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.