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Personal Statement:Business and Management 1
I have chosen a business related course as I have been interested in this field from GCSE level & I believe that I have the qualities to forge a successful career in this area. I have been inspired to fulfil this path by my Uncle, a director at a successful company in England I feel I am a good motivator and I enjoy travelling which I believe are integral factors of business at the highest level I participated in work experience at Haldane Fisher Ltd, a local building supplies firm that not only operates in my home town but also has key branches throughout Northern Ireland, and they also deliver goods throughout Ireland. I spent a very interesting week there where I gained valuable experience. I was fortunate to be present while the company were preparing for their annual stock take, a key point in the year for such a business. While there I gained an insight into departments such as Personnel, General Operations, Finance and Transport, I also was permitted to sit in on two separate meetings. I feel privileged that the firm was able to accommodate me in such a way and I feel I gained as much as possible from this experience. I have also worked part-time, in a local butchers where I operated as a shop assistant and in a local Hotel where I was a bar waiter at weekends These were both demanding workplaces where one has to deal with the general public and always offer good customer service. Also in the summer of 2002 I worked full-time for the month of July in a warehouse in. This really taught me the value of a day and what can be achieved in 8 working hours. My overall experience in the workplace has taught me the value of earning your own money and it has driven me to study hard now while I'm young so that I may reap the rewards in later life I have an avid interest in sports although I am mainly interested in two. I have played Gaelic football for Newry Mitchels G.F.C from I was 9 years old. Although I have not experienced much success I have made many friends and learned a lot about teamwork and self-discipline. I also play Basketball for my school team. This has proved rewarding as we won the All-Ireland schools Basketball league last year. We trained very hard for this and it taught us that those who work hard are rewarded eventually I have also attended the Donegal Gaeltacht for four years where I studied Irish at a summer college for three weeks at a time. Last year I achieved "Gold Fainne" status in the spoken language. I have also met people from all around the country with whom I still keep in contact. I hope to return next year to supervise a course of younger students. I am currently studying Economics, French and Irish at A level. I hope to continue my studies to become a successful manager of a successful business.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 2
Ever since I can remember, I recall always wanting to organise everyone and give them certain tasks to do. In fact, even when I was just playing with my friends. I remember how I used to organise all the plays and concerts that we did, and that was pretty often, and to want to have everything close to perfection. From then until now the situation hasn't change very much. I still have the tendency to be on top of things and keep everything organised and scheduled. Therefore, I have decided that Business Administration and Management studies are exactly what I want to do. I strongly believe that such a course will satisfy this need of mine and at the same time develop it and make it better as well. With the appropriate studies I believe that I am capable of becoming a very successful employeeand customer-oriented manager An other part of myself is ballet and modern dance. I have been doing ballet for the last ten years and modern dance for the last three These activities have helped very much, in order to get to know myself better, realise my limits and true capabilities. I think that these experiences will prove to be very important in my university years, since I have learned to be patient and perform well under pressure in order to get the best results. Most importantly, I have learned to be critical with myself and take failures with successes As far as education is concerned, after careful research and consideration I chose to attend the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for my last school years. This is a unique programme in terms of the skills, abilities and opportunities for further development that it offers. Through it, I have had the chance to study in depth subjects from all fields: Languages (English, Modern Greek), Social Sciences (Business and Management, Psychology), Natural Sciences (Physics), as well as Mathematics. Having so different classes has helped me to be more openminded and able to understand better the latest news, discoveries and literature. Through the IB programme I have also gained the skills and abilities to manage my time, prioritise and be able to cope well with deadlines. I've had also the chance to conduct research or even experiments when that was needed for my assignments. Finally, through the Theory Of Knowledge lesson, that is unique of its kind and exists only in IB schools, I learned how to form valid arguments and not take everything for granted I have also learned what volunteering really is and how that pays off when you can actually see the changes you have made and smiles on some people's faces, who had given up hope. That happened through the Creativity, Action and Service programme, which is a part of the IB diploma. I liked the CAS programme so much, that I took the initiative to join many ecologic, animal protecting and philanthropic organisations (WWF Hellas, Arktouros, Giatroi xoris sinora). In fact I worked so hard that am now a council member in an organisation that wants to provide the stray animals a better future. These activities, and what I have seen through them, made me realize that I have to be more than grateful to be in a good health and have a secure background and always try to help the people in need and never do anything to worsen their situation Along with school I always try to do some kind of sport. Since I like playing volleyball very much I have joined my local team and in fact had the chance to participate in three championships, where in one of them we went to another city for the final matches. Playing volleyball and doing other sports in general have provided me with the skill to perform well when anxious and under pressure. Also, I have gained an idea of what hard competition really is like and realising that in order to win you have to prioritise effectively and do your best
Moreover, I would like to say that I already have some working experience that in my point of view is very important. For the last four summers I've had the chance to work at Kitchen Gallery, a kitchen furniture selling company. There, I had the chance to closely see and understand how the different departments work inside a big company Specially last summer, when I had some business and management knowledge, I had the opportunity to apply everything that I had learned in class, in real life conditions. This enabled me to practice management and motivational theories, marketing directions and accounting issues. The most important aspect that I learned from that experience though is that it is not always possible to apply exactly the theories as they are in the book on the company and also the fact that you always have to wait for the unexpected Finally, I chose UK as the country that I want to study because it can offer very many important and useful thinks to students. First of all, there are the extra-curriculum activities that exist in all UK universities. From my point of view, these activities are very important because they enable the students to discover new interests, work together as a team and of course make new friends that share the same interests with you. Another very important feature of the universities in UK is that they have students from all nationalities This is very positive because the students learn and understand the different religions and cultures and at the same time overcome prejudices. Studying in UK because of its universities high standard and quality would certainly benefit me.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 3
This statement has been made by the student and may reflect their Section 10 if they have made an application for Higher or Further Education. It is designed to be an up to date record of the following: Ø Their perception of their overall development whilst in the Sixth Form to include academic, social and personal development both within and out of school Ø An indication of their personal strengths and areas for development in the future Ø Opportunities taken during the Sixth Form Ø Personal targets which might not have been mentioned elsewhere Ø Plans for the near future to include further study and\or employment Ø Any information relating to their development of Transferable Key Skills I think that I have developed a lot during my time in the sixth form both academically, personally and socially. I think that I have become much more confident in my abilities this year both in and out of school. I would have to say that my personal strengths lie in the subjects that I am currently studying, French Spanish and biology and I wish to further develop these strengths further and then expand them into other things in the future. One other thing that I would like to study in the future is management and I hope that I will be able to study it next year along with French and Spanish. I have tried as much As I can to take advantage all the opportunities that have presented them selves to me during my time in the sixth form. As for my personal targets well they are all quite simple. The main one would have to be to just do my best and achieve the grades that I need to get into university and to study my course (BBC). I am hoping to achieve these grades quite easily and hopefully I can do much better. As for the future well I have not yet decide what I want to do after university but i am hoping that with my abilities in languages and the management skills I will learn at university, I will be able to find a well a good job that I enjoy.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 4
Have you ever climbed a mountain 1474 meters high? By your own limbs without any help from any vehicle? Well, this was one of the most unforgettable and valuable experiences I have ever had, and I will cherish it all my life. Of course, I'm not a professional mountainclimber, nor even particularly good at mountaineering, but I'm an energetic person who enjoys meeting challenges. I still remember, standing at the top of that mountain, appreciating the breathtaking view around me, I came to realize that climbing a mountain is hard work, but one step after another finally brings a person to the top. I have adopted this experience into my method of studying---continuing and determined steps, which steadily and assuredly, improve my knowledge and skills When I entered the college, my father told me that competition is getting more and more fierce, and the best way to stay ahead is to be learning all the time. In Jiangxi Normal University, I majored in Business English and studied hard on my major courses. During those four years, I learned English, International Finance, International Marketing, Essentials of Import and Export Practice, and I made full use of my spare time by reading English novels and attending lectures on various business-related subjects. I always did well in my academic studies and won scholarships every semester. In TEM4, a national test for English-major students, I ranked fifth in my department of 230 students in 2001 During my campus life, I didn't just focus on my academic work. I took part in many extracurricular activities and contests to broaden my knowledge and improve my social skills. I was the Third Prize Winner in the English Newspaper Designing Contest and the Third Prize Winner in the Singing Contest. Meanwhile, as a member of my Class Committee responsible for organizing class activities, I acquired some essential social skills of leadership and management Knowledge is a treasure but practice is the key, so I spent my summer and winter vacations doing sales promotions, which offered a chance to demonstrate my abilities and to apply what I had learned in school Through negotiation with clients, I also made a lot of progress in interpersonal communication skills As the saying goes, "real ongoing, lifelong education doesn't answer questions; it provokes them." I think this is quite true. After my four-year study in university, I find that my knowledge is not sufficient for business, and it will be necessary for me to undertake a more advanced business program. With China hosting the 2008 Olympics, I believe there will be more and more business opportunities springing up. To get myself well prepared for those opportunities, I have made up my mind to study in another country to gain more advanced knowledge The Lancaster University is a very well regarded British university Its International Business course is recognized worldwide. I am confident that I will be successful in my academic studies, and that, when I return home, I can put my talent to good use for the benefit of China. I would really like to study in your university and hope that you will approve my application.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 5
Management has always been my ultimate goal and a desire to master new concepts and techniques has influenced my choice to involve maths, computing and business as my ALevels. A combined degree in both Maths and Management would provide me the skills and knowledge to fulfil my long-term ambition of managing a business in the computer related sector After growing up in a local convenience store, my interest and involvement with business has been high and by studying business at both GCSE and A-Level this hands on experience has been reinforced by learning new concepts and theories During my summer break between school and college I travelled to Birmingham and did some voluntary work in a small but growing computer course company that used ILA (Individual Learning Accounts) as its main source of income. Although I was only there for three weeks it was of great use because it gave me an insight into the operations of a growing partnership. This helped me with my business studies course and computing course because it was my job to input data and I was involved in some of the development of the company's database. Working in the same office as the manager I observed the way decisions were made and risks were taken in a business thus reinforcing my interest in business management and business studies as a whole On commencing my AS course in Mathematics, it was extremely challenging, and demoralising when certain theories and methods weren't grasped quickly, however, after hard work and dedication my knowledge and skills in mathematics have improved profoundly. I now find mathematics a very rewarding subject and look forward to studying it at an even higher level In my spare time I enjoy socialising and participating in sports activities. After leaving junior school I played badminton once or twice a week at the local club for about four years. I also played tennis during the summer and football too. Being selected as captain for a football team at the local football club developed my team leadership skills and was very rewarding. Although I spent a great deal of my time socialising, however, education has remained my main focus My committed nature has made me a very hard working and conscientious student. My main strength in business studies is my ability to make decisions and apply appropriate strategies to certain situations, including methods of raising finance, motivation strategies and promotional techniques all of which contribute to the qualities required to be an effective manager. An interest of mine within the AS course was the variation in managing methods from different parts of the world including America and Japan. I felt a great fascination for the production sub-module. Techniques such as kaizen and other laws using motivation on the production line were very intriguing. I am looking forward enthusiastically to studying Management Science with Mathematics I very much look forward to the challenge and rewards of university life and am confident it will enable me to fulfil my ambitions and lead to a rewarding career.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 6
