How Nneka found her dream job with Tech Mahindra

A female graduate holding a bunch of flowers stood in front of the Salford sign on Peel Park campus

Nneka began her career back home in Nigeria as an HR Assistant at Oilclyde Energy Limited before taking a job as an HR Officer at Egbin Power PLC. After being promoted to the role of HR Advisor, she decided to explore further study in the UK.

After completing MSc Human Resource Management at Salford, Nneka is now a HR Generalist at Tech Mahindra in their Salford office.

Keep reading to discover her journey.

Studying in the UK

“I decided to pursue further study in the UK because of the world-renowned education system, well-known for its academic excellence, diversity and vibrant student life. I heard that the UK offered an enriching education environment where I could engage with individuals from different backgrounds which would broaden my perspective.

I was attracted to the University of Salford because of the institution’s emphasis on practical, industry-relevant education which aligned with my career aspirations and offered opportunities for hands-on experience and professional networking.

The master’s in human resource management at Salford has a holistic approach to organisational development and talent management. I knew the innovative curriculum focusing on current industry practices would equip me with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to navigate the dynamic HR sector here in the UK.”

MSc Human Resource Management

“The course had lots of opportunities to engage with industry professionals, take part in internships and do experiential learning projects. These all developed my understanding of the sector, as well as giving me the confidence to know I could tackle these challenges if I faced them in the workplace.

During my studies, I actively pursued an internship opportunity with help from the University’s Careers and Enterprise team which offered career workshops and one-to-one sessions. After impressing the company during the internship, they offered me a part-time role that lasted for the remaining half of my studies. The job was as an Associate Consultant in an HR firm, and it provided insights into organisational dynamics and customer relations which complimented the theoretical learning I was doing within the classroom.

This experience was invaluable to me as it enhanced my professional competencies, expanded my network and bolstered my employability upon graduation. Additionally, it offered a glimpse into the career paths I could take within the field, helping me to refine my goals.”

My journey since graduating

“After I left Salford, I started as an Associate Recruitment Consultant at Marks Sattin which provided me with experience in high-volume recruitment, candidate management and client engagement. I was able to further develop my networking and negotiating skills during this role.

I then moved to Outcomes First Group based in Bolton as an HR Generalist (Projects) in which I was responsible for enhancing the efficiency and performance of a number of projects.

Currently, I am an HR Generalist at the global organisation, Tech Mahindra, based in their Salford office. My role involves collaborating with regional HR teams to oversee orientation training for new hires, driving employee engagement initiatives and using HR analytics to support the organisation’s decision-making.

After graduating it took me around two weeks to secure a role.  To do this, I was targeted with the organisations and roles I applied to and ensured I tailored my CV and cover letter effectively to show my skills and experiences.”

My tips to future international students

“Research is key when considering further study abroad. Make sure you start early to avoid last minute stress with visa requirements and application deadlines. Consider factors such as programme reputation/content, location and support services. Embrace diversity by connecting with other international students and immersing yourself in British culture. Seize opportunities for personal and academic growth including internships, volunteering and extracurricular activities. Above all, approach situations with an open mind and a readiness to embrace new experiences.”