Rui Li

Country: China
Sector: Internet & Software
Job title: Key Account Manager
Subject of study: Advanced Mechanical Engineering
Year of graduation: 2016
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name


What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

As a Key Account Manager in a Corporate Innovation Department, I am in charge of establishing business co-operation with international corporate clients and conducting the innovation campaign online and offline.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I like to work via communicating with different people, and I find my job gives me a lot of flexibility to expand my skills in many aspects. By diving into different industries and studying what the corporate clients’ need, I can develop a better vision of the real business world and how I can serve them better by improving the company process and internal communication.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of Out of Door society, and also a volunteer in Chinese Student Society.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I chose a course about nanomaterial and it is a course that only 2 students selected. Six professors taught us throughout the term. At the final phase of this course, the other classmate started to not come, and I passed it ultimately by myself via many presentations and assignments and with a lot effort inputting. It was a new experience to me and the topic that I never learned before, but I feel proud of myself and believe that I should not fear anything until I start to try.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The peaceful and natural campus environment. During the last thesis writing period, I always studied late at night and walked back home. I saw foxes, badgers, rabbits, squirrels, a lot of friendly cats with different personalities, many types of fruit trees, that is so unique from China and I miss all of the animals there.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

  1. The reputation and ranking is good;
  2. My academic background suits the programme I chose perfectly and there are some computer programming involved courses are what I would like to do;
  3. The city locates in the warmer temperature zone and its view is fantastic;
  4. Very international studying environment, friendly to Chinese students.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Desk research skills and international environment communication skills.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

To keep trying different things when you are at campus, that is a good opportunity to know yourself and a less time costing way to explore yourself.

What are your plans for the future?

Career: To become a professional project manager.              

 Life: To take care of the ones I love and live a high quality life.


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