Thomas Cowley, Project Analyst at MSC UK

Pearson College London’s focus on real-world industry and employability, has been instrumental in getting me to where I am today.

How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?

I strongly believe that Pearson Business School helped shape me into the person I am today, from how I think and work, to my own personal values. Their focus on real-world industry and employability, has been instrumental in getting me to where I am today. 

Whilst studying, I undertook numerous extracurricular opportunities to enhance my CV. These included becoming Student Union Vice President, an Officer Cadet at the University of London Royal Naval Unit, presenting my dissertation at the November 2018 West East Institute International Academic Conference in Niagara Falls, and having my dissertation published in the 2019 West East Journal of Social Sciences for Humanitarian Research. 

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

I’m working for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) – Cargo Division) at their UK head office. MSC are the second largest container shipping company in the world. The MSC Group have 493 offices in 155 countries, with over 70,000 employees.  

I’m working as a Project Analyst in the Portfolio Management Office at MSC UK. My primary responsibility is to help bring strategic projects to life, through designing and building valuable solutions to service change initiatives.  

My role involves supporting Project Leads with a range of tasks, including working with key stakeholders to gather and analyse project requirements, creating concise documentation and helping to run workshops. 

What are you working on at the moment?

At present, I’m working closely with the IT Department on several system development projects, aimed at improving business processes through utilising new technologies.  

What do you enjoy most about working for MSC UK?

I’ve found working in the shipping industry to be very interesting; it’s something a little different when compared to other sectors. I particularly enjoy working alongside my talented colleagues within MSC’s family business culture.  

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

When studying, take every opportunity to find your passion and put in the hours; you really do get out what you put in, in spade loads. 

When working, I’ve experienced first-hand the importance of continually building and maintaining strong, across-business, working relationships. Strategic projects involve people at all levels from different departments, therefore the ability to build relationships has been a vital element of delivering excellent service in my role. 

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

For me, it was the tutors; all were very friendly, supportive and knowledgeable with extensive industry experience.  

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Rewarding, because as mentioned, it’s been instrumental in getting me to where I am today.  

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

Getting a degree will only get you an interview. From my experience, it’s really about what extracurricular activities you have done over and above your degree – these activities show who you are and will ultimately help you get the job.  

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

For me, it was the tutors; all were very friendly, supportive and knowledgeable with extensive industry experience.  

What course did you study?

B.A. (Hons) Business Management from 2015-18, achieving a First Class.