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Alan King (Business Studies, 1993)

Alan King (Business Studies, 1993)

During his time at Leeds Beckett, Alan King was keen to work and study, so he quickly secured a position as a Management Accounting Assistant with ASK Ingres through Leeds Beckett's employment service.

Following his degree Alan was offered a full-time position as a Planning & Performance Measurement Analyst for National & Provincial Building Society before joining GE Capital, where he has worked within Risk Management for the last 15 years.

Alan believes both his experiences of working through the Job Shop and the year long work placement linked to his course set him apart from other graduates.

He says, “I wanted a course which had a placement year with a real company. The BA in Business Studies at Leeds Beckett provided the right combination of vocational versus theoretical experience and teaching, and it was that which helped me get into risk management in finance, as I was able to use my data gathering skills to impress the interviewers.”

Alan advises students or graduates looking for employment to be confident and persistent, he says, “You will get rejections, but it only takes one yes for you to get your foot on the ladder. Be confident and use the key points you have been taught, don't be afraid to put your own thoughts forward.”

Find out more about how the Job Shop at Leeds Beckett can boost your career prospects and help you earn while you learn!