Graduate Rob Drake-Knight tells us how his hard work and clear vision enabled him to go on to set up his own business Rapanui, an eco-fashion company back home on the Isle of Wight.
"I chose to study this course because when I came to Plymouth for an open day it just felt right. The course itself looked great as I had the freedom to choose units in my final year based on where I wanted to go with my future – the accounting and marketing modules have proved very useful at Rapanui.
Things have changed since I left but the enterprise part of the course and the business simulator were really helpful – I learnt a lot about how to manage people and the experience proved very useful in running my own business. Overall I found the course to be rounded and I liked that I could customise it with my unit choices, I particularly found the accounting courses and Graham Clayton’s lectures very useful.
After completing the course I came back to the Isle of Wight and looked for work, the Isle of Wight has a seasonal tourism trade and also one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the country plus the lowest GDP per capita too, so it was hard to find a job. My brother and I decided – ‘if we can’t find a job, we’ll make one!’
I found the enterprise element of the course, the location and the city itself to be excellent, I really enjoyed my time in Plymouth."