Alumni provide expert advice to students at Autumn Careers Fest

Loughborough University’s Autumn Careers Fest saw several alumni provide careers advice to students and graduates through a series of discussion events.

The Autumn Careers Fest consisted of six weeks of interactive on-campus and online events, designed to help students and graduates on their career journey. They were provided with the opportunity to meet employers from a variety of industries and find out about what graduate, internship, placement, and volunteering opportunities were available.

Several of these events consisted of ‘Careers In’ discussions involving alumni with expertise in various career fields, which were well received by students.

As part of the Females in STEM event Alison Horton (MEng Civil Engineering 2013) shared her experiences of working in construction including the projects that she had previously been involved in and her engineering role at Curtins. As Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Huma, Sian Jarvis (BA English and Drama 1984) also shared her experiences of working in a male-dominated field in the Women in Leadership talk.

Students looking at breaking into the creative sector were welcomed by Karen Thomas (BA Textile Design 1989), Head of Design Home and Beauty at Marks and Spencer.

For students looking at careers in the public sector, the Deputy Director of Strategy and Deputy Director of Integration at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, led a discussion about their experiences in the public sector. Dr Sameedha Rich-Mahadkar (PhD Healthcare Infrastructure Planning 2015) and Claire Culverhouse (BSc Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2006) discussed their roles and broad opportunities for students/ graduates to get into roles in the NHS.

Two members of the Alumni Advisory board also took part in the discussion events with Karen Whittingham (BA Business Administration 1987) and Dr Luke Stott (BA English 2008; MA English 2010; PhD English and Social Psychology 2016) both speaking about their experiences in marketing and what skills students should look to develop to get into the field.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the events.

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