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Online Graduate Profile Ashley Watson 02/09/2020  
Name: Ash Watson
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quote: [I am very grateful for all the transferable skills I adopted whilst studying at NTU that I can take into any role with me.]

Course: BSc Hons Animal Biology
Year: 2011
Job title: Author

Current role?
Self-employed Author

Typical day?
Writing, research

Career developments?
Since leaving NTU, I worked as a Nursing manager at a Veterinary Referrals Practice in Cambridge for five years. I decided to give it all up in 2016 and move to Tokyo Japan for two years, where I worked as an English Teacher in a private girls junior and senior high school. Whilst there, I kept a travel blog which I turned into my first book, 'Because Japan' which was published 1 September 2020. It is a hilarious behind the scenes travel memoir of life in Japan as an expat. It covers the highs and lows of the less publicised side of life in Japan. Since leaving Japan, I travelled and lived in Australia for a year and I returned to the UK in 2019. I now live and work in London as a self-employed author.

Challenges?
Living in Japan was a huge challenge. Culture shock and the language barrier was really difficult to overcome at first but with the help of some good friends, I was able to discuss my problems and find a way to overcome them. I go into more detail in my book.

Your NTU experience?
NTU taught me how to be independent and to think critically. I am very grateful for all the transferable skills I adopted whilst studying at NTU that I can take into any role with me.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
NTU was an extremely supportive environment. My course leader and mentor Dr Graham Shelbourne was a huge help for me both personally and professionally. His tough approach to us really resonated and he taught me a lot about how to work with difficult people and how to maintain a level of composure in stressful situations. (Especially during our field trip to Mauritius!)

Any exam revision tips?
Use yellow highlighters and create mind maps!

Career highlights?
Publishing my first book.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I often look to the leaders in my life for inspiration. Ex mentors, lecturers and bosses have all helped to shape me into the person I am today.

Advice for others?
Stay true to yourself and never be ashamed to embrace who you are.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
Always make yourself known. Call the company personally or visit them in person so they know who you are and what you look like. This has always helped me stand out amongst the pile of CVs. I also call regularly for updates.

Plans for the future?
I would love to write a second book and travel more once it is safe to do so again.

Please feel free to check out my social media platforms for the book:
https://www.becausejapanbook.com/
https://www.instagram.com/becausejapanbook/
Online Graduate Profile Michael J Fay 19/02/2020  
Name: Michael J Fay QC
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quote: [I found that it was helpful that so many of the lecturers had practical experience.]

Course: LLB Hons Law
Year: 1988
Job title: Queen's Counsel and Deputy Justice of the Court of Appeal
Employer: Agon Litigation

Current role?
I practice at the Bar in the British Virgin Islands. My practice is primarily corporate litigation, commercial litigation, civil fraud, trust disputes and financial services disputes.

As a Deputy Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, I hear a full range of appeals in respect of civil, family and criminal matters.

Typical day?
There is no such thing as a typical day.

Career developments?
I attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London and was admitted to the Bar in 1989.

I practiced in the UK (from chambers in Birmingham and in London) until 1996 when I relocated to the British Virgin Islands.

I was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2013, and was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2015. In 2018, I was appointed as a Deputy Justice of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

I sold my business in 2014 and took a 30 month sabbatical (working occasionally and sitting as a Judge from time to time). I returned to full time work in 2017.

Challenges?
Lots of challenges, but also a lot of luck. It helps to be lucky but you need to look for it, and work any opportunity that come your way.

Your NTU experience?
When I studied at Nottingham Law School, the expectation was that the majority of students would proceed to law school and qualify as a solicitor. The course, albeit an academic one, had a strong practical element that some of my friends at other law schools did not benefit from. I found that it was helpful that so many of the lecturers had practical experience - our experience was that the law was there to solve problems and not just as an academic exercise.

Advice for others?
Seek advice, and then make up your own mind. Don't be afraid to be different. Treat every set back as an opportunity to do something differently. Don't cry over split milk.

Can you share some exam revision tips?
1. Read previous exam questions and specimen answers. Examiners are not very inventive and the same questions tend to be asked again and again.
2. Read the questions, and answer them.
3. It is never too late to learn something new.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Nottingham Law School was very friendly and supportive, although I did not exactly sail though my degree without any incidents.

Career highlights?
A very difficult question. Probably being called to the Bar, and then be appointed as Queen's Counsel. My parents were present for both ceremonies.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I listen to advice from anybody that offers it, and seek it out from others. However, I then make up my own mind.

Plans for the future?
I am now 55. I enjoyed a 30 month sabbatical when I was 49, and will look to wind down again in a few years. I would like to continue sitting as a Judge for as long as I am asked.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-fay-qc-fciarb-50a73415/
Online Graduate Profile Alicia Corby 14/07/2020  
Name: Alicia Corby
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quote: [If you aren't sure where you want to end up career-wise, that is fine - keep an open mind and find out as much as you can about career options in various areas while you are at university.]

Course: Graduate Diploma in Law
Year: 2013
Job title: Solicitor
Employer: Gateley Plc

Current role?
I am a solicitor specialising in banking and finance, regularly acting on corporate lending and real estate finance transactions (including development finance). I act for a broad range of clients including clearing banks, debt funds and corporate borrowers.

Career developments?
I originally studied Management Studies at Nottingham Trent, which was a fast-track course including a placement year, before returning a year later (after working in HR for a while) to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law. I hadn't considered law until attending a careers talk in my final degree year. I then spent time working in-house in the legal team of the Met Office before completing the Legal Practice Course and starting a training contract at Gateley. I qualified into the banking and finance team in 2017.

Your NTU experience?
Despite not being law-related, my Management Studies degree has been very relevant to my legal career as my role requires a good understanding of commercial and financial issues.

Any exam revision tips?
Try different methods to see what works for you - for me, writing out and consolidating my notes helped me to remember what I needed to, but others prefer to read aloud or re-do exercises. And don't leave it to the last minute!

Career highlights?
The obvious highlight for me would be qualifying as a solicitor after a lot of studying, training and hard work.

Advice for others?
If you aren't sure where you want to end up career-wise, that is fine - keep an open mind and find out as much as you can about career options in various areas while you are at university. Remember that any work experience is beneficial, even if only to work out what you don't enjoy.

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
When applying for jobs and going to interviews, don't discount work experience that isn't within your chosen field. Many skills are transferable and you will be able to provide a wider range of examples. Don't be afraid to show a little personality.

Plans for the future?
My future plans are simply to continue building upon my experience and learning as much as I can from colleagues along the way.
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