Country of origin: United Kingdom
National Management Trainee, North Lincolnshire Council
Before joining the MSc in Human Resource & Knowledge Management, I had studied for a degree in Social History at Lancaster University. My degree – while not from a management discipline – proved very relevant to the MSc as the transferable skills and social science knowledge I had developed were highly applicable, providing a solid foundation for the social research involved in writing my dissertation.
My interest in the Masters degree was sparked by the opportunity to find out more about human resources and knowledge management. My decision to study on this Masters programme came from the realisation that key to any organisation, no matter what the sector, is the work and relationships between people. I was very interested in broadening my theoretical understanding of the area before venturing into HR in a professional capacity.
This programme provided me with the opportunity to gain insights from other departments with modules like ‘Legal Issues in Employment’ which provided great insight into other areas affecting HR. It also provided me with guidance and tools to take into my graduate scheme. I really enjoyed the flexibility and opportunity to expand my own interests, and writing a dissertation on the experience of change in local government. It was also brilliant to have the opportunity to attend the CIPD conference to meet HR professionals.
As I had already studied at Lancaster University I was well aware of the impressive status and international profile of LUMS and I felt that achieving a Masters from a triple-accredited, world-ranked management school, with highly accomplished lecturers who are at the top of their respective fields, would provide me with an effective competitive edge in this tough economic environment. It also meant I could continue my studies in this vibrant and dynamic university.
I was also able to join Lancaster University Women’s Hockey Club, one of Lancaster’s many amazing clubs and student societies. As Lancaster is a collegiate campus university there is a real sense of community amongst the students and staff here, and you can also take advantage of the first-class facilities available on your doorstep.
After graduating from Lancaster I gained a place on the Local Government Association's National Graduate Development Programme as a National Management Trainee. While applying for this scheme I made full use of the LUMS careers team, and with their help I successfully manoeuvred through multiple rounds of assessment.
I now am based at North Lincolnshire Council and I am currently working on various council-wide projects. I will also be undertaking a ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management. I feel that the insights I gained on the Masters programme will stand me in good stead for my future goals and placement opportunities.