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Alec Porter

Where are you doing now?

I work as a recruitment consultant for Nigel Frank International, allowing me to work with some of the world's largest organisations, including Microsoft.  I specialise in the contracts market for a particular product Microsoft is developing and I am based in central London, a location I always wanted to work in.

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

Northumbria's business courses set you up to become as employable as possible with particular modules focused on CV writing, cover letters, interview technique etc. This was of huge benefit when I applied for my placement year. Northumbria's placements office were a huge help: the graduate market is one of the most saturated out there and you need to stand out, so getting a work placement will help you to do this.

What was the best thing about your course?

The balance between content time and free time was pretty decent, and allowed you to enjoy the benefits of being a student with regards to sport and social, as well as preparing you for working hard and personal development. No job will hold your hand for you and tell you what to do - you have to have the drive to do it yourself and not being in lectures and seminars five days a week meant I could go to the library and develop my work ethic.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

Paul Hill was an awesome dissertation tutor; his seminars and lectures were always the most memorable.  A great guy I have a lot of respect for.

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

The case studies were very good; they have helped in generating leads in my job now. The career development, CV writing, cover letters, and interview technique modules I found to be the best and most relevant.

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

The city, the sport, the nightlife, the people and the social.

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

GO!!! 100 per cent!  The place is awesome, the best city to study.  Do sport.  Get involved.  It is a cliché but you do meet your friends for life there.  Also, do a work placement!!!

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

Best time ever

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