I have always been interested in businesses and how they operate, as well as being fascinated by other languages and cultural differences My passion for the subject increased when I chose business studies as part of my main education at school. In addition to the general subjects such as mathematics, literature, history it also included marketing, accounting and economics. Although these subjects are somewhat demanding, I find them extremely interesting. After secondary school I decided to continue my education at Kazakh National University founded by Al Farabi, it is one of the best and oldest universities in Central Asia, in the faculty of the International Economic Relations. I believe that the degree I have obtained, is the best choice for me. I will be looking forward to learning about the international business world and I am relishing the thought of learning to integrate with people from different countries and cultures. The idea of learning to communicate with other people across the world is something that has always appealed greatly to me My speciality that I have got after graduating from the Kazakh National State University is in the International Economic Relations I have studied financial management, macro- micro- economics, accounting, international currency-credit relations and other subjects. More profoundly I have studied international economic relations, international organisations, their function around the world and my diploma work "The analysis of economic aspects of Kazakhstan oil transportation abroad" was written on the basis of the research of the economics relations between Caspian countries: Russia, Azerbaizhan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan Not all my work experience has been as a paid employee. Furthermore I began to take part time jobs when I was at the University; I worked for different financial institutions one of them was National Bank of Kazakhstan in the Credit Department as an Assistant of the Head Manager and in the Currency Department. My work in this Bank taught me to be selforganised, how to make analyses of credit rating and commentaries, function of the currency policy, which is one of the essential part of any bank's activities, and how to work out complex approaches in settlement of different issues and tasks. After this time I have changed my field of work and continued it in the Close Stock Company "KazTransOil" as an Accountant, which is analysing and developing the plan of transportation oil into different countries Having important previous experience I have applied my knowledge and skills at the position of an Assistant of Head Accountant in the Financial Department. The main goals of the Department - to provide necessary structure of transportation for joining the main oil field with the processing factories and export it abroad. My responsibility included calculating the budget of the Company, making up balance sheet, and analysing a project plan. However I realised that to work as a professional specialist in a business area for the broader and deeper understanding finance, accounting and international environment are needed For me as a young specialist it is very important to try an opportunity to continue my education in the University that has proved itself as one of the best among the other recognised universities focusing on business studies, promoting and facilitating research in such significant period when integration is outgrowing to globalisation and countries becoming more dependent on each other. I think that my interest in accounting and finance, educational background and professional experience will open new perspectives for me if I will study at this University. Now I feel that I have potential for realisation myself in the area of finance and my constant interest to this science, to study more deeply this
subject, ability to distinguish main economic trends will assist me to transmit my knowledge to other specialists.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 7
I come from a background where my family has been in the retail trade for the last hundred years. Whist I was growing up I have been actively taking part in the running of the business. My family has given me the opportunity to further myself in achieving my goals. I believe studying at university will give me the opportunity to progress in the understanding I currently have in Business Studies and ICT. I believe that I can combine my interest in Business Studies and Accounts to excel in Business Management At my secondary school I was handed the privilege and the responsibility of being head prefect. My responsibilities included attending meetings with the school principal and school staff. I believe these installed essential characteristics such as leadership I was also the school football captain and represented the school at many inter-schools sports activities. Furthermore I represented the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia, which is a charitable organisationfor the protection of wildlife in Zambian Game Parks. Part of my duties included giving talks to other students concerning conservation and wildlife. I thoroughly enjoyed this particular segment of my work because conservation is an issue close to my heart I am presently enrolled at Redbridge College in Romford where I am studying three A2 courses in Mathematics, ICT and Business Studies, and one AS-Level in Accounts. I do take part in several sports activities not only to remain in good physical shape but also meet new people. I did not achieve all my targets but I am confident that with extra effort and help from my tutors I will push past my predicted grades. I have drawn up a plan of what needs to be done over the next few months in achieving this. Over the last year I have developed at a personnel level. I understand that the onus is on me to push myself to achieve my ambitions Outside of college I have a passion for sports both for enjoyment purposes and maintaining fitness. Football is at the centre of my love for sport, but I also enjoy and participate in other sporting activities such as cricket, squash, badminton, tennis, table tennis and long distance running. I am hoping to carry on these activities whilst conducting my studies at university. I believe sports play an important role in providing a balance between education and physical wellbeing It has long been my ambition to complete my studies at a British university. As it is well established Britain has the finest reputation for higher education around the world. A degree from a British university will assist me in my future career. I am very much looking forward to educational challenges that university has in store for me. I am also looking forward to meeting the different cultures and backgrounds that will exist of any university. But most importantly I believe I have the prerequisites not only to achieve a good degree but to progress at a personal level. This would act as a foundation for any future success in the business world.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 8
I currently attend Peter Symonds Sixth Form College. During my first year, I gained 5 grade A AS levels in geography, computing, business studies, maths and biology. I choose these as they are subjects that I both perform well in and which also interest me. I enjoy the fieldwork aspect of geography and learning about the natural environment and current issues. Similarly, I enjoy computing - this being one of my main hobbies. Business studies was an obvious choice, because I would ultimately like to start my own business and I enjoy the challenge of solving mathematical problems. The discrete maths unit contains work on algorithms which are particularly relevant to my computing studies I am interested in environmental science and also the practical work that biology offers. Although not continuing biology as an A2, I am following a new AS in environmental science which I am completing through a college online course in my spare time. My first year at college has taught me the importance of both working independently and having good organizational skills One of my main interests is working on my home computer and I have developed a number of commercial websites. I have been featured on Meridian TV and have earned a substantial income from advertising on my websites. I have worked as a volunteer at Botley Manor Farm and Country Park for a number of years. This is a working farm set in the Victorian era where my fortnightly routine involves carrying out odd jobs and tending the animals. I have learnt to work with others and interact with members of the public. I also enjoy foreign travel and have travelled extensively with my family, including visits to Kenya, Australia, and both the west and east coast of America As part of my work experience, I worked for a fortnight at the Southampton Met Office, where my duties included reading meteorological instruments and plotting data on maps. I also worked at a local computer company based in Winchester as an additional placement during the summer holidays. Both experiences were enjoyable and gave me an insight into the world of work. I carried out a local paper-round for 3 years but I now concentrate on running my own business based on the internet. I have also started designing websites which enables me to work with others, listen to their needs and incorporate these into the sites. My current project is a website for a local teenage drop-in centre and I am assisting the geography department at college in developing their intranet During my time at Swanmore Secondary School I held several positions of responsibility including a prefect and form captain. I participated in many of the school productions both as an actor and as a member of the front of house team. I was also a member of an out of school drama club. The subjects I studied offered me the chance to go on a number of trips including geography fieldwork trips and language trips to both Germany and France. Skills I acquired during this time include working in a team, independence, negotiation and delegation My future aim, after university, is to start up my own successful business and pursue a computing related career with possible geographical / environmental links. I wish to apply for a joint university course in computing/business studies or internet studies as, although I have a wide range of interests, I feel these courses would best meet the needs of a future career.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 9
Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to run a business. The idea of managing an organisation, with the vast breadth of competence that such a job requires, the sheer variety of activity that it entails and the stimulating challenge it poses, holds great appeal for me. From selecting GCSE courses to researching Higher Education opportunities, my career planning has always had a position in senior management as its objective Seven months ago, I discovered a new love. From the first time I was introduced to a supply and demand diagram in a Business Studies lesson, my interest in economics has grown exponentially. In the Spring Term my college gave me permission to study for AS level Economics at home, since it was not available as a taught option. An introduction to the social sciences through GCSE Social Science and AS level Economics gave me a new perspective: it is fascinating to see the wide impact of a seemingly narrow topical issue. My French studies helped me to develop my cultural understanding, and I particularly enjoyed looking into the economic, political and social aspects of the European Union for my French oral work I have a genuine interest in both economics and management, either of which I see as a valid route into a range of business-related careers Consequently I seek to combine the two disciplines as effectively as possible; I believe that an understanding of basic economics is vitally important to any manager, and that training in the social sciences as a whole is of great assistance in finding solutions to managerial problems My talents centre on the key skills of numeracy, communication and IT Mathematics has traditionally been my strongest subject, and one I have greatly enjoyed throughout my education. As my studies progress, it helps me to develop an analytical approach to problem solving. I take great pride in my ability to use both the English and French languages effectively. I am a member of the Debating Club, an activity particularly suited to my skills and interests. Furthermore, I have over a decade of experience in using personal computers, in applications ranging from spreadsheets to visual programming, which I used in designing my school's website. AS Computing introduced me to real-world, business applications of IT solutions As Managing Director and later as Finance Director of a Young Enterprise company in Year 10, I helped guide the company to a number of successes, culminating in winning the Somerset County competition The experience, besides being enjoyable and informative, served to redouble my resolve and affirm my ambitions. It also helped me gain valuable leadership, teamworking and organisational skills. My appointment as Deputy Head Boy at my secondary school was in recognition of my maturity, responsibility and the commitment I am willing to make to an institution or community. Both activities enhanced my interpersonal skills, and demonstrated the importance of being able to motivate others Outside of academic life, my hobbies centre on computers. Besides developing my skills, I make great use of the Internet; naturally, I play games, too... I enjoy reading, including but not limited to science fiction, and play golf when I have the time. I go ten-pin bowling with friends from time to time and also play Airsoft I see Higher Education as opportunity and challenge, and I look forward to taking my interests to a new level.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 10
My interest in current affairs, politics and the way in which the global economy operates, has fuelled my intentions to read economics at university. Furthermore, I am longing to be able to answer questions such as, how do various stock markets function, for example such as the FTSE 100 and other stock markets, and what effects do they have upon our everyday lives, as well as on businesses and companies? How is it possible for multi-million pound companies, such as Enron, to go into liquidation? I eventually plan to pursue a career in international trade or within the civil service. I believe that a career in economics will help me to accomplish this goal. These career paths are both exciting and of great interest to me, as they will allow me to in-corporate the elements of economics, law and politics in one career. Also they will allow me to interact and communicate with a diverse range of people from around the world, and will give me the chance to travel and work around the world My current subjects are helping me to establish a good platform for my university course. I enjoyed science at school, and therefore took up AS level biology. I am currently studying economics, government + politics and chemistry at A2 level. I particularly enjoy learning about the different market structures in our economy, and am intrigued by the way the government and the economy operate. Studying politics, has also aided my economics study, as I have learnt about the power hierarchy and the ways in which the government intervenes, to help, and at times hinder, the economy. Chemistry has always been a fascinating subject for me, and has helped me to keep up my numerical skills I have gained some work experience, from a placement in a travel agent company, within their accounts department. I dealt with invoices, cancellations, and the weekly and monthly banking. I developed many skills from my work there, such as communication skills, when dealing with customers, and organisational skills, when sorting cancellations and bookings In addition, I have a weekly commitment within a Saturday school, teaching Indian classical music to children. I have the responsibility of teaching these students to the best of my ability, whilst maintaining a safe and workable environment. This gives me immense pride, to teach my students, and impart on them the knowledge I have learnt My main interests outside of college are within the world of music. I have been playing the tabla, an Indian classical instrument, for 12 years now and am currently learning at an advanced stage. I have played on numerous occasions, in concerts, with various bands, in front of thousands of people. The highlight of my musical career has been to play in Wembley Arena. Music has not only inspired my mind, but has also pushed me to do more in life, and to one day become a great artist within my field. Playing along side other musicians has also given me great communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to improvise under pressure. Playing music has intrigued my mind, and I feel that it has also aided me in my academic studies I also enjoy playing a range of sports such as football and cricket. I am part of a cricket club, which gives me the opportunity to train all year round, and to play in competitive matches in the summer. I hope to make full use of the sporting and musical facilities available at university I hope my personal statement has demonstrated that I am a keen and suitable person for this course, and that I would also easily adapt to student life. An economics degree will help me to further enhance my diverse range of analytical, interpretational and problem-solving skills, which I will be able to apply to, not only my career, but also to my everyday student life.
