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Online Graduate Profile David Hughes 20/11/2017  
Name: David Hughes
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quote: [The OHS course blended theoretical learning with real-world experiences, to demonstrate how to use knowledge in actual working environments.]

Course: Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Year: 1994
Job title: CEO
Employer: Hughes Risk

Current role?
I'm semi-retired, so I only take the more interesting projects now. My role involves planning, organising and winning bids, project management, client liaison, cultural awareness and technical expertise.

Typical day?
Worrying about my golf swing!

Career developments?
Having graduated with my Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, I specialized in technical safety in the engineering design for Oil & Gas, Water, Manufacturing and Nuclear fields. This relocated me from Manchester to Aberdeen, (on and offshore), then eventually I left UK for China.

Since 2000, I have lived and worked all over the Middle East (UAE, KSA, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan) and Far East (Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia).

I finally retired at 48 in California, where I run my own safety consultancy.

Cultural awareness is a huge obstacle that no formal education addresses. My first 6 weeks in China was traumatic. Almost daily running into situations that I had little or no information on how to act. Acting professionally and true to my own ideals and values enabled a rapid growth to overcome barriers of culture and language, and grew my own development.

Your NTU experience?
The OHS course blended theoretical learning with real-world experiences, to demonstrate how to use knowledge in actual working environments.

Advice for others?
Expand your horizons. Depending on your job role, try to gain as much experience as possible in a variety of industries and countries.

Career highlights?
I held the position of Asia Pacific H&S Manager with Veolia Water in Hong Kong, responsible for 9000 people in 9 countries. I was one of only 4 at that level, responding to the Global Head in Paris.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My father told me, when I very first started my career as a sponsored student in the Nuclear industry, that I could "learn something from somebody, every single day". I've never forgotten that ethos. It doesn't make others smarter, or better than you. It just means they know different stuff. Consequently, as you broaden your own experiences, it empowers you to be able to significantly communicate with all levels within organisations, which is vital if you are going to grow as a professional person.

Plans for the future?
Growing old not-so-gracefully! I would like to somehow feed back my experiences and knowledge (plus a load of great tales) to help younger graduates.
Online Graduate Profile Edward Challinor 14/11/2017  
Name: Ed Challinor
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quote: [NTU taught me to focus and to learn.]

Course: LL.M Corporate Law
Year: 2004
Job title: CEO / CMO
Employer: Smileworks Liverpool

Current role?
I am the co-founder and CMO of Smileworks Liverpool, an independent, 4 surgery, seven figure dental practice in Liverpool.

After three years we are now number one in the region and are Liverpool's most popular dental practice. I run the business and marketing activities at Smileworks and my role involves:

- Strategic decision making
- Planning
- Forecasting and Analytics
- Media buying
- Creation and delivery of marketing strategy
- Delivery of enterprise-level marketing services to the business including paid media, SEO, Social and Brand Marketing.

Typical day?
There is no such thing as a typical day running a small business! But the things I do lots of are creating and testing ads on all types of digital media and devising new and exciting ways to reach our audience. I also do lots of learning and continuing development. To be a successful digital marketer you need to keep bang up to date - so I spend a good few hours a day watching YouTube and learning from seminars or reading books.

I also watch the figures like a hawk. All of the details of advertising performance, conversion rates, customer acquisition and treatment uptake are available on various dashboards and I can watch our businesses performance in real time and optimise when needed.

Career developments?
I went on after NTU to do the BVC professional exams because I thought I wanted to be a Barrister. After a few years working in the City I realised it was the 'corporate' in corporate law that interested me more than the 'law' part. I used to read cases about big companies and I'd remember all the numbers and figures and business parts and sometimes draw a blank on the legal bits.

It's ok not to know what you want. Just get the best results and that'll take you through life. People are still more impressed by my corporate law masters than they are by my degree from Exeter or the fact I'm a trained Barrister!

It's all challenges setting up your own business. Nothing is easy and we had to fight hard for funding and learn a huge amount very quickly to keep from going bust in the first two years. It's 14 hour days 7 days a week for six months and three years later I still work 10 hours a day 6 days a week. That's what it takes to succeed but I also love what I do so it doesn't feel like work. I used to sit up on the top floor of Boots on a Saturday night when my friends were all in the Orange Tree and work. I loved learning about all these companies and how they operate. I imagined myself on the board in a suit, calling the shots. I wasn't a total nerd, my brother was doing his BVC and we used to party hard. But I loved being in the library in the quiet with all those books and computers.

