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Sean Purcell

Sean Purcell

Masters in Public Enterprise and Management (MPEM) - 2008

After completing his studies Sean began working as Head of Business Development at South East Essex College.

Essex Business School is well run, supportive and therefore an excellent place to study. I settled easily into academic life as I have a background in education so understood policies, procedures and support structures.  I especially enjoyed the international flavour of the lectures and seminars, and by meeting (and living with) people from other cultures, I got a greater appreciation for the international element of my studies. I also enjoyed the opportunities to network and meet policy makers and entrepreneurs from the locality.

My dissertation is based on strategy within Further Education and we learnt about aspects of strategy that have been invaluable to me. I have found what I learnt about the issues of skills shortages and regional economic development particularly useful and feel my degree has helped improve my knowledge and employability.

Southend is a great place to study and I really enjoy spending warm spring afternoons in Leigh-on-Sea. Starting again and having to make brand new friends took me back to when I first went to university but meeting new people, socialising and becoming a postgraduate student was enjoyable and rewarding.