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Elena

Simona Calin

United Kingdom
I was looking to improve my career opportunities and the course provided by Nottingham Trent University was the perfect match for me.

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"I was looking to improve my career opportunities and the course provided by Nottingham Trent University was the perfect match for me. I was living in the same house with a student of NTU and she provided great reviews and recommendation for the University. I was told about the great support that lecturers offer to their students, the modern facilities and technology, and their focus on career and employability enhancement.

"After my graduation from Hyperion University in Bucharest Romania, I decided to go abroad, explore the world and the opportunities on offer. I moved  to London where I worked as an au pair for one year. It was a great experience, I was introduced to the British culture and I loved it, together with the added benefit of improving my English. As time went by, my ambition and desire to find a good job grew, therefore I started to look for universities that can enhance my knowledge and provide me with the guidance that I needed. After one year, I decided to relocate to Nottingham where I enrolled at NTU.

"I wanted to gain knowledge from a UK university and improve my English. I decided to enrol at NTU as I thought it's the right university for me: modern, has a lot of international students, with lots of career events and employment training, and most importantly with a good reputation. I am seeking a career in the Accountancy field so the MSc in Accounting and Finance was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the idea of my dissertation involving an applied consultancy project for a real company. This gave me an insight of what it means to work in my chosen field.

"Accreditation is very important and I needed this degree to be recognised all over Europe as I might return to my home country, stay in UK or move to another EU country. As Government funding is not provided for postgraduate students, the scholarship that was offered to me by NTU was a powerful decisive factor. 

"This course gave a lot of practical experience. Writing business reports and working in team activities improved my leadership skills as I was a team leader twice, and by the applied consultancy project as part of dissertation. I think all these provide a good start-up package for my career and will help me stand-out from other graduates.

"I love the modern Newton and Arkwright building and all the facilities included. The 24-hour access to the computers was a big plus, covering the needs of computer access regardless of time, especially for busy periods during exam times. 

"NOW is a very useful and easy to use platform where I could find all the modules lessons, assignments and exam requirements related to my course.

"Attending a summer school in Portugal, the Thinkubator Challenge and Consultancy project all improved my communication, intercultural and leadership skills. This postgraduate study has broaden my career perspectives and made me identify suitable opportunities for me. At the beginning I was focused on general accounting while now, with the help and mentoring of one of my lecturers at NTU I want to get into a certain niche in Accounting which is Accounting for charities. This is in line with another interest that I have in sustainability and volunteering.

"The postgraduate community at NTU are very friendly people from all over the world who came to the UK to experience a new culture, improve their English and gain valuable knowledge. They are very open people, happy to share their culture, cuisine and traditions.

"NTU is a friendly place with a buzzing vibe. The lecturers are welcoming and are always ready to help. You will meet people from all walks of life so out of University term time you are never alone."

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