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How I Went from Biochemistry to Detective Inspector

By Mike Allen, Senior Investigating Officer at Nottinghamshire Police I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2000 with a B.Sc (Hons) 2:1 in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry and began my training with Nottinghamshire Police the following month. I spent the first five years of my service as a Response Officer, dealing predominantly with emergency incidents, …

What Can You Expect from a Career with the Police?

Claire Rukas, Police Inspector with Nottinghamshire Police. I joined the service in August 2007 after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 in law. I found university a fantastic experience, an excellent course and met friends who still have, and will continue to have, a huge impact on my life. I knew early …

How a Local Internship Helped Me Land a Graduate Job

By Una Kunyha, BA Hons English, graduated 2016 This time two short years ago, I was facing the final months before it all got really serious – final year, and then graduation. I thought I wanted to work in marketing, but hadn’t really figured out much else. If you’re facing a similar dilemma to me,  don’t panic! …

5 Ways Travelling Can Enhance Your Career Options

By Ryan Neal, Student Communications Officer at The University of Nottingham, Editor at onemetal.com and a freelance copywriter It’s June 2010, roughly two weeks before graduation and I’m sat in the Careers office on D floor of the Portland building trying to work out what I want to do with my life. I’m about to graduate …

How I Found My Vocation

By Joanna Grace, MA Special Needs, 2013 and Founder of the Sensory Projects Right now, it might not be clear what you’re going to next. It wasn’t for me. When I took my options at GCSE, I picked the subjects I was best at. When I chose my A levels, I chose the ones I enjoyed …

How to Get Over Being Totally Indecisive About Choosing Your Career Path

By Rachael Redgate, BA (Hons) Geography (2011) Do you feel overwhelmed by the myriad of career options available to you? Are you afraid of making the wrong choice? Do you know you want to pursue something you’re passionate about but aren’t so sure what that is yet?  On a good day, it feels quite liberating to …

How I Maximised My Experiences at Nottingham To Accelerate My Career

By Alan Chan, BSc Economics (2013) and MSc Entrepreneurship (2014) When I look over my university experience and career development to date, I always find it interesting how one thing led to another. As I connected the dots, I began to recognize patterns that reveals my entrepreneurial traits that were shaped during my time at …

An Arts Degree is the Best Preparation for the Digital World

by Lauren Wilson, English and French graduate As we all know, an arts degree doesn’t prepare you for a particular profession; cue the decision-making over what career you will forge after graduating! However, this ‘open-ended-ness’ is also one of the best things about studying English, languages, music, history of art, the list goes on… A …

How I Went From an Arts Degree to a Career in Social Work

by Anna Halsall, BA English and Philosophy, graduated 2011 After leaving university, I was unsure where my next chapter would lead me. I knew I wanted a career that provided challenge, variety, and was fulfilling. I toiled with the idea of commencing postgraduate social work study, but held off initially to build up my work experience. After …

How I Secured a Place on a Graduate Training Scheme

By Tim Calderhead, BA Joint Hons Philosophy and Theology, graduated 2013 I decided a graduate training scheme was right for me for two reasons: I wanted to be part of a cohort of colleagues my own age, and work for a company that provided lots of opportunities both internally and internationally. After 37 job applications …