Coline Chabrat

Country of origin: France

Supply Chain Graduate, Reckitt Benckiser

The degree which Coline studied, BBA European Management (French), is no longer available. It has been superseded by BBA International Business Management (French).

I had the opportunity to study at Lancaster University thanks to the double diploma partnership with Reims Management School. Lancaster University is a very international and triple-accredited institution, ranked among the top business schools in the UK. The international spirit of the Management School, added to the brand-new and renovated buildings with dedicated facilities, makes LUMS a very nice place to study and interact with a wide range of people.

The BBA International Business Management (formerly called the BBA European Management) is a unique experience in the sense that you acquire a real 'bicultural' education, studying in two very different universities.

I found the group work and projects played an important role in my degree, and being able to work with groups of people in a variety of methods and formats proved to be a nice way of appreciating cultural diversity. The seminars were also an interesting part of my degree, demonstrating the knowledge you have learnt with real case studies and debates. I also liked the opportunity to write a dissertation on the topic of my choice, allowing you to go into depth on a topic and perhaps relate to your professional aspirations. I found the BBA International Business Management a challenging programme but it allows for extra time for societies and sports, creating the perfect balance.

During my first year I was a French teacher for the culture society, teaching 40 students. This was a fantastic experience and I got to meet lots of new friends. In my second year I joined more societies and organised lots of events from the Christmas Ball to Integration weekend. I found being involved in such activities was a great way to make new friends, especially when you’re a fresher and not originally from the UK.

Placement experiences

I completed two placements as part of my degree. One was in Paris where I was an intern in the marketing, communication and events department at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce. I assisted in organising corporate networking events as well as managing internet communications, via social media and the website.

During my second placement I was in Belgium at the Dow Corning Europe SA, which is a silicone manufacturer. I was tasked with business support/customer service and supply chain, being responsible for customer portfolio and their first point of contact in case anything should go wrong. Through this experience I developed great market awareness, analytical and problem-solving skills. This placement confirmed to me that I want to specialise in supply chain in the future.

There are so many memories that I will keep from my two years at Lancaster, with so many exceptional individuals. Lancaster has such a great spirit and has a lot to offer, both academically and socially speaking, so you should make the most of it!

There are so many events each year at LUMS with employers – networking events are really key whilst you’re still at university to help you start thinking about your career before you have graduated. The LUMS Careers service also offers assistance in preparation of your CV and one-one meetings assisting with covering letters and upcoming interviews.

After graduating I secured a place on the Supply Chain, Graduate Leadership Programme at Reckitt Benckiser Ltd. I have gained so many skills through these opportunities – from the LUMS Careers events to the mock assessment centres. I think my time at Lancaster has greatly contributed to me securing this position.