Personal Statement:Business and Management 11
am a Human Resource Co-ordinator . My long-term goal is to practice as a Human Resource Manager. In order to pursue this goal, I would like to enrol in a university that emphasises putting theoretical concepts learned in the classroom into practice with a work-placement My career goals were shaped by my experience at British Airways during my break from university in the summer of 1990. At British Airways, I was part of the HR team that processed, reviewed and interviewed applications for pilot recruitment. These skills proved very useful to me when I accepted employment in the HR department at Metro Services while continuing my full time university studies in America. At Metro, I played an integral role in shaping the internal business model and practices to accommodate expansion during period of rapid growth of a multimillion-dollar firm, personally supervised 150 direct staff members, defined job duties and hired all staff. I consider this to be my most significant personal accomplishment. Moreover, my work experiences have led me to recognise the numerable opportunities arising from the favourable HR environment and thus have helped to shape my goals and aspirations. My professional experiences so far have been diverse yet relevant to my ambitions Graduating university with a Psychology degree, I developed excellent analytical skills and improved my problem-solving ability. Shortly after, I joined GEO Corporation where I became responsible for teaching English classes. Primarily, I had taken the overseas position for only a year but I fell in love with the job, company, country and the language so much so that I decided I would stay on a further year After 48 months there, I seriously confronted the thought of returning back home to Australia when I was invited to join and shape up a very new prestigious school, in the infamous district of Tokyo, that was encountering some staff problems. I accepted the senior teaching position and it allowed me to pursue more responsibilities in regards to the business operations side of the company. Once again, I progressed rapidly in this position. I provided advice on dealing with complex business problems, marketing and staff disputes and customer satisfaction. Within one year of my tenure at the school, the school achieved a top five status of over 400 schools around Japan and was voted as the friendliest school by the corporation. I was personally awarded with the best teacher award for my accomplishments and contributions to the school. Over the period of three years, I worked with students and peers and learned the art of both listening and explaining ideas. As a teacher, I stayed attuned to the latest theories in the industry and have developed in-depth analytical and communicational skills. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to different environments and the opportunity to work with a diverse, incredibly intelligent group of people. However, this job was devoid of my true interest: the HR field In my current position at work, I am now a human resource co-ordinator evaluating issues related to development, recruitment, training. This has given me a solid understanding of the various quantitative tools used in valuation by HR managers. In the process, I have sharpened my quantitative skills and critical thinking abilities -- not to mention the allimportant ability to work efficiently with very few hours of sleep. Hasten to add I have never had the opportunity to take courses exploring Core Management, Managing People, Personnel and Learning development and so on. To realise my ultimate career goal, I clearly must enhance my abilities in these as well as other areas. I believe that the Postgraduate HR Management programme will provide me with the necessary knowledge to enhance and develop my capabilities. Also, in order to become a successful HR manager, it is imperative that I gain a more thorough education In the past several years, my career goals have been defined and refined as my professional responsibilities have changed. I have gained managerial experience and have learned to
work within a team environment in the HR field. While I have excelled in my work, I have also begun to understand the value of further education at this time in my career. My career thus far has been somewhat educational and practical but limited-- I have learned different things in my positions as a HR Manager, Co-ordinator and Teacher. This knowledge base has helped me establish professional goals for myself within the HR industry and strengthened my desire to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Obtaining further education is therefore imperative if I wish to pursue my career goals. To this end, I have used my work experience to help me prepare for the academic rigors of. Gaining a diploma is not the only reason I want to attend the university. It will better equip me to run a management team through my new found theoretical knowledge. It will provide me information on all modes of management development operations, hr strategies, case studies, areas in which I have little experience Besides giving me theoretical, work placement training and the much-needed CIPD qualification, a Management education will strengthen the foundation of my HR knowledge. Also, as businesses in this industry downsize, a greater emphasis is being placed on crossfunctional abilities of HR managers. Though I have encountered many ideas through my experiences in hr roles, I feel I have had little contact with the major operations side of the role. The studies would expose me to management and operating concepts with which I am unfamiliar. In short, I desire the holistic view of the 'business' that a postgraduate diploma education would provide As I have stated, my experience in both university and the various work environments I have been in, have been rewarding to me both educationally and professionally. Yet I realise I have only scratched the surface, and I would like to continue my education so that I can fulfil my ultimate goal of becoming an invaluable asset to a management team. I have the tools, and now I just need the resources of (Uni) to jump-start my career While I can continue to advance in my career without a Diploma, I need at least the CIPD qualification so that the pace of my career advancement can quicken. I am confident that I have the potential to succeed as a HR manager. I have accumulated useful knowledge, managerial ability, analytical skills, and communication skills through my various experiences. I am responsible, inquisitive and aggressive. I have the ability to deal with complex technical issues in an analytical yet professional approach. I'm interested in acquiring the skill set and knowledge necessary to become a HR Manager; the program will prove central to my future success.
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My motivation to study Accounting /Information Business at degree level develops from my enjoyment from the single Business Studies at AS, currently converted into a double award at A2. For me, Business Studies has proved to be a fascinating subject, one that offers unlimited professional opportunities. My coursework case studies of both Norwich Union and Zenith Conservatories have given me an insight into complexities involved in operating such varied businesses, which I have found most intriguing, particularly those which relate to any financial considerations. Studying these business subjects at degree level will allow me to explore, in depth, a range of stimulating and interdisciplinary topics which I feel will give me a broader understanding towards the theories and practices of management in different organisations in relation to a Financial/Information environment At school, I have participated in many fund raising events, open days and further education fairs. I regularly collect for Save the Children charity and have subsequently become a member. Extra curricular activities have incorporated drama productions of Grease, the promotion of the School production of West Side Story as part of my Marketing unit and a heavy involvement in the preparation and publishing of our year 11 yearbook. These were demanding tasks, which included budgeting our costs and materials to keep within a specific price limit. Although it was tough, I found it extremely satisfying, especially after seeing the final results. My AS Business course has given me an understanding of organisations as a whole, but experiences such as working on the Year book and duties in my part time job has allowed me to expand my knowledge and consciousness of such financial topics. My ICT skills have developed highly through doing Vocational A levels, which I feel is invaluable in the Business field. The main thing I have learnt is that for all businesses, financial matters are imperative; it is the core of any organisation and being knowledgeable in such issues attracts me My communication skills have been enhanced through my part time employment with River Island. My promotion to weekend footwear manager is developing knowledge of financial record keeping, problem solving, meeting weekly sales targets and teamwork awareness, which I feel can be used and put into practice whilst studying my preferred degree course From the age of seven I attended a Bury St Edmunds Gymnastics club and competed at County, Regional and National levels. The feeling that I got when I played a role within the team to gain the gold medal was amazing, equal to the feeling when I achieved an individual gold medal as the top National around competitor. The realisation of how important managing school work with a hobby which was not only physically demanding, but emotionally challenging has given me a understanding of how to be realistic, a skill which is valuable when planning certain business strategies I believe that during my sixth form studies I have grown in both confidence and maturity, preparing me for the opportunity to study at university. My choice of AS and A levels, along with other academic and personal achievements have helped to consolidate and support my desire to study Business at degree level. I believe that I will be fully committed to successfully completing Accountancy /Information Business related degree and relish in any opportunities which are given to help me achieve my aspirations in a business related career.
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Aquent was in a perilous condition. The 1,800 sales representatives at the company had contracted far too many high-risk, low-profit project orders related to network construction. The resultant deficit at Aquent, one of the world's biggest communications companies, had swollen to nearly USD150 million and threatened to bring the company down. To combat this problem, I joined a sales reform taskforce that implemented "Project Forward," a new oversight committee that would investigate the profitability of project orders and decide whether or not to accept them. It was a huge responsibility, and I was given the task of formulating the procedures that Project Forward would recommend to all sales divisions Despite a flurry of activity, two months went by with no results. The sales divisions failed to enact the new procedures I had designed, and the company amassed an alarming number of high-risk project orders With implementation problems mounting, I knew it was up to me to find a solution One executive manager, angry over the lack of sales cooperation, proposed putting Project Forward into operation by force. Believing that we needed to grasp the cause of Project Forward's failure before we could implement an adequate solution, I proposed a different approach. I suggested that we simply ask the sales representatives why they neglected to carry out the new measures. After interviewing thirty-six sales representatives from all sales departments, I discovered that, broadly speaking, sales representatives did not understand the goal of Project Forward. Two other Business Process Reengineering (BPR) projects were competing for their attention, and the sales representatives did not know which projects pertained to their work. Moreover, since the members administering Project Forward each had their own existing posts and roles, they were too busy to manage Project Forward effectively Having identified the problem, I designed a solution. I created a task list that assigned roles to the project members. Then, I assimilated the other two BPR projects into our own, integrating all three into one, centrally-administered program. After creating an integrated process flow that was easy for sales representatives to understand, I held joint meetings to introduce the new measures to the sales people In addition, resource managers were directed to assign two people to manage Project Forward full-time in each sales division Finally, I used motivational techniques to ensure that Project Forward was executed with vigor. Since I observed that we could not successfully implement the measure without changing the sales representatives' minds about the council's usability, I enthusiastically discussed the purpose of Project Forward at the joint meetings and through our mailing list. I showed the sales division that they owned Project Forward and should share in its establishment As a result, the motivation exhibited by these representatives grew more and more intense Solving this problem taught me several essential traits that a leader must exhibit. A leader must clearly identify the problems that are hindering a project's success, and then he must address those issues by making every team member a stakeholder in the project's success. By raising awareness of a project's goals and purposes, a leader can then motivate his teammates to contribute. Leadership is centrally interactive, and only by working in harmony with an organization can a leader guarantee long-term success.
