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The University of Westminster hosted two alumni panel discussions to offer advice to students taking their first career steps

English 5 April 2017

Two events, aiming to give current students an insight into what entering into the job market is like and what options are available out there, were organised by the UWSU English Society and the university’s Alumni team.

The evening was well-attended by a wide range of people, including second and third year students from the English Literature and Language BA Honours, students doing the English Language and Creative Writing MA as well as students from the Faculty of Science of Technology and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and representatives from the Students Union.

The alumni panel was made up of recent graduates who have secured jobs or internships which relate directly to their degrees. One graduate, Ryan Browne, who was part of the panel is about to start at the American business news television channel CNBC this summer. The discussions were followed by Q&A sessions where students were able to ask a wide range of questions, getting specific advice from the alumni.

There was also a networking event, 'mix and mingle', where some alumni distributed materials to acquaint students with their current workplaces and provided contacts which could help them to get valuable experience in competitive sectors including Publishing and Journalism.

Another discussion featuring past students from the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural studies called ‘What can I do with my degree?!’ focused on the various paths graduates from the English courses have taken since graduation to showcase the breadth of opportunities that come with studying English. The panel featured alumni panellists Anna Beecher, Dilpreet Walia, and Abhishake Gandhi who met with current students to answer their questions and provide advice on their future career steps.

Anna completed the Creative Writing and English Literature BA Honours course and has since opened her own theatre company, FAT CONTENT. Her advice was to apply for all opportunities that come up and to get used to rejections – “no is alright” she said, “don’t take no personally”.

Dilpreet had also graduated from Creative Writing and English Literature BA Honours. Passionate about puppeteering she has completed an internship with CBBC, working on Sesame Street and The Furchester Hotel. Her advice to students was to “keep swimming”, even they don’t succeed at first.

Westminster alumni Abhishake who now works as a Senior Account Executive for PR company Spreckley PR, discussed the challenges of gaining substantial experience to get started in the sector. Abhishake also stressed the importance of internships and an interesting CV, noting that companies want to hire someone with personality. At the end of the panel discussion, Abhishake offered students the opportunity to do an internship with Spreckley PR and gave out his business card.

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