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Online Graduate Profile Thomas Walters 15/02/2018  
Name: Tom Walters
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quote: [The tutors and lecturers are very experienced and NTU is a forward-thinking university with excellent facilities which can help any student achieve their dream.]

Course: BA Hons Media and Communication & Society
Year: 2012
Job title: Account Manager
Employer: The Dairy

Current role?
Within my role I take on specialisms in digital marketing - mainly social media management and content creation, as well as PR and client liaison. I'm responsible for working closely with our broad client base on all of their marketing needs, ensuring they receive any support required. This also includes producing marketing plans, project management, copywriting, design, and website planning/design/build.

Typical day?
A typical day involves working closely with clients to meet their marketing needs. My core areas day-to-day are managing client social media accounts, as well as copywriting and PR. This involves drafting press releases and website articles in order to raise the profile of the client and shout about the great news stories they have to tell.

Career developments?
When I left NTU, I worked full-time in retail for a year, working my way into management positions in order to continue my progression until I secured the perfect entry-level marketing role I was searching for.

In June 2013 I started working for Visit Nottinghamshire as a Marketing Assistant. This role exposed me to all aspects of marketing within the tourism sector - from copywriting to design/artwork, website design and build and social media. After over two and a half years at VN, I moved to The Dairy to go agency side. This was always my dream. I took up the position of Account Executive with The Dairy and have worked for the company ever since. I did in fact intern with The Dairy when I was a student at NTU - and I kept that relationship going until I started working for the company 6 years later.

Challenges?
I have faced many challenges along the way. One of the greatest of these has been adapting to all the aspects of marketing that are out there. In my first role I was chiefly employed to produce design/artwork - but my role became much more varied and I ended up working across all aspects of marketing. This has made me a much more rounded employee, with in-depth knowledge and expertise across a variety of areas. I now consider this one of my core strengths.

Your NTU experience?
Nottingham Trent University shaped my career because of the excellent courses on offer and the fantastic guidance I received. The tutors and lecturers are very experienced and NTU is a forward-thinking university with excellent facilities which can help any student achieve their dream. I am truly thankful to have studied at NTU and I do not think I would be where I am today without the expertise and experience I picked up at NTU.

Advice for others?
Do not be shy and do not be afraid to push yourself and go after your dreams. Anything is achievable if you apply yourself in the correct manner and work hard. Work experience is key to the learning process - so I wholeheartedly recommend securing as many work placements as you can while you are studying at university.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Extremely friendly and supportive. Lecturers and tutors understand their subject areas inside out, and are constantly looking at how they can alter their teachings to suit the changing world outside of the lecture theatre. I made some great friends at NTU and having a supportive and welcoming environment is one of the keys to a successful time at university.

Career highlights?
The highlight of my career was working on the Family Stand transformation project at Notts County Football Club in 2017. I am a lifelong fan of the club, so to pitch for the project, win it, come up with the ideas and see them come to life has been a dream come true. It makes all the hours of studying worthwhile.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My current MD Nigel has been a fantastic source of advice and inspiration for me. When I interned at The Dairy while studying at NTU, I learned an incredible amount in a short space of time. This included the basics of how an agency operates, how to work with clients and how to organise your work. I continue to learn from Nigel every day and I hope that the path I take in my career will be similar to his.

Plans for the future?
I see myself working at The Dairy for a long time. I would like to progress at The Dairy and grow with the company. I think I am at the perfect company for me - it is now down to me to work hard and prove myself.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-walters-ba-hons-60a19235/


Online Graduate Profile Connor Deacon 09/02/2018  
Name: Connor Deacon

quote: [NTU was a great environment. Being at Brackenhurst is like it's own little village, everyone is very friendly and it becomes very tight-knit.]

Course: BSc Hons Horticulture
Year: 2017
Job title: Management Trainee Supply-chain & Operations
Employer: The Bodyshop

Current role?
Analysing the current processes and methods within The Bodyshop supply chain, working out what isn't working, where we can be more sustainable, and then developing a case to propose a change. Currently I'm heavily involved in innovating our transport; to be more sustainable and green but also looking into our sourcing of environmentally friendly materials. TBS is 100% vegetarian so they're all plant based, so it ties really well with my degree.

Typical day?
Wake up, walk into campus. Grab a coffee from the American diner and then start answering some emails and booking meetings for the week.

Career developments?
NTU allowed me to access this graduate scheme. I now have the opportunity to do something I'm truly interested in.

Challenges?
At University, staying motivated is quite hard. It's easy to slip into a chill attitude and leave the work to suffer. Making sure you split your time with the library, and enforce yourself, is a great way to combat this.

Your NTU experience?
Being thrown in with other students in the first year is very similar to a real career, you won't necessarily know anyone and have to really come out of your comfort zone to make friends with your colleagues.

Advice for others?
Don't be afraid to ask. The worst someone can say is no, and there are plenty more people that will say yes.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
NTU was a great environment. Being at Brackenhurst is like it's own little village, everyone is very friendly and it becomes very tight-knit. This community provides great support whenever you need it, there is always someone you can grab a coffee with.

Career highlights?
At NTU I really made the most of the 'student' label. I applied for every internship and work placement that was of interest and got to do brilliant things because of it. University holds great opportunities and plenty of doors to inspiring and amazing places, if you push them open.