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"We don't need to take this analysis any further, especially since the client isn't paying for additional work." I was dumbfounded. An idealistic graduate of Dartmouth College, I had imagined that the business world would provide an excellent learning environment in which to explore and apply my theoretical training. I was wrong. Working as a consultant in BCG's Mergers and Acquisitions Transaction Advisory Group, I constantly had to keep my anger and disappointment in check when my manager vetoed my attempts to conduct an intricate or more appropriate project analysis. Finding BCG to be an intellectual hinterland obsessed with churning out mediocre evaluations at a blistering pace, I constantly asked myself, "Is this really what I want to be doing?" The answer to that question--and my deep commitment to intellectual inquiry--led me to make an important decision in my life With the learning potential of my consulting position exhausted, I began considering the advantages of a return to academia. I was still interested in finance and economics, and I wanted to pursue a program in which I could apply my real-world experience. Unlike other colleagues who had returned to business school, however, I was uninterested in pursuing wealth at the expense of the other passions in my life. After careful examination, I realized that my passions lay in experimentation, in using complex analyses to test and refine theories. At BCG, this was impossible because of impediments such as frequent deadlines, incessant client demands, and stifling management Since working as a consultant was becoming tedious and uninteresting, I resolved to move on and seek a more engaging opportunity The day I left BCG, I was ecstatic. I felt as if I were finally free to pursue my intellectual interests. Although some may consider unemployment to be a depressing period, I relished my newfound freedom, exploring opportunities I hoped would satisfy my interests and goals. Through the Ameritech Corporation, I started my own business distributing discounted dental and vision plans. Running every phase of a new business was thoroughly engrossing and exciting I developed financial business models tailored specifically to my personal business, and I studied the strategies of other successful business owners. Poring over books and magazines in bookstores and libraries, I taught myself the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and the nuances of financial planning. Realizing that I was enjoying my new endeavor because it combined elements of both the academic and professional worlds, I decided that the next logical move for me would be to attain higher education in business practices. Researching several graduate programs, I concluded that XXX's Ph.D. program in Business Economics was my best option because it provided intense academic study within the parameters of applicable business theory My revived interest in academic study recalled the enriching experience I had had as an undergraduate at Dartmouth. Surrounded by intellectually engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds, I had developed an intense love of academic pursuits, especially finance and economics. Each semester, I hunted down professors, seeking to discuss economics and how the theories we were learning in class applied to the realities of the financial world. My passion for research grew out of my senior honors thesis entitled, "Picking Stocks Using Fundamental and Technical Analysis." I sought to prove that playing the stock market through technical analysis could substantially increase portfolio returns, even during turbulent economic periods. As I read through numerous case studies, including those from XXX Business School, I began to see how modern business practices adapt to and transform new economic theories in a synergistic, symbiotic process
By the time I concluded my thesis research in April 2001, I had achieved a fifty percent return on my portfolio despite the precipitous drop of the stock market. Exuberant over the success of my first major research project, I knew that I would pursue research interests in the not-so-distant future. At the age of nineteen, after only two and a half years of college, I became the youngest student in my class to graduate, and I did so with honors I also experienced the joys of teaching and spreading my love of research to others at Dartmouth. During my junior and senior years, I tutored fellow students while juggling a schedule that included two internships. To build on this experience, I conducted numerous broker-training courses in my recent role at the Ameritech Corporation. The goal of my course was to show my colleagues how to incorporate the financial model I created for my business into their own strategic business plans. A number of my students have increased their sales volumes by over fifty percent as a result of implementing my strategies. Whenever I teach, I experience a close feeling of kinship with my students and enthusiastically convey my material in a manner that allows them to experience my love of learning XXX's combination of superior faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and diverse student body makes it the ideal environment in which to broaden my knowledge of business economics. The Business Economics Ph.D. program will give me the training to perform research in financial modeling and valuation methodologies, including complex topics such as the BlackScholes option-pricing model. Of particular interest to me is Professor Vousden's project, "The Impact of EPS Accretion and Dilution on Stock Prices." Armed with an undergraduate degree in economics and significant professional experience, I have the background and commitment to succeed in XXX's rigorous Business Economics program.
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After graduated from the college, I plan go onto postgraduate studies and work on an MBA. A strong performance in Business and Marketing study will allow me to move onto an MBA and only then shall I be satisfied From 2001 to 2003 I was working at an International trade company. The working experience was both inspiring and educational. I realize the importance of a strong leader who could organize, command respect, and be able to work well with others. These ideas were further enforced by my year position at marketing and management I attended the Chinese Commodities Import & Export Fair in Guangzhou last year. And I played a vital role in meeting foreign customers and Chinese customers. I discussed business with customer as a translator Because I am good at speaking English, Putonghua and Cantonese which were used by a large number of people in the world. One skill in particular that contributed to this transaction accomplishment was my confident public speaking The last 10 months have been crucial in my learning of real world business and economics. I made a business report and set out to prove the development potentiality of the automatic electrical home appliances market in China. In this effort, my suggestion was used by my company and made a great profit for my company. While attempting to explain these alternate theories of market I have developed a keen interest in analyzing and understanding how the world of business works The purpose of my attending a Business Management course is that the program will not only improve my management skills but also help me understand the relationship between English and Chinese culture Studying in UK allowed me recognize and appreciate different culture With the experience I have and strong motivation to craft a bright future, I feel I can justify my decision to pursue a career in Business Management Since the introduction of reform programs and the open-door policy in China, international trade has been playing an important role in the economy. Thus learning Business Management has been very popular throughout the country. However many people do not have special training and cannot use the knowledge into actuality. I've selected the course as my major in the hope that the knowledge acquired in the field will enable to develop effective methods for manage and develop my former company which gave me a great financial support to my study After completing my master's program, I will return to my country to wok for my former company Yours Sincerely, Lee Wei Guangdong University of Foreign Studied E-mail: Emily1982@hotmail.com
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For as long as I can remember it has been my fondest dream and my furthest goal to attend college. From the beginning, I knew it would be an uphill climb to gain admission into a prestigious university. I have worked long and hard to get good grades in order for me to attend a university. I was finally admitted to the University of California Riverside. If I graduate from college I will be the first in my family. But, lately I have realized that I cannot reach my dreams alone; I would need financial assistance. My father was laid off from his job four months ago and my mother is unemployed. We're barely able to make our housing payments, utility and insurance bills. And if that weren't enough school tuition has dramatically gone up. I also have two other brothers who have to attend a university, but my family can't afford it. I need assistance financially. By being a recipient of a scholarship from Riverside Community College I will be able to alleviate this need, and possibly be the first member in my family to graduate from college Through much research and self-analysis I have decided that I would pursue a career in International Business. This field offers competitive salary to college grads, gives a chance to travel to different parts of the world, and is also a competitive field in today's continually globalizing economy, which has caused a demand for those with international expertise. After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the University of California Riverside, I plan to continue my education until I receive a Masters and Doctorate degree in International Marketing I decided that a career in International Business is for me because I have traveled to many foreign countries throughout my life and have excelled in foreign languages. I have a solid background in the English and Spanish languages and I also know a little of Italian Being Bolivian and living in the United States has given me an interesting, well rounded outlook on the world. I am a blend of two opposing lifestyles, and my thoughts, ideas, and actions reflect this blend. I have a thorough knowledge of the American and Spanish cultural lifestyles which I believe would be of an advantage to me when I pursue a career in international marketing. I am also in the process of gaining business knowledge and experience by working and running my parent's family shoe store. I take care of the bookkeeping, retail sales, and the ordering and purchasing of merchandise. But with the recent economic downturn it has been very difficult to maintain the business in a profit gain. Although our business is not doing well it is giving me a chance to see if I am capable of handling a business during a challenging situation by using a powerful business strategy: consumer focused marketing Therefore, my ultimate career aspiration is to become a successful executive in an international company playing a leadership role in customer focused marketing. As an international businesswoman I would be employed by a specific company, one in which would be in the need for an individual with foreign language and business skills. Chances are I would frequently travel between countries, and conduct business with officials of the foreign country in which we are doing business I would need to possess a well-rounded business knowledge that includes expertise in finance, marketing, and personnel management. I hope to gain this knowledge by studying at a University. Also, while still attending classes at the University, I hope to study abroad for a semester, in the process immersing myself in another culture, and deepening my personal and academic understanding of International Business After studying abroad and receiving my degree, I would like to volunteer to work for a nonprofit organization. Then after gaining business knowledge and most importantly business experience, I will enter the exciting international corporate world. In the long-run, I envision
for myself a career straddling the highest levels of international business as a corporate leader. I am confident that my determination, perseverance and tenacity will lead me to the successful achievement of this personal vision.
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Hello! I'm a student of Production Engineering: Marketing and Management and Production Management. During tha last 3 years I gained a lot of experience in the field of production. I was taking part in many presentations made by older students at our University. It would be a good opportunity to learn some new information about Total Quality Control, Quality Measurement Methodologies. I've a background in the vocabulary-I was preparing a presentation(Quality Management) for foreign students, who visited our University last year. I'm able to talk fluently not only about production but also about other more interesting things:) Last summer I met in the USA a Greek family, those people were fantastic! Visiting Greece will give the opportunity to meet more Greeks! I've never been to Greece and I really want to get to that country to learn more about their great culture, to taste the original Greek food (my favourite olives nad the Greek salad...), to see the beautiful beaches at the Mediterranean island of Crete, which I know only from Dicovery channel and books. It would be a pleasure for me to represent Poland in front of other students I'm an easy-going person, I do really enjoy making new international friends (I have already made few during my last summer in the USA) I'm talkative (but when it is necessary I can be quiet), open-minded, I'm not afraid of new challenges. I like travelling, visiting new places, I'm keen in politics, cultures, psychology. I'm open for every kind of music and I love dancing. I'm a remarkably tolerant person. I can easily find my feet in a new situation, it's not a problem for me to establish new contacts with foreign people.
