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Developing personal and business skills on campus leads alumna to management role

Developing personal and business skills on campus leads alumna to management role

Published: 13 Mar 2023

Jade Thomas

Brunel had something special that other universities didn’t - it felt like home

Jade, Undergraduate, Alumni

Assistant Marketing Manager, intu Uxbridge

Media and Communications BSc - 2016

From UK

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

After leaving Brunel in 2016, I applied for various marketing roles in and around London. I was offered the role of Marketing Co-ordinator at intu Uxbridge, which bought me back to the area where I had spent the past 3 years. After 18 months, I was promoted to Assistant Marketing Manager.

What does an average day at work involve for you?

On a daily basis my role entails organising events, marketing strategy and overseeing various signage projects. I also now have two members of staff who report into me; one who handles all of our social media and digital opportunities and the other who runs all of our weekly and school holiday children’s events.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Creating a bold, creative and genuine event during the summer of 2018 for children visiting intu Uxbridge. The intu Uxbridge Maze Runner saw over 5,000 visitors over 6 weeks, and encompassed every objective I had for that summer, including various targets from our Head Office. I used this opportunity to help launch our new intu Family Club.

How would you say Brunel helped you to get where you are today?

Brunel gave me various opportunities to boost my personal and business skills whilst living on campus. I was a member of some societies and also became a Bar Supervisor for Locos and The Academy. Being offered the role of a Bar Supervisor right on campus allowed me to put all my time into my studies whilst having an accessible job.

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

Brunel had something special that other universities didn’t. I felt it as soon as I stepped on to campus for an Open Day. It felt like home. Somewhere that I could feel safe but also somewhere I knew was right for me and would help me achieve all my various goals over the next 3 years of my life.

What is your best memory of studying here?

Working as bar staff for the Students’ Union, I was involved in many of the social events which happened right on campus. Being a part of that, and seeing all of the other students enjoying themselves after exams and dissertation deadlines, was enjoyable. Also, being there to support Team Brunel at various Varsity events gave me a sense of university pride.

If you could give one piece of advice to new students, what would that be?

Even if you know a placement course isn’t for you, I highly recommend doing some sort of work experience. Even a week of working in a certain sector will let you know if this is really what you want to go into after graduation. These opportunities also will look great on your CV!

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

Be patient. The right role is out there for you. But also to compromise; sometimes taking an entry level job role can lead to being a manager within a year with greater career prospects and salary than if you were to step straight into a mid-level role straight after graduation.