The North East is a wonderful part of the country. I speak from experience: I graduated from Durham University in July 2010 with a History degree.
Despite leaving almost 7 years ago, I frequently find myself reminiscing about the time I spent in this part of world, whether it’s walking to lectures with stunning views of Durham Cathedral or nights out in neighbouring Newcastle (though these memories are slightly more blurred).
If you’re reading this, the chances are that you have also experienced university life in this corner of the UK, or still are, and are currently thinking: but where do I go when university is over?
Below, you’ll find the stories of 4 graduates who all studied in the North East before spreading their wings to take up grad roles across the UK.
The really important bit? All of their employers are hiring more graduates as we speak. So, with their proven track-record of hiring grads from North East universities in mind, you definitely should take a look…
1. Jack – Spanish, Economics and Business graduate from Durham University
Now a PPC Analyst at NMPi in London
When Jack joined Digital Marketing agency NMPi in March 2016, he didn’t have any preconceptions about what office life would entail. He knew that he wanted to work in a fast-moving industry, which attracted him to the team, yet beyond this his knowledge of the working world was limited. Fast-forward almost one year and he certainly has come a long way.
“I can honestly say that when I arrived, it exceeded all of my expectations,” he said. “I really enjoy my time here and I feel like it’s driving me on to succeed professionally.”
You could follow in Jack’s footsteps, joining NMPi as their latest Graduate Account Executive. Supported by ongoing training, you’ll spend your days running online campaigns for clients and, with a form customer list featuring the likes of Monsoon and Jack Wills, you'll have plenty to be proud of.
Apply by 2 August 2017:
2. Hannah – studied Biology and Psychology at University of Newcastle
Now a Graduate Recruitment Consultant at Harvey Nash in Edinburgh
When her time at Newcastle drew to a close, Hannah returned to Scotland and started with international Recruitment giant Harvey Nash in 2015, after they were recommended to her by a friend.
“I thought it was a cracking fit for what I wanted to do,” she remembers. “I wanted a career, I wanted to progress but also deal with people too.”
Her gut-instincts were right and she continues to enjoy her role, as well as the culture of the company: “It’s actually really rewarding [and] every day is a little bit different so it’s fun,” she said. “You spend half your life with these people, but you couldn’t ask for a better team.”
If you’re a fellow people person, then you should definitely consider applying to work alongside Hannah as an Associate Consultant. Earning a £20,000 salary plus commission, every day will be spent meeting new people, developing client relationships and a building a strong network, as well as increasing your professional skillset.
The application deadline is 21 July 2017:
3. Sophie – studied Biology and Chemistry at Durham University
Now a Business Tax Trainee at Smith and Williamson in London
After leaving the North East in 2012 and spending a little time working out which path to take, Sophie undertook an internship at Financial Services firm Smith and Williamson in London. The internship was exactly what she needed to answer all her career questions: she applied for a permanent position in 2014 and has been there ever since as a Business Tax Trainee.
“Your knowledge increases exponentially and you can gradually become more and more involved,” she said about her life as a trainee with the global company. “[It] gives you a real insight into the business world as a whole.”
You too could get stuck in at this award-winning organisation, who provide a range of financial services to everyone from individuals to large corporate bodies. Joining Sophie on their three-year Business Tax programme, you’ll get to experience the perfect blend of practical work and formal study to increase your skillset and help you gain professional qualifications.
You need to apply by 14 September 2017:
4. Emma – studied Business and International Management at Northumbria University
Now a Recruitment Consultant at Maxxima in London
Always keen to work within the industry, Emma actually started working at Recruitment agency Maxxima a month before graduating in July 2016, after attending an assessment centre and impressing them in February of the same year:
“I knew I wanted to do Recruitment,” she revealed. “I had friends and family in it and I always thought it would be a good option for me.”
The reality of working in the field has lived up to all her expectations, thanks to Maxxima’s great culture:
“It’s a chilled-out office, we’re all allowed to work when we want… and everyone is really supportive and gets on really well.”
If you’re looking to get into a Recruitment, this is a great place to start. The agency, which takes pride in its inherent moral code, helps to place professionals in positions across Health and Social Care both here in the UK and overseas. As their trainee, you’ll undertake a 12-week training programme before getting stuck into a 360 role, working with clients and candidates alike.
Applications close on 15 February 2018: