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Online Graduate Profile Oliver Fisher 26/02/2021  
Name: Olly Fisher
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quote: [I know I wouldn't be in the position I am in now if it wasn't for NTU.]

Course: LLB Hons Law
Year: 2014
Job title: Managing Director
Employer: Repeat Digital (https://www.repeatdigital.com/)

Current role?
I started a digital marketing agency back in 2017 and it's still going strong. So I guess my role is running a business!

Typical day?
Literally all the aspects of running a business from finance, sales, and managing employees, to running client advertising campaigns.

Career developments?
It was a slow start to career life after university, as I was working at an M&S store. I then got a graduate role working for a company that manufacture shirts for M&S, which was a bit of a coincidence! That came to an end which I'm glad it did as it was extremely boring.

My big break came when I got a job working at an awesome digital marketing agency in my hometown of Cambridge. I learnt so much there and it gave me the knowledge to be able to start my own business and I did exactly that!

Challenges?
There have been loads! You just have to weigh up the best way to move through them and, most importantly, learn from them.

Your NTU experience?
I didn't really enjoy my course at university as I just wasn't interested in law. The learning environment was great though, (it's not you, it's me!) - but that's fine as your career isn't defined by what you study!

However, the life experience was absolutely game-changing for me personally. I was ridiculously introverted before university, but it forced me to open up and meet people. I loved the independence too.

I know I wouldn't be in the position I am in now if it wasn't for NTU.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I felt if I ever had any issues I could reach out to the university and they would do their utmost to support me.

Career highlights?
Starting a business and being in a position to hire people.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
There have been a few awesome people from who I've learnt and picked things up from. Also, I've always wanted to do my own thing so that's quite a driver.

Advice for others?
Nothing's set in stone. You always have the power to change things, if you want to enough.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Self learn important parts of the job you're going for. There's nothing more impressive than someone who has taken the time to put themselves ahead of the game.

Plans for the future?
We have an ambitious growth strategy of becoming a £1 million agency, with a team 10+ awesome team members.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ollyfisher/
Online Graduate Profile Deborah J Parkes 09/02/2021  
Name: Deborah Parkes
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quote: [The time at NTU allowed me to immerse in a world of making and offered lots of opportunities to create networks and develop my creative career.]

Course: BA Hons Decorative Arts
Year: 2014
Job title: Co-Founder
Employer: Clayhill Arts

Current role?
Owner/manager of multi-purpose training venue for artists and creative professionals.

Typical day?
Coordinating staff and liaising with tutors, supporting resident artists and researching creative opportunities.

Career developments?
I have gone on to establish my own independent educational facility, working within the sector to create opportunities for emerging and established artists, makers and designers.

Challenges?
Renovating a series of redundant farm buildings into the education complex that we have today was tough, but the skills I developed during my time on degree have helped me to analyse and connect with what is happening in the sector.

Your NTU experience?
The time at NTU allowed me to immerse in a world of making and offered lots of opportunities to create networks and develop my creative career. Through my time on self-directed placement at Global Colour, and the flexibility across the course of the degree, I had the time and space to consider what the next steps were going to look like for me and left with the confidence to take on the project that then unfolded.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I felt fully supported by the teaching staff and environment at NTU.

Any exam revision tips?
Just make, experiment, fail to learn and refine.

Career highlights?
Taking on a series of redundant farm buildings and developing them into the multi-purpose training venue that we have on site today. We have employed members of staff, taken on an intern and are making opportunities for future collaborative projects

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My peers.

Advice for others?
To think big and find a way to make those big things happen. It might be aligning with a new group of people or reaching into your own network to see what skills and knowledge already exist. You will be surprised by what you know, and you just have to do it sometimes to learn the best way of it

Any tips for job seeking / interviews / careers?
Research, commitment, being proactive.

