Cheerio! My London Introduction

Hi from across the pond! My name is Livy Mackey, and I am a junior studying Human Resource Management and Marketing and pursuing a Certificate in International Business. I am from Bethesda, Maryland which is about 10 minutes outside Washington DC, and I love music and dance. I chose Human Resource Management and Marketing to understand the psychology associated with business – how employees and customers behave in various environments, and how can higher management in a business help their employees be as motivated as possible.

When I am not drinking tea and walking around in the lovely city of London, I am usually found studying in Pittsburgh, where I am a proud founding member and former treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, a newer sorority on Pitt’s campus! Being a founder is definitely a highlight of my time in college thus far. I’ve met so many amazing people and learned so much while being treasurer! I have been fortunate enough to have been able to travel to Europe before in 2016, when my family came went to London and Paris, and I knew London was where I wanted to study abroad when I got to college. I have also been to Israel on Birthright, a 10-day trip to Israel and ate all of the pita and hummus I could have ever imagined! I decided I wanted to go to London this semester as a part of the Global Business Institute. Ever since my family went to London, I wanted to come back because there was so much I didn’t get to see and wanted the chance to immerse myself in this environment and explore until I’ve found every single nook and cranny of this city – which might take me a while…  

London has such a rich history and diverse population, that you can never be bored here! There are so many people of different backgrounds from whom you can learn. I can say that in my three weeks being here, I have learned so much more about how to cross-culturally communicate, both from class and my internship!

This semester, I am an HR intern at the London Marriott County Hall, a five-star hotel right by the London Eye, so there are some beautiful views of the River Thames, Big Ben (when it is not under construction), and other Parliament buildings across the river! My internship is unique compared to others because it is a fast-paced environment serving your customers 24/7.

This summer, I will be interning as an Executive Search Analyst at Russell Reynolds Associates, a management consulting firm that looks at the entire executive search life-cycle – conducting assessments and research about company culture and values, selecting the right person to fill the position (usually C-Suite positions), and guiding and facilitating the challenging transition that comes along with change in upper management. As of now, I am looking to go into either executive search or employee engagement and relations after graduating in April 2021.

By the end of this semester, I hope to learn how to cross-culturally communicate more effectively and with more confidence, as well as push myself to step outside my comfort zone as I travel to new places many of the weekends – I’ve already been to Berlin! I think that having an internship in a global city, especially one outside the US, will teach me about cultural differences in companies and possibly gain multiple new perspectives on certain situations that take place in the workplace.

So far I am loving it here and can’t wait for the next 3 months!