22 Oct 2020
Graduates share career journeys for Black History Month
A group of four alumni formed a careers panel on “Early Graduate Stories” on Wednesday 21 October as part of the University’s Black History Month activities.
The following alumni gave their time and shared their experiences:
BSc Banking Finance and Management 2015
Business Relationship Manager at Barclays
BSc Architectural Engineering and Design Management 2013
MSc Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling 2015
Energy and Sustainability Development Consultant at Hurley Palmer Flatt
BA English and Drama 2018
BBC Broadcast Journalist
BA Politics and International Relations 2017
Paralegal at F-LEX
Representing finance, engineering and consultancy, media, and law respectively, the panellists discussed culture, family, and educational routes, as well as job applications processes in different industries. The panellists were very open about challenges and experiences of discrimination.
On the topic of job hunting, Alumni Advisory Board member Aisha encouraged students to find a mentor, ensuring the person is someone relatable. For Aisha this would be seeking inspiration from a more senior black woman in the finance sector. All the panellists were keen to encourage networking and mentoring and making the best use of LinkedIn.
The panel also talked about accepting heritage and culture, and Raphael said: “the earlier you learn to appreciate your culture, the sooner you can be yourself in your workplace”.
Thank you to our panellists for volunteering their time.
This event is part of the University's Black History Month activities. Find out more.
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