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Online Graduate Profile Rosie Brigham 10/03/2017  
Name: Rosie Brigham
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quote: [Experience is vital! If you want to work in the animal industry, experience is so, so important. Make sure you get yourself out there, doing as much as you can. Make good contacts and learn new skills!]

Course: BSc Hons Zoo Biology
Year: 2016
Job title: Lecturer in Animal Management
Employer: Bishop Burton College

Current role?
My role as an animal management lecturer involves teaching students about many different topics, ranging from welfare to professional development. My past experience in the animal, and more specifically zoo industry, has allowed me to bring my own knowledge and experience into my lessons.

Typical day?
A typical teaching day tends to follow the same structure. I teach both practical and theory lessons. Practical lessons involve teaching a variety of practical based skills that the students can take into the animal industry. Theory lessons can differ on a day to day basis, but are usually an hour long.

Outside of lessons it is important for me to make sure I am up to date with my marking and lesson preparation for the following week.

Career developments?
In March 2016, before I graduated, I got a full time role at Peak Wildlife Park. Therefore I spent the last 3 months of my degree working full time. I went on to do 8 months at this Zoo before moving to Askham Bryan. Since then I have managed to gain my current teaching job at Bishop Burton College, which is much closer to home for me - it is actually where I first studied! The skills I am gaining whilst teaching are priceless.

Challenges?
Teaching has been a huge challenge. It is pushing me to speak in front of groups and gain more confidence in myself. It was difficult for me to take a step away from zoo keeping, but assisting others to succeed in the animal industry is very rewarding.

Whilst I was zoo keeping, my main challenges were also public based - learning enough about the animals to be able to do keeper talks, animal encounters, and school tours was a huge push for me.

The way I overcame all of these was by throwing myself into it fully. My first keeper talks and first lessons were not perfect, but I have worked at it and now can do both to a good standard. Education is an aspect of keeping I never thought I would enjoy. I actually really like interacting with the public and it is a surprising skill I have developed.

Your NTU experience?
I enjoyed my time at Nottingham Trent. I liked how scenic and quiet Brackenhurst/Southwell can be and enjoyed the modules we took, especially in third year. It gave me a good basic understanding of how a zoo runs and what is expected of keepers.

Advice for others?
Experience is vital! If you want to work in the animal industry, experience is so, so important. Make sure you get yourself out there, doing as much as you can. Make good contacts and learn new skills!

If you are not sure what you want to do, try everything! I did placements in vets, rescue centres, aquariums, and farms even though I was pretty sure I wanted to be a keeper.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I thought the tutors were great - they were always willing to help if you needed it and were very friendly.

Career highlights?
It is hard to choose just one. I was very proud to present my dissertation at BIAZA's research conference in 2016. However, I am one of the few people I know who got a keeper job straight out of uni so I am proud of working hard enough for it. Then I am also very proud at how I have pushed myself to do things I would never have done in the past, such as keeper talks, school talks, and teaching lectures.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I have done many placements and volunteering roles, and have found the keepers I have worked with during these a huge inspiration. They have great advice on how to get into the animal industry.

Plans for the future?
To keep building on my experiences. I'd like to move back into full time keeping in the future, then once I have gained plenty of experience I would love to progress to be a head/senior keeper. My main passion is small carnivores so I would love to have a large focus on them.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-brigham-410822a8

Online Graduate Profile Rajesh Vora 10/03/2017  
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.


Online Graduate Profile Holly L Chadwick 08/03/2017  
Name: Holly Chadwick
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quote: [Keep working hard and enjoy your time as a student. Get involved in as many pro bono & networking activities as you can.]

Course: Legal Practice Course
Year: 2013
Job title: Solicitor
Employer: Browne Jacobson

Current role?
Advising and acting for clients on a range of property transactions ranging from site acquisitions, development / promotion agreements and general property work.

Typical day?
Varied. I run my own caseload and assist colleagues on their matters.

Career developments after leaving NTU?
I secured my training contract, qualified and moved to a new role as a Solicitor.

Challenges?
Managing a heavy workload and dealing with occasional late nights. Hard work and trying to manage time efficiently.

Your NTU experience?
Academic reputation is strong in the legal profession.

Advice for others?
Keep working hard and enjoy your time as a student. Get involved in as many pro bono / networking activities as you can.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Very friendly and supportive.

Any exam revision tips?
Preparation (and some highlighters and tabs!).

Career highlights?
Securing my newly qualified role and settling into it.

Any tips for job seeking and interviews?
Preparation, keeping up with the law and thinking about what matters to clients.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My parents and colleagues (past and present) with an enviable reputation in their fields.

Plans for the future?
I want to build my experience / knowledge base and begin building my reputation amongst the sector.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-chadwick-89b49265/
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