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Online Graduate Profile Philip I Evans 13/12/2017  
Name: Philip Evans
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quote: [The subjects we studied and the way we were taught to think and critique ideas at NTU has had a big influence on me.]

Course: BA Hons Graphic Communications Management
Year: 2003
Job title: Co-Founder
Employer: Pelagonia

Current role?
We founded the company in 2011 to promote our own brand of Macedonian food to the UK and other markets and we now export to 12 countries around the world. My main activities are working on sales with current and prospective partners and customers, planning and forecasting, marketing and PR and NPD (new product development).

Typical day?
There's no such thing as a typical day for me, but my main focus is the growth of the company. Each week I'm working on goals we've set ourselves to grow sales, develop new products or diversify the business.

Career developments?
I had a number of different jobs between leaving Nottingham Trent and starting Pelagonia. All of them have helped shape my skills and experience needed for my business now.

We've been fortunate to grow each year, but there have been challenges. Sometimes with agriculture yields, other times with external forces such as Brexit. Whilst no-one likes problems, there's always an opportunity somewhere in the middle of a challenge and we'd never learn anything if life always went our way all the time.

Your NTU experience?
Sometimes it's not until after you leave that you realise how much you valued a certain time in your life, but the subjects we studied and the way we were taught to think and critique ideas at NTU has had a big influence on me.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I had a great experience with my tutors at NTU. I'm still in contact with the head of course and I found the facilities to be very beneficial to help students learn.

Any exam revision tips?
I approached my final year at NTU as a working week and worked hard Monday to Friday, but took Sundays and sometimes weekends off, even before an exam. My room-mate thought I was crazy but it gave me a good balance and helped me finish top of my year.

Career highlights?
Launching our business and securing a listing in Waitrose in our first year was probably the highlight so far. It's enabled us to build the business from a solid platform.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I've enjoyed reading books which have helped me from Danny Meyer on the culture of your business, and Richard Branson. Bernadette Jiwa's daily thoughts through her 'The Story of Telling' newsletter are fantastic on the subject of branding and vision.

Advice for others?
Take your time after leaving university before diving into your career. I didn't start my business until I was 30 years old and there are still many opportunities after university to learn and be shaped.

Any tips for job careers?
If you can work hard enough to do what you enjoy, don't waste that opportunity. We can be working for more than 40 years!

Plans for the future?
I never expected to be living in Macedonia co-founding and growing a food company, but for now, this is our life and I'd expect to be doing the same for the foreseeable future.

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Online Graduate Profile David Hughes 20/11/2017  
Name: David Hughes
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quote: [The OHS course blended theoretical learning with real-world experiences, to demonstrate how to use knowledge in actual working environments.]

Course: Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Year: 1994
Job title: CEO
Employer: Hughes Risk

Current role?
I'm semi-retired, so I only take the more interesting projects now. My role involves planning, organising and winning bids, project management, client liaison, cultural awareness and technical expertise.

Typical day?
Worrying about my golf swing!

Career developments?
Having graduated with my Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, I specialized in technical safety in the engineering design for Oil & Gas, Water, Manufacturing and Nuclear fields. This relocated me from Manchester to Aberdeen, (on and offshore), then eventually I left UK for China.

Since 2000, I have lived and worked all over the Middle East (UAE, KSA, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan) and Far East (Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia).

I finally retired at 48 in California, where I run my own safety consultancy.

Cultural awareness is a huge obstacle that no formal education addresses. My first 6 weeks in China was traumatic. Almost daily running into situations that I had little or no information on how to act. Acting professionally and true to my own ideals and values enabled a rapid growth to overcome barriers of culture and language, and grew my own development.

Your NTU experience?
The OHS course blended theoretical learning with real-world experiences, to demonstrate how to use knowledge in actual working environments.

Advice for others?
Expand your horizons. Depending on your job role, try to gain as much experience as possible in a variety of industries and countries.

Career highlights?
I held the position of Asia Pacific H&S Manager with Veolia Water in Hong Kong, responsible for 9000 people in 9 countries. I was one of only 4 at that level, responding to the Global Head in Paris.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My father told me, when I very first started my career as a sponsored student in the Nuclear industry, that I could "learn something from somebody, every single day". I've never forgotten that ethos. It doesn't make others smarter, or better than you. It just means they know different stuff. Consequently, as you broaden your own experiences, it empowers you to be able to significantly communicate with all levels within organisations, which is vital if you are going to grow as a professional person.

Plans for the future?
Growing old not-so-gracefully! I would like to somehow feed back my experiences and knowledge (plus a load of great tales) to help younger graduates.
Online Graduate Profile Edward Challinor 14/11/2017  
Name: Ed Challinor
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quote: [NTU taught me to focus and to learn.]

