10 Jul 2020
Alumni share careers advice with recent graduates
On 7 and 9 July 2020, eight alumni joined online events to share “top tips for successful applications” with recent graduates.
The event, organised by the Careers Network and Alumni Engagement teams, aimed to give 2019 and 2020 graduates the chance to hear real-life recruitment experiences from alumni working across a range of sectors.
A panel of five alumni (pictured below) came together at the first event, representing experiences within marketing, consultancy, the public sector and finance.
On Tuesday 7 July, alumna Margaret Eyres, Director, Export and Agency Finance at Commerzbank, chaired the discussion. Based in France, Margaret discussed working in different countries throughout her career and the importance of building a network.
She was joined by alumnus Raphael Amajuoyi, Energy and Sustainability Development Consultant at Hurley Palmer Flatt, who said:
“The world is competitive and long-term resilience will get you through challenges and help you to gather strength.”
Mandy Minichiello, Head of Marketing – Showroom, Wickes; Sumeet Vermani, Global Marketing Director, Worldpay; and Kim Wright, Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham shared their experiences as recruiters.
Mandy said: “I want to see people using initiative, asking questions and being organised and proactive.” Kim agreed, stressing the importance of authenticity and confidence.
On Thursday 9 July, alumnus Sumeet returned as chair of the discussion. He was joined by alumnae Bethan Dinning, Policy Advisor, Department for Education; Karen Thomas, Head of Design Home and Beauty, Marks and Spencer; and Karen Whittingham, Commercial Director, Parcelforce Worldwide.
The lively discussion between alumni and recent graduates brought up many questions about the importance of cover letters, overcoming nerves in interview situations and specific interview processes in the public sector and for design jobs.
Karen Thomas encouraged graduates to immerse themselves in their passion and to build a rapport with an interview panel. Discussing the current situation, Sumeet suggested practicing online interviews with friends and taking time to consider body language. Bethan highlighted the importance of considering your online presence and Karen Whittingham encouraged everyone to keep an open mind and always try new things.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time.
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