Rozie Pg Haji Idris

Country of origin: Brunei Darussalam

PhD student at LUMS

Before coming to Lancaster to begin my MA in Human Resources & Consulting, I took a BA in Business Administration at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam and a BA in Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield.

I've met many exceptional individuals in my life, and here at Lancaster they have come from all across the globe. From my MA supervisor Professor Michael Reynolds, to the academic faculty teaching on my programme to my course mates – all made my time at Lancaster simply a life-enriching and unforgettable experience.

Being in Lancaster and on the MA allowed my mind to exit my normal comfort zone, explore new experiences through other people's lenses or mindsets. If you're on a quest to learn, you draw in your influences from all sides and angles. They become the portal for explorative ideas and thoughts.

As one of the leading business schools in the UK, and one with a longstanding reputation for the world-leading quality of its research, Lancaster University Management School is a strong advocate of 'learning to learn'. Before entering the Masters course, the term 'learning' to me had never escaped the strict definition of acquiring new knowledge. Eventually I discovered that learning is also about the important moments in my life at Lancaster, such as soaking up new experiences, seeing new things and being constantly surprised with what the MA programme had to offer. My curiosity to learn is my driving force. The best experiences, I find, are those that are completely unplanned.

My education at Lancaster University Management School didn't end in the lecture theatre. In today's competitive job market, recruiters are looking as much at your overall university experience as they are at your course transcripts. The MA in Human Resource Development and Consulting programme provided me with opportunities that really enhanced my education.

By combining the resources of two distinct modules — the Research Project where I conducted an ethnographic research case study at my local university (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) and the Consulting Project at Animal Care in Lancaster — I gained access to an impressive amount of resources and contacts for me to get involved in extra-curricular activities both on and off campus.

After I finished my MA, I worked as an HR Lecturer at my local university, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where I conducted lectures on Organisational Development and Change, HR and Business Society. I then decided to return to the Department of Management Learning and Leadership (now called the Department of Leadership and Management) to study full-time for a PhD.