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Online Graduate Profile Chris K Hickman 27/03/2017  
Name: Chris Hickman
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quote: [I was a quiet person growing up but the Broadcast Journalism degree really pushed me out of my comfort zone, building my confidence and practical skills.]

Course: BA Hons Broadcast Journalism
Year: 2006
Job title: Senior PR Officer
Employer: Woodland Trust

Current role?
I'm part of the press office for the Woodland Trust, which is a UK-wide woodland conservation charity. We have around 400 staff and there are eight of us in the press team.

I deal with enquiries and interview requests from journalists, as well as devising proactive media campaigns to promote our charity's work.

Typical day?
Anyone working in a media environment will tell you there's no such thing as a typical day! But on a 'normal' day we start by reading the national papers to get a sense of the day's news, also to see if any stories relate to our work.

I will then be doing any number of things; writing press releases, having meetings with communications colleagues to plan future activity, arranging interviews and so on.

Career developments?
I graduated in 2006 and took up a role at the Woodland Trust in 2007. I'm still here! I joined the press office in 2009 and have been promoted twice to my current role.

I am fortunate to have joined a large charity based in the Midlands, which has given me the opportunity to develop my career.

Challenges?
I am perhaps quite fortunate in that I don't feel I have had any real challenges. It may just be an indication that provided you have enthusiasm and intelligence you can progress in a chosen career path!

Your NTU experience?
I actually dropped out of my original degree at Birmingham University after less than three weeks before I then applied to NTU. Working and learning in CBJ has undoubtedly played a huge part in helping me get to where I am today.

I was a quiet person growing up but the Broadcast Journalism degree really pushed me out of my comfort zone, building my confidence and practical skills.

Advice for others?
Say yes. For a long time in my career I was afraid to try something new or unknown. The quicker you can realise that there are so many opportunities to see or do inspirational things the more fulfilled you will be.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
My degree was with a relatively small group of fellow students (around 40) so I think we really developed a family atmosphere, with our tutors too. It was an incredibly supportive environment, particularly when in my first year I developed pneumonia and had to take time off!

Career highlights?
It's hard to pick one, but there is always a thrill to be had from seeing a story you have pitched on the front page of a newspaper or securing an interview on BBC Breakfast for the CEO.

I was also fortunate enough to volunteer at the 2012 Olympics in a media role, which I will never forget.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Colleagues at the Woodland Trust always inspire me and my line managers have proven hugely important in enabling me to develop.

These days you can take inspiration from almost anything, given the vast amount of information and 'stuff' at our fingertips.

Plans for the future?
I don't know what they are really. I'm fortunate to be working somewhere I can develop and I'm really happy here so who knows. Watch this space!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriskhickman/
Online Graduate Profile Rosie Brigham 10/03/2017  
Name: Rosie Brigham
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quote: [Experience is vital! If you want to work in the animal industry, experience is so, so important. Make sure you get yourself out there, doing as much as you can. Make good contacts and learn new skills!]

Course: BSc Hons Zoo Biology
Year: 2016
Job title: Lecturer in Animal Management
Employer: Bishop Burton College

Current role?
My role as an animal management lecturer involves teaching students about many different topics, ranging from welfare to professional development. My past experience in the animal, and more specifically zoo industry, has allowed me to bring my own knowledge and experience into my lessons.

Typical day?
A typical teaching day tends to follow the same structure. I teach both practical and theory lessons. Practical lessons involve teaching a variety of practical based skills that the students can take into the animal industry. Theory lessons can differ on a day to day basis, but are usually an hour long.

Outside of lessons it is important for me to make sure I am up to date with my marking and lesson preparation for the following week.

Career developments?
In March 2016, before I graduated, I got a full time role at Peak Wildlife Park. Therefore I spent the last 3 months of my degree working full time. I went on to do 8 months at this Zoo before moving to Askham Bryan. Since then I have managed to gain my current teaching job at Bishop Burton College, which is much closer to home for me - it is actually where I first studied! The skills I am gaining whilst teaching are priceless.

