Jenny Ji, 27, Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, China
One year into my business translation degree at Sun-Yet San University in China, I felt I needed the sort of practical language experience you only get by living overseas. I went to a careers fair, saw a presentation by Exeter University and signed up for a BA in Accounting and Finance.
The university puts on orientation programmes to help you settle in, and living in halls of residence meant I quickly made friends from all over the world.
The teaching style is very different here. There’s a big emphasis on group work and independent learning and research. This helped grow my confidence and develop my social and language skills. One of my favourite aspects of British culture is the tendency for big groups to end up in pubs together, sitting around, chatting and getting to know one another. In China you mainly socialise with just a few close friends; it was a surprise to end the week sharing a drink with my entire class!
After graduating, I did an MA at London School of Economics. The student demographic there was much more international, and I discovered so much about many different cultures. I’m now doing an MBA at London Business School.
My studies have given me exposure to great companies: I’ve interned at Vodafone and completed a graduate programme at KPMG. I feel confident I can walk into any organisation and understand something about how it operates.