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Online Graduate Profile James A Thornton 05/10/2018  
Name: James Thornton
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quote: [My course prepared me well for my chosen career and provided a network of property professionals with whom I do business.]

Course: BA Hons Urban Estate Surveying
Year: 1981
Job title: Chief Executive
Employer: Mayfair Capital Investment Management Limited

Current role?
As Chief Executive, my role involves investing and managing property investment portfolios for pension funds, charities and family offices.

Typical day?
A typical day involves day to day business management, client meetings, property investing.

Career developments?
Nottingham Trent provided me with an excellent start to my property career enabling me to secure a graduate position at my first choice of property consultancy. My career has grown from there, enabling me to create my own business.

Challenges?
The main challenges faced have been market related - GFC, Brexit etc - which leads to volatility in returns.

Your NTU experience?
My course prepared me well for my chosen career and provided a network of property professionals with whom I do business.

Advice for others?
Focus on your goals and with patience and hard work you will achieve them.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Research, asking good questions, being applied and good at your job.

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

Career highlights?
Becoming a partner in JLW and subsequently creating my own business.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Neil Crosby, my first Tutor at Nottingham Trent, who is now a leading property research academic.

Plans for the future?
I plan to expand my business on a pan European stage.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-thornton-088a271a/

Online Graduate Profile Declan Gamble 23/08/2018  
Name: Declan Gamble
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quote: [The most valuable experience I had at NTU was my year in industry in the various finance departments at NTU.]

Course: BA Hons Economics, Finance & Banking
Year: 2017
Job title: Investment Analyst
Employer: DB Wood

Current role?
I sit on the Investment Committee, contributing research and recommendations for the quarterly asset allocation and fund selection meetings, as part of our process for managing the model portfolios which we provide for clients and other IFAs

Typical day?
No day is typical - it is why I enjoy the job so much. One day I could be in London meeting with various fund managers discussing their funds and key events occurring in the markets, to being at my desk conducting research in preparation for the quarterly portfolio review meetings, to designing and producing new analytical tools on excel. I would say I probably spend around 2-3 hours everyday reading as most days are very research intensive.

Challenges?
There have been many challenges along the way, especially learning how to take the economic theory I was taught at university and apply this to the typical challenges you face in managing portfolios. I would say the first challenge I had to overcome was learning how to study and pass professional exams while working full time, especially on subjects which I had never covered before. Finding a routine that worked for me and allowed me to fit everything in day-to-day helped overcome this challenge - although it took a few weeks to find the right routine.

Your NTU experience?
The most valuable experience I had at NTU was my year in industry in the various finance departments at NTU. Those 12 months helped me learn the essential skills to transition from student to employee, which meant that when I joined DB Wood I was really able to hit ground running .

Advice for others?
Always consider any opportunity which arises for you as you never know where it might lead to.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
NTU were very supportive, especially in allowing me to split my final year over 2 years which provided me the opportunity to work for DB Wood throughout my final year at university.

Career highlights?
There have been many highlights throughout my short time at DB Wood, but my most memorable would be being asked to come back into the office 3 weeks after my internship had finished, for a meeting where I was informed that I had a job offer for when I finished university and they wanted me to work for DB Wood part-time while I finished my degree.

It felt like all my hard work had paid off and for that I was rewarded with being able to finish my degree and walk straight into a job that I already knew I loved.

In terms of personal achievements, I have coached rowing in my spare time since 2014 and continue to do so while I have worked at DB Wood. After I graduated in 2017 and was enjoying my summer before work began in September, I was asked by the GB Head Junior Coach to coach the Junior Women's Quad at the Coupe de la Jenuesse. It was a pleasant surprise to be asked to take on such a role having only coached for 3 years at the time.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
For the past few years I have coached alongside Ian Wilson who is the MD of Wattbike. He has given me advice on just about everything and has immensely helped me develop throughout my career.

Plans for the future?
Complete my Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and start the Chartered Financial Analysts Program.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/declangamble/
Online Graduate Profile Heather M Downey 22/08/2018  
Name: Heather Downey
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quote: [Nottingham Trent provided me with an innovative degree.]

Course: BA Hons European Business
Year: 1985
Job title: Management Consultant
Employer: 35 Alford Road

Current role?
As a self employed management consultant, I work on a range of projects with the public, third and private sectors. This could involve interim or project management or leading an evaluation.

Typical day?
There is no typical day - it could involve working with a local charity to review their strategic plan, to working with a national organisation to look at more effective resource management.

Career developments?
I worked across the private and public sectors up to 2004. Following a period as Director of the Learning and Skills Council Nottinghamshire which funded all post 16 education and training other than HE, I took the plunge and became self employed, building on my management consultancy skills gained with one of the national accountancy firms.

Challenges?
Being your own boss and managing the realities of winning and delivering projects to time, with the associated cash flow implications has been a challenge. You have to learn how to develop and maintain long term relationships.

Your NTU experience?
I benefitted greatly from doing a sandwich degree with a period of working in a UK manufacturing company, and then studying and working in Germany provided me with a great insight into the world of work.

Advice for others?
Keep your skills current and be open to as many options as possible. Get back to people promptly and never assume!

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Nottingham Trent provided me with an innovative degree and as we were relatively 'pioneers', we were well supported at all times.

Career highlights?
Having developed and managed both learning and health related services, seeing individuals benefit and either gain qualifications or get back to work have been great motivators.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I have stayed in contact with a number of my previous work colleagues and one former boss has been particularly inspirational.

Plans for the future?
My plans are to continue working with organisations to help them make a difference - at the moment, much of my work is supporting a range of not for profit organisations to provide services more effectively.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-downey-79b08511/

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