Panel discussion with Westminster alumni helps current students with future career choices
Politics and International Relations 2 March 2017
The event was part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Alumni Lunchtime Panel Series and was organised to by the Alumni Office with support from the Department of Politics and International Relations, to help students meet successful graduates.
Four alumni who graduated from the Politics and International Relations BA Honours course, were present at the event, including Lekan Olobodun, Benefits Analyst and Finance Lead at the Cabinet Office; Natalia Quiroga, Intern at the Embassy of Colombia; James Brown, Research Consultant at Vision Critical; and Camille Brochant de Villiers, Brand and Sales Coordinator at Sanrio Sanrio Company Ltd.
Student attendees had the chance to find out about the speakers’ current careers and how they found out what they wanted to do after graduation. They also took the opportunity to ask for their advice and tips on employability. Advice from previous students included “Gather your experience outside the sector and then think about how you can apply that experience”, and “Throw the net out to everything….try anything you’re interested in.”
Speaking about the event, Lorna Pontefract, Senior Alumni Relations Officer and organiser of the discussion, said: “The aim was to provide students with some ideas of what they can do with their degree in Politics or International Relations, increase their confidence and make them realise that at this stage it is OK not to know what they want to do with their degree but also that it’s never too early to begin exploring the options out there.”
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