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Online Graduate Profile Jonathan Rabone 12/07/2019  
Name: John Rabone
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quote: [My time at Trent gave me the confidence to follow my career path.]

Course: BA Hons Interior Design
Year: 2006
Job title: Managing Director
Employer: R&R Design - Dubai

Current role?
I'm responsible for generating new business, client point of contact, design direction and overseeing the design teams in our company.

Typical day?
A typical day would be to arrive at the office by 8:15am to go through the days schedule, emails and get the team working before I really get on with my work. Then I'll have meetings with clients / prospective clients, colleagues at other companies (networking), or site visits at the malls in Dubai.

Some days I'll be more hands on in the office working on final presentations or marketing the business. The one thing that's certain in Dubai, is there's no typical day and it changes from hour to hour. It's not always possible to be pro-active and it certainly pays to able to be reactive and think fast as there's always a curve ball coming at you.

Career developments?
I started work in London as a junior designer with an office design firm. After two years I decided to work as a freelancer as this gave me possibilities in other design sectors than commercial offices. I did this for six years then took a job as project co-ordinator with Revolution Interiors. This was the role that brought me to the UAE working on Debenhams stores throughout the Gulf region.

In 1999 I decided to head out to Dubai and set-up our own business here and since then we've been at the forefront of Retail Design in the region working in Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, KSA, Kazakstan, Singapore, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Oman.

Too many to count - there's problems every day when it's your own business and you're supposed to have all the answers. The only way to deal with the problems that occur, be they project related or staff issues, is to remain calm, find the solution that works for all and then move on. A problem shouldn't get you down, it's just a challenge and there's always a solution to be found.

Your NTU experience?
My time at Trent gave me the confidence to follow my career path, when many didn't. I met many good friends who've been colleagues ever since be it, through the course or socially.

Advice for others?
Don't be afraid to make a mistake. We all do, every day, anyone who says different is a liar.

I've never been afraid to change direction and move for work and that will probably be a factor in the next few years as after 20 years in the Gulf we look to move home or elsewhere. Life is too short, so grasp every chance to develop your career and knowledge and don't be afraid to move to another country, it's an experience that many don't get.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
Trent was a smaller community when I was there, so you knew most people on all the design courses and so it was close knit and friendly.

Career highlights?
Designing Harvey Nichols here in Dubai and also The Sevens rugby stadium and grounds. These are the two big ones to-date but all the work we've done I'm proud of. We've had some wonderful people work with us over the years, but the team we have now are producing some great projects that I'm most proud of.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Everywhere and all walks of life, be it from artists, designers, musicians, actors, sportsman or normal everyday people who've inspired me. The best advice I can give is to never stop striving for your goal and believe in yourself. Life isn't easy but if you keep going you'll get there.

Plans for the future?
We're looking to open an office back in the UK in the next two years so we can move home, but still maintain the office in Dubai. I also want to spend more time working with UK design courses and students, so they can learn from my experiences, good and bad.
Online Graduate Profile Leanne Toon 03/06/2019  
Name: Leanne Toon
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quote: [Whenever I felt I was struggling, I always felt that I could go to my professors or to student advice and they were always willing to listen and help where they could.]

Course: BSc Hons Forensic Biology (Molecular Biology)
Year: 2012
Job title: Product Manager (Diagnostic Department)
Employer: Future Health Technologies

Current role?
I implement, manage and research genetic screening tests. My role mainly involves developing scientific procedures, SOP writing, training, validation, developing partnerships with other laboratories, answering patient queries, monitoring patient samples and handling sensitive information. I also process Umbilical cord samples when working in the stem cell laboratory.

Typical day?
A typical day would be answering any emails I have received (we work internationally so it isn't always within the scope of the usual 9-5) and then throughout the day I will oversee biological samples at various stages of processing, answer patient queries or queries from health care professionals and then continue to research and develop the next screening test that I am working on.

Career developments?
Finding a job seemed to take forever and I was up against so much competition. I had a job in a supermarket to keep me going, but thankfully I eventually got a job for a cleaning chemical company. I would travel all across the UK, and implement adequate cleaning regimes for food and beverage facilities. It doesnt sound glamorous, but it was interesting and I got to see the inner workings of some very interesting places, as well as being able to work from home a lot of the time.

After a few years, I decided I wanted to do something more related to my area of interest - laboratory work. I then found a scientific officer role at a stem cell biobank. This wasn't anything I was aware of at all, let alone knowing it existed in Nottingham, so I of course jumped at the opportunity. I was very lucky to be offered the job, and luckier still that 9 months in, I was asked if I wanted to take a leap of faith and start my own genetic screening department. So I did, and 3 years later I am still here.

