Thea Brønlund swapped Scandinavia for Stirling studies four years ago and her international journey continues, with the new graduate poised to start a job with Bloomberg.
Thea, from Bergen in Norway, graduates with a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Business Studies and Economics.
Within a fortnight, the 22-year-old starts a full-time job as a Global Market Data Analyst in London. In her new post, she will provide the numbers, algorithms and analysis which makes Bloomberg the most sought-after financial data source in the world.
More than 80 percent of Stirling honours degree graduates this summer achieved either a first or 2:1. Thea, who is fluent in four languages, will be taking happy memories of Stirling with her.
She said: “I chose the University of Stirling for many reasons. I have always wanted to study abroad and it was recommended by a fellow Norwegian who had studied here. The University has all the resources you need, including fantastic sport facilities, as well as great flexibility with your degree.
“I love the location, the natural setting, and the fact that it is a small place with historic elements. It is convenient that it is so close to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Overall, the student environment is amazing.”
Studying at Stirling gave Thea the opportunity to become a Saltire Scholar with the Saltire Foundation. Through this programme, she secured a Project Management internship last summer with Envision Solar, an exciting global entrepreneurial company in San Diego, USA.
America has not been the only stamp in Thea’s passport during her degree, having made the most of a winter semester break by volunteering at a medical and conservation project in Zimbabwe.
Back on the University campus and Thea completed a photography project through Stirling’s Professional Development and Practice module. Students of Stirling saw Thea capture on camera 66 students of differing nationalities for a specially-curated University exhibition which gained great plaudits and has been developed into an online gallery.
She said: “Through my time in Stirling, I have gained friends from all over the world, which I will keep in touch with now that I graduate. I love meeting friends from different cultures and learning about their ways. I feel like my life is truly enriched from this experience and it has opened up new opportunities for the future.
“At University I really got to love economic data, which was one of the subjects I received the best grades in. I am very analytical, and cannot wait to start my career in such a dynamic and multi-cultural company as Bloomberg. They are based all over the world with opportunities to move around.
“Bloomberg has a young working environment and really takes care of their employees, starting with high wages and good benefits. I feel like I am truly lucky and blessed about this opportunity and I believe that my time at the Saltire Foundation has helped me to land this full-time position.”