Sandy Dhesi

Sandy Dhesi completed her degree in German Studies in 2009. She has worked as a development officer and is now completing a MA in Social Work.

How did your degree help you to develop important skills?

“I wouldn't be where I am now without studying German. It provided me with invaluable skills, knowledge and life experience. Employers not only look at individuals' experiences but also their degree classification and chosen further education institution. The University of Birmingham has a great reputation, thus, it enhanced my chances of employment.

How did studying at Birmingham help you in your career?

“My employer chose me because I possessed the skills and knowledge needed because of my degree - I was able to write academically and my university experience, such as meeting deadlines, writing assignments and exams, showed that I was organised and able to work under pressure.”

Sandy is now studying to pursue her goal further: “I believe that studying German provided me with a stepping stone to my current profession. I would not be able to study at Masters level without my degree. Life experience is vital for a career in social work - studying at the University of Birmingham has provided me with that experience and skills which I am currently utilising and will hopefully lead to a prosperous career in my chosen profession."

What is your favourite memory of your time at Birmingham?

“My graduation day! Despite the rain, I had a wonderful day with my fellow students. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and hopefully it'll be one of yours too.”