Matthew Kirby: Business student now travels all over the world for work

College News and Communications
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:11

Former Business and Management student, Matthew, recently spoke to our Alumni Team about his experiences at South & City College Birmingham and how his qualification helped him to travel the world.

“South & City College and the excellent staff in the Business department provided me with the knowledge and confidence to succeed,” said Matthew, who is now an Export Sales Account Manager for Brown McFarlane Ltd.

“The course covered a wide range of subjects, all of which have been extremely useful during my career in sales,” he said. “Team work, meeting deadlines and the benefits of hard work are all skills I learned at college.”

Matthew’s career journey since leaving college is proof that hard work does pay off. Not only has he been able to climb the career ladder quickly, but his work has allowed him to do business all over the world and travel to some incredible places.

“In 2011 I started as Sales Assistant for a steel export department,” he said. “Seven years later I am responsible for sales into Latin and Central America, Africa, Northern Europe and the Middle East.

“I have travelled extensively with my work to Colombia, Mexico and Argentina and have lived in Brazil since 2013,” said Matthew. “I have supplied industry with steel for oil and gas projects all over the world, and constantly draw upon the skills and education I received from college.”

Matthew also told our Alumni team about some of the challenges he has faced during his career, which his time at college left him well equipped to face.

“Despite a global downturn in oil and gas prices in recent years, I had to work closely with my colleagues to pull the department through some challenging times, with fierce competition and drop in demand,” he said. “Resilience, persistence and hard work meant we came through and got back on track to the road of recovery.”

Matthew’s ultimate career goal is to be able to expand his company’s market share and lead a sales team across the globe.

“In five years time, I expect we will be even more established and closer to our customers, providing them with the service they expect with wider product range and speedy delivery,” he said.

“My advice for anyone looking for a career in steel is to start humble and work your way up. Show your ability to work hard, put the hours in, and the sky is the limit!”

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