Challenges?
Teaching has been a huge challenge. It is pushing me to speak in front of groups and gain more confidence in myself. It was difficult for me to take a step away from zoo keeping, but assisting others to succeed in the animal industry is very rewarding.

Whilst I was zoo keeping, my main challenges were also public based - learning enough about the animals to be able to do keeper talks, animal encounters, and school tours was a huge push for me.

The way I overcame all of these was by throwing myself into it fully. My first keeper talks and first lessons were not perfect, but I have worked at it and now can do both to a good standard. Education is an aspect of keeping I never thought I would enjoy. I actually really like interacting with the public and it is a surprising skill I have developed.

Your NTU experience?
I enjoyed my time at Nottingham Trent. I liked how scenic and quiet Brackenhurst/Southwell can be and enjoyed the modules we took, especially in third year. It gave me a good basic understanding of how a zoo runs and what is expected of keepers.

Advice for others?
Experience is vital! If you want to work in the animal industry, experience is so, so important. Make sure you get yourself out there, doing as much as you can. Make good contacts and learn new skills!

If you are not sure what you want to do, try everything! I did placements in vets, rescue centres, aquariums, and farms even though I was pretty sure I wanted to be a keeper.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I thought the tutors were great - they were always willing to help if you needed it and were very friendly.

Career highlights?
It is hard to choose just one. I was very proud to present my dissertation at BIAZA's research conference in 2016. However, I am one of the few people I know who got a keeper job straight out of uni so I am proud of working hard enough for it. Then I am also very proud at how I have pushed myself to do things I would never have done in the past, such as keeper talks, school talks, and teaching lectures.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I have done many placements and volunteering roles, and have found the keepers I have worked with during these a huge inspiration. They have great advice on how to get into the animal industry.

Plans for the future?
To keep building on my experiences. I'd like to move back into full time keeping in the future, then once I have gained plenty of experience I would love to progress to be a head/senior keeper. My main passion is small carnivores so I would love to have a large focus on them.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-brigham-410822a8

Online Graduate Profile Rajesh Vora 10/03/2017  
Name: Raj Vora
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quote: [I met a fantastic group of people, my peers and also lecturers who all helped me understand some key lessons that have served me well in my career.]

Course: Law
Year: 2010
Job title: Director of Inside Sales
Employer: SiteCompli

Current role?
I lead a team of inside sale reps, selling real estate software to NY owners/managers.

Career developments?
Phew, it's been a tumultuous and storied journey! At NTU I was studying law and shooting for the Bar. I decided to get some commercial experience to bolster my applications to barristers' chambers. I ended up being recruited into an account management position at fairly large macroeconomic/ financial data company. My clients were based in the Middle East and North Africa region so I got to travel to Dubai and many other exotic places once a month. I was hooked on sales, travel and the dynamic nature of things - stark contrast to what I'd observed during my legal work experience.

I then got the opportunity to move to the US and, since my legal qualifications were rendered useless, I stuck with sales. I've been a sales executive at three different companies out here, usually B2B SaaS (software) which is a big space out here. I even did a stint leasing up a newly constructed luxury residential building in NoMad, New York - very cool. I've been in my current role for 2 years and I've been promoted twice so I'm not looking to move on any time soon... I'm still learning and growing a team is great fun.

Your NTU experience?
I met a fantastic group of people, my peers and also lecturers who all helped me understand some key lessons that have served me well in my career. I very much enjoyed debating, mooting and commercial mediation whilst at NTU - I learned skills there I have used in every meeting I have conducted as a sales person and even in interviews.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Extremely - there's nothing like a city based campus to help people gel together and navigate the choppy waters of Nottingham and all it has to offer. I am still best friends with one of my law school chums, in contact with many others and even have an NTU alumnus as a personal mentor. It really speaks to the type of person NTU attracted - I've never met such a kind, down to earth and talented bunch.

Career highlights?
Travel - surpassing quotas - growing a team from nothing - too many to list!

Plans for the future?
I will have my own business either in NYC or somewhere with more predictable and consistently warmer weather! I'm not really making plans right now - I'm in consolidation mode and still learning lots.


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