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My interest in economics, business, finance and banking has been long standing as I am interested in how important decisions within these fields have everyday affects. I feel I have a sound and enthusiastic response to this aspect. I am currently studying Economics at 'A' level, in which I have learnt in theory and through demand and supply analysis, how the economy works. This has encouraged me to use these theories in practical application. Sociology has sharpened my ability to analyse information in depth, as well as my interpersonal skills, both of which are vital for management. Sociology has also helped me appreciate people's differing needs, which I see as an important feature of business. The content of the courses I have studied at 'A' level such as Mathematics, I feel, complement my choice of degree As part of a Work Experience programme, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity of shadowing the Finance Director of a growing fashion company and was given a virtual tour on the financial aspects of the company. I attended seminars and Board meetings and gained insight into decision making. I also helped to organise an exhibition at Earl's Court. I also attended a placement at the Head Office of Norwood Ravenswood, a large Charitable Trust. My time had been divided between various departments from Fund Raising to Finance Active participation in extra-curricular activities has taken up further time. I helped to organise and promote various events at some of London's most regarded venues, which involved raising capital through investment and planning advertisement strategies. Through this I was able to acquaint with a range of different people. I find great satisfaction in helping others that has led me to contribute to many charity events, as well as working at The Cancer Research Campaign charity shop on a voluntary basis I have also travelled to many countries, including America, India and Kenya, which has broadened my knowledge and awareness of other cultures. I have a strong passion for music. Furthermore, the presentation of a radio show gave me a chance to interact with the whole of London, which enhanced my communication skills. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and much of my spare time is spent at the gym. I also enjoy playing football and play on a regular basis for a 5-a-side team.
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Academically, I have always been a very determined and studious individual, hence why I knew that a degree at University would be the definite next step. I have a broad interest in many subject areas yet feel drawn towards a law or business orientated degree. With regards to Business, the reasoning behind my choice is the complex and intriguing nature of the subject. I particularly enjoy the way business so appropriately blends in with everyday issues. Since taking the subject at A-Level my interest has grown and matured and I am able to view many businesses analytically and make suggestions regarding possible improvements. Law is an area which has interested me from an early age. I enjoy extensive reading and recognise that this is essential in studying law. I consider myself to be well suited to a career in law as I pay much attention to detail and take pleasure in undergoing work which raises social issues in today's society and requires the skill to manipulate evidence and present persuasive arguments. I also believe that the Psychology A-Level I have has aided me in observing the actions of others and how their opinions and memories are influenced by external factors. This area of work requires much confidence which I believe I posses and can use to my advantage in order to gain recognition in this competitive field of work My work experience is very broad due to a variety of positions I have held in differentiating working environments. My experience working for Royal Worchester & Spode in the Debenhams' department store has been the most influential. The up-market company requires a confidant disposition from a Sales Advisor such as myself and a proficient memory in order to ensure product knowledge is to an optimum standard I was also given the responsibility to train a new employee which displays the high degree of trust my employers have for me My educational experiences have been of great use to me from a position of form captain in Secondary School to aiding the organisation of mass celebrations in College. Responsibilities such as these have helped me to mature and take my positions seriously so that I am respected by staff. My position of English Prefect in Year 11 required a large portion of my time as I was in charge of aiding the entire English department. My interest in the Italian language has also led me to have an article I wrote regarding the exploitation of women on Italian Television published in 'L'Italiano' newspaper, to which I was very content to have my views expressed During Secondary School I also attended evening Italian classes where I was presented with 'The Student of the Year Award' due to my excellent standard of work. The class required me to organise my time efficiently so that other schoolwork did not suffer as a result of my extra GCSE. As a result of these classes and of my Italian parents I now speak the language fluently Sport and leisure also interests me and during college I decided to use this interest to do charity work for RNIB where I raised GBP250 and abseiled 120ft down Westminster University. I played Netball for the Harrow Netball Team and competed in the OGI UK Games for the Harrow and Wembley team where I was awarded several trophies and a gold and bronze medal for long jump and javelin.
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I have always wanted to go to university young because feel that going to university will give me a good sense of direction and help me to define who I can be, and what career I will pursue in the future. The courses which I hope to do at university are business management or marketing. This is because I feel that these are the courses that have career paths which most interest me, and after studying a little of both of these at AS and A2 I feel that these are my strongest and favourite areas of the business studies syllabus I feel that I would do well in business management as it incorporates many interesting features of business studies such as marketing management, human resource management and financial management. These features would be useful in any career I decide to enter after I have obtained my degree. Marketing fascinates me because I am interested in why and how people buy things, is it down to impulse or due to psychological and attractive advertising? I feel that my creative skills gained in media studies will come in useful when studying marketing, as there is a strong role for media in marketing , especially as marketing can incorporate advertising whether its on television, radio or print. I feel that I am imaginative as I am currently making a film for media studies, which needs to be planned carefully and very original. I made a Sunday supplement magazine in AS which meant a lot of creative and attention grabbing writing, which I feel will come in useful for a course in marketing I have a part time job in ASDA which I started in December 2003 , which I feel has enabled me to use my communication skills in a more challenging environment, as every customer is different. Through working for ASDA I have learnt there are many hierarchal levels in supermarket management and how in the workplace you have to be both a team player and an individual to succeed My main leisure activities and interests are playing football .I have played for various Sunday league teams , which is very hard at times due to the fact that sometimes I was playing with new team members so I had to make friends quickly. Also I enjoy listening to music especially rap and RnB although I do keep an open mind and tend to listen to other genres Also I have a NHS modernisation certificate which I obtained in May last year. This certificate was giving to me by the organisation known as Brooke and I achieved it by retraining NHS professionals on how to help young people in a better and more understanding way I am really excited about proceeding to university, as I would be the first in my immediate family to do so and feel I could accomplish a lot once I get there.
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I would like to study Business Management at university, as I am interested in current affairs and am curious about the real world Business management will teach and help me how to manage people; how to make and carry out decisions; and how to assess markets. It is a broad subject, which will develop my ability to think logically and creatively The subjects I am studying at A-level will be relevant to Business Management as Economics is mainly a written subject where accurate use of English is essential. Memorizing economic concepts are crucial in understanding the environment in which businesses operate; it also helps to improve your memory. Learning different market structures such as monopoly and perfect competition is important and in Business Management my knowledge will be further broadened. Economics is a strong A-level subject- most professional careers demand a course in economics as part of training. To run a business we must be aware of the economy I enjoy studying law as it has widened my scope on problems in our society. It has taught me how the law is made, enforced and how it affects us. I have developed skills of research, analytical and problem solving skills, I also have the ability to select relevant legal authority and evidence, for example, relevant cases and statutes. Law is crucial for businesses as it guides you on what you can and cannot do. E.U Law is crucial as in 1989, a 'Charter of Fundamental Social Rights for Workers' was adopted by 11 of the then 12 Member States of the European Union. Many initiatives on improving the working conditions of E.U citizens were out forward. Employment rights such as health and safety protection; protection of pregnant women; the right to annual paid holidays and improved social and professional integration for the disabled are essential if a business is to succeed From sociology, I have learnt the theories and views of well-known sociologists such as Karl Marx and many others. I carried out a research report on a piece of sociological research and have written a challenging essay of two thousand words. Sociology has helped me to develop skills of research, analysing evidence and theory, dealing with competing arguments in written and oral reports. Sociology is relevant to many areas of management such as Personnel Management, which deals with issues of unfair dismissal that could be due to gender or race, for example I am interested in reading, films and music. I have been to the theatre and I enjoyed the experience. I like to keep in touch with what news is making the headlines and therefore try to read newspapers when I can I like to show creativity by cooking and designing decorative henna patterns for use on the hands I hope to gain knowledge of Business Management and for studying at university to provide me with a starting point in my career.
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My decision to study project management in construction and other business related subjects stems from developing an interest in business as a career aim. This interest is almost certainly the result of growing up in an entrepreneurial family where I was constantly exposed to discussions about all aspects of enterprises, from new business ideas to running a firm efficiently and managing projects. I believe that my background has given me insight into the working of business and marketing. My interest in business was reinforced by my experience in shadowing a project manager at a small construction company in London called St. James construction, whilst a school work experience I like to take the initiative and enjoy ownership of a project by seeing things from beginning to end. I realised this when I helped my elder brother with the setting up of his own pizza delivery business in south London. I attended meetings with solicitors, accountants and surveyors. This gave me a chance to witness and understand a number of different aspects of setting up and running a business as well as developing skills, like team working, acting on initiative and foreseeing and preparing for potential problems. It made me think particularly about business location, suppliers, target audience, finance, quality, competition and future growth. I believe this experience enhanced my basic business awareness further confirming for me that my interest and skills lay in the direction of a career in business My choice of 'A' level subjects was based on my aim to pursue studies involving business. I appreciated that the impact of technology and social interactions were necessary prerequisites to succeed in business and project work. I am currently also studying Maths at home as I appreciate that numerical skill will be important in my chosen course. Thus I believe that my academic knowledge, practical experience and personal skills equip me to successfully pursue a degree Outside college, I am involved with my family business every weekend I also help out at the local community centre by helping disabled children. When time allows, I enjoy reading various kinds of literature and am currently enjoying The Colour Purple. Keeping fit is also an interest of mine, which I like to carry out in my spare time through swimming and time at the gym. I am interested in a number of other Sports, such as football and tennis, but my biggest achievement to date has been when I became the captain of my local Hounslow Cricket club under 18 and won the Middlesex league. I have travelled extensively and have visited Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Afghanistan as well as various countries in Europe. Through out my travels, the differing degree of development, lifestyles and work ethos I witnessed in different counties have widened my horizons and I am now more culturally aware and sensitive.