Plans for the future?
To continue to develop the site here at Clayhill and connect with an extended network of creative practitioners to offer opportunities
We are launching our first all day online event on 5th March - The Clayhill Creative Forum. All details can be found on our website:
https://www.clayhillarts.co.uk/activity/the-clayhill-creative-forum/

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborah-parkes-27340848/
Online Graduate Profile Sarah E Blake 02/12/2020  
Name: Sarah Blake
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quote: [Take every opportunity handed to you and chase the opportunities you want, even if they scare you.]

Course: BSc Hons Animal Biology
Year: 2010
Job title: Animal Welfare Field Manager
Employer: Wild Welfare

Current role?
I work for a charity which aims to improve animal welfare standards within captive animal facilities across the globe. I'm currently managing a core humane education project relating to animal welfare, and developing resources and connections for the charity to utilise. I also assist with project country work such as helping to conduct welfare assessments and conducting animal welfare workshops whilst in-country (or through virtual networks).

Typical day?
The role is primarily office based, working from home so my day involves a lot of computer work, emails, zoom calls, strategy planning, report writing and resource development. When working in project countries things are very fast paced as we try to pack a lot into one visit - whilst battling jetlag! One of these trips might involve visiting several facilities to conduct welfare assessments and training workshops. We might also host meetings with organisations to discuss future plans or collaborative opportunities as a lot of what we do is based on relationship building.

Career developments?
It's been very varied, but always involving animals. The day after graduation I moved to a Scottish island to work on a whale watching boat. After that I worked in rescue shelters and kennels until I landed my first zookeeper job which I loved. Through that role I developed my animal management skills and knowledge (alongside many other skills such as presenting and animal training) which were useful in other zoo roles I would have along the way. My current role is very different from practical animal management but it utilises all the knowledge, skills and contacts I created during my time working in zoos and I love being able to help both animals and keepers globally, to improve welfare standards.

Challenges?
Working with animals whilst having ophidiophobia (phobia of snakes) is very challenging. I started trying to combat this whilst at NTU by doing work with the snakes in the animal unit and that has progressed as my roles in zoos have continued to put me in close proximity to snakes. My determination to ensure that the phobia does not impact my career is the only thing that keeps me doing it as a true phobia is not something you can overcome. However being around understanding and supportive staff within some of the truly excellent teams I have worked with has certainly helped.

Your NTU experience?
NTU increased my confidence a lot. The social aspects of living on campus at Brackenhurst was fantastic and I still find myself utilising a lot of the knowledge I gained from my degree within my job. The learning environment of Brackenhurst was great as I didn't find it too daunting to navigate. Everything I needed was right there and easily accessible, I loved it!

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
The staff were great and very supportive. I still keep in touch with some of them now and things have gone full circle where I have come back to Brackenhurst to guest lecture for them.

Any exam revision tips?
Listening to instrumental music really helped me to concentrate whilst revising. I also found that teaching others what you've learned is the best way to cement the understanding in your own brain. I once taught my rabbit about his conservation status!

Career highlights?
Management and training of an epileptic baboon and his troop was challenging but taught me so much. Hand rearing a white stork who had been rejected by his parents was another steep learning curve for me, but he is now a healthy adult and part of a breed and release programme. Having that direct impact on conservation of such an iconic species was amazing. The work I have conducted in Asia in helping to improve animal welfare standards in the zoos there has been some of the most challenging times of my career but it has also helped a lot of animals experience a better quality of life and given me so much confidence in what I can achieve.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My work ethic is from my dad, my patience is from my mum and I've taken plenty of advice along the way from everyone I've met. Managers in former roles who were willing to answer my questions and keep building my knowledge and skills have been invaluable. I also read a lot of books featuring inspirational stories, particularly written by women who have been determined enough to conquer their challenges and achieve their goals.

Advice for others?
Nihil Sine Labore - Nothing Without Work.

Any tips for job seeking?
NETWORK! Take every opportunity handed to you and chase the opportunities you want, even if they scare you. Highlight your other skills (presentation skills, DIY, whatever hobbies you have etc) as they may be surprisingly valuable to an employer.

Plans for the future?
I'm hoping to continue improving animal welfare globally and helping Wild Welfare to grow. I'm also trying to get the book I wrote about world travel and animals published.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-blake-658949149/
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