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Online Graduate Profile Catherine N Losing 26/03/2019  
Name: Catherine Losing
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quote: [I made life-long friends at Nottingham Trent and we continue to work together and support each other to this day.]

Course: BA Hons Photography
Year: 2006
Job title: Photographer and Director
Employer: www.catherinelosing.co.uk

Current role?
As a photographer and director I see artistic and commercial projects from start to finish. Often commissions begin by collaborating with clients and colleagues on everything from creative ideas and concepts thought to budgets and production logistics. My favourite part is always the shoot. With the help of a crew (and usually in a studio) I oversee set design, lighting, all the technical aspects of the shoot and create the final images or film.

Typical day?
It varies hugely depending on what part of a job I'm at. Pre-production involves lots of emails, treatment PDFs, storyboards and conference calls. Shoot days are the most exciting as I see everything come together in the studio. Post-production days are sitting in with retouchers, or if it's a TV commercial an editor or colourist.

Career developments?
After Nottingham, I moved to London to work as a photography studio assistant and runner. My career progressed up through the ranks over the course of about six years until I became a photographer and director myself.

Challenges?
My main challenges were financial. Unfortunately photography and directing are still careers where people often expect you to intern and work for free. I was never able to afford that. I tried my best to find paid jobs that would be relevant to my career. I also worked weekends and sometimes evenings as a barmaid.

Your NTU experience?
I love Nottingham. It has an incredibly vibrant creative scene for a small city. My favourite aspect is probably the Nottingham music scene, I used to take photos of gigs in exchange for free entry and made some great friends. Academically, the critical and conceptual thinking around photography on the photography course has definitely put me in good stead.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I made life-long friends at Nottingham Trent and we continue to work together and support each other to this day.

Career highlights?
Getting the cover of the British Journal of Photography was a huge highlight.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I've had a few unofficial mentors on the way. Inspiration comes from all over the place, travelling, TV, exhibitions, even Instagram.

Advice for others?
Work hard. You make your own luck. Be nice.

Any tips for job seeking?
I've never had any official interviews, but one of my big tips would be to just contact people. If it's for work, advice, meetings, anything, it doesn't matter the worst they can do is ignore you.

Plans for the future?
I'm working on a photography project that I'm hoping to turn into a book and also developing my career in the U.S.
Online Graduate Profile Heather J Stanford 22/03/2019  
Name: Heather Stanford
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quote: [Never underestimate the power of the network!]

Course: LLB Hons Law
Year: 1991
Job title: Managing Director
Employer: Stanford Gould Group

Current role?
I am a solo entrepreneur - so it's my job to do everything and anything my business needs to succeed.

Typical day?
Variety! Seeing or speaking to clients, public speaking and training, chasing up new opportunities or leads, drafting contracts, social media posting, business development, making tea....

Career developments?
I was a solicitor in private practice for 20 years before I set up this business. I've had stints at all levels of the profession from trainee to partner. I've managed a law firm, worked in legal recruitment, been an operational director of an SME out of the legal sector, and worked in customer relations. All good grounding for this role!

Challenges?
Being pushed into boxes that you don't feel really reflect your skills and ambitions - hence why I now work for myself!

Your NTU experience?
I've always been a lawyer here in Nottingham - from undergraduate days to now, and I've lived and worked in the legal and professional community - in both academic and business networks - in this city. It's been enormously useful and enjoyable to still see people in the city, at events and through work connections, who taught me and mentored me in the early days of this journey.

Advice for others?
You never arrive - keep pushing on to new stuff and experiences - and never underestimate the power of the network!

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

Career highlights?
In 1998 being the youngest Managing Partner of a Law Firm in the country aged 29, and 2016 Setting up Stanford Gould aged a little older….

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My training mentor and previous incumbent to the MP position - Chris Miller - with whom I've worked in the city throughout my professional career. Jane Biggs of Bygott Biggs for being one of the most inspirational woman entrepreneurs I know. Much is discussed over lunch and wine. The amazing Val Mattinson - fellow Law alumni.

Plans for the future?
Enjoy my work and grow my business to where and what I want, and with my vision and values at the centre.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-stanford-0033047/
Online Graduate Profile Damian M Wiffin 05/03/2019  
Name: Damian Wiffin
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quote: [Be flexible. Try not to have too many preconceived notions of how things are going to work out, or you're more likely to be disappointed.]

Course: BA Hons Business Economics
Year: 1999
Job title: Chief Investment Officer
Employer: Single Family Office

Current role?
Managing and monitoring investment activity of the family.

Typical day?
Monitor economic and corporate news flow, speak to analysts and advisors, review existing investment portfolio holdings and discuss ideas with family principal.

Career developments?
Following a brief stint in institutional fund management shortly after graduating, I moved to the private client investment management industry, first in Jersey, then Geneva, London, Dubai, Monaco and back to Dubai.

As my knowledge and experience has grown, I have dealt with more sophisticated clients and more complicated investments. I have also managed other staff members and become more involved in assisting management in setting and executing business strategy.

Challenges?
There have been many challenges along the way. From a capital markets perspective, the dotcom crash of 2000/01 (shortly after I joined the industry) and the financial crisis of 2008/09 were very challenging. These types of challenges are to be endured rather than overcome. As an advisor, you must stay very close to your clients during times like these. Ensure the strategy remains suitable/appropriate, re-assure them and try to manage some of the emotional biases.

Other challenges have been presented through working in different countries. I have attempted to overcome these by understanding and adapting to the cultural nuances and by being open-minded and flexible, where possible.

Your NTU experience?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Nottingham. I was fortunate to be part of a strong academic cohort, with many of my fellow graduates going on to do interesting things. I made lifelong friends that I regularly catch-up with for both social and professional reasons. One of the friends I made on my course was instrumental in my embarking on an international career.

The learning environment was very conducive to achieving good results.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found the environment to be extremely friendly and supportive. From the halls, the lecturers, the facilities (brand new Boots library at the time) and even the odd social in the Student's Union Building.

I also represented the university at football, so got to meet people from different courses and campuses and had some memorable away days, meeting people from other universities.

Any exam revision tips?
Most would say "don't leave revision until the last minute", but that was actually my style and I found it quite effective. Find a method that works for you and don't concern yourself too much with what others are doing.

Career highlights?
There have been promotions and responsibility at relatively young ages, but, for me, the highlights are mostly related to having the confidence to take on the international assignments, which have been so rewarding.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My first boss was something of a mentor and was certainly quite instrumental in the formative years of my career. Ultimately, I will take advice from anyone at any time.

In terms of inspiration, I have been fortunate enough to meet some really interesting clients during the course of my work, many of which have inspired me to occasionally try to look at things in a different way.

Advice for others?
Be flexible. Try not to have too many preconceived notions of how things are going to work out, or you're more likely to be disappointed/frustrated/stressed. Enjoy your time at university, but try to do more than just get the best degree you can.

Any tips for job seeking?
Put yourself in the shoes of the person hiring. Will your application stand-out from numerous other candidates with the same academic credentials. Do you really know their business/industry. Cite non-academic experience/knowledge/interests.

Plans for the future?
Not really sure what the future holds.
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