Sanjay Champaneri graduated in 2011, having studied Business Management. Sanjay works as a Store Manager for Alliance Boots.
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
Swansea is a top 50 University; it has a unique location away from busy city life in the East Midlands, but is a place with all the facilities of a city.
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
The people I was able to learn with and the people who taught us. The different rich cultures made every day that little bit more interesting and worthwhile.
What are you doing now career-wise?
I completed a fast track graduate programme and I am now a graduate Store Manager for Alliance Boots. I’m currently responsible for a £6 million revenue per annum retail park store and have a team of 50 to be proudly responsible for.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
The University provided me with support and gave me a platform to “stand out”. I had the chance to be part of great societies and networking events with people who were on a similar career path to me. The course gave me the opportunity to learn the knowledge, to play with some of the theories and to stretch my understanding of the industry.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
The challenge is to keep up with the pace we deliver at. Retail is such a fast moving and changing industry, you have to create a climate where you take risks, acknowledge your mistakes and learn fast.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
The ability to lead and coach people’s performances. To take a business objective and translate it into personal passions and really see the change in people is very rewarding. I enjoy having the pressures of “what if it all goes wrong” and all that accountability which just makes me strive to deliver the best I can.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Get involved! Go and create your network.
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
A degree is simply not enough anymore so make the most of everything that the university has to offer. Have something that will make you stand out at the end of it. Make sure you choose to do something you have a passion for and give it your best shot.
What are your plans for the future?
To explore the international parts of the business.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Being chosen out of the thousands of applicants for a place on the Graduate Scheme was a proud moment. I’m also proud of the great friends I made at University, as well as enjoying a great social life, holding on to a part-time job and managing a demanding position in a society. And coming out with a great degree!
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
The feeling you get on campus, where your friends effectively become family.
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Honest, ambitious and loyal.