Business Management Personal Statement Student Room Oxford

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My decision to study project management in construction and other business related subjects stems from developing an interest in business as a career aim. This interest is almost certainly the result of growing up in an entrepreneurial family where I was constantly exposed to discussions about all aspects of enterprises, from new business ideas to running a firm efficiently and managing projects. I believe that my background has given me insight into the working of business and marketing. My interest in business was reinforced by my experience in shadowing a project manager at a small construction company in London called St. James construction, whilst a school work experience

I like to take the initiative and enjoy ownership of a project by seeing things from beginning to end. I realised this when I helped my elder brother with the setting up of his own pizza delivery business in south London. I attended meetings with solicitors, accountants and surveyors. This gave me a chance to witness and understand a number of different aspects of setting up and running a business as well as developing skills, like team working, acting on initiative and foreseeing and preparing for potential problems. It made me think particularly about business location, suppliers, target audience, finance, quality, competition and future growth. I believe this experience enhanced my basic business awareness further confirming for me that my interest and skills lay in the direction of a career in business My choice of 'A' level subjects was based on my aim to pursue studies involving business. I appreciated that the impact of technology and social interactions were necessary prerequisites to succeed in business and project work. I am currently also studying Maths at home as I appreciate that numerical skill will be important in my chosen course. Thus I believe that my academic knowledge, practical experience and personal skills equip me to successfully pursue a degree

Outside college, I am involved with my family business every weekend

I also help out at the local community centre by helping disabled children. When time allows, I enjoy reading various kinds of literature and am currently enjoying The Colour Purple. Keeping fit is also an interest of mine, which I like to carry out in my spare time through swimming and time at the gym. I am interested in a number of other Sports, such as football and tennis, but my biggest achievement to date has been when I became the captain of my local Hounslow Cricket club under 18 and won the Middlesex league. I have travelled extensively and have visited Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Afghanistan as well as various countries in Europe. Through out my travels, the differing degree of development, lifestyles and work ethos I witnessed in different counties have widened my horizons and I am now more culturally aware and sensitive.

Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

What is Economics and Management?

  • Studying Economics and Management is a unique opportunity to combine two complementary disciplines.
  • Economics is the study of how consumers, firms and governments make decisions that together determine how resources are allocated. An appreciation of economics and the general workings of the economy has become increasingly necessary to make sense of government policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous changes in economic systems which are occurring throughout the world.
  • Management is concerned with the effective use and coordination of materials and labour within organisations in the pursuit of the organisation’s defined objectives. It considers the interrelationship and interactions between distinct parts of an organisation, and between the organisation and its environment. Management students look at theories, models and frameworks in order to understand how managers behave and consider their role in the process of decision-making.

Why Economics and Management at Oxford?

One of the best-regarded degree courses, known for being competitive to enter, and offering a well-rounded education of both economic theory, and management science more relevant to business life. Develops many key skills that employers are looking for.

So is Oxford right for me?

Do I have the requirements for Economics and Management?

Like all Oxford courses, you will need good GCSE grades and a strong performance in your AS modules. The standard offer is A*AA generally including an A in maths. Further maths is beneficial, but certainly not essential. You do not need to have studied Economics at A-level (although if it was an available option for you, it would be difficult to explain why you hadn't chosen it at 16, but now want to read economics at degree-level for 3 years).

2. The Economics and Management Course

NOTE: Course under extensive review

First Year Course

Three courses are taken:

Introductory economics

Introduction to management

Financial Management

2nd and 3rd year

Compulsory core courses:



Quantitative economics

Optional courses of which at least two must be in Management Choose from over 20 options papers including:

Strategic management


Organisational behaviour


Economics of industry

International economics

Development economics

3. Interviews

The interviews vary, but are generally subject-focused with little or no discussion of extra-curricular activities. Economic and managerial issues are debated; no specific knowledge is needed, you just need to listen and reason well, and articulate your thoughts clearly.

Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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