Loughborough Alumni


30 Nov 2020

Graduates hear recruitment advice from alumni

On 26 November, five alumni joined an online panel event to share recruitment tips with recent graduates.

The event, organised by the Careers Network and Alumni Engagement teams, aimed to give 2020 graduates the chance to hear application and interview experiences from alumni working across a range of sectors, both from the point of view of an applicant and employer.

A panel of five alumni came together representing experiences within finance, graduate recruitment, media, design, and marketing.

Alumni Advisory Board member Karen Whittingham, Commercial Director at Parcelforce Worldwide, chaired the discussion. With experience in marketing, logistics, technology and business, Karen encouraged her fellow panellists to share their views on CVs from within their industries and what they look for in applications.

Fellow Alumni Advisory Board members Dana Nassif, Intelligence & Analytics Manager at CNN International Commercial, and Amy Ward, Graduate Talent Manager at DHL Supply Chain, joined Karen along with alumni Robert Clarkson-Short, Investment Manager at a Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund and Nish Wickramasinghe, Director at Curious Agency.

Nish, who launched his own design agency in 2012, said: “recruiters will look at your social media, and not just LinkedIn, so show them that you’re reliable”.

Discussing networking, Robert said, “the best place to shine is at your first point of contact”, encouraging graduates to consider any meeting opportunity as a potential touchpoint in a career.

Considering challenges faced by recent graduates, the panel emphasised that experiences shared on a CV do not all have to be work-related. They added that it is always important to keep learning, take online courses and show how you are different to many other candidates applying for the same role.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time.

Find out more about careers advice for graduates, or how you could share your job roles with Loughborough.

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