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Maren Brun

Maren BrunHR Advisor, Odfjell Drilling

MA Human Resource Management, 2012

What made you choose Middlesex University?

Towards the end of my Bachelors degree I looked into different Masters programmes both here in Norway and abroad. Speaking English fluently is an advantage in today's international working environment and I saw my needs for improvement in this area.

Additionally, the UK offered more choice compared to Norway when it came to masters degrees in HR at the time. My subsequent decision to pick London as my place of study was an easy choice for me to make.

Through the Norwegian organisation Across the Pond I was introduced to Middlesex University. Middlesex distinguished itself from other Universities in the UK due to its cultural diversity. I found this very exciting.

The fact the HR masters programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), was a distinct advantage as it provided opportunities for the future.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I wanted to dig deeper into the field of HR having studied a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Human Resource Management.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

When studying for an MA in Human Resource Management at Middlesex you are given the freedom to choose the subject areas that you find the most interesting.

I really enjoyed the mix of subject areas I got to cover covered and the accompanying workshops. Our lecturers knew us all by name and appreciated discussion. It wasn't just one-way communication. This was a huge and very positive surprise.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

My time at Middlesex went by too fast, which must mean I had a great time!

I think my most valuable memory is of the induction period. I got to know so many interesting people from different cultures. During this time, the University made sure that we were fully integrated and took good care of new comers.

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


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

My time at Middlesex made me hungrier to develop professionally in the field of HR! I wanted to learn more and develop my skills in this area further.

Studying abroad is not only about learning a new language or gaining degree, it's also about developing personally. It's hard to say how much my time at Middlesex has helped me get to where I am today but it definitely pointed me in the right direction.

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

Aim high, make the most of all the opportunities that come your way and continue to develop professionally and academically once your time at university is over.

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