What's it like to Study a Business & Management Studies degree?

There's no better way of finding out what it's like to study a course than by asking someone who's done it themselves. So that's exactly what we did.

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Camila – LSE

Camila Franca

Camila studies BSc Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Brazil, it was after a one month English Language course in the UK that she fell in love with the place. At 16 she enrolled at a boarding school in the UK, accepting a place at LSE in 2012.

What inspired you to study a business related degree?

My parents have run their own advertisement company for over twenty years, therefore, I grew up listening to them talking about promotion projects or even spending free afternoons at their office, eager to help with something. It was something I always enjoyed doing, so taking a business course seemed to be a natural choice for me.

Why did you choose to study at LSE?

When the time came for me to decide which university offer to accept, LSE’s excellent reputation in social sciences and its location in the heart of London were decisive factors.

What do you like about the course?

I like the fact that it is a very general course, which gives me a broad idea of business management thus giving me the opportunity to work in many different areas later on.

What learning methods does your department employ?

The learning methods will vary according to the modules we take, but we will usually have weekly seminars and classes and most of the material (including lecture recordings) is posted online for students to access from home.

What aspects of the course are you finding difficult? Does the department support you well?

Being a third year student, I guess the most difficult aspect right now is keeping on top of all the workload whilst dealing with the pressure of deciding what to do after I graduate. Looking for a graduate job or choosing the right postgraduate course can be both very stressful and time consuming.

What about the social side of things at university, does a business student find much time for it?

It is true that being a third year student we do get a lot of work, but I still manage to find time to hang out with friends and be an active member of societies at uni. As happens to students of all other courses, achieving a work-life balance is entirely dependent on you and how you organise your studies.

What do you plan to do once you’ve graduated?

I don’t think I will move on to postgraduate study right now simply because I want to have more work experience before I continue my studies so I will be able to make a more accurate choice of the area I want to specialise in later down the line.

How has your department supported your career aspirations?

The department supports us through assigning each student an academic advisor to help us with our academic decisions and the university offers plenty of employability workshops and career events to better prepare us to pursue our career aspirations.

Karishma – LSE

Karishma Sakhrani

Karishma is from North West London, where she grew up helping out with the family business. She is now studying for a BSc Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. We caught up with Karishma in her third and final year of the course. 

What inspired you to study a business related degree?

I have grown up learning about our family business and often assisting my father during the holidays.

In addition, I have always enjoyed the disciplines associated with this area of study, such as Economics and Mathematics, which I studied at A levels. I was also interested to learn about the more practical aspects of business.

Prior to applying for university, I undertook work experience with several global firms, including Hugo Boss in France and Credit Suisse in London. These enhanced my desire to learn more about the workings of the corporate world.

Why did you choose to study at your university?

My desire to pursue my degree at LSE stemmed from its world-renowned reputation as a leading social sciences university.

The proportion of international students that the university attracts has taught me a great deal about other cultures through interacting with my fellow peers, and thus allowed me to learn more than solely my degree disciplines. It provides the university with greater perspectives and allows students to broaden their horizons both academically and socially.

What do you like about the course?

I like the fact that when you start the management course at LSE, it provides you with a broad scope of many different aspects that relate to business, such as economics, mathematics, statistics, accounting, finance and organisational behaviour. This provides you with the foundations necessary to succeed further as you progress through the degree.

Moving on to study the more practically applicable aspects, including marketing, information management and human resource management. For my final year, I am now able to be more flexible in terms of my course choices, and select the majority according to my strengths and interests that I have developed over the previous two years.

What learning methods does your department employ?

For each unit, there is usually a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour class per week. Classes are more interactive, and consist of smaller groups of students. This gives us the opportunity to ask any questions and engage in discussions with our teachers and amongst our peers.

What aspects of the course are you finding difficult? Does the department support you well?

I initially found the quantitative courses difficult in my first year of the course; however, I understood the rationale behind such courses providing a solid foundation in business.

Studying at LSE has always had quite an independent focus, however, I appreciate the fact that if we are struggling in any aspect of any course, we have opportunities to book one-to-one appointments with our professors in order to have things further explained and resolve any difficulties we are having. Thus, during this time in my first year, I made a conscious effort to attend these office hours in order to gain further guidance and assistance from my professors, which prepared me better for my final exams.

What about the social side of things at university, does a business student find much time for it?

During my time at university, I have always found it important to find a healthy balance between my academic work as well as making an effort to attend social events and join societies.

This has been a great way to meet new people, discover new things and also to make my university experience a time that I will cherish. If you find this balance, it is possible to do well in your studies whilst having a social life.

There are many events organised by the numerous societies on campus, from cultural gatherings to academic conferences.

What do you plan to do once you’ve graduated?

I undertook an internship during the summer within the operations division of Goldman Sachs, and after completing that, was given a job offer to return back there, which I will do so once I graduate next year.

How has your department supported your career aspirations?

There is a great deal of career support and guidance from both the Career Services, as well as many societies.

For example, last year when I was applying for summer internships, I attended several interview practice sessions organised by the finance society. I also attended the career fair, which enabled me to learn more about all the different firms out there which allowed me to focus my applications towards the companies to which I was attracted.