Valentina is the joint winner of The Lucy Ann Butcher Memorial Prize for 2009.
Winning the award
I feel really proud of myself for winning the award. After all the hard work involved on my course I achieved a first class honours degree.
I chose to study at Derby because it is renowned for being one of the best business universities in the UK. I feel that the best part was meeting many different people from different backgrounds and cultures. I most enjoyed working with these people in group assignments and supporting each other throughout the three years of the course.
Preparation for my career
Modules such as International Business and Management have prepared me to work effectively within a diverse environment, and other modules have given me an insight into different managerial styles and marketing strategies. I've already been able to apply what I've learned in my position as Store Manager at All Things Chocolate, which I started after I graduated.
In the future I'd like to work for major companies within both the UK and abroad, where I can utilise my global strategic skills learned on the course.