What our students say about studying with us
"I have worked in the public sector for 19 years and have moved around the country enjoying various roles.
Since undertaking a review of Tax Compliance, I have been fortunate to take on the role of the Departmental Customs Compliance and Policy subject matter expert. I wanted to gain a recognised qualification to assist me in implementing new Customs Policy and Processes and begin driving efficiencies.
The IOE Level 5 Diploma in World Customs Compliance & Regulations course content could not have been a better fit. Each module was directly linked to my work. The course has helped me to develop internal policy and processes and oversee the implementation of compliance regimes for the department and work with delegated points of contact across the business to provide guidance and embed best practice. I look forward to a challenging and fulfilling career enabled by the mentoring and support by the IOE."
"I worked for Mizuno Corporation in the purchasing and logistics department. Initially my job was to assis with both purchasing and import compliance but I found the procedural discipline of the customs complinance role captivating. With the onset of the UCC, my role involved 'fact finding' for my business, and it was through this I was asked if I wanted to complete the IOE Level 5 Diploma in World Customs Compliance & Regulations. I started the qualification and it opened my eyes to the wider world of customs.
The knowledge the course gave me allowed me to seek a new career path. I now work in the Customs and International Trade team at Grant Thornton and work with a range of unique clients who I would not have been able to work with had I not moved. Now I have completed the qualification, I am looking to continue to develop myself and build on the excellent grounding the diploma has given me."
"My career in management began in the Civil Service in 1985 working for the then Department of Health and Social Security. I obtained a Level 4 NVQ in Management, which later opened up the chance to take a Master's Degree in Security Management.
The MSc was pivotal to my recruitment as Managing Director at Jointline Products (Lincoln) Ltd. in 2004, a highly successful 'small business', supplying a niche product into the export market to more than fifty countries worldwide.
Despite the business's proven competence in export, my own curiosity to learn more had already brought me to several 'dead ends' until I was put in touch with Sue Wright whose charisma and enthusiasm for trade and export reinvigorated my aspiration to learn more. She recommended the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade with the IOE, which I took up immediately.
Jointline have been exporting for more than 80 years and internationalisation is the key to our success. We want to encourage other small companies by sharing the benefits that are to be had from international trade and this qualification will enable me to further that notion. I am proud to be able to promote my company's acumen and professionalism through this opportunity with the Institute of Export."
"I have had a long career in international financial services, during which time I have been a founding equity partner of a company that won the Queen's Award for Exports.
I had reached the point where I wanted to bring to life one of my secret dreams - to develop an online niche fashion company. I explored various options and settled upon the IOE course as it would allow me to apply the academic theories of international trade to my business plan in the final Practical Global Trading module. The other modules allowed me to bring my answers to life by researching case studies on how the international logistics strategies have impacted a company's ability to internationalise and researching how foreign companies can target China's huge online market place.
The course has provided me with a helpful appreciation of how the multiple facets of an international business link, as well as an initial roadmap for my business. Also, I can now bore for Britain on Zara's supply chain!
I undertook my graduate degree and other professional qualifications in a pre-internet era, so I am able to appreciate how the internet helped to bring the course to life and made learning easier and fun."
"After 6 years of working with the Canadian International Development Agency, I joined the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service as a Trade Commissioner. Whilst I had the requisite skills for the job, I felt I needed a more solid international trade background. I started to look for a programme that would improve my understanding of trade regimes, and trade issues and found the Institute of Export's IOE Level 5 Diploma in International Trade to be the best fit to bridge my skills gap.
The programme itself was very flexible and the staff were easy to work with and quick to provide assistance. I completed the entire Diploma within 3 months which meant I got the background I needed to excel at my job much faster.
The knowledge gained from the programme, coupled with my experience working at policy and operations level for advancing businesses, now puts me in an advantageous position to contribute to initiatives that bolster international trade."
"Studying with the Institute of Export and International Trade has been valuable in increasing my knowledge and understanding of the complexities of international trade. Modules cover all important aspects of trading internationally and cover key facts in detail while putting them into context using real-life examples. These are qualifications that employers recognise and value and obtaining these qualifications has greatly assisted my career."
"I found the knowledge that I gained was of immediate use when a company asked me about how they should handle their currency transactions, to enable them to make a competitive bid for a European Contract. I was able to provide some insight as to their options, and they were both grateful for the advice and surprised at the level of specific knowledge available from my organisation."
"Having recently graduated at Credit level in the Advanced Certificate in International Trade, I have to comment on how helpful and informative I found the Institute of Export's online learning site. An excellent site is a must when studying remotely and a great channel too for comparing notes with others in the same learning environment".
"The Advanced Certificate in International Trade qualification has been a great platform in order for me to enhance my skills and update my knowledge. This has been incredibly important for maintaining my credibility for assisting and supporting our companies with their international ambitions"
"[the course helped me in understanding] the nuts and bolts of international trade, from shipping through to legal considerations, and provided frameworks and case studies to help with day-to-day responsibilities."
N. Rowlands – Dairy Crest
"I strongly recommend the foundation degree as a tool to enhance the professional knowledge and skills in the trade and is a sound academic empowerment for a professional individual. The learning materials used both by the Institute and the University and tutors are professionally qualified. Administration teams of both organizations are highly supportive and sophisticated IT facilities enable the delivery of a high quality distance learning program."
Athula Atapattu - Saudi Hollandi Bank
"When I became involved with the Import of the goods, I decided to study and understand the process as much as I could. This led me to the Institute of Exports (IOE) who I have been studying with for the past 4 years. Through the IOE I have been able to learn and understand both the Importation and Exportation of goods and this has helped my confidence considerably. I would like to thank the qualifications department for their invaluable help and patience, without them, I am certain I would have found the course a lot more daunting and difficult, they are a credit to the IOE.”"
Rachel Stockton – Sports direct.com Retail Ltd.
"Over the last 2 years I found that the IOE has drastically improved my knowledge across International Marketing, Management, Logistics and Finance giving me a complete understanding of international trade which I have been able to put into practice in my day to day activities."
Sarah Jonathan – International Greetings Plc
"The IOE and Anglia Ruskin Team take a personal interest in each student and are most supportive. Anybody in International Trade or those wishing to expand their existing experience should strongly consider taking this degree. The course is brand new with innovative information about the new and much changed global environment. It is especially beneficial for experienced people wishing to up-skill and expand their knowledge in the international business and the global trade environment"