Christopher Himsworth

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Sales Operations Controller, Nissan Motors GB

There were many reasons why I chose to study at LUMS over any other university. The overall University ranking together with the excellent ranking of the Management School played a large part in my decision. The employment prospects for a graduate of LUMS are very good and this is becoming an increasingly important factor to consider. I visited the University on an open day and I really noticed the friendly and helpful atmosphere on campus.

On the Business Studies programme I was able to choose a variety of modules across disciplines, allowing me to concentrate on areas that appealed to me the most. My favourite modules were the core MNGT modules which were taught by knowledgeable, experienced and passionate staff. Being pushed outside of my comfort zone helped me to develop on a personal level and I really valued meeting people from across the globe and learning about different cultures. I was able to develop my report writing, presentation, leadership and team working skills.

I became the course representative for OWT 226 and outside of studying, I joined the skiing society, who organise a great ski trip every year.

As part of my degree I did a summer internship at Santander Consumer Finance (first year) as Car Finance Funder and another at Enterprise Rent a Car (second year) as a Management trainee. I was able to experience how different businesses operate within different industries and to apply any experience theory learnt at university to the 'real world'. I developed a variety of new business skills and knowledge thus making myself more employable for gaining a graduate job.

I used the Careers Service in LUMS throughout my three years and was very satisfied with the level of service provided. I received advice on CV building and later CV improvement, where to find suitable internships, psychometric tests and advice on how to best complete application forms.

During my time at Lancaster I learnt a lot of skills, both academic and personal such as leadership and team work. The campus is modern and vibrant, and a safe and friendly place to live. It certainly was challenging at times but worth it in the end to gain a degree from one of the best universities and management schools in the UK.

After graduation I joined Nissan Motors GB on their Marketing/Management Graduate scheme.