Joanne McCawley

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Group HR Adviser, Pinsent Masons

Having already studied for my undergraduate degree (BSc in Human Geography) at Lancaster University I was aware of the surroundings and the city, but the transfer to the Management School to study the MA in Human Resource and Knowledge Management (now an MSc) was a complete and welcome change, offering me the opportunity to meet and work with students from a range of backgrounds, which I found both inspiring and rewarding.

The truly international and diverse environment meant that perspectives were put forward that I'd not previously considered - it taught me the benefits of remaining open-minded and critical of previously held assumptions. Some solid friendships were also created throughout my time spent on the MA, which I am sure will continue into the future.   

The MA was a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking experience, challenging the way I thought about the world. The various modules were interesting, well-taught and well-structured, and it was possible to see how they all fitted together and contributed to an overall understanding of contemporary Human Resource and Knowledge Management. It was also possible to develop personal interests with regards to essays and the dissertation, with the support and guidance of departmental staff.

Overall, the MA offered me the chance to pursue my interests in and develop my knowledge of all the dimensions of contemporary management. Without it, I am positive that I would not have gained a place on the HR Graduate Scheme for Corus, in which I will undertake my CIPD qualification as well as Employment Law Diploma. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and has shaped my thinking, something that I know will be carried into employment.

Joanne has since joined Pinsent Masons as a Group HR Advisor.