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Online Graduate Profile Harjap K Sanghera 15/08/2019  
Name: Harj Sanghera
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quote: [NTU had a welcoming atmosphere and there were a range of support services for everyone.]

Course: BA Hons Criminology
Year: 2016
Job title: Public Protection Unit Police Staff
Employer: West Midlands Police

Current role?
Public Protection Unit - MARAC

A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a meeting where information is shared on domestic abuse cases deemed to be high risk. MARAC aims to share information to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of victims and their children. The primary focus is to safeguard the adult victim, but it will also make links with relevant agencies and services to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Typical day?
Prepping and attending MARAC meetings across the West Midlands region.

Career developments?
After graduating from NTU I moved to London for a few months and interned at a law firm. I moved back to the Midlands and worked for a homeless charity as an Offender Support Worker. I knew early on this job would only be a stepping stone for me but the experience, knowledge and skills I gained in the 2 years had been life changing. I learnt so much about other people's walks of life - I saw the real world and struggles people are faced with on a daily basis. I supported prison leavers in Housing, Benefits, Employment, Mental Health & Substance Misuse.

I now work for West Midlands Police - more info can be found on my Linkedin profile:

Yes there have been challenges! To overcome them I volunteered, networked and spoke to family and friends. Connections are so important.

Your NTU experience?
Moving to Nottingham allowed me to find myself and become independent. I had the best 3 years of my life.

In my final year I worked part time in retail, held the VP/Secretary responsibility for NTSU Sikh Soc and was a student ambassador for the Business, Law and Social Sciences Department.

It wasn't easy to balance it all but one thing I have learnt is the more you put your energy in to something the more you will get from it. You are responsible for your own success!

Advice for others?
Be thankful for what you have, you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never ever have enough.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Research the agencies/companies that specialise in what you want to do.

Prep your answers in STAR format. Record your responses and play on your commute!

Network and build positive relationships internally and externally.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
NTU had a welcoming atmosphere and there were a range of support services for everyone.

Career highlights?
I worked in partnership with WMP and SWMCRC for 12 months on the multiagency C3 Desistance Programme launched in 2017.

I supported the delivery of a bespoke rehabilitation plan to targeted PPO's - focused on preventing re-offending and bringing restorative justice to victims involved.

Shared best practice with The Centre for Justice Innovation to support the design, set-up and test of the practitioner-led innovation.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I've learnt a lot about other services and agencies in my field through Linkedin, and also from colleagues in my current and previous roles.

Plans for the future?
I'm still not sure but I've learnt that a positive work environment is just as important as the role you are applying for.

Online Graduate Profile Chathura S Sudharshan 23/07/2019  
Name: Chathura Sudharshan
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quote: [NTU is a place that will change your life…. explore the opportunities and gain the benefit out of them.]

Course: MSc Entrepreneurship
Year: 2018
Job title: Founder and CEO
Employer: Chanodil

Current role?
My current role is involved in building a tech start up Chanodil from the scratch to a billion-dollar business. I work solo and it involve in activities from strategic decision making to business planning to daily operational works.

Typical day?
My office space is located in The Hive, NTU's centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship. I go over there in the morning. I have a plan for the month, I check it and see the potential work load for the week, then I plan daily works accordingly. As I don't have a boss to lead me or tell what to do, I have to see the future and plan things to take my business to the next level. I may be the last one to leave The Hive most of the days. But I do enjoy the work.

Career developments?
I was able to start my own business and lead the business activities in the company and compete with some international players.

There were many challenges on my journey. First as I am an international student, I had to obtain legal permissions to start the business in UK. Therefore, I had to make sure the business plan I am submitting is credible and sounds strong. So finally, I got the necessary legal requirement and started the business.

Funding for start a business was very tough as I haven't had many savings at that moment. But I was able to size down my plan and start the business. I did cut my costs by hiring talented people from different parts of the world to complete different tasks.

Your NTU experience?
A unique, international and unforgettable experience.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
It was very much supportive and friendly. I received financial support to visit the events mentioned above. Also, I appreciated the guidance from my university lecturers such as Kostas Galanakis, Paul Wreaves, David Evans and Amon Simba.

Career highlights?
The start of my own business - Chanodil!

At Chanodil we connect small and medium scale fashion businesses to, garment manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and fashion designers all around the world. Chanodil services enable those businesses to manage their ordering processes automatically. With our digital platform fashion business will find perfect business partners, improve sustainability, save time and cut costs.

Advice for others?
I would say NTU is a place that will change your life. But you have to explore the opportunities and gain the benefit out of them. Finally, dream big and stay childish!

Plans for the future?
I am planning to develop this business and make the company as a PLC company which will be valued billion dollars in the future.
Online Graduate Profile Jonathan Rabone 12/07/2019  
Name: John Rabone
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quote: [My time at Trent gave me the confidence to follow my career path.]

Course: BA Hons Interior Design
Year: 2006
Job title: Managing Director
Employer: R&R Design - Dubai

Current role?
I'm responsible for generating new business, client point of contact, design direction and overseeing the design teams in our company.

Typical day?
A typical day would be to arrive at the office by 8:15am to go through the days schedule, emails and get the team working before I really get on with my work. Then I'll have meetings with clients / prospective clients, colleagues at other companies (networking), or site visits at the malls in Dubai.

Some days I'll be more hands on in the office working on final presentations or marketing the business. The one thing that's certain in Dubai, is there's no typical day and it changes from hour to hour. It's not always possible to be pro-active and it certainly pays to able to be reactive and think fast as there's always a curve ball coming at you.

Career developments?
I started work in London as a junior designer with an office design firm. After two years I decided to work as a freelancer as this gave me possibilities in other design sectors than commercial offices. I did this for six years then took a job as project co-ordinator with Revolution Interiors. This was the role that brought me to the UAE working on Debenhams stores throughout the Gulf region.

In 1999 I decided to head out to Dubai and set-up our own business here and since then we've been at the forefront of Retail Design in the region working in Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, KSA, Kazakstan, Singapore, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Oman.

Too many to count - there's problems every day when it's your own business and you're supposed to have all the answers. The only way to deal with the problems that occur, be they project related or staff issues, is to remain calm, find the solution that works for all and then move on. A problem shouldn't get you down, it's just a challenge and there's always a solution to be found.

Your NTU experience?
My time at Trent gave me the confidence to follow my career path, when many didn't. I met many good friends who've been colleagues ever since be it, through the course or socially.

Advice for others?
Don't be afraid to make a mistake. We all do, every day, anyone who says different is a liar.

I've never been afraid to change direction and move for work and that will probably be a factor in the next few years as after 20 years in the Gulf we look to move home or elsewhere. Life is too short, so grasp every chance to develop your career and knowledge and don't be afraid to move to another country, it's an experience that many don't get.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Trent was a smaller community when I was there, so you knew most people on all the design courses and so it was close knit and friendly.

Career highlights?
Designing Harvey Nichols here in Dubai and also The Sevens rugby stadium and grounds. These are the two big ones to-date but all the work we've done I'm proud of. We've had some wonderful people work with us over the years, but the team we have now are producing some great projects that I'm most proud of.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Everywhere and all walks of life, be it from artists, designers, musicians, actors, sportsman or normal everyday people who've inspired me. The best advice I can give is to never stop striving for your goal and believe in yourself. Life isn't easy but if you keep going you'll get there.

Plans for the future?
We're looking to open an office back in the UK in the next two years so we can move home, but still maintain the office in Dubai. I also want to spend more time working with UK design courses and students, so they can learn from my experiences, good and bad.
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