Kristian Gwizdak

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Analyst, Accenture

I choose to study BSc Marketing Management at LUMS because of the reputation of the Management School, the option to undertake a placement and the relaxed and friendly campus vibe I encountered when visiting on the open day. Lancaster itself has a high proportion of students, so there is a strong community feel across the city.

I liked the idea of studying a subject which had clear career opportunities but brought together many different disciplines. The degree structure provided the best of both worlds, enabling you to have the freedom to choose modules from a range of different departments while maintaining core marketing management skills.

With my interest in management consulting, I was able to select relevant subjects across LUMS. I found the lecturers were engaging in their teaching and were very willing to help if asked, with some being leading experts in their field. The course also involved a great deal of group work, which I found to be an important competency for future placements.

When choosing my one-year placement, I looked for something that would offer a unique experience. I have always been interested in travel, and was fortunate enough to secure a role at Amadeus in their office in Nice, France. As well as learning about business practice in the travel technology industry within a very multicultural environment, the year was full of memorable experiences, including attending the Cannes Film Festival and going the Monaco Grand Prix, to name a few!

Lancaster has a wide range of societies – throughout I participated in a varied number of groups, from student radio to rowing. During my fourth year I became a member of SIFE and was involved with a project helping local businesses. In addition, I joined the Student Union’s volunteering unit, LUSU Involve, and embarked on a month-long exchange to Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our group of 30 Lancaster students were involved in a range of exciting community and political activities, including a rural homestay and teaching business skills to local students.

After completing my degree, I decided to continue furthering my own personal development and academic interest by undertaking an MSc at the University of Bath in Advanced Management Practice. After graduating in December 2013, I joined Accenture on their Analyst Consulting scheme.