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From Undergraduate to Masters: Sakshi’s Studying Abroad Experience

Posted by Brenda Meira de Azevedo on 22 February 2024

Sakshi International Student at NCI

From undergraduate to masters edge, international student, Sakshi Shaha, shares her study abroad experience at National College of Ireland. According to the Early Careers Employer Survey 2023, masters graduates in Ireland have an average starting salary that is 10.50% higher than that of undergraduates. Pursuing a masters programme abroad not only provides a competitive advantage, but also offers a rich experience for personal development and the opportunity to understand different cultures.

In this blog post, Sakshi shares insights into studying the MSc in International Business, her reasons for choosing Ireland as her study destination, her recent work experience in the HR Department at IDA Ireland, and advice to future students who wish to study a one-year master's programme abroad.

Meet Sakshi Shaha 👋

Hello! My name is Sakshi, and I am from India. I came to Ireland in 2019 to pursue a 3-year BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management at NCI. After completing my degree, I decided to gain some work experience. I worked in HR contract roles in Trinity College Dublin and IDA Ireland. After gaining some industry experience and interacting with people from various fields, I was eager to enhance my knowledge and gain a competitive edge in business and management. That is why I decided to progress my studies further with a full-time, one-year master's programme.

Why did you decide to choose Ireland as your study destination?

I chose Ireland as my study destination because it is one of only two European countries which where English is the main language. According to the World Competitiveness Ranking in 2023, Ireland is the second most competitive economy in the world. As a result, I would have more job opportunities when I graduate.

NCI’s prime location, in the heart of the city centre in Dublin beside the European Financial District and Tech Hub also known as European Silicon Docks, was an easy decision to choose as my academic home. I knew it would be the perfect place for me to grow both personally and professionally.

Can you share some insights into studying MSc in International Business at NCI?

The MSc in International Business course provides a unique opportunity to learn about various aspects of business through different modules. The course covers topics such as Business Models, Global Finance, Global Business, Economics, Leading and Managing Organizations, and Marketing. The modules are delivered in blocks, which means that you can focus on one specific topic at a time and learn it in-depth before moving on.

The classes are held face-to-face, allowing us to interact with our lecturers in person every week. Currently, I have three days of classes each week, with the remaining days devoted to individual study. There is a blend of group projects and individual assignments, which makes the learning experience even more enjoyable.

Sakshi in Classroom

Sakshi and her colleagues in group presentation for module Business Model, Strategy and Tactics product Ener-Z with lecturer Stephen J Kearney

Can you share a little bit about your work experience with IDA Ireland?

I had a wonderful opportunity working with the Human Resources and Organisational Development Departments in IDA Ireland on a fixed-term contract of 6 months. I absolutely loved my role. I had to communicate with different trainers outside of the organisation, allowing me to network and build connections. I had supportive mentors who taught me about government laws, employment contracts, and scheduling training programmes for employees.

As IDA Ireland is a government organisation, I had a chance to attend various sessions with Enterprise Ireland and Legacy Dublin, and even visited their clients’ offices in different counties such as Athlone, Cork, and Galway. I had the opportunity to meet government officials who visited our company monthly. It was truly a remarkable experience.

Sakshi IDA Ireland

Sakshi participating in first Learning fest organised by IDA Ireland

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering Ireland and NCI as their education destination?

Studying abroad can be a mix of challenges and excitement, especially if you're an international student. However, if you decide to choose NCI, you can rest assured that it will be a wonderful experience as they have many student support services available to you. They will be with you every step of the way, from the pre-arrival programme before you even arrive in the country, to the welcome programme during your first few weeks in the country, and throughout the academic year.

NCI is more than just an educational institution, it's a family. They have a group of peer mentors and international support staff who are available to assist you. Personally, I spent four years at NCI, and it has become my home away from home. Finally, Ireland has a lot of job opportunities if you choose the right course and you trust yourself. You got this!

Sakshi at Welcome Meeting

Sakshi with International Peer Mentors and students at the Welcome Programme.

If you would like to study a masters programme abroad, NCI is the right option for you! Visit our International Hub to learn more about studying at NCI.

Topics: Postgraduate Courses, International Students