Course: LL.M Corporate Law
Year: 2004
Job title: CEO / CMO
Employer: Smileworks Liverpool

Current role?
I am the co-founder and CMO of Smileworks Liverpool, an independent, 4 surgery, seven figure dental practice in Liverpool.

After three years we are now number one in the region and are Liverpool's most popular dental practice. I run the business and marketing activities at Smileworks and my role involves:

- Strategic decision making
- Planning
- Forecasting and Analytics
- Media buying
- Creation and delivery of marketing strategy
- Delivery of enterprise-level marketing services to the business including paid media, SEO, Social and Brand Marketing.

Typical day?
There is no such thing as a typical day running a small business! But the things I do lots of are creating and testing ads on all types of digital media and devising new and exciting ways to reach our audience. I also do lots of learning and continuing development. To be a successful digital marketer you need to keep bang up to date - so I spend a good few hours a day watching YouTube and learning from seminars or reading books.

I also watch the figures like a hawk. All of the details of advertising performance, conversion rates, customer acquisition and treatment uptake are available on various dashboards and I can watch our businesses performance in real time and optimise when needed.

Career developments?
I went on after NTU to do the BVC professional exams because I thought I wanted to be a Barrister. After a few years working in the City I realised it was the 'corporate' in corporate law that interested me more than the 'law' part. I used to read cases about big companies and I'd remember all the numbers and figures and business parts and sometimes draw a blank on the legal bits.

It's ok not to know what you want. Just get the best results and that'll take you through life. People are still more impressed by my corporate law masters than they are by my degree from Exeter or the fact I'm a trained Barrister!

It's all challenges setting up your own business. Nothing is easy and we had to fight hard for funding and learn a huge amount very quickly to keep from going bust in the first two years. It's 14 hour days 7 days a week for six months and three years later I still work 10 hours a day 6 days a week. That's what it takes to succeed but I also love what I do so it doesn't feel like work. I used to sit up on the top floor of Boots on a Saturday night when my friends were all in the Orange Tree and work. I loved learning about all these companies and how they operate. I imagined myself on the board in a suit, calling the shots. I wasn't a total nerd, my brother was doing his BVC and we used to party hard. But I loved being in the library in the quiet with all those books and computers.

Your NTU experience?
NTU taught me to focus and to learn. The LL.M corporate is a chunky program and I needed to devote a great deal of time just to keep up. These days, when I get a really difficult optimisation problem or have a ton of work to get through I always think back to the Boots Library. That's the place I learned the skills I use today. The skills to take on an impossible pile of complex material and make sense of it.

Advice for others?
Work hard. The future is about intellectual capital. So the money you will make and the success you will enjoy is now more than ever directly related to what you know and your qualifications. Getting a Distinction really helps in life. Or a First Class Degree. If you can achieve that (and most can by working hard and staying off the booze) then any employer will look at your CV for any job. I promise you.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I loved the faculty. The lecturers were amusing, dedicated and passionate. The support team and people in the office were also super-helpful. It's a city campus so I was worried I'd be out of my depth after being in really close knit halls at Exeter. But I handled it fine because everyone's so welcoming and friendly. The libraries were my second home. And when they were closed I'd go and read cases in the Arboretum and meet my friends in the afternoons for drinks.

Career highlights?
I went to the city and got hired immediately in 2006. I survived 6 rounds of redundancy in 2009 and was one of the last remaining graduate recruits. Some had been to Oxford and Cambridge, but NTU teaches you about real life and not all that dreamy spires rubbish. A Masters teaches you to work hard. If I see Dentists with extra MSc's in their CV's my ears prick up and we usually invite them for an interview.

- Smileworks is the fastest growing dental practice in the UK
- We've gone from 0-1M revenue in under three years
- We've hired 22 of the best dentists, aestheticians and support anywhere in Europe
- We have over 500 5* patient reviews
- We're a 'gazelle company' which means we're growing over 20% YOY above 1.0M revenue
- The biggest career highlight is being able to live the life I imagined it and not have to work for anyone else
- I get to write articles and optimise SEO at home with my cats - which I love.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I have loads of mentors. The business ones are much better than the law ones. Ryan Deiss (digital marketer) Russ Hanneberry (world-class copywriter) Dan Bradbury (entrepreneur) and a bunch of dental folks like Fred Joyal (1-800-DENTIST) and Gary Takacs (Takacs Learning Institute) To name a few. We've also worked with Virgin Entrepreneurs, and Disruptive Advertising. I've got loads of great advice from those guys.

Plans for the future?
We're getting the business properly capitalised at the moment. Which means paying off our debts and amassing 6 months overhead in cash in the bank. Then we're going to look at growing organically or by acquisition. I'd like to buy a failing practice and turn it around. That's a great way to keep busy and it pays huge rewards. I've also been looking at business coaching and consulting - but that's some way off. I have plenty to occupy myself with our beautiful patients and my business.
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