always knew that I wanted to make the most out of my time at university. After coming to the open day and speaking to students on the same course, everything that we spoke about seemed like the sort of thing I wanted to do, and I felt convinced that this was the right course for me.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“The endless opportunities I got whilst being abroad to integrate into a new culture, meet with new people, learn so much about being in a different country and knowing that I had to be almost completely independent which made me a much stronger person overall.”
What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?
“Our course leaders are absolutely amazing, they’re always there supporting us in the toughest of times and pushing us to achieve the best. When I was abroad all my questions were answered straight away and any issues I hard regarding Erasmus money and application forms were resolved so quickly which made me feel really supported.”
Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
“It’s an amazing opportunity to get to exchange with people from all over the world (literally, every continent!) and gain a lot of appreciation for culture whilst gaining first hand international experiences. The range of courses studied meant that I was able to understand lots of topics from different perspectives.”
What work experience/placement have you completed?
“I was working in Paris for 6 months in a start-up (Speaken) which invented an application to aid in learning English by hiring tutors that would connect onto the application from their side and wait for Students to call them. My role was to take care of these tutors and answer any of their questions/needs, along with hiring them and selecting appropriate candidates for the job. I was also involved in marketing processes and by working closely with customers I was highly integrated in updating CRM processes so they’re efficient.”
How will your course and placement enhance your employability for your chosen career? What skills have you gained?
“I’ve gained numerous transferable skills which have allowed me to progress significantly in both my professional and academic life. What I’ve mainly gained is emotional and cultural intelligence that has mainly been developed through continuous interaction with people with diverse backgrounds. Breaking down and analysing conflicts was one of the main challenges however I can confidently say that I always came to conclusions that resolved each situation. Knowing how to manage my time and priorities also came into play, enabling me to keep to my deadlines and be as productive as I can within the time frame allocated. This all ties into my future career goal plans where I plan to work amongst people within HR, managing internal communications.”
What opportunities have you had as a result of studying with NBS? (e.g. course rep, CERT mentor, volunteering) How have these activities contributed to your university experience?
“I’ve been able to participate in the BA International Business (BAIB) society and lead it. Although it’s still a new project, I’m hoping to build a community of students that are likeminded and are able to exchange experiences, share advice and network with alumni and professionals to gain understanding on the range of opportunities available to them as a BAIB student.”