Burak Konakoglu – MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

“Plymouth University offers vitality to your studies and opportunities to extend networks in all aspects. The learning experience comes not only from the academic staff but also from various social activities and especially workshops delivered at the University.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

My undergraduate degree in Marine Studies (Navigation and Maritime Science) was linked to my professional experience as a Merchant Navy navigating officer; in a word, I was Captain on board the ship. Having circumnavigated the world several times to gain experience, I decided that I would not confine myself to serve at sea long term and began to seek new career opportunities. Ergo, I took a number of other short courses such as Web Design, Database Programming Languages, Chartering and Shipbroking, which are not necessarily related to my initial career, working in a few companies as an Assistant Director, Consultant, and Associate in different fields.

Other than being a marine professional, I am also a musician, Grade 8+ concert pianist, completed a masters degree. I have composed more than 300 masterpieces and etudes, published my own instrumental albums and educational publications, and given a number of recitals and concerts all around the world. In addition to this, I have simultaneously been studying BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, which is conceptually relevant to my postgraduate degree.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

The most exciting and extraordinary memories are those of being offered placements to perform piano recitals in various countries after having introduced myself during my travels at sea as a seafarer! The nature of such experiences never ceased to amaze me and others, for I managed to merge my expertise in different fields.

What is your favourite memory of studying for your degree at Plymouth?

I have been writing a book about my life that already has about 300 pages and is featuring umpteen splendid memories in my life. Plymouth is not as crowded as the metropolises such as London, which makes it peaceful and the seaside is incredibly enjoyable. Strolling along the Hoe is a fascinating memory as I am extremely fond of such scenes of inspiration whilst reading novels and composing poetry. Furthermore, from a sailor's point of view, Plymouth has amazing views of the English Channel.

How did studying at Plymouth change your career aspirations and plans?

During my studies at Plymouth University, I learned about the nature of learning which is what, I believe, matters the most. The more time I spend at Plymouth University the further I discover an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, which is why I intend to study a doctorate and should very much like to step into academia.

Why would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University?

Never feel that you must constrain yourself to the career matching the degree you are studying. Instead of focusing on just one specific career, just because it presents high financial rewards, always decide on your own merits. This will distinguish you from others. Dare I say, commit yourself to lifelong learning and unearth skills you have yet to acquire. For such purposes, Plymouth University is truly supportive as it significantly and constantly enlightens you throughout the path you intend to follow.

How did we support you in your studies?

Plymouth University offers vitality to your studies and opportunities to extend networks in all aspects. The learning experience comes not only from the academic staff but also from various social activities and especially workshops delivered at the University.

The Career & Employability Service considerably assisted me with the restructuring of my resume, which was an incredibly arduous task in my case. The English Language Centre delivered workshops not only on academic aspects of language but also on numerous social activities, which help you to adapt to life in the UK. The International Office is always caring and the staff are remarkably friendly. Clubs and societies are incredibly enjoyable and the events in which you are encouraged to participate are rewarding, for you will meet new and interesting people! Last but not least, the library is worth being labelled as a second home given the fact that it is open 24/7!