In a rapidly changing global economy, the world of business and its operations are continuously advancing and evolving. My first experience of being behind the scenes of a global business was at my work placement in a Magic Circle Law firm, Clifford Chance. Within this 2 week placement, I was able to experience and develop a first hand view into the operations that occur within the internal departments such as Business services, Human Resources, Marketing and shadowing Legal Secretaries within the Tax and Private Clients department. After experiencing and gaining valuable skills from this, I decided that International Business Management was what I wanted to achieve as my future career. However, previous to my work placement, my interest in this subject originated after studying Business as one of my GCSE options in year 10. Since then, I have attained vital information which would aid me not just within everyday life, but also within my further education. When I chose my A level subjects, it was important for me to take into account which skills I would need in relation to a business based degree. I chose to study Business in order to further improve my analytical skills, decision making and problem solving skills, for these are very essential and are required within the business world. Studying History allowed me to analyse and interpret a range of information from a range of sources. This has not only improved my critical thinking, but it has taught me how to critique the usefulness and reliability of primary and secondary information. Studying sociology provides me with the logical mindset required to approach any subject, alongside the skill to assess and analyse data validity and reliability. Alongside my schoolwork, I partake in many extra-curricular activities. I am currently a member and co-founder of my school’s Diverse Society, which celebrates the diverse cultures within our community. Through this, I have improved my communication skills, ability to listen and can now develop a well structured argument. Attending my school’s Law Society will help me when studying International Business Management, as Law is a fundamental part of business and business has always been entwined with law and legal regulations. From this, I have also gained a greater knowledge surrounding the English Law system, in addition to global systems such as the U.S, South America and Asia. In July 2016 I became a NCS Graduate after fulfilling 3 weeks of team building activities. As my group’s elected team leader, it was my priority to ensure that our group worked as a team to develop a marketing campaign which aimed to not only promote the benefits of protecting the environment, but also to raise money for BedZED, a local sustainable and eco-friendly community. Using social media and primary research, we were able to gain a small following of people to watch and join our public display on Sutton High Street. Additionally, my current job at John Lewis has provided me with the opportunity to be a part of a nationwide business, in which I strives to provide the best quality of service to many customers in store and online. Not only has gaining a monthly income help to improve how I handle finances, but it has also allowed me to develop my cash flow awareness regarding how and when I can set monthly budgets on the output and input of my salary. From attending University and studying International Business Management, I hope to gain the opportunity to study abroad, something in which will allow me to immerse myself in another culture and deepen my personal and academic understanding of International Business. I have really enjoyed studying business and find this subject not only interesting but mentally stimulating. Furthermore I look forward to learning a new language, in addition receiving the required skills to enable me to develop my career within the International Management field.