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Online Graduate Profile Joseph L Finn 21/05/2018  
Name: Joe Finn
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quote: [My degree eventually got me to the right place. I don't necessarily use my degree directly, but it's like my secret move or super power - the ability to learn and understand complicated subject matter.]

Course: BSc Hons Physics
Year: 2007
Job title: Regional Sales Manager
Employer: Echologics

Current role?
I am fully responsible for developing the business in the UK and Ireland. It's a varied role, including; business planning, forecasting, providing technical solutions to customer problems, writing technical proposals or tender submissions and supporting customers.

Typical day?
I travel around the UK often, going to see clients to discuss solutions. I have a lot of communication with customers and colleagues. I try to follow up as soon as possible with information and answers to questions raised, quotes and proposals etc.

Career developments?
I didn't have great deal of ambition or know what I wanted to do when I went to study at NTU. We didn't have much money growing up and I was never really pushed to do anything. I didn't really know what was possible. I also had a child at 18, so expectations were low. There's a long winded story filled with highs and real lows.

I have learned a lot along the way. I'm now in a very responsible position and I'm well respected in my field. I get paid well, have great job security and I'll be a European or International Sales Director one day.

Challenges?
There have been lots of challenges and I didn't always overcome them at the time! Sometimes you have to fail in order to move forward, not that you should try to fail. But there is always time and eventually I found my drive and confidence, which have both been key factors for me. Now I eat challenges for breakfast.

Your NTU experience?
My degree eventually got me to the right place. I don't necessarily use my degree directly, but it's like my secret move or super power - the ability to learn and understand complicated subject matter.

I regularly research the industry, solutions and learn the technical aspects of the products I work with. It's key to being confident in my area of work and gaining the respect of others.

Advice for others?
The right attitude to work is probably the most important thing. You can achieve so much when you fuel yourself with passion and ambition. When you express your passion, it is infectious and others will respect it. However, make sure you back it up with hard work.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found it to be supportive and friendly. Having a young child while studying and working, I didn't get that involved in the university environment apart from in my studies. I wish I had done more. I don't know if there's more support I could have gotten at the time but people were always nice.

Career highlights?
When I got my latest job I realised where I'd got to in my career and life and how much easier things had become.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I had a really great mentor in my last job who was a great help. I also learned a lot from my early failures. Some good people told me where I'd gone wrong and it stuck with me.

Plans for the future?
Make my region (UK&Eire) my company's largest sales region internationally. To learn and grow, and, when I'm ready, become a European or International Sales or Business Development Director at this company or another. Or eventually in the future, I could start my own business.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-finn-88b84521/

Online Graduate Profile Gareth V Walkom 18/05/2018  
Name: Gareth Walkom
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quote: [My career is shaped the way it is today because of the learning environment that Trent has to offer.]

Course: MSc Medical Product Design
Year: 2017
Job title: PhD Researcher
Employer: KU Leuven

Current role?
I am currently a PhD researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium. The PhD is titled "Virtual reality as a tool for lighting research and design", and (in a nutshell) is the understanding of how we perceive light and colour within virtual reality.

Typical day?
My typical day is pretty long, as I do enjoy what I do. So I'd arrive at my desk at around 08:30, then leave at around 22:00. Each day can be very different, as one day I could be reading vast amounts of papers, and the next I could be creating something cool in VR.

Career developments?
My career is still somewhat fresh since leaving Trent; however, even though I am still in academia, this is my first full-time graduate job, and it feels great to be working.

Challenges?
My biggest challenge since leaving Trent was getting that first job. I applied to many graduate roles and was finally offered the PhD position three months after I finished my Master's degree. Moving to Belgium was also a challenge! Luckily, nearly everyone can speak English.

Your NTU experience?
My career is shaped the way it is today because of the learning environment that Trent has to offer. The 24/7 library acted as my second home, and it literally has everything you could ever ask for. I also managed to balance my social life too. Being a member of a sports club (for me it was NTU Athletics) gave me a place where I could relax and forget about deadlines for just a moment. You meet new people, have the opportunity to attend social events, and also keep fit.

Advice for others?
Find something you enjoy, then your work will become your interests.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Trent is very welcoming. Even if you're in your final year and need assistance from staff or other students at Trent, everyone is willing to lend a hand. Towards the end of my Master's degree, I needed some help with statistics, and the library staff gave me a solution to my problem and even advised on what I could improve.

Career highlights?
One of my best personal achievements was achieving international press for my research during my master's degree. It was on the TV (BBC), newspapers, and I also featured in podcasts. Definitely, something I never thought would happen!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-walkom-85733a50/
Online Graduate Profile Annabel L Elliott 15/05/2018  
Name: Annabel Elliott
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quote: [I loved my social life while at university and fell in love with the city enough to build my career and family here.]

Course: BA Hons Textile Design ; MA Heritage Studies
Year: 2000; 2001
Job title: Co-Founder
Employer: Double T

Current role?
I am the Co-Founder of a Community Interest Company, a social enterprise supporting unemployed young people into work supported by our self-sufficient property management and maintenance model.

Typical day?
There's no such thing!

Career developments?
I graduated my undergraduate degree with a 2:2. I graduated my post-graduate diploma with a Merit. I've never been academically strong but have employability skills in abundance and have never been out of employment. I specialised in subjects relevant to my studies though so had a career inspired by my learning at Nottingham Trent.

Challenges?
Lots. I haven't been afraid to take risks and have enjoyed every experience. I was presented with opportunities and given responsibility from the minute I graduated. The biggest challenge for me, however, is raising my three children alongside setting up and successfully running my own business.

Your NTU experience?
I made some great friends while studying at NTU and have continued to be inspired by the different career choices they made. Everyone went in different directions but specialising in the subjects we studied still. I loved my social life while at university and fell in love with the city enough to build my career and family here. There are lots of opportunities in the East Midlands.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I enjoyed pretty much every minute but I wish the buildings had been as beautiful as they are today!

Any exam revision tips?
Get some sleep. Don't take it too seriously. Try to enjoy it.

Career highlights?
As a Heritage Consultant it was being awarded a commission by 'Bethlem Museum of the Mind' and as Co-Founder of 'Double T' it was getting our first client into employment.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Other women in industry or in similar situations. I have a Business Mentor through a Nottingham Trent University scheme called Jo Cox-Brown who is amazing.

Advice for others?
Know what your USP is. Don't be boring and don't be a follower.

Any tips for job seeking?
Create a 'Vision Board' to identify your dream job which features positive images that will support you to get it. I believe in visualising to stay focused at tough times and to achieve. It's always worked for me.

Plans for the future?
To continue great work at 'Double T' and upscale our business.

Double T website: http://www.dtdltd.co.uk/home.html
Instagram: @doubletdevelop
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annabel-elliott-20012333/

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