How I used my Masters from the UK to build a successful career in business management
Pranay Shrestha from Nepal graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with an MSc International Business Management in 2013.
Please describe your current job
I work as Business-to-Business Regional Sales Supervisor for Nepal’s largest telecommunication company Ncell. I am responsible for supervising sales of 70 direct sales representatives and smooth operation of small to medium enterprise (SME) sales department. My day-to-day responsibilities include maintaining the sales process, preparing the sales plan, competitor research and designing sales training modules.
What drew you to study your subject in the UK? How did it help you in your chosen career path?
The MSc in International Business Management builds the strategic management skills that are required by professionals to work at an international level. The degree course not only provides an understanding of business management but also gives students the opportunity to gain work experience in an international company through a consulting project. This experience and exposure added real value in my CV helped me to develop a confidence in the workplace.
As my current job revolves around developing strategies for managing and controlling sales operations against the background of dynamic business environment skills developed during the consultancy project, professional development training programs, critical analysis of case studies and research during my dissertation period all turned out to useful in the workplace.
Why did you choose the UK?
The UK has always been a study destination for my family. I wanted to study in the UK due to its reputation for world class university education, the one year specialised postgraduate degree program and connectivity to other major European regions.
What was your career progression after you finished your UK course?
As I was planning to apply for a supervisorial position after graduation, I became involved in case studies analysis, training and professional development programmes acquiring skills that were relevant. I also had my CV and covering letter reviewed by the university Careers and Employment Service and made an appointment for mock interviews which helped me secure a position.
With respect to my career growth, I first started my job as a Management Trainee in Nepal’s largest conglomerate company Chaudhary Group, later being promoted to Senior Executive Officer. Within a year of working in this position, I was head haunted for the position of Sales Supervisor in Nepal’s largest telecom service provider Ncell.
What advice would you give students from your country hoping to get into your area of work?
Make sure you engage in research via books, case studies and journals. During dissertation time, make sure you focus on one company and fully research it, which always comes in handy during a job interview later on.
What for you has been the most useful outcome of your UK education?
Having lifelong friends from 15 different nations who all are excelling in their professional careers. Besides this there have been so many opportunities to get involved in different training programs, trade fairs, seminars and workshops which have brought in me much needed transformation to excel in my professional career. And during last few months in university I became an International Ambassador, which gave me an opportunity to represent my university at different education fairs, British Council events in my home country.
What are your ambitions for the future?
In the last two years I have been working in the customer service and sales division in Nepal which has given me an insight into Nepalese consumer behaviour, market penetration challenges and opportunities. Using this experience, I want to assume more challenging roles and responsibilities in Sales and Market Development in FMCG industry.
Did you find it easy to settle in to life in the UK? What did you enjoy the most about living here?
It was easy for me to settle in UK as Sheffield Hallam University offered an orientation program for international students, which taught us about British culture, values and diversity. The student support department can help with any challenges with accommodation or visa issues, which is helpful for settling into life in UK. Also, student life is very sociable and there is always an event organised by the university such as city trip which is a comfortable atmosphere among students that helps to build rapport among each other.
However, the main thing that I enjoyed during my stay in UK was the people and country rich culture and ethnic diversity. I have always loved their kindness towards international students.
What’s your number one memory of your time in the UK?
During my course of study as part of degree program, I had an opportunity to work in a consulting project for Marshall Aerospace based in Cambridge, an experience that has really come handy in my professional career, proving to my senior management that I the skills required to lead any project. Also I had the opportunity to work as an interpreter part-time for the British Council which gave me an insight into UNHCR Gateway Protection Program. These are memories which I will always cherish
Is there anything else you want to tell us about your experience of studying in the UK and how it helped shape your career?
University provides student with a platform for developing skills and abilities needed to excel in a professional career. The courses apply strict academic standards and provide an opportunity to gain practical experience by working on a project for an international company. As recognised by leading professional bodies, modules are assured in quality and academic standards, which adapt into changing global business environment.