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Online Graduate Profile Dawn M Bailey 24/05/2019  
Name: Dawn Bailey
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quote: [My academic supervisor support has been key in shaping my research pathway.]

Course: BA Hons MSc Risk Management
Year: 2014
Job title: Strategic Health, Safety & Wellbeing Consultant
Employer: Cornwall Council

Current role?
In my role as a strategic health, safety and wellbeing consultant I advise and support senior managers from a range of disciplines from across the council directorates on the development of effective systems, processes and practices to improve strategy, change and risk management.

This includes working with the HR business partner which enables a 'joined up' collaborative approach to workforce development plans and projects. Some of these service areas that I work with are; Cornwall Fire and Rescue service, Neighbourhoods and Public Protection (this includes environmental health and trading standards, HR, Equality and Diversity (CEED groups), Libraries and Information Services, Community Safety, amongst others. I am also the lead officer for event management and safety at sports-grounds across Cornwall.

Typical day?
My job can change from day to day and depends on what is required by senior managers. Typically this involves meetings, emails, phone calls.
I work on a range of projects that have been commissioned by the director and/or senior managers. I develop business cases for effective health, safety and wellbeing management. This includes identifying and providing advice on possible savings within budget parameters, and advising on current service developments looking at future issues based on legislative requirements to ensure legal compliance. In addition, looking for fresh and innovative ways of providing positive working cultures that contribute to positive health, safety and wellbeing management. This includes supporting managers to motivate their teams through a range of activities such as surveys, workshops, focus groups or development of training matrices in order to achieve improvement aligning with the objectives of the People Strategy.
Career developments?
My career was already well developed, however as I have undertaken my studies across a range of disciplines I have been able to use the knowledge and skills learnt to work across service areas that I may not have worked in previously. My research skills are now being used within the organisation which also helps me to develop further.

There have been several challenges across my studies and career. I have a very demanding job role and local government has been subject to continuous change and austerity - the councils have merged into one unitary council which in itself presented some big challenges.

I managed to continue with my studies throughout all of the change and despite having a major shoulder operation and sadly losing my mother 2 years ago. So the challenges have been an understatement! Without the continual support from my supervision team I think I would have given up - my supervisors have helped me overcome all the challenges I have been faced with. I learnt to take time out, reflect and reinvigorate my mind - if I had to advise a struggling student one thing then this would be it!

Your NTU experience?
My academic supervisor support has been key in shaping my research pathway.

Advice for others?
Never give up! Take time out - reflect - if you feel that you are failing remember: failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something, use it as a stepping stone to success - you are solely responsible for that success.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
A quote from Pele: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do", and "I'm still learning" - Michelangelo.
Online Graduate Profile Lisa J Farnsworth 24/05/2019  
Name: Lisa Farnsworth
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quote: [My experience at NTU helped my confidence and opened my eyes to opportunities that were available to me.]

Course: BA Hons Theatre Design
Year: 1998
Job title: Managing Director
Employer: Stormsaver Ltd

Current role?
Running the business on a day to day basis, liaising with key clients, strategy planning, financial planning, HR and staffing, keeping the team motivated and making sure our operations are slick and efficient.

Typical day?
No day is the same. Really my role comes down to facilitating other members of my team to enable them to carry out their tasks efficiently and correctly and to ensure that the day to day running is working smart and achieving our goals and profit aspirations.

Career developments?
I have ended up doing a career totally different to what I trained in at University, however a lot of the skills that I learnt at University have been transferable.

I fell into running my own business quite by accident and discovered I was skilled at sales and customer service, so I started in the sales team, progressing to Sales Director after a few years. Then, due to a long absence of our MD, I discovered that my best skills were in operations and planning so I got more involved in this and it made sense for me to take on the MD role. I really love my job and every day is different, but a world away from where I started out.

There have been lots of challenges. Our first business had to go into liquidation which was really tough and we lost everything. Starting again was also hard.

Having my Business Partner and husband out of the business for nearly 3 years due to an accident was hard personally and professionally, but by working with and trusting my amazing team, we got through it together. I learnt to delegate appropriately and transfer knowledge to others. Investing in other members of the team enabled them to grow and me to cope with the mounting pressures. But we got through - and with each challenge we deal with it head on, and together and we always get through.

Your NTU experience?
My experience at NTU helped my confidence and opened my eyes to opportunities that were available to me. I always felt very safe and comfortable socially, and spent my first adult years in a wider, more diverse community to the one I was used to as a child.

I think in some ways the continued contact with NTU for the last 20 years since I have graduated has been of the most importance. Maintaining the link as an Alumni, and now as an Alumni Fellow, has given me the chance to continue developing my own skills by getting involved in mentoring and the Acceler8 programme and now, giving something back to the NTU community that got me started in my career.

Advice for others?
You learn every day. Don't seek a job, seek opportunities and who knows where you will end up but if it works and you love your job, then it was the right path, even if your starting point was different. Trust others, delegate.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Both as a student and now as an Alumni Fellow, the environment at NTU is relaxing, welcoming and accessible, by which I mean when you are on campus you feel like you are still a part of the University and it a part of you.

The tutors and wider support staff at NTU are so engaged in giving the best support that they can and I love the way they connect with Alumni and businesses to keep up to date on what is going on, and to maximise opportunities for their students.

Career highlights?
Winning Nottinghamshire's Most Inspirational Business Woman of the Year in 2015. A great honour.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My business partner and ex-husband who I met at NTU as a student. His strength and advice has given me the courage to believe in myself and become stronger and more outgoing.

Plans for the future?
To continue to grow my business and help others to grow their own skills and careers. Might retire one day, write a book and travel to interesting places.
Online Graduate Profile Anantha N Kunapareddy 24/05/2019  
Name: Pratap Kunapareddy
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quote: [As a student at Nottingham Trent University I became a part of a dynamic, thriving and culturally rich community.]

Course: MSc/PGDip Engineering (Electronics)
Year: 2015
Job title: SMT and PCB Tester
Employer: RODE Microphones

Current role?
I work for Audio Industry which manufactures Microphones and my role deals with SMT and PCB Testing & Verifications, as a part of Manufacturing. I work with Surface Mount Technology Machines which deals with Printed Circuit boards.

Typical day?
I am responsible for multiple duties in my workplace. One of my biggest tasks is ensuring PCB with properly printed components on PCB and Testing PCBs along with minor troubleshooting in a minimum time span.

Career developments?
Since I left Nottingham Trent I have enhanced my skills from the theoretical level to the practical world. I learnt career development skills along with my degree while in university, including research skills, interpersonal abilities, ability to plan, organise and prioritise work, and electronics skills which really helped me to build my career opportunities.

Your NTU experience?
As a student at Nottingham Trent University I became a part of a dynamic, thriving and culturally rich community. There are diverse opportunities for sport and recreation, entertainment, going out and engaging with the community - both on and off campus in the City and Clifton.

Advice for others?
1) Networking. Make sure you belong to industry organisations, attend events, present, volunteer and find other ways to elevate yourself.
2) Keep up to date with future trends. "You have to keep an eye on what's happening on the horizon".

Career highlights?
Moving to Australia, landing a job in my core industry.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Keep your resume, LinkedIn and other social media channles up-to-date. Stay current, make sure you're always learning something new. Continuous professional development is essential in getting ahead in whatever industry you're in. Speak confidently.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Professors from Nottingham Trent University are my career mentors who guided me into right path. Alongside my research on job market.
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