17 December 2015
Charles Partington graduates with a first class degree and a job with IBM
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate Charles Partington has a bright future ahead of him after gaining a first class degree in international business management and being offered a job with global computer giant IBM.
His hard work and dedication during his studies, which included a year long work placement with IBM, has lead Charles to a graduate role within the consultant ranks of the business.
The 23-year-old said: “During my time at UCLan my confidence has grown so much. I was encouraged to experience a lot more than my degree and so I’m extremely happy with what I’ve accomplished in my four years here.”
“Being part of the LaunchPad scheme has given me some incredible opportunities, including visiting China and Hong Kong."
After joining the University in 2011, Charles’s knowledge and skills were noticed by his tutors who elected him to be part of the LaunchPad scheme which helps students in the Schools of Business and Management to develop professional skills. Charles said: “Being part of the LaunchPad scheme has given me some incredible opportunities, including visiting China and Hong Kong. It was a great support network and gave me the chance to gain insights from people doing a variety of degrees.”
After his successful trip to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, Charles became an essential link and support for second year students who visited UCLan from Guangzhou. Senior lecturer Francesca Walker said: “UCLan has so much to offer in terms of support and development opportunities and Charles has demonstrated that engagement pays off. The experiences he has had during his degree will put him in extremely good stead for his future career.”
“It’s really important that you don’t just get a degree. The experiences I had at UCLan have made me much more confident in my abilities and make it easier to make connections with people."
During his final year the former Selby College student was asked to lead presentations for the School during Open and Applicant Days to encourage students to make the most of their time at university. He added: “It’s really important that you don’t just get a degree. The experiences I had at UCLan have made me much more confident in my abilities and make it easier to make connections with people. I'd advise other students to take all the opportunities you can to make yourself an interesting and employable person.”
Charles’ new role as a business consultant at IBM has taken him to London where it is his responsibility to collate, analyse and present financial data for his UK and European clients.