When you have more questions than answers. Overcoming career confusion with Westminster alumni.

Your path from education to a career may be riddled with questions that you don't have all the answers to. Not everyone knows what they want to be after they walk across the stage at graduation to collect their degrees. Some already have job offers in hand while the rest of us are left wondering…now what? Although there can be feelings of concern, anxiety or even panic, getting started on your career goals doesn’t mean you have to have your entire life figured out in an instant.

This event will consist of a panel of Westminster alumni who have taken unusual opportunities or career choices in their lives, even changing completely from what they studied at university. They will each share their journey and the lessons they’ve learned as well as the experiences that helped shape them into who they are today. Whether you're a current student or a recent graduate, you don't need to have all the answers right now for a successful future. But you can start by asking yourself a few questions which can guide you in the right direction.

Host: Stephen Cole, Careers Consultant

Stephen Cole

Stephen is a Careers Consultant and works within the Career Development Centre.  He has extensive experience of working with students across a variety of academic disciplines and is the specialist consultant for law and life sciences students.  In addition to being a qualified coach and MBTI practitioner, Stephen manages the Legal Skills Academy and the very popular Career Development Centre Mentoring Scheme, which has over 300 mentors from across the world.

Alumni Panel:

John Hart

Jack Hart, Politics BA (Hons), 2010

Jack Hart graduated in 2010 with a degree in Politics. He began his career in licensed retail management, before becoming the Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Researcher to MP Nick de Bois. While working in Parliament Jack also volunteered as trustee for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, advising on parliamentary and media affairs. Currently Jack is the Senior Researcher in Crime and Policing for the Greater London Authority Conservative Group.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham, Contemporary Media Practice BA (Hons), 2015

Rebecca graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Media Practice and became an intern for the course after graduating. She wrote and directed the series Dance4Me, which won the Raindance and Dailymotion web series pilot competition in 2014. She was also announced the winner of the ‘Live Pitch’ at the 2015 Film & TV Launchpad, created by Creative Skillset and Sheffield Doc Fest. She is currently producing a web series whilst pursuing an MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths.

Mariam Hanna

Miriam Hanna, Human and Medical Science BSc, 2012

Miriam graduated in 2012 with a degree in Human and Medical Sciences. She stood for election in the March of her final year to become UWSU’s VP of Cavendish. She served 2 terms in this post running campaigns on behalf of students of the Cavendish campus and representing students at university committees. At the end of her tenure, she secured a role in a specialist PR and Communications recruitment firm called The Works Search where she has spent the last 2 years trying something completely different.

Akshay Khulla

Akshay Khullar, Computer Animation PG Diploma, 2007

Akshay graduated in 2007 with a PG Diploma in Computer Animation. Since graduating he has worked in various fields in advertising, animation and the gaming industry and is currently the User Experience Manager at investment firm Fidelity International. In this role, Akshay is responsible for driving Fidelity's digital design and user experience standards across all its products and services with particular focus on online customer experience.

Hussein Mouhaffel

Hussein Mouhaffel, Business Management with Finance BA, 2012
 
Originally from Syria, Hussein was a junior architect in his homeland for just under two years before moving to London to commence his Business Management with Finance degree at the University. Since graduating, Hussein’s career has changed completely and he now works in the city as an Equity Derivatives Broker for the global financial services company BGC Partners.

There will be sufficient time for the audience to ask questions of the panel both formally during a stewarded Q&A and informally during the subsequent networking session.

Please Note: This event is free with refreshments provided, but you must register in advance to attend.

Register for the event.

By listening to the stories of alumni who were once in your shoes we hope that you will find some reassurance in the fact that you don't need to have the answers today to have a better tomorrow but you can still plan ahead and prepare for the future.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the event.

For more information please visit the website, or to suggest speakers/topics for future events please contact the alumni team at [email protected].