Samantha Walters

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Client Manager, Millward Brown

I had heard good things about LUMS as a top management school. But I had always wanted to experience another country and do more than just travel. So the opportunity to go abroad for my second year was the main reason I came to do my degree at Lancaster, and it turned out very, very well – I can’t imagine ever having gone to university anywhere else. 

I learnt an awful lot, met some amazing people, made the best of friends, discovered a lot about myself, grew up – and had an incredible time doing so.

Life 'down under'

For my year abroad on the BSc Marketing (Study Abroad), I completed an international exchange studying at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. It was a fantastic experience which allowed me to meet people from all over the world, many of whom I have already visited or plan to visit in the future. For the second semester I became an executive member of the UniSA Exchange Society, organising and taking part in a great many activities including winery tours, surf trips, Aussie Rules football matches, pub crawls and masquerade balls with fellow exchange students and Aussies alike. I had the chance to take courses not currently offered at Lancaster which has broadened the horizons of my degree.

This year abroad also gave me the opportunity to do some travelling during the Australian summer break over Christmas and New Year. I completed a three-month tour of the East Coast in a campervan with friends which was an amazing experience.

Consultancy experience

Another real highlight was getting the opportunity to work for Turtle Wax on a live research and consultancy project in my final year at Lancaster. It taught me such a lot, and my group and I had a fantastic time doing it together. The project really puts everything you’ve learnt in the earlier years into context.

In my spare time I played on the University Tennis Team both years that I was in Lancaster, and in the final year I was Captain of the Ladies Team, choosing players, organising matches (and socials), and helping make sure the club ran smoothly. I also played netball for Grizedale College netball team in the A league.

I am set to join Millward Brown in Warwick as a Trainee Account Researcher in September. The role involves working across a number of accounts on the Brands and Communications team – meeting clients, discussing their market research needs, then designing the research and arranging for it to be conducted. Once the research has been carried out and the data analysed, it will then be my job to show the insights and prepare a report to present back to the clients.