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Student Profile: Gun Gokmen

Considering my career goals, I wanted to attend to the best university and programme that I could attend, also wanted to pay mostly for the education, not for living. That's how I chose Warwick

Discover Gun's journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for the Msc Marketing and Strategy

How did you find out about Warwick?

I heard about Warwick when I was a child, from our neighbour's son, as he had studied there. Also reflecting on his successful career, I have always known Warwick as a very good university.

Did you consider studying anywhere else? What made you choose Warwick?

I considered studying at Imperial College, Lancaster and Loughborough in the UK. In Europe, I was considering Tilburg University and EU Business School in Europe.

Why did you choose Warwick over other UK universities and other universities in the world?

I carefully studied each programme content, the services the universities provided, and university reputations. Considering my career goals, I wanted to attend to the best university and programme that I could attend, also wanted to pay mostly for the education, not for living. That's how I chose Warwick.

When you found out about Warwick, did you contact the University to find out more? Which department?

Having an engineering background and work experience in management, I wanted to pursue my career in business. So I considered programmes in the Business School. I received all the necessary information from the website, and the programme team by e-mail.

How did working with an Agent support your application to Warwick?

Agents are very helpful for efficient application to programs. They provide information about alternative programs that we may be eligible for, and feedback considering our qualities, so that we save time and effort on searching for alternatives and avoid making redundant applications.

Was your arrival and orientation okay? What were your first impressions/highlights?

Although I arrived during the time of COVID-19 restrictions, I did not experience any major problem. My first impression was, everything was well organised and people were helpful.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

In short, my overall experience exceeded my expectations. I think the best thing was, I was able to receive "personal care": I felt that I was really cared by the programme management team, academic staff, careers team and the external relations team. I'd like to add the substantial library, which always provided answers to my challenging problems.

What is the worst thing?

Limited and often expensive catering alternatives, highly busy schedule that cripples joy of being a student.

How is your accommodation?

I stayed in an off-campus accommodation in Coventry city centre. I found this highly convenient as I was close to several grocery stores, shops, points of attraction, and a 15-minute bus commute to the campus.

Have you travelled in the UK/Europe?

I travelled occasionally; to Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway, Turkey, and also in the UK. Coventry has good connnections to airports by bus and by train.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I aim to work for a company that I can have an impact in the business environment.

If you were giving advice to a student considering study at Warwick, what advice would you give them?

I'd advice them to study carefully the university, programme and student life altogether, and compare them with their objectives. There is a huge difference between a "good" university and a "bad" one. In the end, skills we acquire is what matters, and Warwick has a lot to offer.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

I definitely feel smarter than one year ago! Also, I feel really happy about having achieved many, in a short time

Gun's course:

MSc Marketing and Strategy at Warwick Business School is aimed at those with previous marketing or strategy study. Our specialist MSc Marketing and Strategy course combines these two key disciplines, providing the theoretical background for making sound marketing decisions, both within companies and from advisory perspectives in services providers and consultancies. Our teaching illustrates the application of learned techniques to real-life situations.

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