From Saffron spice to Stamford Bridge, one Kingston University business management graduate has come a long way since calling the Clearing hotline in 2006.
At the age of 16 Anish Patel had an early taste of a career in business management when he landed a job in a Moroccan restaurant.Â Cooking up a career managing his own restaurant, however, wasnâ€™t something he thought seriously about when he started a degree course in maths, finance and economics, but he soon realised that his chosen course wasnâ€™t proving a recipe for success.
â€œI really wasnâ€™t enjoying the course and it was too important a part of my life to ignore.Â I had to get onto a course more suited to me and my career aspirations, and the only way I could do this was through Clearing,â€ he said.Â Anish was slightly nervous as he had already been through the process once after slightly disappointing A-level results. â€œI did feel a certain amount of pressure to get things right this time.â€
Anish had read that Kingston University was highly thought of for its business courses and so, with encouragement from friends and family, he decided to give the Clearing hotline a call.Â â€œI wanted to run my own business so I researched the business degrees available, looking particularly for practical hands-on modules,â€ he said.Â â€œThere were three different courses to choose from at Kingston, and the phone operator helped me go through my options thoroughly, making sure that the course I chose was the right one for me.â€
Anish chose to study business management and the three-year course saw him and a team of four other students setting up a business during their second year.Â â€œWe took on the Young Enterprise Graduate Programme module and we were thrilled when the company we set up customising USB drives broke even,â€ Anish said.Â The team also won a special commendation for business excellence and the whole experience brought aspirations of running his own business a step closer.Â â€œIt was hard work, but I loved it.Â Itâ€™s so rewarding to add other achievements to your CV and I found that I get a real buzz out of business,â€ he said.
Anish kept working while he studied and became a waiter in the hospitality lounge at Chelsea Football Clubâ€™s home ground, Stamford Bridge.Â However, the 22 year old from North Cheam wasnâ€™t left waiting on the sidelines for long.Â â€œWithin four months I had been promoted to back of house manager which saw me managing a team of 30 people including the chefs,â€ Anish said.Â â€œI enjoyed the challenge and I realised that my course and career ambitions had finally meshed.â€
Anish graduated in 2009 with a 2.1 and is now busy looking for an assistant manager position.Â Heâ€™s also planning a well-earned holiday to Morocco where heâ€™ll be gathering culinary inspiration for his next business venture.Â â€œI want to learn as many different aspects of restaurant management as I can, from kitchen to cashing up,â€ he said.Â â€œI know from the experience I have gathered at university and in the workplace that sometimes you just have to step in and do whatever job needs doing.Â A good manager can do that, and that is what I plan to become.â€
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