Portrait photograph of: Margarida da Costa e Sa

Margarida da Costa e Sa

Country Of Origin: Portugal

Degree: MSc Management, 2017

Fiscal Affairs & International Trade Engagement Intern, British American Tobacco Headquarters

Why did you choose to study at LUMS?

I chose LUMS for its well-known and prestigious reputation amongst companies, universities and students.

Did you do a project, placement, study abroad? What did this involve and what did you gain?

I had the opportunity to go to a Summer School in Moscow, Russia. During an entire month, I embrace the challenge of studying International Business in a country that I never visited before. This experience gave me adaptation skills and helped my professional and personal growth. Moreover, it was a differentiator factor in my CV, which kept companies curious about this experience.

What impact did scholarships/funding have on your degree experience?

I had the honour to receive a departmental scholarship and a study abroad scholarship. I believe that these scholarships allowed me to standout from other candidates when applying for several jobs vacancies.
In addition, these scholarships were a much-appreciated recognition from LUMS, which gave me the strength and motivation to continue to achieve the best results throughout my academic journey.

Which parts of your Lancaster experience were the best preparation for your job?

I believe that the intensity of the course and the fast-paced environment of Lancaster, gave me the best time management skills that I could ask for. I trust that time management is crucial in our day-to-day jobs and, after Lancaster, I am certainly capable of such.

What impact has your Lancaster experience had on your career?

I believe that Lancaster taught me how to interact, both in a professional and personal way, in a multicultural environment. It was a great opportunity to learn and acquire interpersonal skills and to significantly improve my written and spoken English.