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Sam Brown

Career Path: Head of Growth, UK at the Plum Guide.
Location: London, UK

Since graduating from Northumbria, I wanted to follow a career in Business Development, primarily within the start up industry, and with a focus in travel. I wanted to go into this career as I have a passion for helping grow businesses and love everything about the Business Development process. After graduating from Northumbria, I've worked at a number of companies across the globe in Business Development/Sales, in locations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, New York and London, which as helped give a wide set of skills/experiences, which I use in my day to day role now. Aside from my primary job role, I also co-own a hostel in Central America.

What are you doing now?

I'm currently at Plum Guide as Head of Growth for the UK, a curated booking platform for the worlds best holiday homes helping UK property managers with profitable bookings, increased occupancy rates and the opportunity to work with more high end inventory.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I loved the new Business School, along with the degree programme and and great mix of lectures and seminars. I also love the city of Newcastle, and found it a perfect city for a student.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I loved my time at Northumbria, as I found the lectures and seminars really informative as well as the feedback from our lecturers to be constructive. The whole Business School was brand new as well, so it felt incredible to work in that space.

How connected was your course with industry?

I did a work placement at the Financial Times during my third year of study at Northumbria, which was really well connected with the industry.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The placement year was arguably the most important aspect of my time at Northumbria, as it allowed me to put all of the content and information I had learnt in my first two years of study into practise. It also gave me real life experience, and not only helped me understand what career path I wanted to pursue, but it really helped me when looking to get my first job out of university,

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course were the seminars, they were really engaging and allowed you the chance to dive deeper into topics you had learnt in the lectures.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It gave me a lot of practical knowledge that I have used every day in my previous jobs. My year in placement without a doubt gave my career an edge compared to other students at other universities who didn't get a chance to utilise a year out.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The business writing skills and organisational skills which I use every day in my role now.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The people, the Business School and the city.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it, you won't regret it at all.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Friendly, Informative, Motivating

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