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For the past year I have been studying subjects relating to business on the Internet. I have chosen to apply for a course in business relating to the Internet because it is a very interesting and exciting area to work in. It is a new industry, with lots of aspects still to be exploited such as virtual on-line stores, using drop shippings and extending on-line purchasing through mobile technology. I hope this course will extend my knowledge and understanding of the Internet and eventually lead me into a career where I will be rewarded and have many future opportunities I am very fascinated with figures because I had a great interest in maths in secondary school and Finance in college. I also would love to do a course with Finance as I gained a distinction in Finance when I was studying Intermediate Business. I am computer literate with a typing speed of 45 words per minute. This is because the subject I am doing involves alot of typing My time at Tower Hamlets College has been particularly successful because of my own determination and motivation to do well and I also made the most of the opportunities available for me. I have received a number of awards and certificates for my work in Business Studies and E-commerce I have strong communication skills with verbal communication being my greatest strength. I presented some of my assignments verbally because my teachers wanted to capitalize on my ability to get my point across by talking. My BTEC e-Business course is 100% assignment based and so far I have met all assignment deadlines and passed My work experience at a local youth club in Limehouse has broadened my view of the world of work, while I was there I gained new skills such as how to work as a part of a team when we organised activities for children. I also organised residential trips and participated in activities, which were held in college and in my local youth club This helped me manage time, team build and also negotiate with other people One of my major responsibilities is being class representative. I try to get students views across in the college. I was chosen as a class rep because of my excellent attendance and punctuality in college as well as my ability to speak, and my honesty and trust Now I am in my last six months of my course and I am motivated to get good grades and I am determined to go to university I enjoy a number of outside interests such as music, going to the cinema and reading. I have a passion for playing football as well as supporting my favourite team which is Liverpool. I play regularly in my local park team and I also enjoy playing snooker I love to play chess and checkers as it stimulates my mind and allows me to think ahead of my-self. The rest of my free time is spent on helping people in my local area with their computer problems. I am very happy to help others who need help because I enjoy doing it because I get appreciated for it I always wanted to go to university from a young age and I know by going to university I will have a wider range of opportunities to choose from.
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A degree in marketing is something which interests me; it's exciting and stimulating and will provide me with the key requirements to begin a successful career in the field. The marketing profession requires individuals with good interpersonal skills, who are dedicated, quick thinking, robust, diplomatic, articulate and have a competitive flare, all of which are skills and attributes that I recognise in myself Marketing appeals to me because it is arguably the most invigorating and vital department of any business with a responsibility to initiate new challenges and opportunities My experience in the workplace and in non academic activities has helped me develop a strong interest in working in the corporate world In 1999 I was the youngest successful applicant to become a member of the Youth Council for the Millennium Dome. For two summers I did work experience at my local MP's Westminster office. My main duty was researching specific topics and producing reports on my findings, my work was used in parliamentary reports on issues such as teenage pregnancy and drug abuse in foreign countries. My first job was as a waitress at a local restaurant and I am currently working for Sainsbury's. In the past year one of my extra curricular commitments has been volunteer work as a classroom assistant at a local primary school. This year I have also been given the position of form prefect, which means I provide additional support to a form group and to members of staff Through these experiences I have been able to discover, develop and demonstrate skills which are central to succeeding in marketing, including both oral and written communication, creativity, working to deadlines, perseverance, dedication and adaptability. I have also learnt the importance of a good client-employee relationship and how personal integrity is a fundamental requirement for any successful business or organisation Sports has always been a keen interest of mine, it has given me an understanding how a team of people can work effectively together towards a common goal. For the last two years my house elected me the Head of my House netball team. This experience has helped me again develop skills including organisation and leadership. It has also given me the opportunity to motivate others to succeed. In school I am a trained "peer listener", which means I am trained to listen to younger students problems and encourage them to think through a solution for themselves. I have spent my Sixth Form years at a boarding school which has taught me how a group of people must live and function closely together with respect, maturity and co-operation At my previous school I covered the portfolio work for an intermediate level GNVQ in leisure and tourism and a foundation level GNVQ in health and social care. Currently I am an enthusiastic member of the Debating Society and Reading Group at school Next summer I am going to continue to develop my knowledge and experience of the commercial workplace through an internship at a public affairs firm. This will undoubtedly give me a better grounding in the marketing and PR world, and enable me to progress to university with first-hand knowledge and experience which will be invaluable for a degree in Marketing.
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I am a clear headed, ambitious individual who has taken the time to think about my future and my goals. I have undertook and completed my first degree in two years as opposed to the normal three or four year programmes. Doing a two year course instead of a three year course has required me to continually focus, and focus more and more as the course has developed. Doing an accelerated degree has given me the advantage of continuing on to a further education, as if I had undertaken a conventional three or four year degree, I may not have considered continuing on to a masters course as seriously I have done now I did my degree as I am the only member of my family to go to university and complete a degree, which motivated me to work harder and made me proud. I chose Business Management as a general degree, which gave me the opportunity to learn and test all aspects of Management and Business so I knew what I wanted to specialise in Information Systems was one of my modules which I thoroughly enjoyed and found very interesting and I saw it as a subject which I want to learn more about and to a much higher level. One of the reasons that I want to move to a further degree is that I have enjoyed the whole learning aspect of my current degree, it has helped me see that learning is a never ending activity. Wherever I may be, in an institute of education or in my workplace, I will be continually learning. My degree has opened me up to so many aspects of learning, not just being taught, but carrying out research myself has given me a sense of responsibility as I have been teaching myself and learning Since beginning university I have been exposed to, and pleasantly surprised by the amount of different cultures there are. This has broadened my academic scope and given me new ways of thinking and dealing with situations as I can see things from other perspectives that were not present in my life before university. I have met people from all over the world and they have had a positive impact on me I knew I wanted to learn more about the world of business before beginning my business management degree. As today's graduate job market is more and more competitive, gaining a postgraduate degree will further enhance my chances of employability in the future In my life I have given myself certain goals, some relating to my personal life and some to my life in the business world, which I will do my best to complete. One such goal is to manage people effectively and efficiently. I believe that in any line of work, the key to a business is how well that business is managed from a personal development perspective. Employees of any company must be given pertinent direction, sound training, and proper feedback from their managers to be more productive in their defined job roles and responsibilities. In order to provide employees with this development, a further academic education is very important in order to understand the needs of employees. I feel that a masters course will help me attain this knowledge and provide me with the essentials of being a successful manager on the various engagements I encounter throughout my career. The business world is an environment which is full of opportunities in a vast array of sectors in which one can specialize and has global implications that are constantly changing, and therefore may leave a business leader feeling lost without a formulated plan of action Academically I believe that I have a solid foundation from a young age, which I can build upon with this masters programme. Since a young age I have attended private school and sixth form college, and I am presently studying at a recognised management school. In my time at school and sixth form college, I achieved eleven GCSE's and passed three A level subjects to a very high standard. Also during my last year of school and during sixth form college I was entered into the UK Intermediate Maths Championships and I won a silver
award each year, which placed me in the top one third of mathematicians in the country who entered the championship. During my A level Spanish Course, as group leader, I organised a trip for my class to the University of Salamanca to attend a course in Spanish. I had to organise flights, accommodation and travel around the city and I arranged meetings with all the students to brief them. With this and other group activities I have always assumed the role of team leader as I have always had the respect and trust of my peers, and I have very much enjoyed being in a position of responsibility. As well as my academic achievements, I took part in many activities which helped me shape my idea of what I want to achieve in the future and my goals, not just in my personal life but in the workplace also One of the biggest aspects of my life has been my involvement in cricket. For the seven years I was there, I represented my school on the cricket field as one of the senior members of the team. I was often handed the responsibility of captain or vice-captain in the team and was an established opening batsmen, so I was never short of any pressure on my shoulders. Despite being difficult tasks these were the aspects which I enjoyed most and I always perform best when under pressure. Away from school, I played cricket for local club. Here I progressed through the age groups very quickly, I was playing for the adult teams when I was supposed to be with the youth teams. This was a point where I had to grow up and mature very quickly as I was playing with serious cricketers at a high level. It was with my local club where I trained with and played against professionals, some of whom perform at an international level. I still train with my local club and assist in the coaching of the youth squads. Another one of my hobbies aside from cricket is reading. I recently finished a book called Digital Fortress written by Dan Brown who is a very accomplished writer and is the author of the world famous Da Vinci Code which is my current read. I found Digital Fortress very interesting as it was about security issues with the information systems within the NSA in the USA I believe I have the intellectual ability to complete a Masters Degree and I have illustrated my drive, ambition and dedication to do this is many ways. I am capable of working as part of a team as I have developed the initiative and ability to follow instructions and have the capacity of working with others. I have good group leadership skills which I want to turn into excellent and distinctive leadership skills through a Masters programme. I am the only member of my family to continue to such a high level of education, and one of the very few of my local community, these factors contribute largely to my motivation and commitment to undertaking and completing a Masters Degree.
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Since moving on to further education I have always shown a keen interest in Business studies, studying a wide variety on the subject during my A Levels. This has helped feed my enthusiasm and dedication towards the subject grow stronger and gradually has made me want to study it in more depth. I believe the reason for my passion towards the subject is due to my belief it is fundamental in today's modern society, and by pursuing a degree in the subject it can only be benifical to me and help me prosper in this business-oriented world From my A level work I have gained many key skills which will be beneficial to a career in the world of business. Two of the strongest skills that I have been able to develop are my organisation and communication skills which are essential in any career. Throughout my AS Business studies I was able to improve upon my communication skills as I had to deliver a presentation about data UK's financial stability which has aided me to constructively put a diplomatic point of view across in front of varied group sizes. These skills have helped broaden my confidence and outlook towards every day life, my confidence speaking in front of groups has also changed positively AS Sociology has provided me with an knowledge and understanding on UK society which is a key component when marketing products, as you will know the specific market that you are trying to target and can promote in accordance to it. A levels required a lot of independent work compared to my previous educational years, hence I have learnt to organise myself efficiently. This has helped me to set feasible revision timetables and meet the tight schedules that were presented to me during my A levels. Consequently this has lead to a great improvement in my organisational skills. I believe that these skills are essential and will aid me to become a successful university Business student I completed two successful weeks of work experience at MG Rover in Longbridge which was very beneficial to me as I was able to improve my communication skills and learn more about the so called "new world" During this time I was involved in a variety of tasks, which included producing a problem resolution action report relating to an investigation I was involved with. I attended and completed the 'Challenge of Management' course which develops key skills such as communication, planning, problem solving and responsibility, I feel these skills are important and have guided and helped me in my academic studies to-date and will further assist me to become a productive and efficient university Business student. In my time at Handsworth Grammar School I assisted at Open Days, Parents' Evenings and 11+ Examinations. My main priorities were showing visitors and potential students around the school to make sure each occasion was run smoothly. I have been awarded certificates of gratitude for such events. I also help out at my local Gudwara where I have been involved in taking part in Punjabi lessons as a result of taking part in this I have achieved a certificate for supplementary education attendance certificate. I have benefited a great deal from such responsibilities as they have helped me improve upon the quality of my teamwork skills immensely I believe that it is important to create a balance between the academic and social areas. I have a keen interest in Sports, especially football, of which I am an avid fan, and regularly play 11 a side football, I also am a member of a snooker club which I believe also helps to improve my concentration skills. I am currently a member at my local gym which I use regularly this ensures that I keep fit and my mind stays active and focussed as I believe a healthy body leads to a healthy mind
I believe am an individual who will benefit from life at university as I am eager to learn further and attending university is an aspiration not only for my professional ambition but for the intellectual challenge. Given the opportunity I will strive to succeed. May I take this opportunity to thank you for taking time to consider my application.
