From making snow angels to a management role at TikTok– my WBS journey

31 August 2023

MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovations alumna Andrea Ong recounts her time at Warwick Business School, and the exciting opportunities the qualification gave her.

As a person who deeply believes in the power of knowledge and education, I challenged myself to obtain a professional Masters before I hit 30.

I applied for a place on WBS’ MSc Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovations course during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite concerns about not getting the full experience due to lockdown restrictions. This ended up being the best decision I could ever have made!

I was lucky to meet a brilliant mix of friends, both on my course and in my Claycroft residence. Although we all came from very different backgrounds and cultures, we shared a passion for learning, working hard, and enjoying ourselves.

It was great to have that family feeling in our halls during lockdown. We cooked meals together, went grocery shopping together and even made a makeshift theatre in the kitchen for movie nights.

We were blessed with snow during my first winter in the UK, so we made giant snowmen, had snowball fights and made snow angels. These are some of my sweetest memories in life that I hold dearly to my heart, and I couldn’t be more thankful to Warwick and its people for making them happen.

Although I was sad to move away from my friends and peers upon graduating, my Masters experience prepared me well for life after university. Thanks to my personalised support and advice from the MSc careers team, I was delighted to land a role at TikTok a week before graduating, working as Regional Project Manager for Europe and Israel, within the Strategy Operations team.

Aside from the invaluable education I received at WBS, my time here taught me the value of life and how to be happy. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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