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Richard Clark

When I left uni I secured a role as a data processing manager which requires an extension of the spss skills and statistical knowledge gained at university. I then decided upon a career in financial services and secured a role as a trainee investment analyst at what was then Dickinson dees.  They allowed me to study for the required qualification before I moved to Barclays five years ago securing chartered status.

What are you doing now?

Advising high net worth individuals, trusts and charities in respect of their wealth management needs

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Northumbria was an excellent university. The diversity of the students meant that I did not feel I missed out on living away from the area. The course was supplemented by non mathematical subjects that really added to the overall experience.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

They treated me as an adult and respected my opinions offering support and advice when required but not in a condescending way.

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

The course and degree provides a solid foundation in maths and statistics which helps me in my day to day role advising clients.

What was the best thing about your course?

It is hard to single out one thing. I think it was the combination of lecturers, students and variety on the course.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Immature, unmotivated and directionless

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

Sociable, semi-focused and self-aware

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after you graduated at Northumbria?

Mature, rounded, employable

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

Meeting lifelong friends and learning new skills that have helped me develop into who I am today.

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

Go and see it for yourself, meet the people, stay in the city and enjoy it.

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

Enjoyable, educational, developmental

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