Graduation is exciting and liberating, but can be
daunting if you've yet to decide what's next.
We follow three graduates' steps...
Christine Danks, BA (Hons) Media and
Communication Studies, 2009
When I finished University I decided to go
straight into employment, carrying out general administration
roles. A year later I then secured a graduate job as a Marketing
Assistant for West Bromwich based transport company, Carlyle Bus
& Coach Ltd. I am responsible for producing product specific
marketing material such as flyers, brochures and catalogues, as
well as maintaining the website.
I love the variation in my role as every day
is different and unpredictable. I often have tight deadlines to
meet but I thrive on being busy. I believe my degree was a major
factor in getting my job as through it I developed the knowledge
and practical skills I needed. My work experience also prepared me
for the demands of the working world.
Christine’s top 3 skills for
Christine’s top tips
Gemma Normansell, MA Education (Learning and
When I graduated I began my career in teaching
but soon realised that if I was to achieve the career goals I had
set myself I would need to go back into higher education and study
a postgraduate degree.
I am studying a Masters in Education and it is
a very different experience from my undergraduate degree. The study
is very in-depth and the onus is on me to work independently,
thoroughly researching the different subjects and unravelling the
theories. Although it is hard work I know that the knowledge and
experience that I am gaining will help me to reach my ultimate
goal of becoming an Assistant Headteacher.
Gemma’s top three skills for
Gemma’s top tips
Peter Richards, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering,
Ever since I watched my parents start up their
own succession of businesses, I knew that I wanted to follow in
their footsteps. Today, at 24 years-old, I am the Managing Director
of Armstrong UEN, a manufacturer of computer controlled products
for light industrial engineering applications based in Shrewsbury,
Being my own boss offers great flexibility and
I love the excitement of creating something new. I do work long
days, often starting at 7.00am or earlier, and it can be a lonely
job without a big team to bounce my ideas off, but when an idea
turns into a product that has the potential to be truly successful
it is definitely worth it. My ultimate goal is to own a business
that is one day publicly listed on the stock market.
Peter's top 3 skills for
setting up your own business
Peter's top tips
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