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Nick Doggett

Career Path: Finance Director, Oak Engage
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Nick Doggett

 

I knew the career prospects doing such a degree were very wide ranging and the graduates ability to decide and try different career paths were open. A well respected family member highlighted the benefits of becoming a qualified management accountant and how such a role can have a positive impact on any business. This has been the bedrock of helping me work in an investment bank, Lazard and Co, a professional sports club with a charitable arm, Newcastle Rugby Club, a Private Equity backed retail business, The Naked Deli, and a Private Equity backed fast growth company where I am currently working, Oak Engage. Outside of career work I have also gone through further training at Henley Business School and set up my own property business. Tools that I have learnt from my time at Northumbria University and through experience along the way have been invaluable.

What are you doing now?

As Finance Director at Oak Engage, I am responsible for all things finance related, including our monthly board documents and investor relations, ensuring customer contracts fit our business model, contract pricing, financial forecasting and helping to look after our most important assets, our people.

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

At the time I knew Newcastle as a city was a great place to visit! I also had several friends make the trip from our school, Stamford.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? 

Studying at Northumbria University was, even as far back as 2001, a very collaborative experience with a focus on taking responsibility and being proud of achieving success.

How connected was your course with industry?

This was one of the reasons that helped me choose Northumbria as the course itself provided the ability to work in Industry for 1 year.

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

I took a few placement opportunities over the 12 month period. It was a really good learning curve, and it helped me gain experience. At the time I was unsure about which industries would interest me and this placement year helped me understand this a little better.

What was the best thing about your course?

Without a doubt our fellow students, some of which I remain in contact with today.

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

Studying at Northumbria helped me further reinforce my decision to work in business. The course was so varied and meant that when my studies ended, career options were really diverse.

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

There are so many technical aspects of a Business Administration degree that relate to what I have done in the past and what I do now. However, perhaps the most important skills relate to endeavour, commitment, responsibility and being part of a team.

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

Whilst the studying aspect was great fun, my fondest memories will always be the people I met during my time at Northumbria. Many of whom remain my closest friends today.

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

Newcastle as a city is a great city to come to. Northumbria University has always been at the forefront of academic learning and, certainly with the degree I took, is closely related to the real world.

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

Memorable, Challenging, Fun

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