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Leonard Awadzi

MSc Employment Relations and HRM

What is your name, the title of your course and where are you from?

My name is Leonard Awadzi . I’m studying MSc Employment Relations and Human Resource Management.  I am a Ghanaian by birth but I have lived in England for the past 17 years and currently hold a dual citizenship. So, any of the two countries is fine with me.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

I served in the British Army for nearly eleven years, completed an undergraduate degree in Business Studies and subsequently went on to work for the Europcar Group as a Customer Service Agent before I joined Loughborough University.

Why Loughborough University?

The decision to come to Loughborough University was a straight forward one. My decision was made because of the courses on offer, the strong reputation for academic excellence, recommendation from friends and the fantastic student satisfaction experience. I also consulted the various university rating websites and Loughborough was in a much better position compared to the other offers I received.   

How did you fund your studies (include links to external scholarships/funding if applicable)

My study was funded with a student loan from Student Finance England. However, I was fortunate to have been awarded £3000 in the form of a scholarship from the School of Business and Economics to be put towards my tuition fees. This gave me the piece of mind to concentrate on my studies and not worrying about how to fund my studies. 

What do you enjoy the most about your programme?

What I enjoyed the most about my programme is the fact that it was designed to offer a unique learning experience that is relevant to my chosen career aspirations and the size and diverse make-up of the group offered a wealth of knowledge that enhanced my understanding and ability to work with a diverse group of intelligent individuals from different  countries, offering an important experience that could be transferred to the workplace. And finally, the size of the class also enabled the lecturers to provide a personalised assistance for students. 

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate, and how this differs from undergraduate studies.

The transition from an undergraduate student to a postgraduate student could be daunting to some people. This is because postgraduate students are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the theoretical aspect of the programme, there is also a greater emphasis on self-directed study and the programme is designed to incorporate practical elements that you may encounter in the workplace. You literally begin to specialise in your field of study. Whereas, undergraduate study is usually based on a broader perspective – you are taught a bit of everything relating to your chosen subject. 

Describe a day in the life of a postgraduate student

A day in the life of a postgraduate student does not only involves academic activities. There is time to socialise with your friends, take part in sporting activities if you are that inclined. But time management is very important because postgraduate programmes are intensive and there is a huge demand to complete coursework. 

How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

As a family man and a mature student, I prefer to spend every spare time I have with my family and friends. There are times when we do organise a day or an evening out as a course to socialise and share ideas and get to know a lot more about each other. 

Why did you decide to study this MSc?

I served in the British Army for nearly eleven years with experiences from combat readiness to personnel management. However, I spent my final three years in the army working in Welfare and that was where I developed the passion for HRM. However, as you can tell, the military is hardly a spawning ground for an aspiring Human Resource Manager, hence my audacious but reflective decision to complete an undergraduate study and subsequently pursue an MSc in Employment Relation and HRM towards a long-term career in Human Resource Management.  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

My current goal after graduation from Loughborough University is to look for a HR role within any organisation that has a good reputation on employee development to help me obtain all the essential qualifications and the experience I most need to develop my abilities as a fully-fledged HR practitioner within the next three years. I see myself managing an HR department or a team of HR practitioners within an organisation. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a future student, what would it be?

I will advice any prospective student to come to Loughborough University because of the huge amount of opportunities available to students. The facilities available to students are all top-of-the range, the commitment from lecturers and the support systems provided by the university to ensure that every student have the best satisfaction experience during their time here. As a disabled student, there is a fantastic support structures in place to ensure that I enjoyed my time here. And it is even better if you are into sports or athletics.

My son is already planning on gaining admission here because his love for sports and the best university in the world to develop his talent is Loughborough University.