Case Study

Carlene Williams

MBA Finance


Carlene Williams is studying for her MBA in Finance at the University of Sunderland in London. She tells us about how her twin interests of tourism and finance led her to study with us and where she hopes it will take her in the future.

I’m on a path where I’m trying to improve my skills and follow my true passions.

My background is in accounting, but I also have a real passion for tourism. 

So, when I started at the University, I did a BSc (Hons) in International Tourism and Hospitality Management. 

After finishing that course this July, I decided to go one step further and combine my two areas of interest.  

That’s why I chose to apply for the MBA in Finance. 

The previous jobs I’ve done have really kept me in one place, but I want to travel, to see new places and experience different things.  

Having a sense of freedom is what I loved about the tourism course; it’s given me the opportunity to do so much more. 

I did consider doing my masters in it, maybe the MSc Tourism and Hospitality or the MBA Hospitality Management 

But I thought that if I get my MBA in Finance, I can use it to work in any sector, including tourism. 

I like being challenged, that’s what I enjoy about accounting. You have to spend a lot of time thinking, working things out and being sure of your answers. 

Tourism is the same, you come up with strategic management ideas and do creative things like marketing. 

I love that because it pushes me to think differently. 

I’m originally from the Caribbean. It’s where I did my first accountancy degree and worked for many years.  

So, coming to the UK was another challenge I wanted to take on.  

But when I came here, my first child was only six years old and I had to look after her.  

I pretty much did any job that let me give her the life I wanted for her. I ended up working pre-schools. 

By the time I left the industry, I was managing three or four pre-schools and working really hard. 

But it wasn’t what I wanted to do in life. I knew that I needed to take my opportunity and start studying.  

I’m on a path where I’m trying to improve my skills and follow my true passions. 

I now have two young children, ten and eight years-old, so studying at the same time can be a challenge.  

I pretty much have to wait for them to go to sleep before I can get any real work done but it’s so worth it. 

I like to think of myself as really self-motivated. 

That mindset helped me with my undergraduate degree, so I’m taking the same attitude on my MBA. 

I can’t wait to see where it takes me next. 

Want to follow in Carlene’s footsteps? Take a look at our MBA courses today. 

You can also book a personal consultation or register you interest to find out more about studying at the University of Sunderland in London. 

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