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Throughout this last term I feel I have continually furthered my abilities and competency surrounding the learning process. More specifically I have gained a deeper knowledge surrounding management as well as substantially building on many skills One of my biggest achievements this year has been my drastic improvement in my presentation giving ability. Before the CIM seminars my experience in giving presentations had been minimal and so as a result my confidence was very low. It is now clear, after practice in both CIM seminars as well as other modules; my confidence has grown, as well as the effectiveness of my presentation. For example I feel there is more clarity in my speech and a greater level of interaction through eye contact I was allocated the task of creating the PowerPoint slides for our presentation. This was quite a challenge at first but after getting help from friends as well as following help tutorials I am now confident in using PowerPoint. Through this experience, I have learnt a valuable skill that will contribute immensely in future presentations Interestingly through having to give presentations a number of my other weaknesses have also been improved on. For example my time-keeping skills and organisational had to be better, as to not let fellow group members down in meetings. I felt that all members of my syndicate group participated fully and we all worked well together This gave a positive drive to the group and as a result led to the group working more effectively and efficiently Within both lectures and seminar the types of presentations varied considerably. This took some adjusting to, as previously I was use to the same lecturer throughout. This particularly caused a problem when the presentation was not on a particular interesting topic of when the presenter lacked enthusiasm. I found it hard to listen and to keep concentration. By making notes this problem is minimised but I still feel this is a major issue in my learning process that has to be overcome When giving feedback it is especially hard to express my opinion when I do not fully agree with the view shared or when I have negative criticism. With the use of the "class presentation assessment sheet" I learnt how to state my view in diplomatic yet fair manner. Not only did the audience learn from the presenters, but also through the discussion people were able to share any knowledge they had gained through extra research During the seminars it soon became apparent that ones own interpretation and views were at times more important then the facts represented in the case. It made us think "outside the box" and I learned that it was not about finding the right answer but about crucially evaluating the issues within the case I especially found the lecture on Effective Report Writing very interesting. It made me question my own techniques and structure when writing a report. I realised it is ineffective to put non relevant information into the appendix and footnotes when it is not needed. I also found the "Why, What, When and How" structure of report writing quite useful and will look to incorporate it within my future essays The Consumer culture lecture also challenged my thinking. I was able to look at marketing issues differently. For example statements such as "Large print gives and small print takes away" was of particular interest as it made me think further of the purpose of particular methods used I found that within lectures I was particular interested in real life examples and cases. For example the use of the "Sunny Delight" drinks case in the Consumer Culture lecture. Here I was able to draw from my own memories and knowledge surrounding this issue. I feel I
relate better to these "live examples" rather then just theory and so perhaps this is area I should concentrate more on when conducting my research After completing this 1st CIM term I feel I have learnt a lot and further developed my skills. I have learnt not only on issues surrounding management, but also about how to critically evaluate them to form a balanced conclusion. From carrying out this learning diary I have highlighted both positive as well as negative aspects to my learning, on which I hope to build on in the future.
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I am very interested in studying a business management course with the addition of legal and financial studies. From a young age I have always had a keen interest in monetary matters and have also been intrigued by legal systems and how they work. I feel that combining one or both of these interests with business management will give me a sound footing to launch a career from in either legal or financial business sectors I am confident within myself and find communication with others easy I want to study at university to deepen my understanding of the knowledge and skills I already have I am currently on a gap year scheme called 'Year in Industry' in which I have a years work placement with Centrax, an aerospace company based in Newton Abbot. This placement is giving me invaluable knowledge as to how industry really works, and has enabled me to learn how to work properly as part of a team and how to reach a common goal. I have been given a project to make the company paperless. This involves studying workflow and analyzing current systems of work. There is a good chance that I will gain sponsorship from my company for university In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit. I go to the gym and play sports including tennis and football. I am keen on all aspects of modern technology and can program fluently in Delphi Whilst at school I had percussion lessons and I reached grade 4 standard, I was also on the student council. However towards the end of school I suffered a serious illness which forced me to miss a large amount of my final 2 years. Despite missing much of those final 2 years I still achieved more than enough GCSE A to C grades to get into the college course I desired. I have now made a full recovery In the future I would like to see my self working in such area's as the stock exchange or a business focusing on legal issues, such as contracts as this would interest me a great deal.
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I believe I am very capable of organising people and managing the logistics of running a company. I am keen on all aspects of business, but am particularly interested in Business Management. I feel I am a good communicator and wish to develop my teamwork and leadership skills I was lucky enough to be a guest at the Institute of Directors 2001 Annual Convention in the Royal Albert Hall. The subject of this years meeting was "change", and I enjoyed hearing reports on how well known business' such as Orange, strive to success. I found this experience invaluable to me. Last year I attended a Business Management conference weekend at Nottingham University. This inspired me to apply for the course because one particular speaker elaborated on how he became an entrepreneur from studying the subject. I aspire to one day start up my own business Taking part in Young Enterprise I quickly achieved the position of Managing Director, leading a team of eighteen fellow students. Team building, and teamwork was the key to the success of the company, we had problems but I felt that these were valuable lessons that I learnt from. After manufacturing small products, we were awarded a contract with a local school, to design and produce a commemorative book, as the school was closing down. The project earned the company GBP700 profit I have held my part time job at Blockbuster Entertainment for over a year, and hope to continue for a further year. I have earned the status of "Gold Star Customer Service Representative", this means that I have a very high level of responsibility within the store, including training up new staff and running team briefings when the manager is unavailable. I worked at a Medical Practice where I was mainly on my own. From this I learned that I thrive from working in a team, to achieve a common goal, especially problem solving I have a strong interest in school life, becoming a prefect I help out at various parents' evenings and show new students round the school Recently I took part in a drug's education course, this involved working in teams and presenting information to the class. I subsequently taught what I had learnt to younger members of the school through a workshop, which I lead My interests at home include IT, in particular I enjoy web design, working with a friend we completely re-designed our school website. I am an audiophile, and as a result have invested in some high quality hi-fi and home cinema equipment. Recently a friend and I produced two short animated films using a video camera and plastic models. I have been a member of the gym for over a year because I enjoy the physical challenge of staying fit. If I am presented with the opportunity I love to go skiing and I am a qualified PADI scuba diver From my experiences and my personal ambition I am confident that I have the necessary self-motivation and commitment to succeed in Business.
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My aim is to study management in two possible fields, events and sport. This is because my career goal is to work as part of a company organising events Taking part in a vocational course in the 6th form has enabled me to develop my organisational skills. I planned a Christmas event for younger children, which involved researching various activities and focusing on time management I have also been involved in three school productions, which allowed me to develop my confidence and independence. Being part of a cast has let me experience being part of a team and how important my communication skills are Playing in a successful netball team at school has taught me self-discipline and the ability to work with a diverse range of people. I am an enthusiastic member of the school netball team having gained an award for my achievement in being a runner up in the Black Prince Cup Work experience as a teaching assistant in a lively classroom enabled me to develop a number of important skills. Working along side other members of staff ensured that I was able to listen carefully to others and work co-operatively with a variety of people. In addition, at certain times I had to work independently with the children, which allowed me to use my own initiative I also spent time in a paediatric school assisting unwell children's redevelopment in many areas some being academic and social skills related Working part-time as customer contact representative for HSBC has enabled me to experience what it is like to cope under strict targets and high pressure. My work entails communication with colleagues, and constant interaction with the general public in the dayto-day running of personal and business bank accounts, loans and other banking products Having my own Internet facility at home has allowed me to search a range of sources to broaden my knowledge of events management. I intend to continue to use and learn more about the World Wide Web at university Attending events such as the cricket World Cup and various concerts has provided me with the opportunity to experience events management on a large scale, from safety to refreshments I feel my current experience with event organisations will enable me to achieve success as a student on an events management degree/HND.
