How has your Nottingham qualification helped your career?
My History degree equipped me with some very important skills: critical thought, the ability to write coherently and fluently, and the confidence to express my opinions and argue from different perspectives. Without the formative development afforded to me by my degree, I would not have been able to succeed in my chosen career.
How did you get your first relevant role related to the career you are working in now?
After the Nottingham graduate trainee scheme, I got my job managing EU projects at the university. This experience directly led on to me getting my current job out in Brussels, which is more policy based, but which I would not have gotten had it not been for the practical experience I got with the EU project management job. In turn I wouldn’t have gotten this role had it not been for the experience I gained on the Graduate Trainee Scheme.
What is your greatest professional achievement to date?
Getting my job in Brussels - it was very competitive, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to work overseas. I really enjoy the policy based work, and have a lot of independence with my role.
Why did you choose Nottingham?
From the league tables - when I came to university Nottingham was in the top 10 for History.
Why would you recommend studying at Nottingham?
Fantastic academic expertise and great opportunities to study abroad!
What advice would you give to others who are about to start at Nottingham?
Make the most of all the opportunities available (particularly studying abroad!). If you need to work while you study (like I did) then make sure you let your lecturers/tutor know that you are trying to balance these things - I felt really supported during my time at Nottingham, balancing these things, and also during any time that I needed any help generally.