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Rebecca Callaghan

Career Path: Employee Brand Assistant, Frank Recruitment Group
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

After leaving university, I was unsure of the direction I wanted my career to take. Even though I’d completed a Masters degree in Law, I didn’t want to become a Lawyer or take another role working in the legal progression. I fell into a sales role after graduation and, although I quickly realised this also wasn’t the right path for me, I enjoyed the buzz and the atmosphere that came from working in that environment so I joined a sales-oriented business but became part of its Central Services Team.

What are you doing now?


I’m currently a Senior Employee Brand Assistant at Frank Recruitment Group. We specialise in niche technology recruitment, but my role in the Employee Brand Department is to look after brand events and our corporate social responsibility. I do this by organising our company’s sales days, Christmas parties, and other staff events.

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

At the time, going into Law was the career path I wanted to take, and Northumbria was one of the only universities in the UK that offered a Masters degree integrated with an undergraduate course. You could achieve an extra postgraduate qualification in less time than completing two separate courses and meant I could stay in the local area, which was ideal for my situation at the time.

What was the best thing about your course?

In the fourth year of the course, we were involved in a practical element where we worked in the Student Law Office and handled real cases on a pro-bono basis. While I didn’t intend to go into the field of law, it helped to increase my confidence, which has helped me excel in my current role.

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

The entire course was intense and forced me out of my comfort zone to get the grades I needed to pass. We were put in unfamiliar situations, and although they were predominately focused on training within the field of law, you also come across similar circumstances in a business environment so this training has helped me to learn and adapt. I also learnt the skills to help me break down communication barriers. My current position means I need to keep my finger on the pulse of the business, so the social skills I built up when attending Northumbria have become part of my everyday role.

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

Attending university means you have to stand on your own two feet. It puts you in unfamiliar surroundings and uncomfortable situations, which forces you to come up with the solutions to get yourself back on solid ground. You also build lasting relationships, as the people you meet during your time in academia can become a major part of your future.

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

I would advise anyone going to university to enjoy the time you have on campus, build new relationships, attend events and get involved in Northumbria life as much as you can. The experiences you have while at university can influence other big decisions you make, including where you take your first job, so enjoy the time you have as you never know where it’ll take you.

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

Challenging but satisfying.


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