Fiona Cowley, Marketing Executive Pearson College London
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into business?
Pearson College has a wealth of contacts and industry partners so during my time there I was exposed to so many different companies in so many different industries. When I left school, I wasn’t sure what line of work I wanted to get into so having this exposure was so valuable to me. It helped me to rule out what it was I didn’t want to do and really focus on attending events and workshops with amazing contacts from industries I did want to work in.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working in Pearson College's Marketing department as a Marketing Executive. I have always wanted to work in Marketing and the connections I made as a student allowed me to pursue this. I manage and deliver campaigns for our Business School but I also get to work on all sorts of things from designing brochures to helping with student enquiries.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
I studied at Pearson College when it had only just begun, so having small class sizes meant we were a really tight-knit community who knew each other really well and built a great relationship with staff and tutors. It felt much more like a working environment, as if my peers and tutors were colleagues.
This also meant that I got to get involved with the shaping of the College and what it would become in the future. They have always been very open to suggestions and student views, which is still very much at the core of the College, even as it is growing.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Different - but in a really positive way! I don’t think you can compare Pearson College to any other institution. I had such a different experience to my friends who chose more traditional Universities and I believe PCL students graduate more career ready and business savvy because of its exposure to industry.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
A lot of our students are very proactive and this is also how I would describe the culture of the college. It taught me that you get out what you put in and that although the support and advice from my tutors was amazing, it was very much up to me to make it a positive and worthwhile experience.
What's your favourite brand and why?
My favourite brand at the moment is Muji. I love it because it products and message are simple, it promotes minimalism which is something we could all do with a bit more of. Their stores are really calming and peaceful, which is a massive contrast to the areas of London they’re located in.