For international student and triathlete Emily Jenkins, finding a university with high quality sports facilities and lots of clubs she could get involved with, was top of her list of priorities.
Visiting Stirling for an open day she found all she needed, and at the same time fell in love with the beauty of the campus, which sealed the deal for her.
Growing up in Spain, Emily and her family spent their free time taking part in outdoor activities and both her and her two younger brothers were bitten by the sports bug at a very early age.
With her heart set on a career in investment banking and due to her background in sport Emily, was very driven to achieve this goal and initially enrolled as an Economics student.
However, once her studies got underway Emily explored other options that were open to her and due to the flexibility of Stirling’s module system was able to combine Business Studies into her overall degree, graduating with a BA Hons Business Studies and Economics.
With the help of the University’s Career Development Centre, Emily secured a pharmaceutical marketing internship with GlaxoSmithKline in her final summer. The 12 week internship has led to her being offered a place on GSK’s Future Leaders programme which she starts in September 2016.
Moving from Leeds to Spain at the age of five Emily is bilingual in English and Spanish, and also speaks Valencian and French - language skills that she has put to good use within the international campus community.
“I made the most of the opportunities I had during my time at Stirling,” explained Emily, “including as course representative, a Student Ambassador and positions with the Business Club and Triathlon Club. I also travelled with the Business Club to Amsterdam and Rome, which gave me a fantastic insight into businesses and how they operate in other countries.
“I strongly advise new students to immerse themselves in the social side of university life, there is a club or society for everyone and I’ve gained some great friendships and unforgettable experiences though doing this myself. By taking on roles in these clubs I’ve learned many valuable skills – leadership, teamwork and organisation – that will be extremely valuable to me in the workplace. In fact, I’ve had such a positive experience at Stirling that my younger brother is considering applying to study here too.”
Senior Lecturer Dr Adelina Broadbridge of the Stirling Management School, who supervised Emily’s dissertation, is full of praise for Emily’s achievements.
She said: “Throughout her studies, Emily has applied herself to university life and taken on board every opportunity to participate in a variety of things. In addition to her studies and sporting activities, she has been active as a student ambassador to the University.
“Her role as a school officer within the Management School enabled her to liaise with students to ensure they have an excellent student experience, and assist the academic staff in a variety of matters connected with teaching and learning.
“Her dissertation carried on this focus and examined the key challenges that students face when applying for internships. She has received a well-deserved first class honours degree and secured a graduate placement with GlaxoSmithKline. I know she will excel in her future career and put to very good use the skills she has developed over her four years at Stirling.”