Andrew Jones graduated with a degree in History & Welsh History in 1985. In addition to his successful career, Andrew also acts as Aber's unofficial ambassador in Singapore and he is willing to assist any Aber alumnus with locating and/or doing business there. Contact him at email@example.com
What do you remember most about your time at Aber?
I remember the stunning journey across mid-Wales to start each term, Aber's dramatic geography and the weather! Aber's size and distance from the 'real world' made for a closeness and community where it was easy to make friends. It was a great atmosphere for studying History, and the National Library made it unbeatable.
What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth Degree helped?
These days I work independently as an Entrepreneur and Executive Coach. I help my clients work on their personal, business and organizational development. I am an MBA Career Counselor at Insead & Singapore Management University. I am active in the Singapore start-up scene, as a Mentor and Entrepreneur, where I develop businesses around Human Resources and the related Technologies, such as the GatewaySingapore.com family of websites.
Previously, I was a Managing Director in HR, Technology & Operations at Deutsche Bank, in Singapore. Thanks to the Careers Service I discovered voluntary work while studying at Aber and, after I left, I continued while I worked out what to do. Since 1992 I have lived in Asia and taken regional and global roles across HR, IT and Operations.
History gave me an awareness of different cultures and the appreciation that we all think differently, which has helped managing across cultures. I appreciate the basic training in intellectual rigour and the ability to form and express my own judgment from diverse material. I value the critical thinking skills to deconstruct points of view, and test for cause and effect. Managing change is a large part of what I do; and History is a rich stock of Change Management archetypes showing what can go wrong and how change has been documented, championed and derailed.
What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?
Follow your passion, experiment with different points of view and take risks. You will not see this opportunity again, so live all aspects of it 100% - adventure off the reading list; seek out people who have nothing in common with you; take a deep breath and express your own ideas. The more that you listen and read, the more you will understand yourself.