Graduate profile
Kevin Patrick Surrey Business School

Kevin Patrick

"I enjoyed the range of modules and the balance of individual and group work. I found that the lecturers were very knowledgeable, personable and willing to provide individual support."

Course
International Business Management BSc (Hons)
Graduation year
2014

What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your programme here?

I remember visiting the campus on an open day and being amazed by the beautiful sceneries, such as the lake and water fountain. I was also impressed by the programme structure and modules on offer, which made me felt confident that this programme would help me and my business which I was running at the time. The location was also very convenient as I was based in Camberley, so getting to Guildford either by car or train was very easy.

I had also read and heard about the great social life at Surrey, with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who study there, so I was keen to meet and make new friends. Little did I know I would find my wife too!  

What were the best things about your programme?

I enjoyed the range of modules and the balance of individual and group work. I found that the lecturers were very knowledgeable, personable and willing to provide individual support. 

What do you find most enjoyable about your line of work?

I’m currently the Head of Sales and sit on the executive board of TMA World, a company that has been established for nearly 30 years and is one of the world leaders in cross-cultural and borderless workplace training solutions. I personally manage our largest clients and own responsibility for customer acquisition and growth. We have a huge network of trainers all around the world (in over 60 countries) and we work with some incredible clients such as Amazon, Arcelor Mittal, BP, PlayStation and more. I enjoy being able to meet incredible people in amazing companies. Most of the time we speak with clients remotely, however, there are opportunities to travel which is good fun! I work closely with the founders and help shape the company direction.

I enjoy being able to influence and support my team (some of who are in their first proper jobs and/or sales jobs) and when I see them do well and grow it's a feeling like no other. I sold my textiles business in 2016 and when I decided to go into employment (for various reasons but mainly to learn and grow my knowledge) I never imagined being in a senior position for a successful company so early on. But, I always feel that I am the hardest worker in the room and won't settle for anything but success.     

How did your time at Surrey influence your career?

University gave me so much more than a degree. It gave me my wife, life-long friends, contacts and opportunities such as becoming the president of Surrey Entrepreneurs, the Entrepreneurial society on campus. I worked hard with my team to grow the success of the society, focussing on inspiring and supporting students from all degree backgrounds to start their own businesses or to think entrepreneurially. We had speakers from organisations such as McLaren Automotive, ASOS and IBM and ran workshops such as 'Start a business in 24 hours'. In addition to this, my business was supplying printed and embroidered clothing for many of the student activities at the university which was a huge motivation as a student and hungry entrepreneur. Surrey gave me confidence, support and leadership skills which have helped me progress in my career and personal life.

 How can students hoping to work in your profession make the most of their time at Surrey?

Like with anything in life, students must grab all opportunities. Join societies, make new friends, speak to lecturers about your career and passions and ask for guidance. There is so much that the university does that one may be shocked! Utilise every single day at the university and I am sure it will help in any career path.

What is your happiest memory of your time at Surrey?

Graduation was great and a happy memory as I’m sure it was for many people. For me personally, I will never forget the success we had at our first Surrey Entrepreneurs event where I had invited the Operations Director from McLaren to give a talk about their new office in Woking, product design and other areas to inspire students to pursue their dreams. The event was marketed to engineer students and was a massive success. We had students sitting on the steps in the lecture theatre listening in and probably 200-250 students in a 150-person capacity lecture theatre. Even previous presidents who attended commented that they had never seen such numbers and engagement at an event before. That was a proud and very happy moment for me. 

 

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