From WMG to Google - David Denes Pall
Every beginning is tough - this phrase is used in our everyday language as well as during self-reflection. These four words help us to give hope for others and ourselves.
This was also the sentence I often heard from my family and friends during my first months in the UK which were not as bright as I imagined: I felt lonely, struggled to find friends and the number of articles to be read for classes seemed to be over my limits.
After a few weeks spent familiarising myself with the campus, submitting my first assignment and making friends with peers (some of them in exactly the same shoes as myself), I started to feel better and one year later I graduated from WMG at the University of Warwick with Merit.
I arrived at my graduation ceremony straight from my Noogler Orientation (the name stands for the induction programme new Google hires go through) and felt enormously grateful for that 12 months at WMG. At WMG my professors facilitated rather than led conversations. Being partners with academic and industry professionals fosters critical thinking and encourages individuals to speak up with supporting arguments and debate openly. At Google, where there is a new product beta version almost every week, there are usually no absolute answers for day-to-day business questions. Giving voice to one’s way of thinking is key.
I work with people from Philosophy or Engineering backgrounds located in one of our 70 offices across LATAM, APAC and EMEA regions. It is fruitful to look at the same problem from different angles. The University of Warwick is famous for being an international (with an International Student Index of 99.1, QS World University Rankings 2020) and welcoming institution supporting collaboration through student societies, sport clubs, mentoring and much more.
Throughout the last few years working at Google, I have had five different managers, gone through two reorganisations, moved country and contributed to numerous tiny and global projects. My supervisor at WMG helped me to set expectations, which therefore helped me to be comfortable and listen actively.
Before my Master’s studies at WMG, I could never imagine even working in a language other than my mother tongue. It was difficult for me towards the start at WMG on a personal level, but after a few months (and now years) my path has become clearer to me. Not easier, but clearer.
David Denes Pall
I have used the knowledge and experience from WMG to transform my career and change my life - Ahmad Hassan
Coming to the United Kingdom and studying at a top-ten university was always a dream come true for me. As a student with a background in business I was aiming to develop my career into the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. When I received an offer letter from WMG at the University of Warwick, I knew that this was an opportunity to change my life.
The learning experience and personal development under the late Professor Lord Bhattacharyya really set me up to achieve my career objectives. Specialist modules, research work and visits to logistics and manufacturing companies gave me the knowledge and practical understanding I needed.
Studying in such a diverse environment amongst highly experienced students from all over the world helped me to learn and develop my ideas through continuous improvement. I found the research workshops and mind-mapping techniques particularly useful to develop my future career plans.
Graduating from WMG with an MSc in Supply Chain and Logistics helped me to secure a senior role in a tech firm knows as Careem. This is the Mena region’s top tech service company and a competitor of Uber. The company has recently been acquired by Uber for $3.1 billion.
My time at WMG has also given me a wider perspective, helping me to appreciate the importance of sustainable environments andsocial sustainability for the region. and continuous improvement for the firm. In addition to my position as city lead of the Balochistan region, I have become a mentor of entrepreneurs/startups in TiE (Pakistan region).
In a short space of time, I have used the knowledge and experience from WMG to transform my career and change my life.
I wouldn’t be doing this without my time at WMG - Sofija Daceva
I graduated from WMG at the University of Warwick in 2017, however I am still an active member of the WMG community. I obtained my MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and now, after my start-up is “on its feet and running” I can claim that this wouldn’t have been possible without my time at WMG.
Living in an era of digital technologies, we face constant transformation in the ways people interact with each other, learn, access services, work and travel. At the same time, phenomena such as climate change, migration, demographic change and many others are putting pressure on humanity. Being part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme has helped me not only to understand “entrepreneurship” as an activity solely connected with development of a new business or self-employment, but as a competence that can be learnt and applied everywhere. Specifically, it helped me to face up to challenges and keep pace with change, by learning how to get out of my comfort zone and turn ideas into action, everywhere. This has helped me to become “entrepreneurial” everywhere, by spotting opportunities and challenges and turning them into value for others. Moreover, it showed me the importance of giving back to the community and the society.
Two years after my graduation, I managed to obtain a one-year work experience as a consultant, as well as develop my own start-up business. My start-up, Matryoshka, is about the development of innovative technological processes in the food and beverage industry. Up to date, I have developed two processes including increasing the freezing point of alcohol from -30°C to 0°C and valorization of the wine making by-product – grape pomace, by inserting it into dairy products and increasing their shelf-life for up to 35%. The professors, colleagues and the whole community at WMG were the main reasons for turning my ideas into action. They provided support whenever I faced an obstacle, and always made me feel that I am not alone. I am also sponsored by The University of Warwick with a Graduate Entrepreneurship Visa, which provided me with the ability to open and run my business in the UK. With the support from the University, I managed to obtain a grant from the Fund for Innovations and Technology Development and seed funding from Warwick Enterprise, used for developing my startup.
I have devoted my skills to solving environmental challenges, as well as helping other current WMG students to overcome obstacles, the same way other WMG alumni helped me. This is the best part about being a member of WMG. You are a part of a large network of like-minded people that makes you feel connected to the whole world.