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Online Graduate Profile Nathale Coelho Belfort Lustosa 17/01/2019  
Name: Nathale Belfort
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quote: [I had a fantastic time at NTU and I'm very glad I chose the MA International Fashion Business course.]

Course: MA International Fashion Business
Year: 2013
Job title: Co-founder
Employer: NEW DRESS CODE (https://www.newdresscode.com)

Current role?
I formed my own company, NEW DRESS CODE, with my husband just over a year ago. It's an online store featuring sustainable, slow fashion from European independent designers. As one of the co-founders, I'm involved in all areas of business operations, from creating new collections to social media marketing.

Typical day?
In a typical day, I communicate with our existing designers and prospect for new, sustainable brands, prepare content for social media channels and our blog Style Code (https://www.newdresscode.com/stylecode). I also constantly research for new ideas on how to promote our brand and generate more sales.

The busiest times come at the beginning of every season. That's when I visit some of the designers, go to their photo shoots, update our collections and the website, whilst still carrying out all other typical day-to-day tasks.

Career developments?
NTU provided me with a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of many aspects of the fashion industry, enabling me to start my career in this field. After graduating, I worked for an international fashion company - Les Petits Joueurs - as marketing and press assistant in Florence, Italy. After moving to Barcelona, Spain, I decided to focus on slow fashion and co-founded NEW DRESS CODE.

Challenges?
There are constant challenges from the moment you decide to start any new enterprise. The process of building and managing at the same time can be quite overwhelming and there are moments (perhaps lots of them!) when you question some of your choices. We are constantly in a state of learning and growing, and of course making mistakes along the way since we take on many different roles that we don't have any previous experience in.

Additionally, being in the field of ethical fashion comes with its own set of challenges. The majority of consumers shop fast fashion. They've got conditioned to treat fashion as cheap, disposable items and they are unaware how destructive the industry is for the environment and how it exploits its workforce. Hopefully, as more awareness is raised about these problems, more people will try to change their shopping habits.

Your NTU experience?
I had a fantastic time at NTU and I'm very glad I chose the MA International Fashion Business course. The projects were very diverse and really well thought out to give us the opportunity to put the acquired knowledge and skills into practice. The university also provided outstanding facilities and resources that were crucial in helping me to develop different abilities and apply my ideas throughout the course.

It was an intense and challenging year, for sure, but it all helped me to develop the skills and confidence I needed to start my own business.

Advice for others?
Be passionate about what you do and don't give up! No matter how difficult it seems, how many challenges you might face and how many "NOs" you might hear along the way. You'll only know if it was a good idea after you've tried, so take the risk!

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
I loved my time at NTU and found the environment to be very friendly and supportive. The staff and professors were approachable and always keen to provide support when needed.

Career highlights?
Starting NEW DRESS CODE and being able to work in the area of fashion that I'm very passionate about - sustainable, slow fashion.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
A lot of it actually comes from my husband and business partner. I admire him for his hard work, creative mind and the ability to find solutions to problems that arise. Many new ideas and inspirations also come from reading books and publications on fashion, marketing, and business.

Plans for the future?
I would love to see NEW DRESS CODE continue to grow. I also hope that slow fashion and conscious consumerism become more widespread and mainstream.

I'll continue to promote mindful shopping and the importance of choosing quality over quantity. I know that the increase in demand for sustainable fashion will take time, but I see it as inevitable and I love that I am able to be a part of this shift.

Learn more about slow fashion at https://www.newdresscode.com/stylecode/slow-fashion

Online Graduate Profile Jacqueline M Marshall 17/01/2019  
Name: Jackie Marshall
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quote: [NTU was amazing!..The Education course was brilliant - I wouldn't be where I am today without it.]

Course: BA Hons Education
Year: 2001
Job title: Base Leader
Employer: Five Islands Academy

Current role?
I am the Base Leader on the island of St Martins. There are 13 at the base - from 4-11 years old. The base is part of a larger all through school, spread across four different islands.

Typical day?
I live next door to the school so my morning commute is about 45 seconds! I may stop to appreciate the sunrise across the islands from my patio then stroll to work.

