Sonny Kearns, BSc Business Management graduate Sonny Kearns, BSc Business Management graduate


BSc Business Management



I always knew that I had an entrepreneurial spirit, fuelled by my desire to make crucial decisions for a top global business. Business management provided a platform to achieve those aspirations, and my degree allowed me to learn and apply vital skills that one day would support my career. Business management at UEA is modern and constantly changing to mirror the ever-changing global economy.

I came from a small school where the majority of people chose to study at universities in London. When I found UEA on the UCAS website I had no idea of its reputation. I must admit that what originally sold UEA to me, was the fact that it was so high in the UK for student satisfaction.

My lecturers inspired me and provided a supportive learning environment, applying difficult theories in easy to understand language. The teaching was the best part of my degree, and provided me with the best skill I have learnt throughout my education – teamwork.

In my third year I decided to join water polo for fitness, but also to meet new people in a different social circle. I very quickly wished I had joined in my first year, as I made loads of new friends. If I could go back and relive all of those socials I would do it in a heartbeat.

I was fortunate to be offered a position on the Arcadia Group's HR Graduate Scheme out of over a thousand applicants. I applied through a graduate job site, in the early part of my third year. My job was heavily people based – I supported in disciplinaries, performance management and recruitment. The HR Graduate Scheme was exciting, and it provided me with a platform to use all the skills I had learnt at UEA.

I knew that HR was the career for me, so what was great about studying business management was the flexibility my degree allowed me to tailor my modules to suit my interests. One thing that really stands out from one of my modules was Emotional Intelligence, which is now one of the core ingredients of my job.

After only three months on the Arcadia Group HR Graduate Scheme, I was offered a promotion into the role of Human Resources and Learning and Development Assistant for one of the group's top brands.

My advice would be to try and get a balance between education and your social life. Both are incredibly important and will add to your experience. University is the best time of your life, so make the most of it and get involved in every aspect.