alumni stories

KONSTANTIN

What did you do after leaving? 

I decided to develop further my education. I graduated my Bachelor degree in Economics, started working at Hunter Douglas as a Project Sales Manager, completed my Master Degree in Business administration and continued developing my skills even further. 

Your current Job 

I am founder and owner of B-Tek Consult LTD https://b-tekconsult.com/ 

 
Tell us a little bit about what your job involves: 

Consulting partners in the area of People Management, Sales, Project Management. Helping them to implement and realize the benefits of the SWAT analysis. To take advantage of the strengths and learn how to turn the weaknesses into opportunities. Linking customers across the world. 

What are your favourite memories of St. Andrew’s? 

The community is one of the few things that left a deep and vivid memory inside of me. The spirit of the place can be compared with nothing like it. I miss the colleagues, the teachers and the joy we had together. 

What advice would you give to a student interested in following in your footsteps? 

Pay attention to the small details. Do not be discouraged by small failures. We all have times when we feel unsatisfied. Always try to look positively ahead into the future. Because it depends only on our decisions. 

CLARA

What did you do after leaving? 

After I left St Andrew’s College Cambridge, I went to Liverpool John Moores University to continue my BA study in History of Art and Museum Studies. I have achieved an upper second class in my BA degree. During my three years in Liverpool, I worked with The National Archive to curate an exhibition and also worked with National Trust Speke Hall summer conservation project. Now I’m doing my Master study in Fine art in (OCA) alongside with postgraduate study in teaching training in FE sector (Bolton University).  

Current job 

I’m working as a part time online chat agent and also doing my placement in teaching fine art and art history in community and colleges. I’m also both course reps for my course and a student rep for university of Bolton. And I’m also work with the university students Union as a student ambassador.  

Tell us a little bit about what your job involves: 

In my placement, I’m a trainee teacher teaching 14+ learners and adults in community and colleges about fine art and art history. As a course rep I collected my peer’s feedbacks of the course back to my tutor and make sure all my classmates are happy in the course. As a student rep, I represent all the students in education department to university. I make sure everyone is inclusive and helps SU to solve problems. As a student ambassador I work closely with SU to make sure all students enjoy their time in university.  

How did St Andrew’s help you achieve your goals in your life and or career? 

The time I had in St Andrews is the best time ever in my life! The reason I want to be a FE teacher is because of St Andrew’s teacher. They inspire me to pursue my dreams. They help me to find my path therefore I want to be like them to help young people.  

What are your favorite memories of St. Andrew’s? 

All my art teacher!! My friends and my accommodation! Is the best place ever! I wish I can turn back time to stay there forever.  

What advice would you give to a student interested in following in your footsteps? 

Believe in your goals, dreams. Talk to your st Andrew’s teacher! They will help you and you have to believe in yourself! Learn as much as you can from your teacher and get involve!  

Is there anything else you’d like to share/add? 

I just want to say Thank you to all my teacher in st Andrew’s:) I will come back and visit you all! I have been study in UK many years in different places but St. Andrews is the best place ever.. I missed them I missed all those time in there! 

AHMED

I grew up in a sheltered environment, as the fourth child of a beloved Political/Business father who is the face of our family business and a hardworking mother who sadly isn’t with us today. Born in Kano, a state situated in the northern part of the country, however I grew up and had most of my early education in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja. growing up, I alternated between both places which allowed to experience two different ways of life. Kano being a more traditional and cultural city, it permitted me to be more in touch with my roots and understanding my history and where I come from as opposed to Abuja which was a more liberal and mixed society consisting people from different tribes and walks of life. After I attained my secondary school qualifications, I moved to Cambridge and studied my foundation course at St. Andrews College.  

What did you do after leaving? 

After St. Andrew College, I got accepted into a few universities, however, I decided to enroll at Birmingham City University in January 2016 to study Economics and Finance. In 2018, I took a gap year, in order to gain some working experience. I was opportune to work at a pension company, as an intern in the firm’s investment department, which was line with my course of study. in 2019, I returned to Birmingham to complete my final year and I am currently doing my master’s degree at Birkbeck, University of London, studying Accounting and Financial Management.  

How did St Andrew’s help you achieve your goals in your life and or career? 

By the time I left St. Andrews, I had been refined into an independent and a more responsible human being. My tutor Mr. Priest was always on my toes for not doing things properly, and with his guidance and constant corrections, eventually, I started to take more responsibility and tasked myself to be more accountable, and certain attributes that I lacked before started to become second nature. 

What are your favorite memories of St. Andrew’s? 

I have many fond memories from being at St. Andrews. Waking up every day and just being a part of the institution is something I always reminisce about. The morning conversations with my warden Nikki before finally taking my morning walk to class at either Regent Street or Station Road from my halls of residence at Tenison Road. It was truly a wonderful time. I enjoyed playing football matches with the school team and socializing with my fellow students who come from different countries and backgrounds in the common room during breaks. I also enjoyed staying at halls of residence, I made a lot of good friends from various nationalities. It felt like a family in a way.  

What advice would you give to a student interested in following in your footsteps? 

I would advise those who wish to follow in my footsteps to take their time in St. Andrews very seriously. it serves as a foundation to build on. Be attentive, listen to your tutors and feel free to ask as many questions on what isn’t clear to you on anything. I found the staff at school friendly and always willing to help in whatever capacity. if you’re able to do well in St. Andrews and work diligently, progressing and integrating into university would not be very hard for you. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X. 


NIKITA

After I left St. Andrew’s, I started INTO Newcastle University programme for international students that lasted for 1 year. It was similar to standard 1st year Bachelor. After that, I moved to Coventry University and finished BA in International Business. I decided to do MSc in Engineering Project Management in Coventry as well. 

I have graduated in September 2019 and got my first job in Construction project management company. 

Unfortunately, I had to leave the company in January 2020 as my visa expired and went back to Russia. I found position in construction project management company there and worked as an Assistant project manager. I got UK visa in September 2020 and now I’m living in Birmingham and looking for new opportunities.  

Many great tutors from St Andrew’s helped me to get into their subjects that directly related to my future career later on. Stuff provided help when needed and gave chances to improve myself. 

My favorite memories from St Andrew’s are my tutors, events and students. 

Think about what is important and build long-term plan with short-term steps to achieve this plan. Do not leave everything till the very end. And believe in the best! 

ALEXANDER

What did you do after leaving? 

Education: King’s College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science. Work: Bloomberg LP, Monzo Bank. 

Current job 

Partner, Liquid Icons 

Tell us a little bit about what your job involves: 

Building a first-class production and research company in the fine wine industry. 

What are your favorited memories of St. Andrew’s? 

Every day (and night) spent at St Barnabas Road! 

What advice would you give to a student interested in following in your footsteps? 

Write the people you admire and ask for advice on your life & work decisions, especially while you are young. 

STANISLAV

What did you do after leaving? 

After leaving I took a gap year to improve my German skills. The year after I started studying in Vienna University of Business and Economics. I did couple of internships during my studies and also started working as a math teacher in a school for bilingual children. At the same time, I got passionate about entrepreneurship and started an Edtech project. I formed a team of 5 with whom we grow our start-up. We got awarded different prizes on various Austrian start-up competitions.   

Your current Job 

Founder of QuestEd school, http://questedschool.com/ 

 Mathematics teacher and tutor. 

What are your favourite memories of St. Andrew’s? 

I have a lot of good memories about St Andrew’s. About my studies, but also about my time in Cambridge in general. Mostly those memories are linked to time with my friends. 

What advice would you give to a student interested in following in your footsteps? 

Surround yourself with friends