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Online Graduate Profile Sophey Layton 22/02/2017  
Name: Sophey Layton
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quote: [NTU enabled me to develop my own style, my own life skills, prioritisation, self praise & reward.]

Course: BA Hons HR & Business Management
Year: 2012
Job title: Strategic HR Business Partner
Employer: BT

Current role?
Supporting the B2B teams within BT to get the best levels of engagement from their teams to drive growth and market share.

Typical day?
BT is very flexible - I go to the gym, arrive in the office at 9.15am, grab a coffee and then get going! I will check for anything immediate which may have come through overnight. Then I move onto my "today list" which could be redundancy, a new hire, running a training course, coaching senior leaders or creating leadership material. Its always very varied.

Career developments?
I am very fortunate to have worked at some large organisations. I always knew I loved HR and it was for me, but in all of my roles I have really developed my sense of commercial acumen when it comes to HR.

Challenges?
Sadly in HR sometimes, you have to deliver hard messages. The first time this happens is very hard to manage, but you need to keep the professional hat on and wade through with a brave face I'm afraid.

Your NTU experience?
The environment is key - it's the things you learn outside the classroom which really make a person standout. NTU enabled me to develop my own style, my own life skills, prioritisation, self praise & reward. Not all universities have the environment and culture to do this so it really is a blessing in disguise! As a HR professional I have done a lot of graduate recruitment in my roles, and I would always expect more from an NTU student because I know that it teaches you great things.

Advice for others?
Show your personality - that's most important. People with a character that is well rounded will go far.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
It was really good. My favourite point was the fact that we had real teachers, real marketers telling us how it is in the real world.

Career highlights?
Creating the Dixons Carphone Graduate programme from scratch.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Previous leaders and coaches that I have worked with. I really admire and respect them and that gives me huge motivation.

Plans for the future?
I hope to be a Human Resources Director for a FTSE 100 company within the next 10 years.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophey-layton-20b47434/
Online Graduate Profile Stephen A Baker 06/02/2017  
Name: Stephen Baker

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quote: [We cannot always succeed at the first attempt, maybe we won't succeed overall, but we can often get closer by trying.]
Course: BA Hons Economics
Year: 1976
Job title: Professor
Employer: Capital University, Ohio, USA

Current role?
I am currently Head of the Political Science and Economics Department at Capital University. I teach three classes and I oversee the staffing of courses and the implementation of policies.

Typical day?
I teach MWF. On those days I am either in the classroom or in my office. On TTH I sometimes stay home and set exams or do lesson preparation.

Career developments?
After Trent I was lucky to go to York for my doctorate. The foundation I received at Trent was invaluable. I believe the standard of economics teaching at that time was excellent.

Challenges?
I have been lucky. In general I enjoy what I do and do not find it difficult. There was a slight bump in the road when I didn't get tenure at the first university where I worked in the States, but that only meant moving (and profiting from an unusual increase in the value of our house). My wife's support made it easy. I think I have been very lucky.

Your NTU experience?
At Trent I learned to work. I lived by myself and developed decent study habits. However, since I lived by myself, I went out to meet friends every night (after my work was done). I really miss pubs. I probably learned as much in pubs as I did in classrooms.

Advice for others?
Fake it till you make it. Try to be positive. I have seen too many people get in a rut and make it worse for themselves by dwelling on negatives. We cannot always succeed at the first attempt, maybe we won't succeed overall, but we can often get closer by trying.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I have very fond memories of the lecturers from that time. I guess they have all retired by now.

Career highlights?
The really big personal events of course were my marriage and the births of our three children. Professionally, the publication of my textbook in international economics was gratifying. More recently, in my late fifties, I became a spinning (cycle) instructor at a very large fitness club. I love having 40 to 50 people in my class and hammering to some pop or country music.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I think observing what has gone wrong sometimes to friends, has helped me avoid the mistake of thinking too much about disappointments or failures. My mother was always positive so perhaps I try to be like her.

Plans for the future?
As long as I stay fit, I plan to teach for a few more years, take a sabbatical, then teach until I am in my late sixties. There are some hills in the Rockies and Alps that I want to cycle up, and I need a real salary to pay for fun activities.
Online Graduate Profile James Wood 01/02/2017  
Name: James Wood
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quote: [Work hard and continue to do what you believe in and enjoy - you will never have a fulfilled life if you're not happy working.]
Course: BA Hons Fine Art
Year: 2013
Job title: Wild Food Forager
Employer: Self Employed as Totally Wild UK

Current role?
Experimenting with new wild food recipes, discovering new spots for collecting and harvesting wild edible plants, writing up new wild food recipes, writing articles for magazines and running deeply engaging wild food foraging and cookery classes for participants to attend.

Typical day?
I spend two hours in the morning replying to emails, updating the website and writing up articles. I then spend a couple of hours out foraging and a couple of hours testing out new wild food recipes. If I have an article deadline approaching I will spend the day finalising recipe details, ensuring I have good photos of the plants being written about and of the recipes being made. On the lead up to and during Workshop days I'm manically cooking wild food dishes, prepping materials and ensuring the course runs smoothly.

Career developments?
I initially worked as a waiter at a hotel, then became Director of a forest school, went on to develop wild food sessions and am beginning to establish myself as a renowned experimental wild food forager.

Challenges?
Loads - I believe if you want something enough you will make it happen. A lot of work has gone into developing the products and courses I now offer. A lot of hours of unpaid work, a lot of late nights reading up on plants and developing recipes and a lot of long days spent harvesting wild produce.

Your NTU experience?
I began looking into the uses of wild plants during my second year at Trent when I used them for artistic materials such as paper and inks. This idea developed into creating 'the foraged book project', a 220 page book describing the art of foraging made entirely from wild and foraged materials. Mushroom paper, bark based ink, fungal based gels, seaweed based glues, stalk based thread and flower based paints. The project and myself eventually featured on BBC Countryfile Autumn Special last year.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Trent was an open environment that allowed me to explore an area of interest that I'd never had the freedom to explore before. As there was no one on site who specialised in what I wanted to research, I ended up going further afield to learn what I needed to as it's so niche.

Exam revision tips?
I didn't actually have any exams on my course. However with dissertations and developing and running educational programmes myself I have read in-depth. Read through the criteria that is required for the grade you desire and make sure what you write meets the criteria. You could be the most knowledgeable person on a specific subject but if what you write doesn't meet the criteria then you won't get the top grades. Also don't stress over it too much, the grade you get doesn't mean you won't get the job you desire.

Career highlights?
The excitement I have every day to actually look forward to 'working'.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Advice and inspiration has come from hundreds of different sources. People like to give advice but the key is to be selective on who's advice you take on board and who's you take with a pinch of salt. My brother gives brilliant advice.

Advice for others?
Work hard and continue to do what you believe in and enjoy - you will never have a fulfilled life if you're not happy working.

Top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Start your own business and you don't have to do any of those things.

Any other information?
Over 90% of all the plants you see around you at one time are edible or have a medicinal use. The more we learn about these forgotten skills the more we can utilise and interact with the wild and urban surroundings around us all of the time.

For more information, visit James' website at www.totallywilduk.co.uk

LinkedIn profile.
James Wood: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/james-wood-9875a57a
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