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 Connell credits his tutors and the university's employability service with his academic and career success. Gaining a BA in business psychology gave him the theoretical elements of how to manage people, while a job as a student supervisor at the Students' Union bar was the perfect place to start putting this knowledge into practice.

A placement with the Caribbean-based hospitality firm Sandals helped Elliott make the transition into the world of work. "I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do when I finished university so I contacted the Business School Employability Office, who organised my HR placement with Sandals."

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."

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.

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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 explains that he found Greenwich through Clearing and is glad he did. "If I hadn't gone to Greenwich I'm not sure I would be where I am today."

Initially, his plan was to be a trader in the City but towards the end of his time at university he decided it wasn't the right route for him. It was his studies at Greenwich which sparked his interest in being part of a start-up business and he joined Fuel 3D as an intern.

"The university played a big role in where I am today. 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."

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Siobhan Shum, Analyst, Consolidation and Reporting – Barclays

The university's strong links with business gave Siobhan Shum the confidence to land her first graduate job. "The career mentoring scheme is a six-month period where students are linked with a professional industry. I was partnered with someone from Northern Trust, and it helped me to outline my career goals and prepare for mock interviews."

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. But the more I do, the more I realise that I actually really enjoy doing them."

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