Himansh Sidhana is doing everything he can to get the best degree and stand out in the jobs market.
The final-year Business Management and Human Resource Management (HRM) student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has spent a year in industry, undertaken extracurricular activities and is studying hard.
He believes that landing a graduate role in HR could "come down to a little thing".
"I'm on track to achieve a First, which I put down to just how hungry I am to get it and because I really enjoy my course," said Himansh, who can add roles as a DMU Brand Ambassador and a sports co-ordinator to his CV.
"I'm doing everything to stand out."
The 22-year-old joined DMU through Clearing.
"I didn't get the grades I anticipated," he said. "I picked DMU because this is a one-campus university near the city centre.
"Being a big football fan it was the year that Leicester City Football Club got promoted to the Premier League and another key aspect was statistics - the employment rates and people who had done my course and got a First."
Himansh found the Clearing process "quick and easy" and the staff were "friendly".
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Originally accepted on Business and Management, he changed his course within the first term because he most enjoyed the HR modules.
At the end of second year he accepted a placement year as a HR intern with global aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space.
"I worked really hard to get there," he said. "I went through 40-50 rejections but landed a big one.
"I owe a lot of my success to the DMU placement team, who supported me with the whole process."
Based within the learning and development team, Himansh gained "great HR experience".
"I was lucky because I got to travel in the UK and abroad," he said. "Most other candidates won't have done that, so it will help me stand out."
Himansh has gained additional skills back at DMU. He was an active member of the DMU Hindu Society in his first year and a sports co-ordinator with the DMUactive Volunteering Academy in his second year.
"Quite a few candidates had applied for the position, so it felt great to get it," he said.
"I was captain of the football team and responsible for organising training sessions, booking transport and keeping social media up to date. It helped with communication and networking and I also learnt skills such as leadership and dealing with conflict."
Himansh was "really happy" to be recommended by a lecturer for his role as a Brand Ambassador. "It is really satisfying to meet new people at an Open Day and share their excitement," he said.
Although he has enjoyed all these opportunities, he describes the mass #DMUglobal trip to New York earlier this year, which included a tour of Madison Square Garden to learn about supply chains, logistics and staffing, as "one of the best experiences of my university life".
Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018