Naomi is 24 years old and has just graduated from the University of Suffolk, having studied Event and Tourism management. She decided to get involved with Student Life as she wanted to share how she interpreted her university experience.
Before I went to university I was struggling to find a job in my chosen career sector, so I decided to find a course and university which would give me the opportunity to work alongside my degree to gain experience. I feel that working alongside your degree is important, in order to get the most out of what you are learning. My degree gave me the ability to arrange events whilst getting feedback from my employment and from my lecturers.
I worked as a student ambassador whilst I was studying which gave me the opportunity to share my experiences throughout my university career and also has meant that I have been able to use my communication skills to get a job straight after finishing my degree.
I will be graduating in October with a 2:1 which has shown me that hard work really does pay off. Since finishing university, I have secured a permanent job working for a supply teaching agency and I have recently been promoted into an account manager role. This will utilise the knowledge and skills I have gained in marketing and communication. In the future, I want to use what I have learnt from university and the additional skills from my current role to work in marketing within the tourism sector.
Having lived in student accommodation for the first two years of my studies, I have made lots of new friends and enjoyed sharing my whole experience with them. University has allowed me to learn so much and become my own independent person. I am now looking forward to what the rest of my career will entail, taking everything I have learnt with me on my journey.