Newcastle University Business School

Prisca

Student Profile - Prisca

Biography

For my undergraduate degree, I studied Public Relations and Corporate Communication at IULM University in Milan, Italy. My degree covered business-related subjects alongside communication, media, psychology and sociology topics. I'm glad to have such a varied background to benefit from.

After graduation, I moved to London, where I worked in marketing roles for two different companies within the engineering and property industries. 

Choosing Newcastle

After gaining two years of relevant work experience in my marketing and communications roles, I decided it was time to return to full-time higher education.

I was looking for a career switch towards business consultancy and managerial roles and a postgraduate degree seemed to be the perfect opportunity for me to achieve that. I also wanted to complete my studies at a university in one of the countries where I could see myself settling down in the long-term.

The International Business Management programme immediately caught my attention thanks to the international flavour with which all subjects are discussed. I chose to study a master's degree at Newcastle University Business School in order to complete my professional profile with a degree from one of the top ranked universities in the UK and world-wide. 

My course

I really appreciated the variety of backgrounds of my fellow students and professors: the multicultural environment and our diversity of disciplines, industries and career paths was an absolute plus compared to studying the same subjects in my own country.

I'm confident the course has enabled me to reach the level of in-depth knowledge and the necessary transferrable skills that I need to successfully achieve my professional goals. 

Studying at postgraduate level

Studying at postgraduate level seems to have a lot of similarities with the professional world and therefore a lot of differences from undergraduate study. It's essential to be able to independently manage the workload and the time pressure of tight deadlines.

The teaching methods reflect the students' level of commitment to the topics: professors look for interaction, challenging students with open questions in order to stimulate critical thinking. For this reason discussions during lectures are more interactive and bilateral. 

Funding

My studies were funded by my personal savings, my parents and I was awarded with a Business Excellence scholarship from the Business School.

Career aspirations

I joined Newcastle University Business School in order to lead my career towards a different path from the one I was following after my undergraduate studies.

Following the work experience I gained within my marketing roles, I decided to move towards business consultancy job roles. In particular my aspiration is to work within the strategy department of a multinational consulting company.

My postgraduate course at the Business School fits my career goals very well, and I'm very happy with my choice.  

I'm currently attending a series of networking events organised by the university where companies are invited to present themselves in an informal environment as possible future employers. Current employees of those companies meet and engage with future graduates who are looking to join graduate schemes after graduation and talk about their daily routine in the office. 

Settling in

I joined most of the arrival activities and events organised by the University for international welcome week, as well as my course specific induction week.

I felt extremely welcomed from the first day. I received a warm welcome from my team of professors, from the university support staff, from fellow students who already knew the university from previous years, from the sport teams and the student societies. 

Living in Newcastle

Newcastle is a great city with most residential areas in walking distance from the city centre.

The Millennium Bridge and the Sage are two of my favourite landmarks of Newcastle. I really enjoyed either going for a run along the riverside or having a walk in the evenings, benefiting from the amazing view.

I also highly recommend the Sunday Quayside market for its stalls selling international food, vintage clothes and furniture, local produce such as fruit and vegetables, cheese and cured meat.

I live on the Quayside and I feel really lucky about it as it's my favourite area of the town. I rent a room from a private landlord and share with two young professionals. 

Spare time

I really like outdoor running and so far I've managed to go out running every week regardless of the weather. A friend and I have set up a small running team and we try to meet twice-weekly. I also play tennis at the weekend with the Social Tennis society and I sometimes attend kick-boxing lessons with the university society.

Advice for new students

  1. Don't panic if you think you'll be the oldest student on your course just because you've had some work experience or gap years in the past. You won't. A lot more students than you expect have a similar professional background to you.
  2. Choose a degree course that you're really interested in, in a subject you're passionate about. Don't choose a course just because you think you will get a safe job afterwards. People make the difference, not a piece of paper full of marks.
  3. Don't stick to students of your own nationality because you're a non-native English speaker. Remember we're all here to learn - the more you practice, the more you will get fluent and confident. 

My postgraduate experience in three words

International, network and learn.