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Promoting employability: how to get the most from your alumni


This page is to showcase the involvement of students and alumni within the project.

One of the aims of this project is to involve current and past students in activities running within the Faculty of Humanities across the academic year.  The impact of each of these activities is assessed as part of the project and feedback is gathered from those who attended.

During semester one, the project team worked with the Careers and Employability Service, our central careers service, to organise three Alumni/Careers Panels, inviting alumni to return to Southampton to participate in a question-and-answer session on their chosen career path.  The panels received great feedback from students and staff alike, our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, commented:

"The Alumni Career Panels are an excellent way for our current students to engage with former students to learn more about the world of work and life after studying at Southampton.  It is a great opportunity to hear about real-world experiences and pick up practical tips as our students make that transition.  I'm delighted to see that so many of our alumni are willing to be involved in helping the current generation of students".

The first panel, held on Wednesday 9 November 2011, showcased alumni with degrees in Philosophy:

Philosophy  Tom Camfield (UoS PGCE student)  Yes   Video
Philosophy  Stuart Hitchcock (Director - RBS)  Yes Video
Philosophy  Saoirse Lyons (4th year Medical Student)  Yes Video

The second, held on Thursday 17 November 2011, included alumni who have taken jobs in the retail sector:

History/Politics degree
Steve O'Reilly (Personnel Manager) Yes Video
Philosophy/Politics degree
Julian Wharton (grad scheme - John Lewis) Yes Video

The third panel, held on Tuesday 22 November 2011, featured alumni and degrees in History:

History  Matthew Jones (archivist)  Yes  &Video
History  Hannah Green (ITV Journalist)  Yes  Video
History  Craig Chalcraft - (Ministry of Justice)  Yes Video
History  Alistair Dougall (History Teacher)  Yes Video

Alumni Panel - Film, held on Wednesday 2 May 2012

Ann Dixon Production Coordinator (Raw TV)
Ed Morris Video Producer (Netro42 Ltd)
Nicholas Brown Editorial and VOD Compliance Coordinator (Channel 4)
Tessa Inkelaar Production and Development Officer (Film London)
Alexandra Heaton Events Coordinator and Administrator at River Cottage HQ (HFW Interactive Ltd)
Derek Pike Film Studies Teacher (Barton Peveril College)


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