Business Education Initiative student Sheryl McBride one year later
Belfast resident Sheryl McBride entered St. Andrews Presbyterian College in the fall of 2009 as the first student to come to the Laurinburg Campus as part of the Business Education Intiative (BEI) funded by the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland and delived by the British Council.
Now back at her home educational institution of Belfast Metropolitan College, McBride has shared her experiences with the world through the BEI website.
“BEI was an amazing experience; it helped me become a better student, employee and public speaker!" she said. " It gave me a global business perspective and provided the opportunity of an internship, which in turn helped me decide what I will do in my future career. The wonderful equestrian centre at my college facilitated my development and extended my extra curricular activities."
McBride did her internship with the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce and shared some of her direct experiences with fellow St. Andrews interns at the end of the spring 2010 semester.
“I learned that internships are not about making coffee and photocopying," she said with a smile. “I learned a lot about time keeping. Deadlines in business are deadlines. I also did a lot of software training in Adobe In Design and Photoshop. I was able to design promotional and advertising materials.”
That designing helped to sharpen McBride’s focus for her future. “I’d always wanted to go into marketing, but I had thought I wanted to go into the public relations side of it. Now I think the advertising, publications side is what I want to pursue. I have a portfolio of work and was able to put my classroom knowledge into practice.”
Site supervisor for the internship Theresa Lamson was highly appreciative of the work McBride completed for the Chamber.
“Sheryl did a lot of work for us that, with our staffing level, we wouldn’t have been able to get done otherwise,” Lamson said. “She also brought a different perspective, which is really good in business.”
In reflecting on the experience for BEI, she said, “This year has benefited me in many ways. The biggest change has been in my confidence levels. Having to make new friends and with help from some of the classes, my confidence levels have risen. Another benefit for me has been the fact that I have had the opportunity to learn about new cultures.”