#FromHigherEDToHired - Samantha Dearden - Japanese car enthusiast and owner at Undercover Imports

27.07.2016

Samantha Dearden is a Motorsport Management graduate, Japanese car enthusiast and owner at Undercover Imports: an e-Commerce Japanese car accessories, parts and lifestyle products business.

Samantha also works on freelance contracts within the motorsport industry, as and when they arise, such as marketing and handling events for motorsport teams, including a top qualifying British Drift Championship driver and team. We asked Samantha a few questions: 

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What areas of logistics are important?

I believe all areas of logistics are important as without one you wouldn’t be able to achieve another, as all areas should work seamlessly together. Logistics is used within so many different industries, with the skills being transferable, depending on which specific area somebody decides to undertake as a career choice.

The knowledge of how to seamlessly acquire and dispatch services, goods and people is essential as deploying that skill allows operations to function and work as they are supposed to with minimum disruption to the flow.

A little about my job.

I run my own e-Commerce Japanese car accessories, parts and lifestyle products business. I also work on freelance contracts within the motorsport industry, as and when they arise, such as marketing and handling events for motorsport teams, including a top qualifying British Drift Championship driver and team.

The best thing about my job.

I am doing something, and working in an industry, that I am extremely passionate about. Without my degree I wouldn’t have been able to think logically about a lot of the complex business systems involved. The knowledge I gained within the area of logistics has helped my considerably with acquiring my parts and accessories from Japan and other countries then importing these to sell online.

Modules that helped me the most.

Marketing and Events Management – This has helped me within my career considerably, especially when working at events where I can implement what I have learned to enable them to run as seamlessly as possible. Marketing is an extremely important part of any business, it enhanced my creative thinking. I use what I learned within the marketing module on a daily basis when creating my own marketing plan for the business.

Management and eBusiness – Again, what was learned in this module is highly beneficial for me personally, as my business in based online, but for anybody taking this module the content is transferable throughout industries so the knowledge gained will always be of use wherever your career takes you. It provides a good basis to continually work on your management skills as it will enable to look at your own personal management style, to see how you work and then be able to develop on this.

Logistics operations and Supply Chain Concepts – Very important module as it has made me aware of the whole supply chain and logistics operation as a whole. Without what was learned in this module I wouldn’t be able to look at many business areas and see how they all fit and work together, an essential module for any person in any industry.

Best thing about the course?

The course provided me with the knowledge I needed the most for my career. Without taking this degree I most probably wouldn’t be where I am today as the course provided the knowledge, skills and experience needed for my career and was within an industry I have a great interest in and that I am very passionate about. 

The course covers all you need to know about management within the industry, allowing you to think creatively, improve your research skills (thinking academically) and to apply everything you have learned in a practical sense.  Opportunities, such as working with the MIA at their House of Lord’s Summer Exhibition events, are available to students and they help you to gain real-life experience.

What do I miss about University?

Everything is the honest answer here. Going to University was by far the best choice that I have made to date as I not only gained a degree but I gained lifelong friends as well. I gained so much from the three years I attended. It goes by so quickly and there is a lot of effort and work required but it is worth it. I am currently seeking postgraduate opportunities as I would love to go back to university and build on my skills, develop myself and enhance my career even further.

Advice I would give future students.

I would say to any prospective student, ‘Just go for it!’ Apply for something you really want to do, and have a passion for, and really give it your all, it will most definitely pay off. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is an excellent university that offers exceptional support throughout your student life which continues even once you have left.

I forged excellent relationships with all my tutors at the school of Automotive Engineering and the School of Engineering, Manufacturing and logistics who operate an open-door policy, should you require any advice or help with anything, which I really appreciated. The course content is second to none and will provide you with a strong base for a career after university life, or through postgraduate studies if you choose that path.