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Alex McFarlane-Watts

Alex McFarlane-Watts

Next Step Connections offered the perfect combination; An internship in marketing and in Shanghai. Two big boxes ticked. The internship was exactly what I had hoped for and gave me great insight into marketing in the context of China whist giving me first class resume ammunition.

Alex McFarlane-Watts
Marks and Spencer

 

How my internship get me noticed

I knew after completing my degree in Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Bath that I wanted to move into the commercial sector. Although I loved the sciences at an academic level, I knew the white lab coat and test tubes weren’t for me! My ambition was to get into commerce and ideally international commerce. However, with a degree in science I knew this wouldn’t be an easy transition to make; there are a lot of business grads out there!

After plenty of research and consideration I decided that an internship would be the best option for this. Next Step Connections offered the perfect combination; An internship in marketing and in Shanghai. Two big boxes ticked. The internship was exactly what I had hoped for and gave me great insight into marketing in the context of China whist giving me first class resume ammunition.

Following my internship I returned to the UK and managed to get accepted onto the prestigious Marks and Spencer Commercial Management Graduate Scheme (Blue chip British retailer). Following completion of the program I secured a job in our International Division in the Business Development team setting up new businesses in Central Asia. My internship definitely helped me get noticed for this role. Following success in this role I have been promoted to a new position based in Hong Kong covering 9 markets in Asia as the Regional Retail Manager, Asia. It’s a fantastic role which allows me to work closely with a number of very complex and rapidly expanding markets. My interest in Asian business is growing exponentially as in my knowledge and experience, and this I hope to continue to build my career within the region.

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