I decided to do an industrial placement to get some experience and enhance my CV - I never imagined it would lead to a trip to Malawi to build a school.

I’m from a family of accountants so I’ve grown up with a passion for business. When it came to choosing a course though, I wanted to broaden my horizons and find my own specialism. I’d enjoyed doing a Business BTEC at college, particularly finding out how all parts of a business link together to make it work, so I thought a Business and Management degree would be interesting and broaden my horizons.

During the course I decided to do an industrial placement to get some experience and enhance my CV – I never imagined it would lead to a trip to Malawi to build a school and volunteer in an orphanage. Through my studies I’d developed an interest in supply chain management, which was something I had no idea about before, so I was really pleased to get a placement with Johnson & Johnson in their supply chain department. As well as learning how a large organisation works, I was lucky enough to be one of 30 employees worldwide chosen to take part in a project in Malawi. I learned so much about myself and the company on that trip and I think this experience has really helped me get on the career ladder.

Edge Hill has definitely prepared me for working. The course has opened my eyes and made me really think about what I need to do to stand out. I really enjoyed the Employability module and through this gained some work experience in an accountancy firm. I ended up staying there for six months and it gave me a good insight into business, helped build my core skills and reflect on my weaknesses so I could improve on them. I am sure all of this helped me to get where I am now and having three job offers open to me.

I feel I’ve discovered my potential. The course highlights your abilities, particularly ones you didn’t even know you had before, and helps you discover areas you can develop. It’s easy to always play to your strengths but sometimes you need to challenge yourself too. I never thought I’d work for a global company, but Edge Hill made me believe in myself.