Alumni support recent graduates at mentoring event in London
On 6 June, eight alumni visited Loughborough University London to meet with recent graduates and current students to offer support, advice and conduct speed-interviews.
Organised by the Careers Network and Alumni Engagement teams, they worked with alumni from a variety of industries to provide real-life interview experiences for 2018 graduates and current Loughborough University London students.
The event opened with a panel discussion, chaired by alumna Margaret Eyres, Director of Export and Agency Finance at Commerzbank AG.
Alumni John Harrison, Managing Partner at BBH London; Alan Palmer, Vice President R&D, Unilever; and Sumeet Vermani, Global Marketing Director of Digital Marketing at WorldPay, also provided their top tips on making successful applications.
The panellists urged graduates and current Loughborough University London students to channel their passion, research the company and know why they want to work for them specifically and align their application to the values of the organisation.
Graduates and students then had the opportunity to ask questions before moving onto the speed-interviewing session. They received instant feedback from the interviewers, including the panellists and four other alumni: Chris Barrass, Head of Propositions & Solution Delivery at Visa; Paul Garside, Risk Director at Barclaycard Payment Solutions; Martin Gossling, CEO of 270 Vision and Helen Rothwell, Head of Channel Engagement at Barclays.
Attendees enjoyed the day, gaining valuable interview skills and knowledge from Loughborough alumni across different sectors. Attendees from the event said:
It was a really great event – especially as we had the opportunity to meet with Alumni in a 1-1 setting. I was able to gain an insight into different sectors and it was very well hosted!
It was a really organised informal event which provided the opportunity to learn from others who have been through/ are going through the same situation as you. It was great to speak to individual experts who genuinely care and who are willing to help you.
To find out more about future events taking place on campus, check out our events page.