Rachel Steele

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Sporting Events Officer, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel took a Psychology degree at Lancaster before deciding to stay and widen her business knowledge with an MSc in Management.

Because I was already studying at Lancaster when I applied for the MSc in Management, I already knew of the Management School’s great reputation. I was looking to gain a good overview of management which covered the wide range of business functions and would help with my transition from studying to my career. 

I now work as a Sporting Events Officer at The Christie charity in Manchester. I am part of a team which is responsible for delivering a sporting events calendar to generate a substantial amount of charitable income. I manage The Christie’s involvement in several large mass-participation sporting events such as the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride, Great Manchester Run and London Marathon to raise funds for The Christie and the 40,000 cancer patients who are treated here each year.

In my current role, I utilise the theoretical knowledge I gained from the MSc Management: I work as a project manager so all of the modules covered during the year have provided me with a great theoretical understanding across business.

I would recommend the MSc Management to any student interested in learning more about business. My employer really valued my qualifications when I applied for the position at The Christie, so it really does help not just when applying for jobs, but also in applying lessons learned in practice.

I really enjoyed the project management, operations management, negotiation skills and new venture planning modules in particular as they were really hands-on modules and I learnt a lot. But all modules provided a great overview of their disciplines. I also enjoyed working on the company project for the dissertation as it was good to work closely with a company to deliver a project for them and to work on real-life problems. 

I am pretty active as a person, so I was a member of the Lancaster University Hockey Club for the four years I was at Lancaster. I now play for my local hockey club in Manchester. I also did, and continue to do, a lot of fundraising for charities which is why I was so interested in pursuing a career in fundraising. I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year and am running the London Marathon this year for charity.  

I had a fantastic time at Lancaster University. The MSc in Management is tough but really will pay dividends later on. Not only is it a great academic statement for your CV but it really does provide a good theoretical understanding to build your career upon. I made some great friends at Lancaster and continue to meet up with them on a regular basis.

I believe that the programme really has contributed to my career achievements to date. I think that it helped at job interviews and also provided a great platform for my career. It gave me a good understanding of accounting and finance which I had little or no idea about before as well as providing me with practical experience in marketing, new venture planning and project management.