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Ellie Croft

Career Path: Innovation Co-ordinator at Curious Industry Limited
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What are you doing now?

I work for an innovation consultancy firm in London - what does that mean?... I'm still figuring it out! I've been working with Curious Industry for 3 months now and every single day is different. We help businesses to achieve growth through innovation, insight and new ideas and do this through providing courses, holding focus groups and seminars, and directly working with MD's and Project Managers to help create, develop and improve products. Oh - and we do this all over the world so there's a lot of travel involved!

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

Northumbria is a well-respected university and having gained a 2:1 in my course I have been able to take advantage of some really good career options.

What was the best thing about your course?

The field trips, without a doubt! They give you the opportunity to become close friends with other people on your course and to get to know your lecturers better than you would on alternative courses. This really helps to build relationships between lecturers and students, which made me feel like they were always there to help you, no matter what the situation.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

All of the geography lecturers at Northumbria inspired me in some way or another, and it was always clear to students how much effort staff put into their roles and responsibilities at the University. Their drive and ambition to pass on their knowledge to students is something I look back on regularly and transfer into the courses I now deliver.

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

The research and writing methods have really helped in my current role and are skills I know I will take with me throughout my career. I also found the way I think and process information changed during my time at Northumbria, allowing me to look at things through different lenses with varying perspectives.

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

The field trips and the friends I made over the 3 years of being at Northumbria made my experience at the University absolutely unforgettable and gave me memories that I will treasure forever.

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

Do it! I wouldn't change a thing about my time at Northumbria. They really were the best 3 years of my life and I would do anything to go back. Grab it with both hands and don't look back - enjoy every single second of it because it'll be over in a flash!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Rewarding, Fun, Life-changing

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