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Ivan Straw

Please tell us about your career path since leaving Northumbria.

As soon as I left university I started volunteering for a charity in Newcastle called Victim Support. In this I helped to support the learning and development team in developing, organising and carrying out training courses for other volunteers as well as professionals within the organisation. My focus during this time was helping to develop awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community and how crime affected this group of people throughout England. Whilst I was doing this I also enrolled onto a college course where I studied a foundation level HR course to add to my university degree.

In the summer of 2012 I then landed my first job at the London Olympics working in the HR department of one of the biggest catering companies there called Sodexo. This was a very exciting opportunity as throughout the whole period of the Olympics I was based a couple of metres away from the main Olympic stadium where I heard every event that was going on as well as managing to catch a few of them as well.

After the Olympics I then landed a permanent position at Macmillan Cancer Support, where I am today, and moved down to York to work in the Learning & Development team. I have been here since August 2012 and I have rapidly adapted to a new life of work away from home and continue to develop myself both as a person and professionally.

Please tell us about your current job and what it involves.

I work in York as a Learning and Development Administrator for Macmillan Cancer Support. I provide support in the development and organisation of Macmillan courses throughout the East Midlands and Northern England. The coures we organise are aimed at Macmillan professionals to help them in their job roles (whether they are nurses, GPs or benefit advisors), as well as volunteers and people who are affected by cancer. We provide them with the tools which help them deal with cancer in its many forms and the courses that we deliver are constantly changing and being developed to help with the ever increasing amount of people who are affected by cancer. I can say that I am truly honoured to be doing something in which I truly believe and feel passionate about.

What made you choose Northumbria University?

It was one of the Universities which offered my course and I liked the idea of living in Newcastle.

What was your favourite thing about your course and/or Northumbria University?

I loved everything about my course, it taught me a different way to look at things, and it especially taught me a different way to think. My favourite part came in my last year where I travelled to different archives and got to hold original manuscripts and documents from hundreds of years ago - very exciting!

What societies/activities did you take part in outside of your studies?

I played in an intra-mural football team, played in a five a side football team at the old Northumbria gym, I as also a member of the the table tennis team.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle as a place to live and study?

A very exciting, bright, lively place. I was never bored.

In one sentence, sum up your time here at Northumbria.

The best time of my life.

What professional achievement are you most proud of since leaving university?

Most recently getting my job at Macmillan Cancer Support. I sometimes felt very frustrated with the job searching, it took me a long time.

What career objectives do you still have?

I want to continue in the Learning & Development area and hope to be managing my own courses in the future.

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