January 2017: Studying IBFE at AMBS


George Bradshaw
International Business, Finance and Economics

My name is George Bradshaw-Smith and I’m a second year student studying International Business, Finance and Economics. I’m originally from just north of Birmingham, where I live in a very tranquil little village called Kings Bromley with it offering little excitement and an average age of around 60. For this reason when I decided to come to Manchester University, the appeal of a big city and a city campus really attracted me and was quite the transition from the quite country roads I was accustomed to.  The university itself was obviously also a large attractor; with Manchester’s record for employability in recent graduates drawing me in whilst also knowing I would be in the largest student community in the UK.

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I’m a keen rugby player and was first involved at the age of 6 as my dad, and his dad’s dad and so on had always played. I currently play for the university’s second XV and thoroughly enjoy the socials as well as the playing, and I’ve found that sport at the university is a great way to meet new people.

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Next year I intend on doing a placement and I’m currently in the process of having to prepare for numerous interviews and do copious online aptitude tests that are actually quite draining. I will then return in my fourth year to finish my degree and hopefully be able to go straight into a graduate position when I graduate!

For now however, I am stuck in the middle of the inevitable January exams and in a constant battle with procrastination. I will always revise as hard as I can for upcoming exams, however sometimes I can find myself watching hugely irrelevant videos of cats doing stupid things, or even a singing cockatoo. I’m always extremely perplexed as to how I could have been revising exponential smoothing for my managerial economics exam in 2 days day, to “man falls off bike” in a matter of seconds.  I do seem to be keeping on track mostly however, and am very much looking forward for the 27th January to come around so I can enjoy a few nights out and alleviate some stress!




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