Emilia Persson
MSc International Business (2018 - 2019)

Tell us a bit about yourself, and what you studied. 

I’m half Swedish, half Finnish but I grew up in Switzerland from the age of eleven where I attended an International School just south of Zurich. Before coming to Warwick Business School, I completed my undergraduate degree (BA) at the University of Cambridge, where I studied Human, Social and Political Sciences – with a particular focus on Politics and International Relations. Clearly, I did not come from a business background but I saw WBS as my opportunity to explore International Business as a subject, and to grow more confident in applying for jobs that I was interested in by learning crucial business skills and topics.  

What first attracted you to WBS? 

I was attracted to WBS partly because of its impressive ranking as one of the best business schools in the UK and Europe. It was important for me to study somewhere that attracts some of the best professors in the field, where there is a clear passion for business. I was then also particularly interested in studying International Business as it was made clear that it was not necessary to have a business-related undergraduate degree, and that actually coming from diverse backgrounds (whether it be in terms of previous academic studies, nationality, gender or anything else) was only seen as a benefit to the programme.  

What was the best thing about the MSc International Business course?  

I think what makes WBS so special and such a fantastic place to study is the people that it attracts. Firstly, I have made some incredible friends here even though the course is only a year-long. The professors, academics and staff at WBS certainly deserve a special mention as well. They are all incredibly passionate about what they do, they are always happy to help and listen to concerns or feedback, and they take a personal interest in your success, both at WBS and beyond.  

What sort of support did you receive from the careers team? How has that helped you? 

The careers team made themselves available from day one of the programme. They are a very helpful team whether it be in a one-to-one meeting, in a workshop setting or putting on lectures with tips and advice on career applications. They are so friendly, and it was helpful to be able to discuss career goals with someone who is an expert on the topic – when I first started the programme, I was not entirely sure what I wanted to do after my masters, so even just  being able to talk through plans and ideas was a rewarding experience.  

Were you a member of any SU clubs or societies? What benefits did you get from that? 

I joined several clubs and societies, and it was such a good way to meet people and stay active alongside my studies. For instance, the Nordic Society was a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and be able to celebrate traditions even though we are away from ‘home’. The sports centre also offers great opportunities to stay active and I have particularly enjoyed the fitness classes like boxing and body pump. Finally, I also joined the Netball club, which helped me to integrate into the Warwick student life but also to stay active through trainings and matches throughout the week.  

What are your tips for getting the most out of an MSc for those starting in September? 

I think that it is important to get involved in student life from day one upon arrival. Whether that is becoming a student representative for your course at WBS, joining a sports club, joining a society or just making use of the facilities on campus, you won’t want to miss out on all that Warwick has to offer. A year is not very long, so make sure you make the most of it, even though it might seem like a daunting prospect. It is so important to have a well-rounded experience, so not all of your time should be spent on your studies – learning experiences can come from all aspects of your university experience.