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Scott Neal

Career Path: Corporate Communications Officer, Lucite International
Location: Stockton-on-Tees, UK

I always wanted a writing-based role in a large business. The Business Studies course had good mix of general business knowledge and allowed me to specialise in marketing further every year. 

What are you doing now?Scott Neal

In a marketing/communications role, I manage all social media, blogs and internal content for a global company in the chemical industry.

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

The combination of it being an appealing course in a fantastic city.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

You study in a supportive environment where you always feel like your knowledge and ability is growing. Some creative methods of assessment made things very interesting as well.

How connected was your course with industry?

The value of placements and the huge amount of options available for them was clear right from the start. The marketing internship program also opened the door to working with great local businesses during final year.

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

The placement year was invaluable and being offered my graduate role at the same company came as a direct result.

What was the best thing about your course?

The variety of modules, lecturers, methods of assessment and the value it had to potential employers.

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

I feel like Northumbria gave me opportunities I might not have got elsewhere. The placement opportunities especially gave the most benefit and set up the first step in my career.

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

Being able to work with a variety of people, for sure. There's no situation in a graduate career where that isn't useful.

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

Being in a great city, having great opportunities and meeting great people.

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

Do it, 100%. You can do so much in 3/4 years there. It opens the door to so many opportunities that you wouldn't want to miss.

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

Lively, varied, valuable.

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