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"Studying locally is very beneficial to students"

A Customer Accounts Executive at Cable and Wireless, Seychelles-based graduate Tira Simeon tells us how her University of London degree helped her develop key work-related skills.

Written by Peter Quinn |

Tira Simeon accepting her award from UniSey's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dennis Hardy
Tira Simeon accepting her award from UniSey's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dennis Hardy.

I am currently employed at Cable and Wireless as a customer accounts executive, and my degree has helped to develop many skills relating to my work

I enrolled at the University of Seychelles three years ago, and majored in Business Administration with a specialisation in International Business in the third year. My journey was challenging but I gained a lot of experience and knowledge.

In the beginning I was intimidated. Coming from an accounting background, this was all new to me: the teaching methods, the vocabularies, the expectations of the lecturers. However, as I moved through the years, with the help of lecturers and fellow classmates, my learning experience was very worthwhile. We shared ideas and conducted study groups, all of which helped immensely in all of my final exams.

In my own experience, studying locally is very beneficial to students.

In my own experience, studying locally is very beneficial to students. You can get the support of friends and family (both morally and financially) and avoid culture shock. As many students find, it is often difficult to adapt to changes in lifestyle.

Now, I am currently employed at Cable and Wireless as a customer accounts executive, and my degree has helped to develop many skills relating to my work. For instance, being a people person (communication skills), and how to understand and approach people coming from different backgrounds. Furthermore, it has helped me to develop time management skills, respect deadlines, and many more things.

I am very proud of my accomplishment and am grateful to all who have helped in making my journey a success.

Receiving First Class Honours was a great achievement for me although it did come as a surprise as I was not expecting it. However, many people believed in me when I was filled with doubts. So I dedicate this achievement first of all to my family, who have always supported me and pushed me to work harder to achieve my goals. Secondly, to all my lecturers who provided guidance and support throughout my studies. And, lastly, to all my classmates as we all helped one another during difficult times.

Today, I am very proud of my accomplishment and am grateful to all who have helped in making my journey a success. However, it does not stop here. Hopefully, I will be pursuing my master’s degree next year.