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High flyer reaches for the sky to land dream job

17 July 2014

Chris Theobald

Laura Webster lands graduate development position at BAe Systems.

Business Studies graduate Laura Webster who had landed a job with BAe Systems.

An Ormskirk-based graduate who worked in her family’s farming business is flying high having landed a dream job at one of Britain’s largest multinational companies.

Laura Webster, 21, was selected for a graduate development position at BAe Systems months before graduating with a First in her BA (Hons) Business Studies course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

“Before I came to UCLan I had three goals,” explained the highly motivated former Ormskirk School pupil. “Pass my degree, land a job and lose weight. I’ve managed to do all three which just goes to show that anything is possible if you really want it enough.”

“Before I came to UCLan I had three goals. Pass my degree, land a job and lose weight. I’ve managed to do all three which just goes to show that anything is possible if you really want it enough.”

Laura was originally thinking of studying agribusiness, indeed she remained treasurer at the local branch of the Young Farmers for the duration of her course. However, it was the attraction of a broader-based degree which combined academic study with a period of work experience that really appealed to her.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at UCLan,” Laura continued. “On the academic side my tutors have been very supportive. The facilities like the library are excellent and I’ve been able to take part in all sorts of extra activities, like volunteering and student mentoring, which really helped to build my confidence and improve my employment prospects.”

“My plan now is to immerse myself in my new job but in the years to come I can definitely see myself studying for a postgraduate qualification. University education opens up so many opportunities. If you are motivated it is amazing what you can achieve.”

Importantly Laura says she’s made lifelong friends. She’s just returned from a 2,500 mile holiday trek across America and is now looking for new challenges like walking the length of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Laura added: “My plan now is to immerse myself in my new job but in the years to come I can definitely see myself studying for a postgraduate qualification. University education opens up so many opportunities. If you are motivated it is amazing what you can achieve.”

Laura was one of a record-breaking 4,600 students who graduated in front of family and friends at Preston’s Guild Hall this week.