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Diana Boguzeviciute

Career Path: Finance Quality Control, Freelance
Location: London, United Kingdom

During my course, I had a placement year (as my third year of studying) working for GE Money Home Lending as a Finance Intern doing mainly re-mortgaging solutions for customers in hardship. Since graduation, I was offered a graduate role with GE; however I have decided to join a temporary project as a Finance Contractor dealing with customer complaints regarding Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) miss-selling and have been working on this project since.

What are you doing now?Business-Studies_Student_Diana-Boguzeviciute

I started working as a contracted PPI complaint handler with one of UK’s biggest banks in July 2011 and after 8 months was offered a higher responsibility and higher pay role of checking quality of other case handlers. I have been in the Quality Checker's role for over a year now, I enjoy working with a variety of professional contractors. I like the contracting environment because it is more flexible when compared to a normal permanent employment environment. I have worked hard, saved up and now have a mortgage and a house just outside of London, something that I would not have been able to do in just under twoyears of graduating if I would have accepted a normal graduate job. Now that I have reached my dream of buying a house, I am considering potentially getting a graduate job due to the better career and development opportunities it has to offer when compared to contracting jobs.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Good reviews online about the Business School at Northumbria University and also on a friend’s advice.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria was interesting, fun and definitely memorable.

What was the best thing about your course? 

The very helpful and interesting tutors, supportive staff, friendly students and interesting modules (especially finance modules). Living in Newcastle was also great fun with lots to do, lots to see and a lovely variety of people from all over the world.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria has helped me to become a lot more confident and has given me great job opportunities due to the degree I have gained.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it and enjoy it - if you study hard and take all Northumbria has to offer, you will not regret it! Use all the resources available at Northumbria to help you, especially those related to helping students get placements and graduate jobs, they really helped me.

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