Sebastian Bosslet

BA Business Management Studies, 2014

What attracted you to choose the University of Bedfordshire and to study your course here?

I have to confess that I didn't necessarily had lots of options – for once I was lazy in high school and hence my grades weren't the best. In addition, I was working as an Au Pair when I started my degree and despite a salary I also had free accommodation all living expenses paid. With the rising tuition fees and the University of Bedfordshire the closest to where I lived, this seemed to be the best option!

What is your strongest memory of your time at University of Bedfordshire?

Unfortunately I was abroad when my name was announced as the winner of the Personal Development award at Vice-Chancellor's Student Experience Awards 2014 as this surely would have been the strongest. Therefore my strongest is this: I was leading an induction meeting for new Enactus recruits when my phone rang and the HR manager of Toyota UK said: you got the job!

What is the one thing you would say about University of Bedfordshire to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

Use your chance! If you put in a bit of effort at this University and get involved in extra-curricular activities as much as you can, you will find it easy to stand out from the student crowd, build up your personal brand and to receive recognition for achievements and hard work.

How did you change as a person during your time at University of Bedfordshire, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

I have always had a clear vision of what skills I wanted to gain and which to improve. My involvement with Enactus Bedfordshire, and my time at University in general, has helped to me to get closer to that.

My aim when I came to University was that I wanted leave with the knowledge of how to run my own business. It was after my first year that I realised: even more important for me is to build up the right skill set. Having led the Enactus team and having presented at the National Competition in London in front of professionals from companies such as Tesco, Unilever and EY, I have gained a lot confidence, improved my communication and leadership skills and definitely learned how to network und build relationships.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Having secured a one year placement with Toyota UK was definitely the highlight of my second year. I am looking forward to working in the product marketing department and playing an integral role of providing market research and data analysis to identify key trends in the market and segment. As I am passionate about cars, I am extremely excited that I will be involved in the launch of several new models as well as having the chance to review both Toyota and competitor cars.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?

I was always told: it's not about what you know but whom you know – from what I've experienced over the last year, I would agree, and add an important point: to know how to sell yourself and being aware of your personal brand. This goes from simple things such as keeping eye contact, having a firm hand shake and positive body language up to knowing what your strengths are and selling them. Getting involved in societies (especially Enactus!) and to networking with business professionals is the key thing to do.

What do your shoes say about your personality?

My brogues are usually black and polished – I guess that's the German shining through as I am quite organised, I think analytically and like things to be neat and tidy. I make fun of these habits as well and my wife and friends do it just as much, so I guess I do have a sense of humour too!

Which section of a bookshop do you gravitate to?

Actually I wish I would be taking some time to both go to a book store and then read a book, but haven't had time to do so in ages. My kind of book, contrary to the German stereotype perhaps, is a romantic novel!

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