Of course, there always are. Getting a laboratory was one. I had been out of the lab for a few years, so I knew I probably wasn't the most desirable candidate because I would likely need more training, but I was honest with them and showed my keenness to learn and work hard and I am guessing they appreciated that.

Starting my department was hard as I had to leave my SO role to dedicate myself full time to something which I didn't know would be successful. I have to be largely autonomous and I now manage people too, which again was new territory to learn. Each time it is just a case of taking it step by step, and if you need help or guidance, don't be afraid to ask for it. Asking someone with more experience for assistance or admitting you don't know something is not weakness, it is humility and is the only way to learn.

Your NTU experience?
Knowing how to conduct your own scientific research is vastly important in the work that I do. And as much as we all moan about it, one of the things I was thankful for from Uni, was knowing how to cite/write scientific references. Because Trent is such a social University it also taught me to open up. I have to do a lot of B2B meetings with labs/clinics etc. and also a lot of presentations. Being able to speak publicly and confidently has been a massive benefit to me - and it was a massive thing that I gradually overcame through the course of my Uni life.

Advice for others?
Generally don't be disheartened if it takes a while to find a career, or if you find that the career you end up in is not for you. Every role you have is enriching and will add to your experience and skill set, and you will get there eventually. Most importantly, believe in yourself. You never know what you are capable of unless you try.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I found it very supportive. Whenever I felt I was struggling, I always felt that I could go to my professors or to student advice and they were always willing to listen and help where they could.

Career highlights?
I designed a new scientific testing procedure for a test that I offer (genetic predisposition to conditions associated with the intake of certain foods/antibiotics). As this had not previously been done I had to perform an 18 month validation, which ended up being a success and is now an internationally available testing method.

What are your top tips for job seeking / interview preparation / career progression?
Again, don't worry if you don't find something straight away, but don't be too stuck on the idea of one thing. In interviews, be confident but honest. Research beforehand to know more about the role for when they question you / surprise you with a test.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
My friends and family, and some colleagues. Seeing what is possible and having someone tell you that you are capable, even when you doubt yourself, is a great tool.

Plans for the future?
For now I am continuing to research and hoping to implement new tests, but long term I am hoping the department/my company will eventually have our own genetic screening lab - watch this space!

Online Graduate Profile Dawn M Bailey 24/05/2019  
Name: Dawn Bailey
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quote: [My academic supervisor support has been key in shaping my research pathway.]

Course: BA Hons MSc Risk Management
Year: 2014
Job title: Strategic Health, Safety & Wellbeing Consultant
Employer: Cornwall Council

Current role?
In my role as a strategic health, safety and wellbeing consultant I advise and support senior managers from a range of disciplines from across the council directorates on the development of effective systems, processes and practices to improve strategy, change and risk management.

This includes working with the HR business partner which enables a 'joined up' collaborative approach to workforce development plans and projects. Some of these service areas that I work with are; Cornwall Fire and Rescue service, Neighbourhoods and Public Protection (this includes environmental health and trading standards, HR, Equality and Diversity (CEED groups), Libraries and Information Services, Community Safety, amongst others. I am also the lead officer for event management and safety at sports-grounds across Cornwall.

Typical day?
My job can change from day to day and depends on what is required by senior managers. Typically this involves meetings, emails, phone calls.
I work on a range of projects that have been commissioned by the director and/or senior managers. I develop business cases for effective health, safety and wellbeing management. This includes identifying and providing advice on possible savings within budget parameters, and advising on current service developments looking at future issues based on legislative requirements to ensure legal compliance. In addition, looking for fresh and innovative ways of providing positive working cultures that contribute to positive health, safety and wellbeing management. This includes supporting managers to motivate their teams through a range of activities such as surveys, workshops, focus groups or development of training matrices in order to achieve improvement aligning with the objectives of the People Strategy.
Career developments?
My career was already well developed, however as I have undertaken my studies across a range of disciplines I have been able to use the knowledge and skills learnt to work across service areas that I may not have worked in previously. My research skills are now being used within the organisation which also helps me to develop further.

There have been several challenges across my studies and career. I have a very demanding job role and local government has been subject to continuous change and austerity - the councils have merged into one unitary council which in itself presented some big challenges.

I managed to continue with my studies throughout all of the change and despite having a major shoulder operation and sadly losing my mother 2 years ago. So the challenges have been an understatement! Without the continual support from my supervision team I think I would have given up - my supervisors have helped me overcome all the challenges I have been faced with. I learnt to take time out, reflect and reinvigorate my mind - if I had to advise a struggling student one thing then this would be it!

Your NTU experience?
My academic supervisor support has been key in shaping my research pathway.

Advice for others?
Never give up! Take time out - reflect - if you feel that you are failing remember: failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something, use it as a stepping stone to success - you are solely responsible for that success.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
A quote from Pele: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do", and "I'm still learning" - Michelangelo.
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