Believe in yourself: alumnus shares inspirational tips with final year students

A headshot image of Aaron Dhillon is one a purple background.

New York based alumnus Aaron Dillon gave a talk to final year students as part of the Finalist Futures: Step up to Final Year event this week.

Aaron, who is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studied MSc Managing Innovation in Creative Organisations at Loughborough University London and graduated in 2018. He now works at Hearst Magazines in Ad Sales.

He gave a keynote talk as part of the event, run by Careers Network, which aims to support students who are transitioning into their final year.

Speaking remotely from New York, Aaron talked about studying in the UK and his experiences both during and after his degree, as well as some of the challenges and successes that came during this time. Whilst originally coming to Loughborough University London as a competitive athlete, an injury meant Aaron had to reevaluate his future. Overcoming adversity and adaptability were key themes of his talk.

He highlighted three areas for final year students to focus on as they looked ahead to their next steps: mindset, skillset, and timing. He encouraged students to keep expanding their knowledge.

Aaron, who has also mentored as part of the Future Black Talent Programme, talked about the importance of “playing the long game”, even when things don’t always go as hoped. He said:

“Even when things aren’t your original plan, put yourself in situations that will help you succeed. Believe in yourself and your ambition and remember why you are making the investment in yourself”.

Thank you to Aaron for supporting this event and sharing his experiences.