Laura Stanford

Country of origin: Canada

Senior Consultant, Deloitte Canada

Prior to attending Lancaster University, I was employed by a competitive internship programme with the Provincial Government of Nova Scotia. My role was based in Human Resources work with compensation, classification, benefits, employee relations, and training and development. I was highly qualified for this role based on my secondary education achieved at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Management and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. My formal education is also supplemented by a Certified Human Resource Professional designation.

Lancaster University, in particular the MA in Management and Consulting degree programme (now called MA Human Resources & Consulting), appealed to my desire to build a career in people development. My exposure to training and development with the Provincial Government of Nova Scotia, and also with The Learning Edge Inc., a Canadian management consulting and corporate training organisation, provided a practical base which I could build from. Lancaster University presented an opportunity to open my mind to cutting-edge and innovative people management practices, which supplemented my practical knowledge.

My primary research in workforce generational differences was a driving factor in my career development. I started delivering training with several clients across Canada on a variety of workplace topics. This exposure and experience provided a strong foundation for further research and training design and development.

Since October 2012 I have been working for Deloitte Canada.

A unique element of the Masters degree programme was our consulting project. This was a team project with a local business in Lancashire. It provided real-world work experience, including the struggles and triumphs associated with consulting. In my opinion, this component of my degree provided invaluable and highly applicable experience for my competitive re-entry into the workforce.

During my studies at Lancaster University I took advantage of every opportunity to travel and explore the United Kingdom. I participated in a significant number of the Graduate Students’ Association’s graduate trips, as well as planning my own travels. This exposure has given me a greater appreciation for visiting new places and seeking beauty in all experiences.

Choosing Lancaster University is one of the best decisions I have ever made. My classmates, friends, professors, and programme staff have all made a lasting impact on my career, and most importantly my life.