Karmela Lelek Law graduate

Connor Tilston Accounting and Finance graduate

Andrew Wilson PhD candidate

Karmela Lelek Law graduate

Connor Tilston Accounting and Finance graduate

Andrew Wilson PhD candidate

When Karmela Lelek finished her undergraduate degree in Law at LJMU she realised she wasn’t ready to launch her career.

When Karmela Lelek finished her undergraduate degree in Law at LJMU she realised she wasn’t ready to launch her career.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what the right path was for me so I decided to speak to my tutors,” she says. “They suggested the LPC and it seemed like the ideal choice as it gave me more time to focus on my career options whilst furthering my education.”

Karmela was determined to stay at LJMU for her higher level studies. “I wasn’t ready to leave Liverpool,” she smiles. “I know the uni, I know the lecturers, I know how things work and I know the support is amazing. Moving elsewhere just made no sense.”

Karmela’s postgraduate experience is very much like her undergraduate experience in terms of the support on offer. “The tutors at LJMU are amazing,” she says. “They always respond immediately to emails and are happy to give up their breaks to help you. The Legal Advice Centre we have here is brilliant and has opened up so many new opportunities for me.”

In terms of the step up to postgraduate, Karmela admits that it is intellectually more challenging. “There is a real emphasis on independent study,” she says. “You have to be prepared to put the work in but it is so rewarding.”

As to the future, Karmela is focussing in on her chosen career path. “I am doing some volunteer work at the National Youth Advisory Service so am getting lots of real life experience there,” she smiles. “I have plenty of time to decide on my final career path but I am pretty sure it will be in Criminal Law. The university is great when it comes to employability. They help with your CV, assist with interview techniques and let you know about job opportunities. I am confident I will get to where I want to be.”

Connor Tilston, a graduate in Accounting and Finance from LJMU, undertook his Masters in Financial Management.

Connor Tilston, a graduate in Accounting and Finance from LJMU, undertook his Masters in Financial Management.

“I chose LJMU for my first degree because of its reputation for getting students into work. I then decided to do the Masters to make myself stand out from other graduates in the job market.

Postgraduate study wasn’t really what I was expecting as I had to manage my own workload more but it has certainly developed me as a person. I am now much better at organising myself and managing my time effectively. Academically the support is always there for you, tutors will see you whenever they are free and are always happy to answer your questions.

“I have also had a massive amount of support from the careers team, ranging from help applying for jobs to interview practice. ”

The highlight of my programme was winning the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Educational Trust Award as it has really defined the path I want to follow in terms of my career. I have also had a massive amount of support from the careers team, ranging from help applying for jobs to interview practice. I want to work as a wealth manager and, thanks to LJMU, I am now well on the way to achieving my goal.”

Currently studying for a PhD, Andrew Wilson took his undergraduate and his Masters degree at LJMU and is currently a sessional lecturer at the university.

Currently studying for a PhD, Andrew Wilson took his undergraduate and his Masters degree at LJMU and is currently a sessional lecturer at the university.

Andrew entered university via an Access to Higher Education course having left school after his A-levels to train as an electrician. “I realised it wasn’t for me quite early on and, as I had always done well in Business at school I decided to go to university and study for a degree in Business Management,” he says.

Andrew loved his course at LJMU and it soon became clear that his marks were leading him towards a first class degree. “Various staff talked to me about the option of doing a Masters and, as time went on and I discovered a real passion for research, I decided it was the right path for me,” he says.

Embarking on his Masters in Entrepreneurship, Andrew became fascinated with the psychology of the entrepreneur, researching the personality traits that differentiates successful business owners. “The final year of my undergraduate degree had touched on the importance of small to medium sized enterprises and that really struck a chord with me,” he says. “I had realised at that point that I wanted to go into teaching so, on finishing my Masters I did a PGDE course.”

It was around this time that Andrew was offered the chance to do some sessional teaching back at LJMU. “I jumped at the chance” says Andrew. “After working at the university for a year I was approached about doing a PhD. It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down so I am now a year into my studies and really enjoying it.”

Long term Andrew wants to be a full-time academic but for now he is studying and building up his teaching experience. “LJMU has been excellent for me with all course content very much linked to business practice,” he says. “The strategic approach of the university, the quality of the teaching, the emphasis on contact time and the approachable nature of the staff have been amazing. The facilities at LJMU are also first class and the engagement with local business makes everything very real.”