Andy Payne

Strong career foundations

Now undertaking a two-year graduate scheme working as an IT Business Analyst at Travis Perkins PLC, Andy Payne feels that the skills that he gained while studying at Lancaster are invaluable for the career that he has just begun. “Travis Perkins PLC owns some well-known names within construction and home improvement including Toolstation, Tile Giant, Wickes and Travis Perkins itself,” he says. “I have picked up numerous transferable skills that have enabled me to choose a career path that at first glance may not seem relevant to my degree. In addition to this, there is so much support from within the careers service, with things like the Lancaster Award, that have helped to build my confidence and skill set and I believe ultimately helped me to sell myself better in application forms and interviews. I also liked the fact I was able to work part-time at the University during my studies, providing me with valuable employment experience. It is likely that I will stay within business or maybe consider moving into the environment sector.”

Fantastic experiences

Andy was initially attracted to Lancaster due to its outstanding reputation, and was impressed by the warm welcome that he received when visiting campus. “The first thing that drew me towards Lancaster was its reputation,” he says. “But it was when I first visited the city and campus that I fell in love with Lancaster and led to me choosing it as my firm choice. Both the campus and the city centre have a very welcoming and homely feel which is an instant attraction. As well as this, campus is so well-contained and a very pleasant environment to study in.”

Additionally, Andy greatly appreciated the varied and fascinating nature of his Environmental Sciences course, relishing the opportunity to pursue a number of his environmental interests. “My favourite part of studying Environmental Science at Lancaster was the flexibility that I was given to study a variety of different modules that I had an interest in,” he says. “Not only did this mean that I enjoyed my studies more, it also meant that I gained a vast array of transferable skills that were paramount in me obtaining a place on a graduate scheme in the business sector.”

As well as the absorbing content of his course, Andy greatly appreciated the social aspects of his time at Lancaster, with the wealth of activities on offer greatly adding to his university experience. “The main thing that I enjoyed about my time at Lancaster was the overall atmosphere on campus,” he says. “There is always something social going on and so many societies to choose from, which helps to provide the ideal balance between work and social life. Everyone at the University is driven to be the best that they can be whilst making sure that they have fun along the way.”