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I have chosen to apply for a Business Management course because I believe it to be a challenging course, and one that will give me great satisfaction and develop my personal qualities, including organisational and leadership skills My enthusiasm for Business Management was fired initially by participating in the national Schools' Business Game. In this I worked in a group of four students to manage a fictional company. We had to set prices, plan production levels, decide spending on marketing and research, all to tight deadlines, each week for two terms. Our team won the regional final After this I organised a summer job in business, and worked for three weeks in the summer holiday for ICI at Runcorn in the IT department The work involved administering publicity material promoting the IT department to other departments such as Finance and Marketing, and I was shown how these departments worked. My career aim is to set up and run my own business but I recognise the need to gain practical experience by working in a larger company first During my time at school and college I have been head girl and captain of the girls' netball and hockey teams. I am a keen sportswoman and whilst at sixth form college, I started a girls' soccer team and organised matches against several nearby colleges. These have resulted in a regular programme of fixtures which will continue next year As head girl I had responsibility for running the school prefect system, scheduling duties and coaching new prefects. I was elected to the college council and represented the views of students to the senior management of the college. I also organised and promoted college dances and other social events In my spare time, I have acted as a helper in a local old people's home. Although this can be distressing work, especially with very ill residents, I have found if very regarding. I have recently completed my Duke of Edinburgh's gold award. I enjoy the outdoor life, particularly camping and fell-walking, and have recently started rock-climbing. I am also a keen theatre-goer and photographer
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I have chosen to apply to study for a Business Management degree because I find the subject very interesting. I first started studying Business at GCSE and now at A-level I am finding it even more stimulating and I realise that it is a subject that I want to carry on studying and increasing my knowledge of I have chosen to study Business Management rather than Business Studies as I feel it 3will help me develop my leadership and organisational skills to a greater level. I think the course will challenge me but will also give me great satisfaction as it is about a subject I really enjoy to do. I also understand that as the de3gree covers a wide range of issues and skills that it will in turn lead to a vast number of careers, which is good as I am yet unsure in which area I want to specialise I have grown up around business as my parents own their own company and I have spent many days working in the office environment doing jobs for them. My knowledge of their company has in turn helped me to gain interest in business and has spurred me on to wanting to know and understand more My other main interest is Information Technology, which I find is a subject that fits in well with my Business interest. I have also found that through studying this subject I have gained computer skills and knowledge that are very valuable in today's business world My career aim is to finally own and run my own business. I do understand that for that goal to be successful I need the experience and knowledge to make it work. I am hoping that through the degree I will be able to gain this During my time at college I have taken part in an 'Understanding Industry' course which I found very interesting and gave me an understanding into other aspects of business. I have also taken part in various trips to local companies which I found very informative Last year I took part in a French Exchange trip to Bourges where I carried out work experience for three days in a clothes shop, this experience developed both my personal and communication skills greatly. Throughout both college and high school my attendance and punctuality have been very good. Also during my time at high school I was both a prefect and a member of the School Hockey Team During my spare time I enjoy doing many things including swimming, reading and going out and meeting new people, I also have a part-time job at a major retail store in St. Helens. I find that my job as a sales assistant has given me great skills in communicating and dealing with people. It has increased my confidence and has given me invaluable experience. Although the work can sometimes be challenging I do enjoy it because I gain a lot from it I am reliable, organised, motivated student who enjoys experiencing new situations and I am looking forward to the experience and challenge of university life
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I have always been ambitious and am looking at university with a view to gaining credentials with which I can begin a successful career. I left university last year due to some untoward family problems that have now been resolved. Having had the initial experience of university, I now have a better idea of the type of course that will provide me with the specific credentials, understanding and experience I aspire to take into my prospective career in marketing. Part-time work will be an essential element of my routine at university. I am practicallyminded and have worked voluntarily for Oxfam, also as a retail assistant at Primark and a barmaid at the Tap N’ Tin, a large-capacity entertainment venue. I enjoy new challenges and will be seeking to further my work experience while at university – if possible, working for the university itself – most probably in retail or bar work. I am also an aspiring model and will be looking to further my career in that field while at university; I do both paid work and pro bono promotional shoots; I modelled for promotional pictures for Tap N’ Tin while working there. My official website is currently under construction and once it is complete I will look to further my modelling career, particularly if I am based in London or the greater London area, as is my first choice. In addition, I will be eager to participate in any work placement schemes over the summer to further my experience in the field of marketing, which remains my primary interest. I look forward to project assignments; I can work well in a like-minded team and have good organisational skills and ideas. If there are any groups or societies within the university that may further my career credentials in marketing I will also be looking to join them and play an active part in the events, meeting like-minded people and making as many connections as possible. I speak extremely fluent English and Russian and am hopeful that this will increase my employment prospects; I have acquired a GCSE in Russian and am planning to gain further qualifications in it, potentially while at university. I have always excelled in academic studies, but have further potential and I am confident I will thrive when studying a subject I have genuine passion and ambition for. Having studied business, marketing is the area that interests me more than any other, particularly the challenge of attracting different demographics and putting my ideas in the public eye. I am interested in traditional forms of marketing as well as the fast-growing world of eCommerce and online marketing and how the two combine. I look forward to starting my university life again and being active in as many facets as possible to boost my employment credentials and gain valuable experience. I will be eager to progress in terms of my academic study, my modelling and my work experience. I look forward to integrating into my new surroundings and being involved in social activities organised by the university. I am confident that my time at university will be a success both academically and personally and that I can leave with a range of great career prospects and a bright future ahead of me.
Personal Statement:International Business
I believe the International Business course is tailor-made for me as the course allows me to combine my passion for business with my hobby of travelling. I have aspirations of running my own business and I am looking forward to putting in the necessary work to achieve this. I feel that being on this course would be the perfect foundation. My father is a huge inspiration to me. He is a managing director of a multinational company and his work led me to opt to spend two weeks shadowing him acting as a personal assistant. This involved attending meetings throughout the UK linking up with clients and business personnel. I believe this gave me a better understanding of a working business environment and I could understand how theory learnt in study is applied to the real world. For my AS Business I really enjoyed completing the Marketing coursework. The theory of Marketing thoroughly interests me and specifically the international aspect of Marketing, such as how firms cater for the needs of customers in different contexts and countries. I am also attracted to the study of how ideas develop into businesses, and therefore look forward to developing my knowledge of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. My studies have supported my interest in business. Art & Design has taught me to be inventive, patient and also disciplined when working towards deadlines. ICT has allowed me to develop my knowledge and skills in computing and has been generally beneficial. It has raised my awareness of the fast paced developing nature of technology in business. Having completed an AS in Economics, I feel it complemented business well. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the microeconomic theories and how it related to individual businesses. In July 2006 I began a part time job working in Tesco Superstores, which has been a major learning curve for me as I have become more self-disciplined, balancing my academic studies with work activities. This job has given me a sense of commitment and responsibility, on which I thrive. I am often left alone to work independently in addition to training new members of staff. Eager to be self employed and owning my own business in the future, I am planning on initiating my own clothing business as a small project whilst I complete A-Levels and my degree. As a Sixth-Former I like to get "involved" contributing to various activities, from hosting at the official opening of our new Post 16 Centre (by the former Education Secretary, Estelle Morris) to being a member of the Sixth Form Council. I have assisted in organizing charitable events eg 24 Hour Stay Awakes. In addition, the Enrichment Programme has made me more aware of issues outside of my A Level curriculum. Sexual Health, Fair-Trade, Human Rights and a conference on Young People and Ethical Issues have all helped me learn more about other people and moral questions. I have also gained a better understanding of other cultures which is a perfect platform for the International Business course. I enjoy debate, making presentations and take pleasure in all sports as I enjoy the competition, teamwork and activity. I am vice captain of my Sixth-Form football team. Recently I have been taking part in new sports, such as Mountain Biking and the French discipline of Parkour (free-running). These have helped me learn new skills and make me want to share the learning experience with others. I am looking forward to continuing these at university. I genuinely believe I am a friendly, approachable, caring person as well as a motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic student. I thrive on challenge and relish opportunity. I am ready to take on a demanding degree course and all that comes with university life.
Over the last few years, my interest in Business has grown exponentially. Ever since picking up the subject at GCSE level, I have been intrigued by different analyses and perspectives of management situations, and fascinated by the inter-relationship of even the most insignificant sole trader with the wider environment. It shows how business can forge links between people the world over, and gives a real purpose to the phenomenon of a global village. I have thoroughly enjoyed the academic study of Business through to A-level. I am trying to push the boundaries of my knowledge by attempting AEAs in Business and Economics in the summer. Wider reading within the subject is also important in developing a more informed argument. I particularly enjoyed “The Corporation”, which followed the history of business during centuries of trading, and “Freakonomics” which showed that economic and statistical analysis can uncover problems in everyday situations. The treatment of the subject as a social science is definitely appealing, as I like to read into people’s varying opinions (whether they be scholars, journalists or analysts). My study of Sociology has emphasised the importance of different perspectives and their individual merits. The field of Marketing is particularly relevant, as there are rarely any set facts about a strategy; it is all based on opinion. Deciding which view to follow is important, and this has led me to consider consultancy as a possible career. The acceleration in my curiosity about the subject has led me to many opportunities outside the curriculum that have helped to develop the skills, as well as the knowledge, that are required to succeed in the commercial world. I have profited in a Fantasy Share League, which made me more confident in taking risks, but making sure that they are calculated (most of the time). This brought about a specific interest of mine - the working of large companies and what makes them valuable in the short term and long term - which has also led me to consider a career in corporate finance. My role as Finance Director in a Young Enterprise company definitely posed a challenge, as I was placed under pressure to make decisions within a team, and had to cope with unexpected problems. Because of this I now take more time to plan and think through a strategy, and work better as part of a group. Working for Nationwide Building Society since April 2007 has also put me in situations where coming together as a team is vital. Similarly, I have been part of an ongoing initiative to promote enterprise in local primary schools, which has improved my presentation skills - especially in front of an unfamiliar audience. This year, I am looking forward to presenting to members of the Monetary Policy Committee through the Target 2.0 Interest Rate Challenge. I believe I am a well prepared candidate to take on a Management degree. My mathematical acumen has grown stronger year on year, and has led me to study AS-level Further Maths, after achieving a grade A at A2 last year. Being part of the winning team in the UN Association Quiz has also developed my general knowledge and my interest in international relations of the present day. My wider interests include languages (French, Modern Greek) and political philosophy, and I hope to study these further as electives at university. I very much look forward to contributing to student politics, promotion and societies when I begin my undergraduate study, and making the most of my degree as the foundation of a successful career.
Personal Statement:Master Business Administration
Personal Statement for Master of Business Administration application Early in my childhood, the Internet became more than just a luxury--it became a necessity. My father moved from Singapore to Indonesia to start a textile company when I was four years old, leaving me alone with my mother. To alleviate the pressures of separation, I developed the computer skills needed for electronic communication and was able to remain in close contact with my father. This experience solidified my interest in information technology and exposed me to the enormous potential of this developing field In the summer of 1992, I exploited my knowledge of IT to help those in my community. I volunteered at a local library, helping people with computer and Internet-related questions. Also at that time, my father's business had launched many technological changes that led to the automation of its production line. These improvements had saved his company from bankruptcy. Visiting him and seeing how the new system had increased his profits heightened my interest in IT. I now live in Canada, where computers continue to play a large role in my daily affairs. I use electronic mail and Internet chats to communicate with both parents, and have chosen management information systems as my course of study. Information technology fascinates me not only because it makes companies more competitive, but also because it can bridge great distances to bring people together. I have much respect for and interest in the IT industry Personal satisfaction also plays a key role in my career decision While monetary rewards are of practical importance, true job satisfaction springs from the opportunity to grow and learn within an industry. I enjoy acquiring new skills and information, which help me to adapt to the fast-changing world, as well as pique my interest in innovation. In addition, a career with open prospects would give me constant incentive to improve myself and to gain more knowledge. I currently volunteer for an on-campus organization, Job Web, in which I am responsible for posting employment opportunities on the World Wide Web, answering questions and preparing informative handouts. This position has broadened my computing abilities and has improved my interpersonal skills, which are crucial to any business endeavor. I enjoy the sense of productivity and usefulness I gain from the work, and feel it is a valuable experience for future employment Given the confluence of my personal and professional interests, my goal is to obtain a master's degree and then to work in an IT-related industry, either with a consulting firm or as a systems analyst with a financial institution. In addition to this, I plan to use my private time to attend computer programming courses in order to maintain a competitive knowledge of technology. When I have gathered enough experience and skills, I plan to launch a consulting company of my own Attending a Master's of Science program will smooth the path to these goals. Such a program will deepen my expertise and broaden my perspectives. Moreover, the MIS option will help me to hone my skills in IT areas that I have not yet encountered. As I have attended the University of Toronto for four years, I am familiar with and have confidence in the faculty professors whom I believe can help me become an IT professional.