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Fashion Marketing and Branding alumni return to NTU to inspire current students

A group of alumni formed a panel and led an insightful discussion on their careers paths

Amelia Colbert, Sophie Slater, Charlie Stone and Chloe Subitte
Amelia Colbert, Sophie Slater, Charlie Stone and Chloe Subitte

Three alumni from our BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding course recently returned to campus to give something back to their course. Amelia Colbert, Charlie Stone and Chloe Subitte formed a panel, and led workshop sessions for current students to give them insights into life after graduation.

The alumni brought with them a wealth of diverse experience: Amelia Colbert works as a Social Media Marketing Co-ordinator at George, Asda. Charlie Stone works at Caribou Communications, and co-founded Backpacker Bible, a resource promoting responsible travel. Chloe Subitte works as a Research and Social Media Marketing Assistant in NTU’s College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities. The panel also included Sophie Slater – co-founder of Bird Song London, a sustainable clothing brand.

Current FMB students attended three hour-long workshop sessions, and were encouraged to ask the alumni about their careers, how they found transitioning from being a student to a new graduate, and the things they had learnt along the way.  The panel chatted about how they secured their current jobs, and what they might do differently. They explored a number of different areas, such as how to nail getting onto a graduate scheme, travelling-abroad for employment, how to start up a small business from scratch, and how to gain mentorship.

Current FMB students at the panel discussion
Current FMB students at the panel discussion

Chloe Subitte thoroughly enjoyed the panel, commenting: “It was really great to speak to the current students, to catch up with my lecturers and fellow graduates, and to have the opportunity to chat about my career so far. FMB is an amazing course here at NTU, and it has given me so many skills to help me succeed post-graduation.”

She added: “It was so interesting to hear from other FMB graduates and to discover their career paths weren’t a simple linear narrative, fixed to one job – each graduate had something to bring to the table and we all had a few pearls of wisdom to share!”

Lecturer Yvonne Richardson told us: "It is our responsibility to prepare students for the complexity of the workplace. This includes not just developing a deep understanding of practical marketing skills, but also of the opportunities and different paths they can follow when they graduate.”

She continued: “We run a career panel Q&A on FMB every year whereby we get people from industry and past students who have pursued different career paths to come back and give real insights into their roles. Whether it be starting their own business or being accepted onto a graduate scheme for a large organisation, it is a great opportunity for current students to be inspired, and to get some clarity on what direction they may take, as well as get some top tips. The panel were amazing this year in offering some really solid advice, opening our students’ eyes to the possibilities out there."

Published on 24 October 2018
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; Current students; School of Art & Design