Having a keen interest in business since an early age, Hayley Dickinson’s aspirations to work in a corporate environment and to “truly make a difference to the future of our world” began whilst studying for her degree in BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
The course helped Hayley with a variety of essential skills including presenting, public speaking and team working - as well as how to deal with challenges and complex situations.
When asked to describe what stood out for her whilst studying at UCLan, former Student Ambassador Hayley says: “My lasting memories will be meeting a diverse range of people and learning about different cultures. My favourite memories will be those of achieving high grades and the immense proudness I felt, as well as my graduation day when all my hard work paid off.”
Hayley’s hard work paid off in a big way: not only did she graduate with First Class Honours, but after a tough recruitment process, Hayley secured a position with BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence and aerospace companies, heavily involved in the production of defence projects such as the Eurofighter Typhoon.
“My journey was a tough one: I faced a lot of prejudice and setbacks but I used this to motivate myself. I had always loved the prospect of working at BAE Systems, and after making my application I went through an intense recruitment process. I also graduated with a First Class degree, in which is something that I believe has contributed to my success today.”
Hayley’s role is as a Commercial Graduate, currently working as a Contracts Officer. She manages contracts, contributes to meeting milestones, attends senior management meetings and liaises with internal and external customers.
Hayley summarises how UCLan has transformed her life: “Before going to university I thought I couldn't achieve a pass let alone a First - but I put my mind to it and achieved it.”
“The only opinion that matters is your own - if you enjoy something or want to do something, go for it because you will thank yourself later on. Don't follow the crowd and be yourself!