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Andrew Walsh

Career Path: UK Programmes Manager, The Hope Foundation
Location: Kolkata, India

I started my working career with GfK, a Market Research organisation, on one of their graduate intakes and worked up to an Account Manager. In September 2015 I then decided to leave the organisation to volunteer in India and am now working for The Hope Foundation, the organisation I did my volunteer work with.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working for The Hope Foundation, the organisation I did my volunteer work with, and applying my account management skills to look after schools, colleges and university partnerships. This includes being a Group Leader for travelling Sixth Formers to Kolkata, India.Andrew Walsh

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

I was part of the first intake for BA (Hons) Corporate Management. At the time, the course offering was very unique, with two years of work experience within the three-year degree. It also suited my style of learning and approach to work, with independent learning, study and assessments more suitable for me than written exams.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Our course was very mixed due to it's nature. Originally we only had around 23 students in our cohort, so classes were small and interactive on most occasions - probably more like a college class than large lecture hall, which we were never in. This made for great discussions, teamwork and a good atmosphere.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

All the staff were very knowledgeable and weighed up discussions very well. They also made us challenge our own thinking over a variety of concepts.

How connected was your course with industry?

My two-year placement was with Reg Vardy (then owners of Evans Halshaw and Stratstone car dealerships) - working at their Head Office in a variety of departments.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was the exposure I got into the real working environment as part of the two-year placement. It made me apply the theory and learning models almost at ‘real-time’ into the business environment throughout the course. It also meant I built up skills and took on responsibilities earlier than I would have done on a more traditional course.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you now use most throughout your career?

The Corporate Management course covered a wide variety of topics that were applicable on a daily basis in a workplace and building managerial skills. My own interests covered marketing, change management and understanding the customer - which complimented with a service-led role on my placement - therefore understanding customers, motivating a workforce and managing change are the main skills and knowledge I apply now in my career.

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

The two-years work experience I gained as part of my degree definitely supported my applications for my first jobs outside of university. It gave me a greater understanding of work culture and being at ease in that environment.

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

I would tell prospective students to think about what they enjoy doing and follow something they are passionate about studying and pursuing in the future. Northumbria also offers a great city environment and is great for business and sport.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun. Engaging. Valuable

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