BSc Business student secures placement with Cornish company, Ultramed



Aula Ourtashi, BSc Business student, at her placement with Ultramed


One of the unique features of the BSc Business programme is the integrated work placements, which complement and expand on the content learnt in class. BSc Business student, Aula Ourtashi, secured a placement with a Penryn small company, Ultramed, who provide pioneering health technology.

Aula’s placement was to help with the exporting of the ‘MyPreOp’ program – an online preoperative assessment allowing patients to complete their health assessment from the comfort of their own home. Aula has been assessing the United Arab Emirates market, which has the potential for Ultramed to launch their program in. Aula also attended a meeting with the Saudi British Joint Business Council, helping with company networking, and the process of exporting the program. Aula, originally from Dubai, is also using her language skills to translate the English program into Arabic.

“I chose my placement with Ultramed because it is a unique experience to work with a start-up, rather than an established company with set systems and practises in place. Start-ups often mean learning curves, so it is an exciting environment to work in”, said Aula.

“I feel my opinion was valued more in a small team. The opportunity to go to London and meet with the UK Executive Director of the Saudi British Joint business council was a great networking opportunity and not something that would be offered by every internship.”

Aula feels the careers support provided on the BSc Business programme helped in securing her placement. “I attended quite a few employability sessions last year and they helped me develop skills such as writing high quality CVs covering letters, as well as interview sessions, which taught us successful interviewing techniques.”

“If I could give advice to a student looking for a placement, it would be to find a role that utilises your knowledge gained from University. Also consider going for SMEs, as those provide unique experiences that are not found in larger organisations.”

As well as benefiting students, the placements offered during the BSc Business programme also enable local businesses to recruit high calibre, enthusiastic students injecting fresh ideas into their business.

“Aula has undoubtedly made a great contribution to Ultramed in the course of her placement. She has researched extremely useful information and produced helpful reports which complement, add value and will be of ongoing benefit to Ultramed’s work with the Department of International Trade.”  Anne Davidson, Chief Operations Officer.

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