Daniel Smith

BA (Hons) Business and Management

Daniel enrolled at Lews Castle College UHI in September 2009 on an HNC Business course . His intention at that time was to “try the HNC” and then decide whether this was the career direction he wanted to follow . Having successfully completed his HNC he decided to follow through his studies to degree level and this year became the first “First Class Honours” Business graduate to have completed his studies through the University of the Highlands and Islands at Lews Castle College UHI.

Daniel’s initial decision to study at Lews Castle was based on an induction visit he had to the college, advice from Guidance staff at the Nicolson Institute and a desire to study at home in the islands – a pathway that an increasing number of island students are choosing to take.

The growth in island students choosing to study for degrees through Lews Castle is summed up by Daniel ‘s view that the decision to study at home wasn’t just based on convenience it was based on what he describes as being “pleasantly surprised by the resources available at the college” and the “really good support” he received from college staff.

Daniel’s achievement of a First Class Honours Degree is all the more remarkable considering that his final two years studies were on-line .On-line study involves significant discipline and commitment and is now becoming regarded by employers as an indication that prospective employees are “self-motivators” and can work to challenging targets without requiring constant supervision.

When asked about advice he would give to future potential Business students Daniel said he would thoroughly recommend the course but that students should be prepared for “a big jump” in work and commitment if they want to move on from an HND to completing a degree.

Lews Castle College offers potential students the option of choosing to do an HNC/D before deciding to continue to degree which provides students with the flexibility to make career and study choices which suit their needs.

Daniel is now employed as a marketing Officer with one of the most successful businesses in the Islands, Stag Bakeries. The company continues to extend into new bakery product markets both nationally and internationally, while making a substantial investment in new production facilities in Stornoway.

“I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to gain practical Marketing experience with Stag Bakeries in July 2014, through a Marketing Graduate Placement, at a time when the company was expanding rapidly into new markets. The placement provided me with invaluable experience to build on the Marketing which I had studied while completing my Honours Degree and it allowed the firm to assess whether I would be suitable for a full-time Marketing post.“ said Daniel “I joined the company full time after completing my placement and I would recommend the career path I followed to anyone thinking of thinking of studying at Lews Castle. I started with the intention of completing an HNC and seeing how that went. Now I have a full time Marketing post - after completing an Honours Degree and a Graduate Placement. It worked for me!“