Plans for the future?
I'm currently looking at pursuing a similar role within TBS, based on sustainability of ingredients and logistics. I also want to undertake further education, expanding my plant based knowledge into more global sustainability.

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

Online Graduate Profile Kati Schmidt 07/02/2018  
Name: Kati Schmidt
pic: [/view.image?id=5897]

quote: [My experience as an international student has sparked my wanderlust and interest to work abroad for a global company.]

Course: BA Hons Politics
Year: 2006
Job title: Entrepreneur, Start-Up Mentor
Employer: German Accelerator Tech

Current role?
I have worked in journalism and public affairs for 16 years. Most recently, I left my role as a Senior Business Affairs Manager at Airbnb after working for the company for six and a half years.
I am currently advising tech start-ups, such as Wimbify, a global LGBTQ travel community based in Italy, mentoring start-ups of the German government's tech accelerator and am pursuing my own business idea as an entrepreneur.

Typical day?
As an entrepreneur, every day is different: I typically work out of a Spacious co-working space in my neighbourhood, mentor start-up founders, attend networking events and conferences in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley and interview potential co-founders for my own business idea.

Career developments?
Studying in the UK as an international student and living abroad for an extended period of time for the very first time, shaped me as the global citizen who I have now become. My year in Nottingham has not been an isolated one-time experience; it has been the beginning of a global personal journey and professional career. Since then, I have studied and worked abroad again and again: as a tutor at the British Council School of Madrid, as an intern at the Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington DC, as an intern at the Random House Digital Group in London, as a visiting scholar at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, and as a permanent resident of the United States working in New York City in 2014 and San Francisco since 2015.

Challenges?
My personal and professional journey has been challenging at times. In 2008, in the middle of my first exams of my MBA program, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I had to learn quickly how to change my diet and lifestyle in order to keep up with the demanding MBA program. Later, I turned my experience and learnings into a community for other celiacs: glutenfreiheit.org. Similarly, moving to different countries, mastering the language and bureaucratic processes while keeping up in a fast pace environment has been challenging as well. However, looking back I can see how overcoming these challenges has advanced my career and made me more resilient as a person as well.

Your NTU experience?
The structure of the bachelor program at NTU was very different from my alma mater in Münster. I appreciated that at Nottingham Trent classes were quite small with various opportunities to debate with teachers and classmates. There was also room for independent research and writing papers in parallel to exams. This way of learning prepared me for my MBA and teamwork at work. Furthermore, my experience as an international student, has sparked my wanderlust and interest to work abroad for a global company.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Upon my arrival in the UK, I immediately became a member of NTU`s International Student Society and house shared with students from all around the world. The fruitful and eye opening exchange has had a significant impact on my view of the world. With the recent rise of populism all around the globe, I feel grateful that I am able to relate to the perspectives of my fellow teachers and British and international students of Nottingham Trent University, and am trying my best to avoid bias at and outside of the workplace and be a role model for others. This passion and compassion that I first encountered in Nottingham in 2005, has recently inspired me to start volunteering with Upwardly Global to support job-seeking immigrants to the USA.

Any exam revision tips?
As a social butterfly, study groups have always worked well for me. Sharing my knowledge and notes and learning from others has proven to be the most successful way of studying for me.

Career highlights?
I joined Airbnb in 2011 as one of their early employees. The company has since grown to 4,000 employees globally. From day one, I played a significant role in scaling our international business. Our global community grew from 100,000 guests in 2011 to more than 260,000,000 guests today, and 750,000 listed homes in 2011 to more than 3,000,000 listed homes today. Furthermore, I worked on legitimizing our home sharing efforts in Germany and Europe. As a member of the global public policy team, I worked on home sharing model legislation in Hamburg, Germany, in 2013. In 2016, I played a key role launching Airbnb`s new product Experiences in 12 markets around the world, which has now expanded to more than 50 global markets. Leaving my career at Airbnb after six years and embarking on my entrepreneurial endeavours was certainly another big step but I look optimistic into the future!

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I look to various mostly female peers and leaders. I have recently started co-leading the San Francisco chapter of Changemaker Chats, a salon series for women on their way to changing the world. The network was founded a few years ago by Jessica Johnston who invited some of her closest friends and a successful business leader and philanthropist for an informal, off-the-record chat to a conference room at her office. Out of that tiny room grew a movement with nearly 4,000 members across six cities in U.S. with London being its first international chapter.

Advice for others?
Being curious and persistent. I have always enjoyed meeting people, even without a specific goal in mind. Many of these encounters have turned into great opportunities. Persistence has paid off for me, e.g. I applied to 40 universities on the West Coast in order to sponsor my visa to do research for my Master Thesis. This is how I ended up in San Francisco in the summer of 2010. I also applied for the Greencard lottery eight times, and I won, which allowed me to move and work in the US independent from any employer.

Any tips for job seeking?
Activate your network and don't be shy to ask for an introduction or background information. Especially, as a woman, seek mentoring in order to help you negotiate well!

Plans for the future?
I am currently working on my own business idea. I am actively looking for a co-founder and intend to launch a pilot product in April.

Photo credit: André Josselin

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinschmidt/
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