From international student to Business and Law Sabbatical Officer

International student, Mahesh

MSc International Business graduate, Mahesh Trimukhe, shares with us his Salford journey, from arriving knowing no one to being elected as the Business and Law Sabbatical Officer for the 2023/24 academic year.  

Why Mahesh chose Salford

“Making the decision to move abroad to study for my master’s was not an easy one. I spent a lot of time researching different universities and speaking to alumni. After hearing about the fantastic experiences of many University of Salford alumni, I knew that Salford would be a great place for me to attend. 

I was also attracted to Peel Park campus’ close proximity to Manchester city centre and the excellent transport links allowing you to get around Salford and explore the surrounding areas. I had heard that Salford is very multicultural and safe, so I was excited to experience this for myself.” 

Studying MSc International Business

“Before starting my course, I was eager to learn more about business from an international perspective and the course did not disappoint! I developed a thorough understanding of international business practices, along with the cultural differences that alter the way businesses operate in different parts of the world.  

All of my lecturers had strong links to industry and throughout the course, we often had the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of concepts through guest lecturers, workshops and internships.  

I spent the final half of my course working on my Industry Consultancy Project (ICP). This project is completed on behalf of a client organisation and allowed me to practically apply the knowledge I had learnt on the course. During the course I was also able to complete a placement at one of the UK’s leading healthcare agencies as a business analyst. This opportunity gave me real life experience working within a large organisation, I can’t thank the University’s Careers and Enterprise team enough for helping me to arrange this.” 

Life as an international student

“When I first arrived at Salford with two suitcases and no contacts, I was very apprehensive about the journey that lay ahead but it really has been the most exciting time of my life.  

The support provided to international students to help them settle in is incredible. From all the information given before you arrive to the support provided when you are here, you know there is always someone to turn to if you are struggling. 

My advice to international students would be to get involved with as many clubs and societies as possible. I joined and helped to run the Indian Society during my time at Salford. The Indian society provides a network to bring together Salford’s Indian students. Throughout the year, the society holds events to celebrate Indian culture, and everyone is invited to these, not just members of the society. My favourite event was our Holi celebration, and not just because it snowed!” 

My next steps

“During the final few months of my master’s, I decided to run for the Business and Law Sabbatical Officer and on 10 March  2023, I won the election with 1,516 student votes. In this position, I will be working to represent the academic interests of the students attending Salford Business School and help to lead the Students’ Union. 

During my time as Officer, I will be focusing on careers, accommodation and cost of living help. This role will help me gain further experience of the world of work and enhance my CV. I am planning to use all of the skills I have developed from MSc International Business to serve the students of Salford Business School to the best of my ability.”