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Online Graduate Profile Susan H Green 20/06/2017  
Name: Sue Green
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quote: [Studying at Nottingham Trent was a fantastic experience … the lecturers were inspirational.]

Course: MSc Strategic Human Resource Management
Year: 2009
Job title: Director
Employer: Evergreen HR Limited

Current role?
Providing high quality and commercially focused HR consultancy and training solutions to organisations.

Typical day?
Working with a diverse range of clients and identifying opportunities to add value to their performance.

Career developments?
Having left the corporate world in 2010, taking the opportunity to travel around the world for six months, I started my business in June 2011. Working for myself has been a long-term ambition of mine and I haven't looked back. Six years later and I have developed a network of fantastic people, a great client base and I have now expanded my business so that we now offer HR software (https://hrpulse.co.uk/home) to our clients. This took two years to develop but I am now the proud owner, which means that we can be flexible in what we offer to our clients.

Challenges?
The biggest challenge has been getting my business off the ground and making contacts so the first couple of years were challenging, particularly given the economic climate at the time. I think that the key learnings that I have gained from this experience have been to make sure that you know what your customer wants, to target the markets where you are going to find these customers, to be flexible to your customer requirements and show how you can add value financially.

Your NTU experience?
Studying for my Masters degree at Nottingham Trent was a fantastic experience as it really opened my eyes to the breadth of what HR covers, particularly from a strategic perspective and the lecturers were inspirational.

Advice for others?
Believe in yourself and work hard for what you want to achieve.

Any exam revision tips?
Be focused and passionate about your subject and clearly communicate your understanding.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found it to be an incredibly supportive environment and loved my time studying at Nottingham Trent.

Career highlights?
Working for myself and developing my software. It's been a fantastic achievement and something that I am very proud of.

Top tips for job seeking?
Be focused about the role that you are looking for. Be creative about where you look for roles as 75% of vacancies aren't advertised so talk to your friends, use Facebook and LinkedIn and contact companies that you'd like to work for.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
From life experience and from the motivational speaker the late Wayne Dyer.

Plans for the future?
To continue to enjoy what I am doing and to grow my client base nationally.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/humanresourcesconsultancy
Online Graduate Profile Melanie S Stewart-Smith 20/06/2017  
Name: Melanie Stewart Smith
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quote: [The course set me up for my career in radio and TV. The learning environment was brilliant and helped develop the technical skills needed in this industry.]

Course: BA Hons Broadcast Journalism
Year: 2011
Job title: Broadcast Journalist
Employer: BBC

Current role?
I'm a producer and journalist for BBC Breakfast TV on BBC One. I work day shifts and overnight shifts. Setting up guests and chasing stories. Also writing scripts and cues and editing video footage.

Typical day?
Day shifts include finding stories and guests, setting up outside broadcasts, writing briefs for presenters and managing reporters and packages.
Night shifts involve writing cues for on air, editing footage, working with picture editors, setting up guests for breaking news, managing guests on air.

Career developments?
I've worked in commercial radio and BBC local radio. I then progressed to national radio and now I've moved into national TV.

Challenges?
Challenges have included high competition for jobs, especially within the BBC. I have to manage my workload and accept that this role includes working beyond your prescribed hours.

Your NTU experience?
The Broadcast Journalism course set me up for my career in radio and TV. The learning environment, including the excellent facilities at the Journalism Centre, was brilliant and helped develop the technical skills needed in this industry.
The students in the journalism centre were always encouraging each other to socialise outside of learning and this helped to create friends that now work in the same industry.

Advice for others?
Work experience whilst at university will get you a job faster once you leave. Listen to those around you in the work place and be proactive and offer ideas, but don't be over confident!

Any exam revision tips?
Take regular breaks; set your self small goals within each session; revise with someone else, help each other; re-write your notes, different colours makes it easier to process and read back. Don't be afraid to take a night off! Cramming = stress

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
The social life of NTU was excellent, the Students Union was a brilliant, safe place to be. The SU execs were also very supportive after a fire in my flat which happened on my first day of university!

Career highlights?
Breaking the news of Nelson Mandela's death on air and moving into rolling live news. Recording a report for BBC Breakfast TV. My story idea being used on national BBC radio. There are many!

Top job seeking tips?
Social media is good for job seeking and look at the BBC Career website. Learn the Editor's name, learn about the area the organisation covers, their "patch".
Be confident and talk about yourself and the skills you've got.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Colleagues - I always listen to colleagues who've been in the job longer than me.

Plans for the future?
I'd like to further my work in TV.
Online Graduate Profile Rajesh Vora 13/06/2017  
Name: Raj Vora
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quote: [I met a fantastic group of people, my peers and also lecturers who all helped me understand some key lessons that have served me well in my career.]

Course: Law
Year: 2010
Job title: Director of Inside Sales
Employer: SiteCompli

Current role?
I lead a team of inside sale reps, selling real estate software to NY owners/managers.

Career developments?
Phew, it's been a tumultuous and storied journey! At NTU I was studying law and shooting for the Bar. I decided to get some commercial experience to bolster my applications to barristers' chambers. I ended up being recruited into an account management position at fairly large macroeconomic/ financial data company. My clients were based in the Middle East and North Africa region so I got to travel to Dubai and many other exotic places once a month. I was hooked on sales, travel and the dynamic nature of things - stark contrast to what I'd observed during my legal work experience.

I then got the opportunity to move to the US and, since my legal qualifications were rendered useless, I stuck with sales. I've been a sales executive at three different companies out here, usually B2B SaaS (software) which is a big space out here. I even did a stint leasing up a newly constructed luxury residential building in NoMad, New York - very cool. I've been in my current role for 2 years and I've been promoted twice so I'm not looking to move on any time soon... I'm still learning and growing a team is great fun.

Your NTU experience?
I met a fantastic group of people, my peers and also lecturers who all helped me understand some key lessons that have served me well in my career. I very much enjoyed debating, mooting and commercial mediation whilst at NTU - I learned skills there I have used in every meeting I have conducted as a sales person and even in interviews.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Extremely - there's nothing like a city based campus to help people gel together and navigate the choppy waters of Nottingham and all it has to offer. I am still best friends with one of my law school chums, in contact with many others and even have an NTU alumnus as a personal mentor. It really speaks to the type of person NTU attracted - I've never met such a kind, down to earth and talented bunch.

Career highlights?
Travel - surpassing quotas - growing a team from nothing - too many to list!

Plans for the future?
I will have my own business either in NYC or somewhere with more predictable and consistently warmer weather! I'm not really making plans right now - I'm in consolidation mode and still learning lots.


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