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Rob Nolan

"I would say the course is about preparing you for life in the real world of business".

Course
Business Management

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?

I chose Business Management as I knew that I wanted to go into business but I was not certain of what specific area or industry leaving school. I chose the University of Surrey based on the excellent reputation for graduate employability, the opportunity to partake in a year in a professional training year and the excellent facilities on and near campus.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

Most memories are probably not suitable for publication! However, my fondest memory of being at Surrey would always have to involve rowing. Rowing on the Thames, training at the Sports Park and all of the social events, certainly kept me busy and I got to meet some great friends.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?

I would say the course is about preparing you for life in the real world of business. Yes, like all courses you learn the academic theory but you put these into practice straight away. You develop practical skills such as presentation skills, team working and time management that you can apply to every day of your working life with a good solid foundation of academic knowledge.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

My time at Surrey gave me the ability to realise my true potential and apply for roles in industries that I had previously not considered.

"My time at Surrey gave me the ability to realise my true potential and apply for roles in industries that I had previously not considered."

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

As an operations management trainee in the logistics industry I have had a diverse range of experiences from managing the night shift in a warehouse to being on a six months secondment to Toulouse, France. In the UK business every day is different, there are so many variables that can affect the outcome of a day, it definitely keeps you thinking on your feet!

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?

Do not be afraid of wanting to get involved, rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done. Get involved in as many activities, sports clubs and societies at Surrey as possible, this will make you stand out from the crowd and have a plethora of transferable skills that are essential in the work place. The main thing is to always be yourself in any application.

Why do you decide to support Surrey by volunteering your time?

I decided to volunteer as a graduate to provide prospective students with an additional aspect to their decision making process when looking at University choices. I was a Student Ambassador during my time at Surrey and enjoyed helping students.

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