Greenwich graduates share their success stories


Discover how the university helped three Greenwich students land their first graduate roles.

Elliott Connell, HR Adviser – Amazon UK

Elliott credits his tutors and the university's careers service with his success. During his studies, he took a supervisor's role at the Students' Union bar and started putting his Business Psychology degree into practice.

A placement with the Caribbean-based hospitality firm Sandals helped Elliott make the transition into the world of work. He spent four months in St Lucia and five months in Grenada.

"I was working very closely alongside the regional human resources manager, so it was great for my development and understanding of the working world," he says.

In April 2016, Elliott joined Amazon as an HR assistant, relocating to Manchester to help launch its first fulfilment centre in the North West. He has since been promoted to HR adviser and is still based in Manchester.

Alex McGrath, Product Manager – Fuel 3D

Alex McGrath graduated with a First in Accounting and Finance in 2014 and now works as a product manager at Fuel 3D, a leading 3D capture and imaging innovator in Oxford.

He joined Greenwich through Clearing, and has never looked back.

Initially, Alex was hoping to be a trader in the City but his time at Greenwich sparked an interest in start-up businesses and he joined Fuel 3D as an intern.

"If I hadn't gone to Greenwich I'm not sure I would be where I am today," he says.

"I learned a lot of the necessary skills that I needed in the workplace. From the very first day, you are taught to stand in front of the class and explain concepts, and you have lots of teamwork."

Siobhan Shum, Analyst, Consolidation and Reporting – Barclays

The university's career mentoring scheme gave Siobhan Shum the confidence to land her first graduate job.

"I was partnered with someone from Northern Trust, and it helped me to outline my career goals and prepare for mock interviews," she says.

In her final year, Siobhan worked in the Business School Employability Office, where she picked up valuable insights on how to create an impressive CV and covering letter. Part of her role involved doing presentations at student workshops.

"I would never have thought that I would be doing presentations to a wide audience, and feel like I've always avoided them," she says. "But the more I do, the more I realise that I actually really enjoy doing them."