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Our alumni make a difference. During this years’ Business School Employability Week, alumni returned to inspire the next generation of business leaders – you, our students.

Alumni shared how their time at the Business School led to the successes that they are experiencing now and provided a fascinating insight into their sectors. I’m sure many of you will have attended these sessions or seen their involvement on our social media channels.

Not only did alumni volunteer their time delivering their own sessions, but many of the employers who visited the Business School during Employability Week also brought along with them some of our recent graduates who are on their graduate schemes, such as Sky Betting and Gaming. This shows that top graduate employers are keen to access Newcastle University Business School students and showcases why Employability Week is such a great opportunity for you to meet with your potential future employers and build those vital connections.

Find out more about the Alumni who came back to volunteer:

Making your Masters Count

About the session: A panel session for Postgraduate students exploring the premium gained with employers by completing a postgraduate study.

  • Laura Cristina Candelier – Materials Analyst at Lear Corporation – MSc Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduate 2017
  • Joris Heeze – Director, EMEA Seller Support – Amazon Marketplace at Amazon – MBA graduate 2017
  • Doug Jones – Head of Partnerships at StudyAtlas – MSc Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship graduate 2014

Cross Cultural Leadership Challenge

About the session: A highly interactive session for postgraduate students where the CBI set a cross cultural challenge for the students to solve and then present their solutions to judges at the end.

  • Angela Russell – former Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at Newcastle Building Society –BA Accounting and Financial Analysis graduate 1988
  • Hui Zhao – Founder & Director of WinWin Tutoring Ltd – MBA graduate 2015

Kickstart your Career

About the session: An interactive panel session for Stage 1 students which explored the first steps into the world of work and insights into the job market, in particular the skills and experience employers are looking for in new graduates.

  • James Wright – Assistant Economist at HM Treasury – BSc Economics 2016
  • Dominic Raymont – Deputy Director of Agency Intelligence at NHS Improvement

Enhancing Employability through Work Experience


About the session: A world café set up session where Stage 1 students had the chance to further explore opportunities available for enhancing their experience during the next three years by focusing on internships, placements and work experience.

  • Nick Fitzpatrick – Creative Services Coordinator at Universal Pictures – BSc Marketing 2015
  • Sophie Briers – Graduate Management Trainee at Lidl UK – BA Business Management graduate 2018
  • Gagan Jagpal – Chartered Surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield – BSc Economics graduate 2014

During their time back at the Business School I was able to video profile Nick, James and Gagan. Watch out for their profiles coming soon to hear all about Nick’s placement year at Disney and his opportunity to work on Frozen’s marketing campaign during his time there. As well as James’ and Gagan’s global opportunity experience as a summer intern at the Reserve Bank of India and how these experiences whilst at the Business School aided them when securing their graduate roles.

I’m sure you will all join me in thanking each graduate who returned for Employability Week for giving up their free time to support our students.

Did you know that alumni also engage with the Business School and you during your time here by:

  • providing graduate profiles about their time during and after university to provide real life career advice;
  • being guest speakers to provide first-hand insights into their sector and;
  • providing placement, internship and consultancy project opportunities for you.

You will also soon be able to contact alumni via NCL Spark, an online mentoring platform for alumni and students, launching February 2019 where you can ask a one off question or build a longer-term mentoring partnership to find out what it’s like to work in a particular job or organisation and what skills and experience are needed to get into this career – keep an eye out for more information coming your way about this opportunity!

By Lauren Bell, Alumni Relations Intern

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