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Online Graduate Profile Kevin K Kapezi 06/04/2020  
Name: Kevin Kapezi
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quote: [Don't be afraid to try something new, especially if you are more passionate about it.]

Course: LLB Hons Law with Business
Year: 2013
Job title: SEO Specialist
Employer: Experian

Current role?
I'm currently working as a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist at Experian, part of the B2B Digital Media marketing team across the UK, Ireland and EMEA regions. I aim to deliver strong website performance for lead generation through digital initiatives and projects.

My responsibilities include assisting with the delivery of Experian's growth strategy through online channels, with a key focus on technical Organic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Analytics, Research, and Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO).

Typical day?
I typically research opportunities to improve on our acquisition strategy working very closely with content teams within the UK as well as other countries and languages. This involves using various tools and software which measure how effective our content is currently performing. I also have numerous regular meetings with other members of the team to discuss projects across the UK, Ireland and our EMEA websites.

Career developments?
My career has taken an unusual path since graduating. I started my first 'career' within finance out of convenience rather than pursuing my passion for marketing and business. I was actually enrolled to complete my CIMA qualifications while being employed at Specsavers' Finance department.

After two years within finance, I finished an online digital marketing diploma which led me to my first junior position in Digital Marketing with NRS Healthcare. Since then, I haven't looked back and over the years, I've progressed to more senior positions. It's funny how I now work for Experian, a company predominantly within the finance sector. So life has gone full-circle in some way.

Challenges?
There have been countless challenges. Imagine trying to secure a job in a field that you are passionate about without any relevant experience. Now, imagine trying to do the same when your CV tells employers that you're interested in a completely different field.

The primary challenge was to make myself relevant and show enough evidence to convince employers that I was focused on becoming a marketing professional. Easier said than done right? My first task was to self-finance my £1,200 online diploma in digital marketing. Immediately after completing this, it became much easier to gain interviews and be confident during assessments. In addition, I also worked on a few projects with local businesses to gain relevant experience.

Your NTU experience?
Nottingham Trent was a good blend of academia and social activities. I actually met my current best friends at university. Yes, we're still good friends to this day.

However, I felt the learning environment lacked practicality. Now that I have been involved in alumni workshops, I can see that there has been a significant, positive shift in the University's aims at making students more employable.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
All the staff members were incredibly helpful. I also got involved in the Afro Caribbean Society as a Marketing Officer which helped me develop more skills.

Any exam revision tips?
Don't leave things last minute! I felt like it was all a bad dream during my law exams and just wanted it to be all over. I wasn't as good a student as I could have been, so I do regret not giving it my all.

Career highlights?
Being employed in my current role, working for such a large global organisation has been the main highlight of my career so far. It also further validated my decision to leave my somewhat comfortable job at Specsavers' finance department.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My inspiration has largely come from reading self-help books during times when I needed extra motivation to leave what was then a comfortable situation, to venture into pastures anew. I have posted my fair share of motivational quotes e.g. "Great things never come from comfort zones!" #MotivationMonday

Advice for others?
Fail fast. Don't be afraid to try something new, especially if you are more passionate about it. I have made many mistakes and have tried to learn from each one. I just wish I had made those mistakes a lot sooner.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
LinkedIn is, in my view, one of the most under-utilised tools available for students seeking jobs. I have had countless conversations with students about how to use LinkedIn and I'm surprised at how little they use it. I'm happy to provide tips with this.

Plans for the future?
My plans are to add as much value as I possibly can in my current role and help our team towards success. I also aim to work more with smaller organisations and help them with their marketing by providing talks and workshops. On a personal level, working on my fitness and travelling is at the top of my agenda.

Feel free to contact me or visit my website to find out more https://www.kevkdigital.com
Online Graduate Profile Chloe J Avis 31/03/2020  
Name: Chloe Avis
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quote: [Be persistent and don't take rejections personally, everything happens for a reason.]

Course: BA Hons Fashion Management
Year: 2017
Job title: Product Development Coordinator
Employer: ScS (https://www.scs.co.uk/)

Current role?
I am responsible for supporting the Furniture Development Co-ordinator to deliver product ranges across the network.

