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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: 1987
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.

Challenges?
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.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rabone-17b01230/
Online Graduate Profile Jo McPhail 20/12/2019  
Name: Jo McPhail
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quote: [The Alumni Fellowship Programme has opened my eyes to the great work the Employability Team does.]

Course: MSc Strategic Human Resources Management
Year: 2005
Job title: Head of Talent, Performance and Leadership Development
Employer: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Current role?
My current role involves making sure that FCO staff can shine and develop, doing their best work, looking forward to the future and developing the skills they will need to grow and thrive.

Typical day?
Typically I would split my day into four parts - leading my team, providing vision, insight and context; dealing with casework and complex issues; setting and reviewing policy, drawing on the latest thought leadership and best practice; and looking forward to our wider vision for talent, performance and leadership for 2020 and beyond.

As a career diplomat, who also has a professionalism in Human Resources, I am often asked to set the context as to how our work relates to our overseas work - essentially providing some of the insight we need for a "customer-focused" partnering approach.

Career developments?
I did my Masters as a part-time student, alongside my day job. Since then, I have done a range of jobs, some in front-line diplomacy, others in change management, and now I am back working in HR for my current assignment.

I spent four years running the UK overseas passport operation (for British citizens resident overseas), and helping the Home Office to bring it online, with the decision-making resting with UK experts. I worked on transforming the FCO's IT tools to make them more relevant to 21st century living, and I served overseas in the Gambia and the Netherlands.

Challenges?
The biggest challenge is always managing work/life balance, but I love my job, and that helps. Moving around the world makes time with family more precious, and navigating a dual career is also an important factor. But I've learned that we all have the resources to do far more than we imagine, so keeping positive and focused - and looking back on the journey - is critical.

Your NTU experience?
As a mainly distance-learning student, I didn't really appreciate what a good learning environment NTU was, but the Alumni Fellowship Programme has opened my eyes to the great work the Employability Team does.

Advice for others?
Two things: firstly, to know yourself, your preferences and learning style.

Secondly, a bit of advice my NTU tutor gave me: for everything you write or say, ask yourself "how do I know that? why am I saying that?".

Career highlights?
I unfortunately had to make a small number of people redundant in 7 overseas sites. They all invited me to their close-down parties, which made me proud that we'd managed to take a people-focused approach.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My colleagues all around me, who do amazing jobs in difficult circumstances.

Plans for the future?
Planning is always a difficult thing as a diplomat - you never quite know what tomorrow will bring!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-mcphail-fcipd-5645065/
Online Graduate Profile Sophie D Rowe 28/04/2014  
Name: Sophie Rowe
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quote: [My time at Nottingham Trent 100% shaped my career.]

Course: BA Hons Fashion Communication and Promotion
Year: 2012
Job title: Senior Account Manager
Employer: The Flash Pack (http://www.itstheflashpack.com)

Current role?
I'm currently a Senior Account Manager (SAM) at a creative content studio in London. The Flash Pack has a unique ability to deliver content of cinematic quality, at the speed of social. We're a team of 30, a mix of technologists, creatives and account handlers whose focus is content and live experience. It's at the heart of everything we do because it's been in our DNA from day one. It's a great agency and as a SAM, I'm a key stakeholder in ensuring we service our clients to our best potential, with a commercial view to ensure business remains profitable. We work with both brands and agencies so there's real variety in what I do.

Typical day?
No two days are the same. I spend my time working collaboratively with my colleagues, lots of face-to-face meetings and creative sessions - we're a very sociable office! I use my inbox as my to-do list because it's a sure way of not forgetting to pick up with individual client contacts. This could be anything from receiving a brief, finding out as much information as possible to discussing results of a campaign that's just gone live to sending important contracts and budget agreements. If I'm not in the office then I'll be meeting clients off site, or live at events we're activating at.

Career developments?
My career hasn't always been a straight forward and linear progression, and that's something that surprised me coming out of University. I entered the industry into a 'family' agency who were small with big ambitions. After leaving, I tried a few roles and struggled to find another group of people who shared this same approach to work until I found The Flash Pack. I'm excited every day to bring skills to the table that I've developed by working with such a variety of people along the way.

Challenges?
Yes definitely - I think with each project, promotion, role or company you learn about your skillset, but more importantly about yourself. Sometimes you don't settle as well as you have done in other places - I definitely struggled in positions where I didn't immediately settle - but in hindsight I was very lucky to find comfort in my first job. Having said that, the grass can definitely be greener, and if you push yourself, it's worth the challenge.

Your NTU experience?
My time at Nottingham Trent 100% shaped my career. It started through connections I had made at University and my course gave me the confidence or skills to make people believe I had the confidence to get in at the deep end. Seeing success from doing this, has meant this has been an approach I've taken ever since. I believe every move has stemmed from that first one so, without NTU, I would never have found The Flash Pack.

Advice for others?
Work hard but don't just work - it's important to value your life outside of work.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Extremely. I'm still in touch with my tutors to this day and follow what they do.

Career highlights?
My current role at The Flash Pack is my highlight. I'm in a position where I'm so appreciative of the journey it's taken and because of that I take real pride in where I've got to. The team I work with, the clients I work with, the work we do. I'm proud of it all.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Family and friends more than anyone. They know you best and what's right for you.

Plans for the future?
We're working on some pretty exciting/big things at the moment and I'm just excited to be part of that with some amazingly creative people.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophierowe/
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