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Ulrich Steude

Career Path: Corporate Purchasing at Volkswagen
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Please tell us about your career path since leaving Northumbria.

After graduating from Northumbria, I continued studying on a Master of Science course in Management at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. I graduated from this course in 2008 and went back to Germany looking for a job.

Please tell us about your current job and what it involves.

I am currently working for Volkswagen in Germany as a corporate purchaser. In my role I am responsible for purchasing new infotainment parts exceeding a yearly turnover of €100million . The work includes negotiating with suppliers from all over the world. Furthermore I enjoy the international structure of the Volkswagen group.

What made you choose Northumbria University?

I was looking for a comprehensive business course at a state-of-the-art, modern university.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

In comparison to German universities, UK universities offer a greater deal of support during your studies. Especially the close support from lecturers and the open door policy helps a great deal in successfully finishing the course.

What was your favourite thing about your course and/or Northumbria University?

My favourite things about NU are the new city campus, the 24hr computer labs and of course the fantastic Students' Union.

What societies/activities did you take part in outside of your studies?

I didn’t take part in any societies; however I was working as a student assistant in Stephenson Halls of residence. Through this job I got in contact with countless funny people and had a fantastic time.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle as a place to live and study?

As a student you couldn’t wish for any other place to live and study. Great city, great nightlife and of course great outdoors for the occasional Sunday morning “sobering up” trip to Tynemouth.

In one sentence, sum up your time here at Northumbria.

Best 3 years of my life!

What professional achievement are you most proud of since leaving university?

Having found a fantastic job at my current employer.

What career objectives do you still have?

I’m currently on my way to proceed into management and I will probably move to China as well. Exciting times ahead.

How have your experiences at Northumbria University helped your life and career so far?

Through Northumbria I developed a very international mind set, which does still help me now.

What advice would you give students who wish to pursue a similar career to yours?

Keep your eyes and mind open, study what really interests you and opportunities will come along the way.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying at Northumbria University?

Don’t think, just do it! You’ll have the time of your life!

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