Typical day?
Every day varies, I liaise with suppliers to set new products up on internal ordering systems, and order new products in line with product range management.

Career developments?
When I left university I took a gap year to travel and gain new experiences. I have recently started a role at ScS which is the gateway into my career.

Challenges?
A challenge for me was to find a creative job buying in the North East as many head offices are based in London. I was determined and applied for all job openings within my chosen field, and then I was lucky to be offered a job at ScS.

Your NTU experience?
Nottingham Trent helped students excel in life after university; the course was varied providing numerous career options which are really beneficial when applying for jobs. The placement year was a definite advantage from the course, providing a true insight into a creative head office and how to prepare for life after university.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
The tutors were very approachable, open and supportive of career and future choices.

Any exam revision tips?
Start revision early, in small sections! It's easier to keep on top of.

Career highlights?
A personal achievement of mine was to go travelling after university, which built my soft-skills immensely and developed my adaptability and judgement, skills which are all applicable in a fast changing role and career environment.

Advice for others?
Always show your passion and drive for the career you want to pursue.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
Be persistent and don't take rejections personally, everything happens for a reason.

Plans for the future?
I am currently settling into my new role with plans for development and growth.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-avis/
Online Graduate Profile Nicola Barton 06/03/2020  
Name: Nicola Barton
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quote: [I had the most fun at Nottingham Trent. I couldn't have designed a degree that was better for me at the time.]

Course: BA Hons European Business
Year: 1996
Job title: Operations
Employer: Full Fat Things (https://www.fullfatthings.com/)


Current role?
I have two roles in two different businesses.

My current role within the Operations team of Full Fat Things (a Software Development company) is broad-ranging and varied. It largely depends on the needs of the business. It encompasses marketing, business development, process improvement, legal contract development, Health & Safety management, policy making and HR.

For my own online retail business, it's everything from product selection and inventory management to customer contact and marketing.

Typical day?
There's really no such thing as a typical day as I work from home and both roles are flexible - I love it that way. I'll usually check my diary the day before to see what's ahead and plan my day around work meetings (and sometimes a gym class).

If there aren't any meetings planned, I'll generally check in on my online business first thing to deal with anything urgent, before starting my Operations role. I'll focus on what the business needs most at the time, which could be tender writing, marketing, developing processes and business planning.

Later in the afternoon, I'll spend a couple of hours on my online business, dealing with queries and despatching orders.

I try not to open the laptop after leaving my home office so I get the chance to switch off. It's sometimes easier said than done because I'm a bit of a night owl, and if inspiration strikes I'm excited to see where it leads me. If I work too late and I don't have meetings early the next morning, I'll have a bit of lie in.

Career developments?
Initially, I worked in the recruitment sector, as a consultant and then in managing outsourced contracts, before moving into mainstream HR Management in the Construction sector. I left and set up my own online business, which I still run today. My main focus now is working in a Software Development company within the Operations team.

Challenges?
I struggled with stress management during my time in recruitment and HR. I worked very long hours and my work-life balance was poor. I took some time out to deal with that and reassess what mattered most to me.

Your NTU experience?
I had the most fun at Nottingham Trent. I couldn't have designed a degree that was better for me at the time, which included a year in Spain, and Spanish and UK work placements. I came away with a better understanding of working life, and fabulous memories. I still use some of the things I learned now.

Advice for others?
Be open minded on a career until you figure out what makes you happy and focus how you can get there. Don't compare yourself to your peers - their path won't necessarily bring you satisfaction, and you never know what's going on behind the scenes.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I had some great lecturers, who were friendly and supportive. My personal tutor (Colin) tolerated my immaturity with humour and a remarkable degree of respect, given some of the things I did.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I take inspiration from anywhere I see it, quite often from situations that aren't related. Going to conferences and spending time with colleagues outside the office environment means we have some head space to bounce ideas off each other too.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
In interviews, research the company, understand the job and come prepared with ideas. Don't undersell yourself. Be honest about your needs - it's a two way process. If you didn't gel at interview, ask yourself why. Follow up with a thank you. Get feedback.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicola-barton-5a09113/

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