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Ryan Duncan

BA (Hons) Business Studies and Marketing

Education Liaison Officer, Edge Hill University

Since graduating from Stirling, I went on to work within the Marketing and Student Recruitment Department at Edge Hill University. I loved my time at Stirling, and would say that my degree in Business and Marketing gave me an in depth knowledge of both interlinked areas, as well as additional topics such as Retail Studies. 

As a sixth form student I had little knowledge as to what I wanted to specialise in, or where I wanted my career to take me. It was therefore the broad range of modules, both compulsory and optional which originally appealed to me. The campus, and to an extent the city of Stirling, was also a major factor in my decision-making process. 

During my time at university I got involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities, more out of interest and fun, than the skills gained. Looking back, these experiences were invaluable to me gaining employment a matter of weeks after graduation. I was a student ambassador and flat assistant, and during my final year I was Senior Student Ambassador, a role which ultimately gave me the experience to undertake my current job. Additionally I undertook a couple of volunteering projects, an internship with the university Career Development Centre, and worked as a camp counsellor at an American summer camp for three summers. Both academic and support staff across the university were helpful, friendly and supportive throughout my time as a student.

I have no doubt that I would not have the job I do now, had it not been for the skills I developed at university, both in and outside of the classroom, and the people who supported me.  To current or potential students my advice would be to make the most of every opportunity you can, and have fun doing it. Looking back although I did a lot, there are a million other things I wish I had done while I could have. I am still good friends with many of the people from my course, and who I lived with during my time at Stirling, and would recommend the experience to anyone.

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