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Edward Webster

What are you doing now?

Undertaking a graduate programme with a Hull firm J R Rix & Sons - a family-owned firm involved in activities ranging from stevedoring, warehousing, and car retailing, through to fuel distribution, manufacturing, and property development.Edward Webster

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

I visited the university while I was attending sixth form and I found that the Newcastle Business School was exactly what I was looking for in terms of promoting academia and employability.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

A combination of lectures, seminars, and team projects focusing on a mixture of academic assignments and presentations, each aimed at improving personal skillsets.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course had the option of a 'year in industry', which I undertook with my current employers. It was a great opportunity for me to gain valuable, real-world experience while my employer had 12 months to assess my capability for a graduate programme.

What was the best thing about your course?

There was a great balance of individual assignments and group projects - promoting learning while replicating a working environment where you have to get on as a team.

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

I believe there were two main factors in achieving my goals. One was the university pushing me to undertake a placement and gain experience, which really helped to hammer home how important it was. The second was the dedicated module, Personal & Organisational Development, that tailored and fine-tuned my skills to progress into employment - something which other universities did not offer.

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

I’m in a role that changes frequently, meaning I rely heavily on managing change in the business and often refer to university literature. Learning how to initiate and successfully manage it in a business can typically be difficult so knowing how to prepare and implement change is imperative.

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

My time in Team Northumbria Rugby Union and the lasting friendships I made during my time at the university.

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

To immerse themselves in all aspects of university life. Northumbria isn’t just about going to lectures and seminars, it’s so much more. From sports socials to ski-trips, life at Northumbria really has it all.

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

Entertaining, fulfilling, valuable.

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