Philippa Pointon

Year of Graduation
Your current job (in which sector and function)

Graduate Programme, Tesco Bank

What were your personal highlights of your internships?

I completed a six-month internship in a French-speaking company called Gemalto in the south of France. I lived in a shared house with a view of the beautiful Mediterranean. I worked as a marketing and communications intern working on big product launches which was a real learning curve. Working both in another language and under the time pressure of deadlines was a real challenge but I managed to succeed and thoroughly enjoyed my time working in a multi-cultural team.

What makes the IPBS Programme special?

I wanted to gain the experience of not only living and working abroad but also to study in a different institution in order to gain academic knowledge from a different cultural perspective. I loved the independence and cultural change during my third year of university. Not only did I have to adjust to the French way of life, I also had to get used to French lectures, seminars, group projects and exams. The challenge pushed me to improve my French language and become more comfortable living in another country.

Your message to current and prospective students.

Lancaster for me was an absolutely unforgettable experience and a real step up for future life. I am confident to walk into the working world, as I have gained the knowledge on both an academic and personal level.