The University of Westminster Alumni Team hosted its first two successful online events of the What it Takes series, titled ‘What it Takes to Master your Digital Branding for your Career’ and ‘What it Takes to Manage your Mental Health and Wellbeing’.
The What it Takes event series features an array of exciting and innovative alumni speakers, who share their experience and advice on a diverse range of topics, focusing on employability, and personal and professional development. The 2020 series is being delivered virtually, with all talks and presentations targeted at current students and recent graduates taking place online.
What it Takes to Master your Digital Branding for your Career marked the opening of the series on Thursday 29 October, with alumnus Manuel Heichlinger and alumna Rituja Ravikiran Rao, who provided insight into what you can do to master your personal digital brand.
Manuel spoke from a recruiter’s perspective, discussing what recruiters look for in a CV, while Rituja spoke to the audience from a recent graduate perspective, giving advice on what she has done to master her digital brand. Both speakers covered a variety of topics, including defining your professional brand, mastering your LinkedIn profile and practical advice and resources.
Reflecting on the event, Rituja Ravikiran Rao said: “It was a great experience delivering a keynote for the What it Takes to Master your Digital Branding event with the amazing Manuel Heichlinger. I am extremely humbled by the feedback I received; it really motivates me to do more of what I do!”
The second event of the series, titled What it Takes to Manage your Mental Health and Wellbeing, was chaired by Lubaba Khalid, Vice President of Welfare at the University of Westminster Students’ Union, and hosted a panel of alumni including Anastasia Vinnikova, Nazanin Tayeby and Russell Woodhead. There were over 200 attendees, who were able to ask the panel questions in a dedicated Q&A session.
The panel shared their own personal and professional experiences to discuss what it’s like to support yourself and others, and work in the sector. The speakers gave practical tips and advice on coping, useful resources and where they can seek help, as well as highlighting that mental health is not a barrier to career progression.
Talking about the event, panellist Anastasia Vinnikova said: “The What it Takes to Manage your Mental Health and Wellbeing online alumni event was a great conversation with students and alumni on a very important topic. Thank you for such a wonderfully organised panel session and for the expert chairing from Lubaba Khalid!”
Find out more about upcoming events in the What it Takes series.