Ever since I remember I was very keen on geography and different countries always fascinated me. I always wanted to work in international spheres where I can see how different cultures combined together can work as one team. One of my biggest interests is languages. I have studied English since my childhood, and I started to learn German six years ago. I attended many after school language classes to improve my language level. An interest in a business related subjects has appeared as I began to study at school specialized for math and physics. Studying math and physics at a higher level has broadened my knowledge in different areas. By learning physics, I have better understood the basic principles of the world around us, and solving math problems has taught me to be determined and persevered when I want to reach my goals. In math class it was to solve the problem, in a real life it is to achieve any goal by working hard and not giving up. Those were the theoretical studies I have completed, but the reason why I want to study international business is to put the theoretical knowledge into the practice, and become aware of daily life of business world.
A life changing lesson for me was a year spent in United States as an exchange student. This experience has taught me a lot about myself. I learned how to exist in an unfamiliar environment where I had to rely on myself and cope with difficulties on my own. I also experienced a rather different school system from what I was used to. Coming from a school where I was with the same classmates for six years to a new, bigger, and much more culturally diverse school where I had met new people every day. This helped me to develop my socializing skills and because of such a cultural diversity, I had an opportunity to come across a variety of points of view, which have influenced me in many ways.
In United States I was a member of a cross country ski team. This was a very physically demanding sport and I was in a position of a beginner next to the people who have done this sport for a several years. Because of this I learned to set goals which I am capable of fulfilling. For example in a race my goal was not to win, but to finish the race. It helped me to learn that I cannot give up no matter how hard the task at the moment seems to be. Reaching the finish line has always given me a feeling of success and satisfaction.
I have studied German for six years, and I have spent a summer in Germany at a summer language course. The course I am applying for interests me also because of an integrated year on a partner institution in Germany. I think that next to the greater understanding of business, this is a great opportunity to improve my language skills and hopefully become fluent.
My inspiration for studying international business was also a visit of a European parliament in Brussels a year ago where I had a chance to see how the parliament works and talk to Slovak members of this parliament. As I read in newspaper and heard from the members themselves, it is hard to find Slovak employees sufficiently qualified for this work and I believe that with studying international business, one day I could represent people in my country by being on one of the positions in European Parliament.
I feel that studying at a University in United Kingdom will give me a best chance to prepare myself for future work in international business spheres.
MSc International Business
As the globalisation of trading and financial activities continues to grow, a Master's degree in International Business is an increasingly valuable asset in the development of career in large or small firms or business organisations.
Today’s business organisations demand multi-skilled individuals with all-round qualifications in business, finance, banking, management, marketing to keep pace with the competition and tackle the economic crisis; and they require top management with premier knowledge in all these key areas – to win the challenge of contemporary organisations, I have decided to prepare myself with further expertise and new branches of knowledge that can enhance and develop my skills further with advanced competency and professionalism and earn me progressions of capabilities and for careers. The MSc in International Business programme offered by the University of Ulster can to twin and tune my current qualification and give me the completeness of knowledge and skills; and help me get to the pinnacle of a successful career.
The MSc International Business is designed to allow students to acquire mastery of both the macro and micro contexts of international business. The programme is structured to enable students to build, develop, and integrate international business theory, and develop the skills to then apply this in terms of international business practice. The study of The International Business Environment, International Management, International Marketing, E-Business, Business Research Methods, International Entrepreneurship, Global Policy and Strategy, International Leadership and Human Resource Management in Global Context areas will prepare me for the world of international business and of operating in the global markets.
The course offers applied knowledge alongside practical management skills development and provides the knowledge of professional practice required at middle management level within the international business and management sector. The course will help me understand how to conduct business internationally and, in particular, how to do so from developmental states. It will crucially help me understand the particular challenges faced in developing corporate strategy, attracting foreign direct investment and working in countries with very different cultures, institutions, laws and business practices.
Earlier, I had studied Certificate (Level 4) and Advanced Diploma (Level 5) under the University of Ulster at City Banking College, London. I had topped that up with a First Class Honours – BSc in Banking with Economics under the Roehampton University London. Most recently, I have completed an MBA under the same university.
I have discovered that I have so far gained knowledge that mostly focus on banking, economics and finance areas in both my graduation and post graduation qualifications. I had also gained knowledge in management while studying my Certificate and Advanced Diploma. While these are special fields, I must admit that I am lacking in a area that lead to combine all these and make the other function works efficiently and this area is business, and to be precise in present day context, it is international business that I must obtain knowledge to utilise my current qualification areas efficiently and reap practical benefits out of those functions.
The MSc International Business programme will enhance me with advanced level knowledge and provide me with understanding of the relevance of international trade in today's business environment, the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation; an awareness of the emergence of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on business and managers; the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation and its impact on consumers; practical techniques to support international management, such as country evaluation, methods of international market entry, market development planning and strategic analysis, making decisions in different cultural environments and leadership skills for international management.
I will gain progressions of skills including analytical and problem-solving business-related Skills with a very strong emphasis on relevant international challenges and issues. I will not only gain new perspectives and ways of addressing international problems, I will also develop other important skills which will enhance my value to employers – for example, presentation, report-writing and IT skills, negotiation, team-work and leadership, skills in research design and analysis, and the ability to plan and manage a demanding schedule of work. I will be able to enhance my personal development including areas in giving presentations, team working, report writing, negotiation, and IT skills.
While thinking about gaining advanced level business knowledge and skills from the MSc, it is equally important to see that all my previous studies will hugely complement the MSc study in syllabus contents and for the completeness of learning outcomes due to the similarities in knowledge mapping. In fact, my current qualification would help me comprehensively to explore this newer branch of knowledge thoroughly and make me more engaged and investigative in getting the maximum out of the course. I am confident, I can bring a distinct dimension towards the learning and add in fact create extra value for the qualification and achievement