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Online Graduate Profile Angela Bradley 10/12/2018  
Name: Angela Bradley
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quote: [Know that you are smart and have valuable strengths that others need. You might not recognise your talents as strengths because they come so easily to you.]

Course: BA Hons Business Studies; Diploma Management Studies
Year: 2004 & 2006
Job title: Director, Digital Enablement
Employer: Westpac

Current role?
Westpac is one of the big four banks in Australia. We are "leaders in digital with a personal touch"
My role is to improve the customer's experience by enabling our bankers to use the feature rich digital app, and a range of innovative new technologies and solutions in branch. I work with the business to remove any barriers along the way.

Typical day?
Collaborating, co-ordinating and communicating between a wide range of cross functional teams across the bank. The teams I work with or influence are customer journeys, digital adoption, learning and development, bankers, technology, legal and a wide range of others.

Career developments?
I've moved industries (three times) and countries (moved to Australia) since graduating from my postgraduate degree in business and management. No matter the industry or country I've always worked in something transformational. Moving businesses from small to large scale, taking processes from broken and inefficient to working like clockwork and bringing new technologies and processes to organisations. Along the way I've helped teams in disarray become high performing "go-to" teams.

Challenges?
There's only one way to face challenges... that's head on. I find that building a good network of smart people around you and putting in effort to plan/predict the worst case scenario will help you at least foresee potential pitfalls. The network you've built will help you through the toughest of times.

Your NTU experience?
I loved Nottingham Trent University. I worked full time while I was studying for my degree and my postgrad, and it was tough. I always found lecturers, librarians and support staff available to help and offer support and guidance.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Very. I had many moments when work, life, relationships clashed with uni. But I always felt supported to succeed.

Any exam revision tips?
Revise as you go. Be kind to your poor brain that can only take in between five to seven new things at once. I found that summarising the key points of each lecture onto a post-it note just after class helped. Now days I'd probably use OneNote!

Career highlights?
I'm proud of: being the first in my family to go to university; being chosen for accelerated leadership development programs in every organisation I've worked in; being selected onto the prestigious Equilibrium Program at Westpac; and being sworn in as President of my Rotary Club and being promoted to District roles.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I like following leaders that are inspirational, and who care for customers and the long term care of our planet. Every day I also realise how much I'm inspired by my Dad who was hardworking, unflappable, problem solving and saw the good and the opportunities in everything.

Advice for others?
Know that you are smart and have valuable strengths that others need. You might not recognise your talents as strengths because they come so easily to you. Also I know it's hard to feel lucky when you are surrounded by instagram-perfect lives. But you already won the human lottery, so try to remember to be grateful for what you have instead of striving for someone else's photoshopped life.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
Know your strengths. Know your purpose. And remember that a job interview is a two way conversation. Like going on a date...you are trying to make sure you are both right for each other. You are not a job beggar, they need you.

Plans for the future?
My career has developed in a direction I could have never guessed. So I prefer to know my strengths, know my purpose, know the types of people and teams I like to work with and know the types of work that makes me happy so I can assess each opportunity as it comes along.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelabradley/
Online Graduate Profile Matthew C Nicholson 10/12/2018  
Name: Matt Nicholson
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quote: [Get involved in as many opportunities as possible - there are always positives to gain.]

Course: BA Hons Broadcast Journalism
Year: 2015
Job title: Club Development Co-ordinator
Employer: University of Nottingham

Current role?
My current role involves delivering a holistic Club Development Programme which promotes the growth and development of sports club infrastructures through personalised guidance and support services. This includes delivering high quality training and development opportunities for our clubs and their members as well as supporting the recruitment of club coaches and overseeing any disciplinary or conflict issues.
I also build and sustain relationships and links with external partners including Sport England, National Governing Bodies, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and external community clubs.

Typical day?
Apart from always starting with coffee...a typical day for me can vary so much, which is part of why I love it so much! My role is very personable and I will often be working closely with a range of students, coaches and external partners depending on the time of year. One day I will be out supporting the delivery of club events and competitions, the next I will be tackling storage and facilities questions or running tours for prospective talented sportsmen and women.

Career developments?
Since leaving Nottingham Trent I have been very fortunate to have been given some great opportunities which have included serving as Student Director at British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) as well as travelling all over the UK and abroad watching, playing and facilitating sport. My highlights so far include being selected as a headquarters staff member for Team GBR at the 2017 World University Games in Taipei City and working trackside at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships - which were both incredible experiences.

Challenges?
There are always challenges, but the main one for me was trying to find a job in club development despite not having a degree within sport. This is often the easiest path in, so proving that I had the skills and knowledge was always going to be tough. However, having studied broadcast journalism but with a huge passion for sport I was able to use all of the great personable skills I learnt during my degree and transfer them across to sport. It's then just about exploring every opportunity that is available to you!

Your NTU experience?
My experience at Nottingham Trent University was a very memorable one, from my three years studying alongside some great students and talented staff, through to my two years as VP Sport within the Students' Union the University has had a huge impact on me. As a club president too, in my final year I learnt key leadership and organisational skills which I believe had a huge impact in securing my first job within club development. One of the key areas it has helped me with in my career would be the connections I have made, spread across the UK and the world - I have many friends and former course mates working in so many different sectors who you can talk to help overcome obstacles and find solutions and all with that common link and association to NTU.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found the environment very supportive, I was very fortunate to have some great course mates, lecturers and later on mentors within the Students' Union and NTU Sport. I am so grateful for the help and advice I had during my studies and it has shown me the importance of creating a supportive environment and I look to transfer this over into the work that I do.

Any exam revision tips?
My key exam revision tips would be to plan it out in advance and revising short and often. I was someone who couldn't revise for long periods of time in the library, but found it much easier when working in 60 min bursts focusing on one topic each time.

Career highlights?
My highlights and key personal achievements would include serving as Vice President Sport at Nottingham Trent Students' Union for two years, which included in my second year serving as BUCS Student Director; representing over 100,000 students to its Board of Directors. In 2016, I represented BUCS and British students internationally as student delegate for the 13th FISU Forum in France. I was also BUCS' endorsed candidate for the European University Sport Association Student Committee elections for 2016-18 and attended the 2017 World University Games in Taipei as part of the HQ team - the second largest multi-sport event in the world behind the Olympic Games.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I try and take advice and inspiration from a number of places. I am a big reader and have a particular interest in performance cultures and marginal gains. I will also attend a number of conferences and identify individuals who are in roles that I aspire to be in and ask for advice and guidance on what I can do to put myself in the best possible position to achieve similar success.

Advice for others?
My main pieces of advice would be to get involved in as many opportunities as possible - there are always positives to gain; never burn bridges - all connections could one day be important to you; finally take one day a month where you just focus on your own personal development and self-investment - update your CV and LinkedIn, look at events you could go to, courses you could take, areas you want to enhance, it's this attitude which has made me improve my skill set every year, there are always areas to enhance your knowledge in.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
Do your research - rushing into an interview or a job without any internal insight can be risky. Don't be scared to ask questions back in interviews, they need you too! And finally be patient, the perfect job isn't always available and its okay to wait!

Plans for the future?
I am currently undertaking my Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support qualification which aims to give you the skills to support talented sportsmen and women in all areas outside of the sport itself. I am also exploring trustee and board opportunities at various sporting organisations and will be starting my level two athletics coaching qualification in 2019.
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/
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