Asila graduated from UA92 with a first-class honours’ degree in Media and Communications. Here’s what she’s been up to since returning to her home country of Malaysia.
How did you hear about UA92?
I did a foundation degree in Malaysia but new I wanted to do an undergraduate degree in the UK. I was looking at Lancaster University when I came across UA92. I came over to the UK for an Open Day and loved it immediately.
How did you find moving to the UK?
At first, I found it very difficult. I didn’t know anyone. None of my friends were studying in the UK. But I soon got to know my classmates and make new friends, and it got way easier. I still felt homesick but over time it got better. It definitely had its ups and downs, but I don’t regret doing it.
What have you been up to since graduation?
I’m back in Malaysia now and working as a Digital Marketing Executive for a higher education agency called UKEC, We help students in Malaysia to study abroad in the UK or Ireland. It’s really interesting because I was once in their shoes so I know how they feel. I love being able to help others achieve their dream.
Were you prepared for your career?
I didn’t realise it at the time but the skills we developed at UA92 were very transferrable to industry. I feel like I was very prepared, and I had relevant skills which I could in the real-world. A lot of what we did at UA92 was practical, it wasn’t just reading from a textbook and doing exams.
How did you get your job?
The Character and Personal Development modules were really beneficial and has helped me get a job. I could show I was aware of how to work in a team, manage my time effectively and communicate well. It’s not something that all graduates can demonstrate so I think it set me apart from the others.
Any advice for international students?
I would say enjoy your new life and make the most of every opportunity. Three years passes very quickly so sign up to do things like work experience or join a club. It all helps boost your CV and makes you more attractive to employers.