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Online Graduate Profile Chloe Allum 22/10/2018  
Name: Chloe Allum
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quote: [The industry links that the university had meant we had fantastic live briefs with big agencies which is how I secured two of my work placements.]

Course: BA Hons Graphic Design
Year: 2016
Job title: Junior Designer
Employer: Moonpig (https://www.moonpig.com/uk/)

Current role?
I am the junior designer in the in house card design team. I design for everyday and seasonal ranges, as well as some license design.

Typical day?
I get several briefs for each occasion, so I'll decide what to work on that day and make sure I've got a mood-board of ideas which I'll discuss with my manager. My days are very varied, sometimes meetings or stand ups, and the rest is design and research time. I'm currently working on a male birthday refresh based on previous sales insights and current trends. This consists of some new in house designs, license designs and recipient reposts.

Career developments?
After graduating I had a placement at Hallmark, and then a placement at Moonpig. I then freelanced for Moonpig and after a few months landed a role as a junior designer.

Challenges?
For me, my main challenge was graduating with a design degree but not really knowing what I wanted to do next. I came out of university with a very mixed portfolio, some branding, campaign work, and illustration. Going to the New Designers group, and subsequently getting a placement at Moonpig, opened up a more illustrative design career which I now know is where I want to be.

Your NTU experience?
My course was very varied, constantly pushing me to think of lots of new ideas. Often, I'd also had to juggle a lot of projects at the same time. Both of these factors have meant I can now handle a varied workload and simultaneously contribute to a number of collaborative company projects.

Socially, my time at Nottingham Trent really boosted my confidence - something which has helped me in my career to date.

Advice for others?
What will be, will be. I tried not to get stressed about how quickly I would get my first job. As long as you keep making work, and contacting companies that you like, you will find the right job. It's okay not to be super confident if you're yourself when you're going on placements, you and the company will know if it is the right place for you.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
My uni environment was very welcoming. All the tutors would make time for you, helping me gain insight into various industries depending on their backgrounds. The openness of the course meant you were supported to go down whichever route was most suitable to your skills. The industry links that the university had meant we had fantastic live briefs with big agencies which is how I secured two of my work placements.

Career highlights?
Seeing my designs achieving top 10 or top 20 sales figures in big seasonal occasions such as Mother's Day and Valentine's day.

Plans for the future?
One day I would love to have my own design venture, whether it's freelancing or creating my own products to sell.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-allum-748509103/
Online Graduate Profile Emma Stephenson 19/10/2018  
Name: Emma Stephenson
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quote: [Everyone at Brackenhurst is amazing and it is a really supportive community to belong to.]

Course: BSc Hons Zoo Biology
Year: 2018
Job title: MSc student
Employer: University of Edinburgh

Current role?
I am an MSc student at the University of Edinburgh studying Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Typical day?
My course is very varied. It is a great balance between lectures and practical sessions, such as trips to Edinburgh Zoo.

Challenges?
Starting a new course at a new university in a new city is very daunting, even as a postgraduate student. But it just means that there are more places to explore and more people to meet, and it soon feels like home just like Southwell does!

Your NTU experience?
My final year at NTU was more intense than the rest of the degree, but it was manageable because I planned ahead. I find the masters to be as intense as the final term of final year, but right from the start of the MSc. Having come straight from NTU, I feel like I am very prepared for working hard and being organised, which is essential for an MSc!

Advice for others?
Try new things! Just because you love one area of research or one species, don't limit yourself. Be open to new suggestions as it is likely that you'll discover new interests.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Staff throughout the university are so helpful, no matter who you speak to! Everyone at Brackenhurst is amazing and it is a really supportive community to belong to.

Career highlights?
Getting into this MSc! Also working at Flamingo Land with the bird and sea lion show has been so amazing and has taught me so much!

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Many of my lecturers provided me with great advice for my time at NTU and for my future career. They are so knowledgeable and passionate about their fields and really want you to do well! Also through doing assignments, I discovered many researchers in fields that interest me; some that I hadn't even considered!

Plans for the future?
Following my MSc, I would like to do a PhD and be an active researcher and eventually I would like to lecture to university students.

Online Graduate Profile James A Thornton 05/10/2018  
Name: James Thornton
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quote: [My course prepared me well for my chosen career and provided a network of property professionals with whom I do business.]

Course: BA Hons Urban Estate Surveying
Year: 1981
Job title: Chief Executive
Employer: Mayfair Capital Investment Management Limited

Current role?
As Chief Executive, my role involves investing and managing property investment portfolios for pension funds, charities and family offices.

Typical day?
A typical day involves day to day business management, client meetings, property investing.

Career developments?
Nottingham Trent provided me with an excellent start to my property career enabling me to secure a graduate position at my first choice of property consultancy. My career has grown from there, enabling me to create my own business.

Challenges?
The main challenges faced have been market related - GFC, Brexit etc - which leads to volatility in returns.

Your NTU experience?
My course prepared me well for my chosen career and provided a network of property professionals with whom I do business.

Advice for others?
Focus on your goals and with patience and hard work you will achieve them.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Research, asking good questions, being applied and good at your job.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Very much so.

Career highlights?
Becoming a partner in JLW and subsequently creating my own business.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Neil Crosby, my first Tutor at Nottingham Trent, who is now a leading property research academic.

Plans for the future?
I plan to expand my business on a pan European stage.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-thornton-088a271a/

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