My day involves juggling teaching seven year groups at once, with just me and a teaching assistant. Curriculum subjects are just the same as in a mainland school, but we try to get out and about and use our beautiful local setting as much as possible: science through rock pooling, archaeology at the local Bronze Age settlement, all sorts!

Once a week we have a whole staff meeting which involves a dash down to the quay after school and a trip on a jet boat over to the 'big island' of St Marys.

Career developments?
I started off as an NQT in a school in Nottingham and became Assistant Headteacher there after 6 years. I stayed there a few more years before making the move over to Scilly.

Challenges?
Too many to mention! Not least having three children of my own in three years and living on an island in the middle of nowhere! Whatever life throws at you though, you just have to take one day at a time and roll with it.

Your NTU experience?
NTU was amazing! The social side was great and I'm still in touch with friends made there. The Education course was brilliant - I wouldn't be where I am today without it. The tutors, content and teaching experiences were second to none and I even went back and trained there as a mentor for trainee teachers myself!

Advice for others?
Take the risk. You never know what might happen and it's better to try something and regret it, than regret never giving it a go.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
It was a really friendly and supportive environment. People on your course knew what you were going through and we all helped each other and had a laugh. There's great pastoral support available if you need it too.

Career highlights?
Again too many to mention! Career highlight has to be waking up here every morning and looking out my window across the sea. Personal ones (apart from my kids, of course!) - doing the Goldeneye bungy, skydiving and coming 16th in the world in a singing competition with Lace City Chorus.

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
I take advice from people close to me whom I respect, both in and out of work. Inspiration comes from anywhere!

Plans for the future?
I would share them if I had any! If you'd have told me two years ago that I would be here on a tiny island, I never would have believed you! So who knows where the future will take me.

Online Graduate Profile Molly Vandervell 17/01/2019  
Name: Molly Vandervell
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quote: [Immersing myself in the academic and social life at Nottingham Trent enabled me to grow in confidence socially and professionally]

Course: LLB Hons Law
Year: 2015
Job title: Trainee Solicitor
Employer: Geldards

Current role?
I am in the first seat of my training contract to become a qualified solicitor. I am currently in the Family department but will change departments every six months over a two-year period.

Typical day?
There is no such thing as a typical day in the Family department but a typical week can involve numerous court hearings and client meetings, drafting court documents and correspondence, attending networking events and focusing on business development.

Career developments?
In the 18 months since I left Nottingham Trent I spent a little over a year as a paralegal in the Commercial Property department and, in that time, applied for the training contract at the firm which I started in September 2018.

Challenges?
Throughout my time at University and since graduating there have been setbacks and challenging moments but I've put it all down to experience and tried to learn something from that experience to assist me going forwards.

Your NTU experience?
Immersing myself in the academic and social life at Nottingham Trent enabled me to grow in confidence socially and professionally. I acquired the skills I needed to kickstart my career with the help of the dedicated staff and by engaging with a wide range of experiences offered by the University.

Advice for others?
My advice for others would be not to rush. When leaving University, I think it can sometimes feel as though you need to walk straight into the firm or business or role that will become your career. The truth is that there is merit and value in building upon your experiences and taking the time to find out what really interests you and where you think you can see yourself working. Everything you do is laying the foundations for your career. We spend more time at work than we do anywhere else so you should make sure that you are happy with where you are and what you are doing.

How friendly and supportive an environment did you find Nottingham Trent?
No issue, question or concern was ever too big or too small for the staff at Nottingham Trent, the support and dedication of everyone I worked with was second to none.

Career highlights?
The highlight of my career has to be the telephone call I received to tell me that I had been successful in my training contract application. All the hard work had paid off!

Where have you taken your advice and inspiration from?
Over the years I have largely looked to those close to me for advice but have taken my inspiration from colleagues and peers that I have met and worked with through the various projects and experiences I have engaged with.

Plans for the future?
In the future I hope to qualify as a solicitor after having successfully completed my training contract and go on to develop my career in my chosen area of law.

Molly is also an Alumni Fellow with Nottingham Law School, volunteering her time to help current students at NTU. You can find out more about the Fellowship Programme here: http://www.ntualumni.org.uk/getting_involved/alumni_fellows
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