Timothy Astandu

Despite the degree title, my programme is deceptively flexible. Optional courses I've taken include accounting, economics, marketing, statistics, and even social psychology. Not only does this flexibility make my experience at LSE more interesting, it also provides me with a broad knowledge base and a multi-dimensional view of the world. Moreover, I enjoy studying this programme due to the excellent quality of teaching. You know you're studying at the right place when university students across the UK all learn from articles and textbooks written by your very own lecturers and teachers.

Despite a population of 200 million people, Indonesia's labour potential remains barely utilised due to poor management and ineffective bureaucracy. Hence, human resource management is a subject that is perhaps overlooked but very relevant in contemporary Indonesia. For this reason, I chose this course as it will provide me with a significant edge over other future business professionals working in Indonesia.

Studying at LSE is one of the most exhilarating experiences in my life. What makes LSE unique is that not only is it a place to learn, but it is also a place to enjoy life and share different perspectives about the world. Whenever you queue outside Wright's Bar, you will probably meet people from all the world's continents; each with their own different opinions. Moreover, the broad array of public lectures allows you to engage with interesting yet relevant subjects. Recent lecturers include Steven Levitt, Paul Krugman, Jeffrey Sachs, and Ben Bernanke. Furthermore, living at the heart of London is an experience in itself. A metropolitan city that never sleeps, you could attend a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in the afternoon, travel to the West End for a musical afterwards, and enjoy the nightlife at Leicester Square before retiring to bed.

Throughout my time at LSE, I was lucky enough to have been president of the LSESU Indonesian-Bruneian Society, treasurer of the LSESU Human Resource Management Society, IT officer of the LSESU UNICEF Society, as well playing goalkeeper for LSEFC. I really believe that LSE has helped push me out of my comfort zone and shape me to become a confident individual that is willing to try new experiences.

After graduating from LSE I intend to pursue a master's degree in Management to broaden my knowledge into other management related topics. I will then pursue a career in consulting before returning to Indonesia as a business professional with aims of improving society through my career in the business world.

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