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Elena Duffy

Career Path: Graduate Neighbourhood Police Constable, Northumbria Police
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Although my degree doesn’t seem to relate to my career path, the skills learnt through my degree are really useful in the police. The graduate scheme I’m completing with the police is all about problem solving in predominantly deprived communities in the North East of England and making an actual difference to people’s lives. To get into the police there is a very intense recruitment process and I think my experience from university helped me get through the high-pressure application processes and tests.

What are you doing now?Elena Duffy

I'm a Neighbourhood Police Constable and I finish my two year probation in July!

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

The reputation of the Business School and what I had heard from people who had been/were already at the University.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

My degree varied a lot between seminars, lectures and a lot of group work.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had a lot of interesting guest lectures whilst I was at Northumbria.

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

I did not complete a placement as I took a year out before university and worked, however a lot of my friends did and found them really beneficial.

What was the best thing about your course?

I loved my dissertation topic and everything that went into the research and writing of it.

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

I learnt a lot of skills such as working in teams even if some people were difficult which has been a very useful skill for my career in the police.

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

Team work, communication and listening skills.

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

Making friends but also the atmosphere and learning at Northumbria was really enjoyable.

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

Persevere even when it feels like you are struggling and pick an interesting topic for your dissertation that you actually care about.

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

Interesting, enjoyable and fun.

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