Shreyas from India, MBA
Shreyas Malyavantham from India graduated in 2014 from the University of Chester. He studied MBA and is currently working as an Analyst with HSBC in India.
I come from Bangalore. After completing my Bachelor degree in India, I worked for a year as an Auditor Assistant and also helped out with the family business.
Before coming to the UK, I had never travelled outside India, so I was a bit anxious but at the same time also really excited about studying abroad. I chose the UK because of two main reasons - the quality and reputation of the UK degrees as well as the short duration of the course. Due to family commitments, it was very important for me to complete my studies in as short a period as possible and the UK Masters degrees are only 1 year in duration.
As I had only a few friends in the UK, I had to do in-depth research into study options in the UK and then make my own choice. The most important factors for me when selecting a suitable institution were affordable tuition fees and good rankings.
I visited many educational agents and received offers from 8 UK Universities. I had also come to know that Seshadripuram College Bangalore has close links with the University of Chester, and following their advice I made my final choice to join the University for the January MBA session.
As soon as I stepped out of the flight I realised that my stay in the UK will be an adventure of a lifetime! I was welcomed by snow, which I had never seen before in my life!
My MBA class consisted of students from various countries, which I really enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, it was not at all smooth sailing, I had to make a few adjustments.
Despite the fact that my command over the English language was very good, it still took me some time to get used to different accents of my classmates and teachers. I also found the UK too quiet at the beginning, there is hardly any honking on the streets
My time in the UK has given me a lot of confidence and independence! I had to manage my spending, cook for myself, do the weekly shopping and make sure my apartment stays clean- a lot for a guy who never had to worry about these things before. For the first few months, I stayed in the University managed accommodation and then I moved into private accommodation. Luckily I managed to secure a room very close to the University, but to be honest, this was not a major issue for me as everything in Chester is at a walking distance.
Yes, I know it seems a lot for many Indian students who have never been overseas, but the UK weather is pleasant and after a few days your feet stop hurting and walking becomes a pleasure,especially in Chester as it is a clean, safe and pleasant city. I really have to emphasise that people in Chester are one of the friendliest and kindest that you will ever meet.
I made many friends from all over the world during my studies in and outside my classroom. I joined the Westminster Park Cricket club and played in the Cheshire County Cricket League, I worked as a Global Guide for the University Welfare Office- where I helped new international students to settle in, and I also worked at the famous Chester Racecourse. I also took part in many workshops organised by the Career Services such as Interview Techniques, Presenting Skills, How to get a Part- Time Job etc.
I am now working as a Customer Due Diligence Analyst at HSBC. Elective modules such as Strategic Management helped prepare me for my current role in risk management. In my role as CDD analyst I need to analyse the customer profiles to mitigate risk, the degree I have obtained from the UK provided me with necessary skills to succeed in my daily work responsibilities.