Case studies

As one of the top universities in Scotland for graduate employability, with 95.1% of our graduates in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2014/15), Edinburgh Napier equips students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.

But what do our Business School students think? Our current and former students share their experiences and pass on tips to help you succeed.

It’s about being open to new experiences, pushing yourself as much as possible and taking advantage of opportunities.

Sara Young

Graduate, Marketing Management

“It’s about being open to new experiences, pushing yourself as much as possible and taking advantage of opportunities.”

“I started university slightly older than most: I had worked, I had travelled, and I wanted to be sure that I was getting the most from a four-year investment. I’m glad I chose Edinburgh Napier University - the teaching is fresh, energised and engaging, the facilities are top-of-the-line, and the tutors themselves are mostly practiced industry professionals.

I now live in New York working in marketing and branding for financial services company UBS AG, while completing a postgraduate degree in International Business. It has been a great experience so far. Edinburgh Napier taught me to challenge myself and motivated me to seize opportunities which is the reason I am where I am today.”

Sara Young, Graduate, Marketing Management

The University runs really helpful courses to develop skills like negotiating, presenting, pitching ideas and collaborating with others.

Johanna Westhauser

Student, MSc Intercultural Business Communication

“If I compared who I am now to who I was 10 months ago, you would see a really big change. My programme leaders have really inspired me and challenged my way of thinking. It’s been more than just passing on theory, course content or academic findings. I’ve become aware of snap judgements and underlying values we all have but often forget about.

In my subject area, it’s key to find connections between academic content and real-life application and I know from experience that employers are looking for that. The University runs really helpful courses to develop skills like negotiating, presenting, pitching ideas and collaborating with others. I also joined the writing classes where a professional academic writer helps you get to grips with business English as well as academic writing.”

Johanna Westhauser, Student, MSc Intercultural Business Communication

Originally from Germany, Johanna is studying for her MSc while working part-time for a global corporation.

What I like about Edinburgh Napier University is its international profile and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

Peter Gimborn

Student, Accounting with Corporate Finance

“What I like about Edinburgh Napier University is its international profile and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

When I first started university, I had no in-depth knowledge of accounting. I have learned a spectrum of accounting techniques through studying taxation and auditing, corporate finance and how companies are financed.

During my third year I studied for a semester at Marshall University in West Virginia. I studied five modules compared to three, so it was demanding but rewarding. We had daily tests, exams and presentations and it was like studying for finals every week. I also had the opportunity to travel in the USA and visited New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Washington.”

Peter Gimborn, Student, Accounting with Corporate Finance

I’ve enjoyed every moment of studying here at Craiglockhart. I don’t have to wait for anything - all the books have been readily available and the library staff are very helpful as well.

Zohra Iftikhar

Student, MSc International Human Resource Management

“I was mentally prepared for the cultural shock of moving here and had a fair idea that the educational system would be quite different so I coped well. It’s great that almost all my fellow students are international students. There are only 11 of us in the group and they are from countries like the Netherlands, Nigeria, Angola, Greece, and Poland.

I’ve enjoyed every moment of studying here at Craiglockhart. I don’t have to wait for anything - all the books have been readily available and the library staff are very helpful as well.”

Zohra Iftikhar, Student, MSc International Human Resource Management

Zohra worked in Pakistan before studying at Edinburgh Napier.

I was attracted to the modules on offer at Edinburgh Napier University and the location. Being a Festival & Event Management student I knew Edinburgh was THE place to study.

Gary Anderson

Graduate, Festival & Event Management with Marketing

“Taking the decision to leave my job, move to Edinburgh and study at Edinburgh Napier changed my life.

I came to university when I was 25 and considered a mature student. I was concerned I wouldn’t fit in with classmates who were 18 years old, but never felt like that and made loads of friends. I was attracted to the modules on offer at Edinburgh Napier University and the location. Being a Festival & Event Management student I knew Edinburgh was the place to study.

In third year my placement was with the Foodies Festival and my role was to get people to it. I wrote press releases and dealt with the media relations. I set objectives and gathered a portfolio of work, reflecting on my experience. One of the valuable things I learned was email etiquette, an essential part of working in PR."

Gary Anderson, Graduate, Festival & Event Management with Marketing