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2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the Sciences, Engineering, Business or a relevant subject. English Language Requirement - IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)
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After gaining my engineering degree at Kazakh National Technical University in 2007, I spent a couple of years working for GSM Kazakhstan, a major telecommunications provider in my home country. It was a great job, I was learning lots and my career was going well, but to get where I wanted to be, I really needed to strengthen my business skills and gain a masters degree, so I began looking at what was on offer from the top universities.
The cost was a big issue and threatened to put a block on my ambitious plans. Then I found out about the Bolashak presidential scholarship scheme, a programme that provides opportunities for the most talented Kazakh students to learn at the best overseas universities.
The scholarship covers most expenses and the idea is that after their course, students return to Kazakhstan to work for at least five years. To win my scholarship, I had to prove that I was one of the very best applicants. There were language tests, IQ tests and even a psychological analysis, as well as a thorough examination of my technical skills.
I did succeed, and soon found myself getting used to life at Warwick. I settled in really quickly. The fact that people are so friendly and helpful here helps a lot, and you’re studying with other people who’ve come here from all over the world, so you’re all in the same boat.
For me, another important area is 3G technology and the business around it. 3G has been launched in Kazakhstan and telecoms is a huge growth area. That means there’s a massive demand for well-qualified professionals in Kazakhstan, and I’m looking forward to putting everything I’m learning here into practice.
I have recently started working in Astana, Kazakhstan for the National Innovation Fund at the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies. I am pleased to be developing and implementing the knowledge which I gained at WMG - I am really proud of my Uni, because almost everyone in my company knows that Warwick is one of the best universities in UK.
I started job hunting when I was doing the dissertation for my Masters in International Technology Management, in July 2007. In order to gain some experiences of working in the UK, I started with some temporary office jobs first, including in OCR (Westwood Business Park) and WIMRC (WMG). In the meantime, I applied for other permanent vacancies related to my degree. After finishing the temporary jobs I got about 10 interviews within 2 months, and I decided to accept the current offer.
I am now working as the Sales Executive in IIR Exhibition, London Victoria office.The main responsibilities involved in my current role are to sell exhibition space to worldwide clients and to ensure the smoothness of each event. It is vital to develop some knowledge about the industry you are dealing with and to keep close relationships with the clients, as well as the steering committee members.
I would like to give the credit to Warwick for my successful job hunting in the current role. Thanks to the practical lectures in Warwick, I learned how to express myself openly in front of an audience by doing countless group presentations; how to achieve the best outcome in an organised and effective way by doing the research, and I got to know more about industry by attending the industrial visits and consulting with the tutors. Furthermore, Warwick campus is supported by a full range of facilities, such as a massive library and language centre providing good value lessons, which encourages students to spontaneously improve themselves. Based on those skills, I was able to precisely prepare the materials of the company profile when I did the interview, and show my own initiative while doing the presentation.
It is certainly challenging for an overseas graduate to gain entry into the UK employment market. In my point of view, the key factors to achieving success in job hunting are: 1. Know Yourself; 2. Show your Initiative; 3. Have a Positive Attitude. Studying at WMG was definitely a huge help to me and I am proud of myself!!
What were you doing before you came to Warwick?
I was working for DANE, the Colombian national statistical agency, where I supervised the publication of the Innovation and Technology Development Survey. I had been employed by the Government since 2003, during which I also become an Adjunct Professor of International Economics, Macroeconomic Analysis and Global Issues at the National University of Rosario in Bogotá.
Why did you decide to study for an MSc?
I felt that I needed to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how organisations can drive innovation and technological change in a global business environment. This has always been of great interest to me and I was keen to build my skills and knowledge, particularly in how to approach issues from a management perspective.
What were your impressions of your MSc programme?
What really impressed me was the way that the programme is not just geared to learning theory, but discovering how to apply it in real-world situations. We had talks from people working in industry and dealing with the issues that we were looking into from an academic standpoint. Their experience and insight helped us to see everything from a business perspective.
What have you done since leaving WMG?
I went back to Colombia and began my search for a new role where I could utilise what I had learned at Warwick. The job market was very difficult, but in March 2011 I gained a position with DANE, where I had worked previously. I enjoyed what I was doing, but it wasn’t the career step that I was looking for.
Then in January 2012, I was offered a role with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies. It was a very exciting opportunity; working as an Adviser to the Vice Minister of ICT, I provided key research and input into a range of economic, financial and budgetary topics.
What I learned relates exactly to the job I am doing now and I am applying that knowledge on a day-to-day basis. The course – and the way it is taught – also helped me to see things in a completely new way; to seek out fresh and innovative approaches. In addition, it has enhanced my ability to teach and support students in my work as an Adjunct Professor.
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