Your NTU experience?
NTU taught me to focus and to learn. The LL.M corporate is a chunky program and I needed to devote a great deal of time just to keep up. These days, when I get a really difficult optimisation problem or have a ton of work to get through I always think back to the Boots Library. That's the place I learned the skills I use today. The skills to take on an impossible pile of complex material and make sense of it.

Advice for others?
Work hard. The future is about intellectual capital. So the money you will make and the success you will enjoy is now more than ever directly related to what you know and your qualifications. Getting a Distinction really helps in life. Or a First Class Degree. If you can achieve that (and most can by working hard and staying off the booze) then any employer will look at your CV for any job. I promise you.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I loved the faculty. The lecturers were amusing, dedicated and passionate. The support team and people in the office were also super-helpful. It's a city campus so I was worried I'd be out of my depth after being in really close knit halls at Exeter. But I handled it fine because everyone's so welcoming and friendly. The libraries were my second home. And when they were closed I'd go and read cases in the Arboretum and meet my friends in the afternoons for drinks.

Career highlights?
I went to the city and got hired immediately in 2006. I survived 6 rounds of redundancy in 2009 and was one of the last remaining graduate recruits. Some had been to Oxford and Cambridge, but NTU teaches you about real life and not all that dreamy spires rubbish. A Masters teaches you to work hard. If I see Dentists with extra MSc's in their CV's my ears prick up and we usually invite them for an interview.

- Smileworks is the fastest growing dental practice in the UK
- We've gone from 0-1M revenue in under three years
- We've hired 22 of the best dentists, aestheticians and support anywhere in Europe
- We have over 500 5* patient reviews
- We're a 'gazelle company' which means we're growing over 20% YOY above 1.0M revenue
- The biggest career highlight is being able to live the life I imagined it and not have to work for anyone else
- I get to write articles and optimise SEO at home with my cats - which I love.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I have loads of mentors. The business ones are much better than the law ones. Ryan Deiss (digital marketer) Russ Hanneberry (world-class copywriter) Dan Bradbury (entrepreneur) and a bunch of dental folks like Fred Joyal (1-800-DENTIST) and Gary Takacs (Takacs Learning Institute) To name a few. We've also worked with Virgin Entrepreneurs, and Disruptive Advertising. I've got loads of great advice from those guys.

Plans for the future?
We're getting the business properly capitalised at the moment. Which means paying off our debts and amassing 6 months overhead in cash in the bank. Then we're going to look at growing organically or by acquisition. I'd like to buy a failing practice and turn it around. That's a great way to keep busy and it pays huge rewards. I've also been looking at business coaching and consulting - but that's some way off. I have plenty to occupy myself with our beautiful patients and my business.
Online Graduate Profile Simon M Wykes 13/11/2017  
Name: Simon Wykes
pic: [/view.image?id=5811]

quote: [My career path has been largely determined by my industrial placement.]

Course: BA Hons Business Studies
Year: 1994
Job title: Group Managing Director
Employer: Jackpotjoy plc

Current role?
Running the largest, online bingo-led business in the world providing entertainment to a global consumer base.

Typical day?
Each day is very different.

Career developments?
I joined a graduate trainee management programme with Rank, with whom I had completed my second industrial placement, on leaving University. I have then completed a number of operational roles within the leisure and gaming sector.

I have lost my job twice! The key is to be resilient. You cannot achieve your dreams without risking failure. When failure comes - understand and learn from it. Every time I fail I become more motivated to succeed. I do not fear failure I fear mediocrity.

Your NTU experience?
My career path has been largely determined by my industrial placement. I was hugely motivated by a lecturer, Tony Watson, who really challenged my thinking and played a big part in shaping my approach to management.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I had a great time at Nottingham Trent and met some great people.

Any exam revision tips?
For me it was all about turning notes into pictures and then consolidating them. Revision is personal, find the way that works for you.

Career highlights?
Completing a MBO despite the odds being stacked against me.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Learning never stops and you can learn from every situation and every person. I have learnt as much from people who I thought were poor as I have from those I think are great!

Advice for others?
Be flexible. Everything changes and successful people succeed through change, unsuccessful people fight it.

Any tips for job seeking?
Determine your personal brand. Understand what you are really good at and what you really want to do. They sound like really simple questions but the thinking to get to the answers is very complex.

Plans for the future?
Fulfill the potential that is inherent within Jackpotjoy.
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