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Kate Kornpan

Kate KornpanMarketing Services Manager, The Landmark, Bangkok

MA Marketing, 2008

What made you choose Middlesex University?

First of all, I decided upon the course I wanted to study which was MA Marketing Communications and then looked at universities. Middlesex was one of the universities in London well respected for this course. I also liked the university's location as I wanted to stay on the outskirts of London in student accommodation.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

When I researched the modules offered on Middlesex's MA Marketing course and compared these to those offered by other universities, I felt Middlesex's course was the most interesting as it combined Marketing and Public Relations modules, which was ultimately what I was looking for.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I liked the fact that we got a chance to make individual and group presentations regularly.  Being able to practice my presentation skills in public was great training and has proven to be very useful in my job.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

I had so much fun with friends from many different countries. Staying in student accommodation enabled me to build friendships with students of different nationalities and meant I didn't only develop friendships with other Thai students. We had many good times together and not just when studying!  We hung out together and partied a lot as well.

I developed life-long friendships while at Middlesex University and this is something student life enables you to do and is hard to do elsewhere. I am grateful for my time at Middlesex and the friends it enabled me to make.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Do your best and enjoy life as a student! I am sure you won't be disappointed about choosing Middlesex as your university.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

The skills I learnt from my Marketing Communications course are applicable to my career in marketing in every way. I am able to adapt what I learnt about marketing strategies, public relations and communications in a professional way that benefits my company.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

Hospitality is one of the most important industries here in Thailand which is what made me decide to work in the sector. It's all about providing services for serviced-mind people.

The pros are that the hospitality industry provides you with an opportunity to work in different countries. For example, if you work for a large hotel brand or chain of hotels, you can transfer to a different hotel within the same group in another country. This offers a great opportunity to gain work experience overseas.

The main con is the fact that business tends to slow down during the low/off-peak season as there are not many tourists.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

I took on quite a few marketing roles following graduation but it took quite a while to find the right job for me. In all my jobs, I have always been consistent in what I do and never stop developing myself.

What does the future hold for you?

My professional goal is to become a Marketing Director within the hospitality sector and enjoy a successful career.

I'd like to continue working in hospitality as I really enjoy interacting with guests and providing them with excellent service levels. When guests leave, I like to ensure they have loved their time at the hotel.

I also really like the fact that by implementing a marketing strategy, I can help the hotel increase its revenue.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Make sure you balance your working and private life, never stop developing yourself and lastly, love what you do and do what you love.

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