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Jonathan Wheatley

Career Path: Product Coordinator, Instantprint
Location: Rotherham

I studied Business with Finance at University and achieved a 2:1. After graduating, I found a job in my home town as an Analyst for an Insurance Broker but I then wanted to try something different and became a Supply Chain Planner for a supplier of Asda, planning a factory out in Poland which included quite a few visits there. After this I achieved a new job, which was resourcing training for the Metropolitan Police. However, none of these companies emphasised culture or nurtured their staff, which is why I joined Instantprint, where from my first interview they emphasised how they look for people to fit into their culture and having a person they can develop and nurture within the team.

What are you doing now?Jonathan Wheatley

As a Product Coordinator, I coordinate the launch of new products while assessing and updating others. This requires checking for gaps in the market and, in our product offering, trying to fill these 'gaps'.

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

The Business School at Northumbria and living in Newcastle. The Business School is brilliant and has great facilities such as the Bloomberg room to help with your studies. Newcastle is a city I always wanted to live in, a place with a great atmosphere, yet small enough to get around easily.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a great mix of ways to learn at Northumbria, including seminars and team projects to back up your learning in lectures. I personally found the seminars the most valuable, as they allowed me to use the theoretical learning in practical situations.

How connected was your course with industry?

It was very connected with industry with real life case studies, such as the Pfizer AstraZeneca takeover breakdown in a Mergers and Acquisitions module. One of my favourite modules was Marketing which had a great project involving working on a simulator in a team to bring out and market your own mobile phone. Having to consider the research and development of products as well as marketing, price and placement of product, especially helped me in my role as Product Coordinator at Instantprint.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was the versatility. Going to university, I wasn’t too sure where I wanted to go in my career, but I have always been good with numbers. Business with Finance allowed me to study business broadly and covering modules like management, marketing and supply chain while still having a specialisation in finance, which really helps in pricing products.

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

From my degree I have a broader understanding of business as a whole, while keeping up my analytical skills with the Finance aspect.

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

My skills on Microsoft Excel and reading data. I use Excel every day in my career to make decisions using different data related to our products. Without this learning, making these decisions would be much harder and time consuming. I also believe my public speaking skills have been very useful in my career, I have given training on products to around 100 colleagues, and without my course testing us on presentations, this would have been a lot harder.

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

The city of Newcastle, I loved living there. It has everything you want, the people are friendly and the night life is amazing!

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

It’s a great university in an amazing location, what’s to consider? But seriously if you find the right course for you, the support Northumbria gives and the opportunities available are fantastic. It has a great reputation with giving students the tools to be highly employable - which is what we are all after in the end.

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

Lively, Educational, Awesome

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