Nick Cahm

It was an easy decision for me to start in January – I had worked for my company for the past 15 years, but in January, the factory was to shut and I needed to decide on my next steps.  It therefore happened at exactly the right time.  I also like how the course is taught during the first half of the year, with the second half of the year dedicated to writing and researching my dissertation.

 

Why did you pick Aston University?

There were a number of reasons why I picked Aston. It was a combination of four factors, a course that had interesting and relevant content, a course director with an obvious passion for the subject matter, the reputation of Aston University for being a springboard to a meaningful career and the availability of a January start.

Why did you choose to join in January?

It was an easy decision for me to start in January – I had worked for my company for the past 15 years, but in January, the factory was to shut and I needed to decide on my next steps.  It therefore happened at exactly the right time.  I also like how the course is taught during the first half of the year, with the second half of the year dedicated to writing and researching my dissertation.

What are your career ambitions and how is your course helping you achieve these?

I wanted to change careers and find a substantive role in the Business Analytics field. The course has been a huge help in this regard, however one aspect has surprised me.  

It is not just the course at Aston that helps with a future career, but also the excellent careers service. There is significant time and resource allocated to helping students find work, whether it be internships during the course or roles afterwards. Even through the tough times of the pandemic, this help has been significant.  

It does not only help with careers themselves but there are regular workshops to build the key skills that are required throughout the recruitment process and beyond.

What has been a highlight of your time at Aston so far?

Well, the obvious thing was getting good marks for my term 1 modules. However, my proudest achievement was setting up a special interest group for Careers in Business Analytics. For the group I sourced speakers to speak to the attendees about their careers and any tips for those embarking on a career in Business Analytics. As a result of one of these contacts, I was offered an internship.

 Do you have any advice to future students thinking of studying a postgraduate course at Aston University?

Firstly, if you have a passion for the subject you want to study, then do it – a qualification from Aston will help you in your future career.  

A postgraduate course is different to an undergraduate course, the degree of self-learning is significant and you need to be self-disciplined in completing pre-work for lectures and appropriate assignments.

You will get out what you put in. There’s plenty of interaction with classmates and opportunities to participate in group work. You will be learning from subject experts – be prepared to be challenged, frustrated, but ultimately fulfilled!