Matthew Langlands - Postgraduate Recruitment Marketing Officer
Matt was part of the NTU Graduate Development Programme last year and is reaping the rewards of his time here. He worked to make the most of the programme, developed in his role, and managed to secure a permanent position within the Marketing team at NTU.
Working in the higher education sector is definitely an advantage for self-progression, which lends itself to the graduate programme in a way that I think you’d struggle to find anywhere else.
I studied Broadcast Journalism as an undergrad, then went on to complete a Masters in Digital Marketing. I was drawn to the creative side of these courses, and it was great to diversify my skill set by doing a Masters too. When I finished my course, I went on to work as the Postgraduate Recruitment Marketing Officer within NTU’s Central Marketing department.
I think one of the most valuable things I learned from the programme was the importance of reflecting on my behaviours. Before the programme I tended to just get on with what I was doing and then move straight onto something else – which I think is typically the case for most students. I’m now able to take a step back from what I do and reflect on the behaviours that got me there, what I did well and what I could do better next time – making note of this and implementing these in future tasks.
Integrating what I learned from the programme into my day-to-day job came easily at NTU. Getting out of the routine and challenging your own behaviours is the difficult part, but the fact that education and development is at the heart of what we do at the University meant that my colleagues were more than supportive in helping me achieve this, both through being understanding and by providing me with opportunities to apply what I learned. Working in the higher education sector is definitely an advantage for self-progression, which lends itself to the graduate programme in a way that I think you’d struggle to find elsewhere.
Coming out of university, graduates can often lack a lot in communication skills as it’s something that is rarely taught at university. Fortunately, I came into the programme with a background in two heavily communication-based subjects, so I felt confident in my abilities – particularly at presenting and copywriting – but what I think people often overlook is the ability to listen effectively, whether this is related to work projects or to better understanding colleagues’ needs and wants. In one of the workshops, we spent an afternoon listening to other graduates and being aware of our impulses to interrupt them through a number of exercises. I still draw upon these lessons now, even though I’ve left the programme: I think this is something that will stick with me for the rest of my career.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the programme to anybody looking to gain valuable knowledge about themselves and the way they work, as well as it being a great opportunity for experience in a graduate role. The programme completely caters to those on it, whether sessions are based around areas that graduates feel they lack skills in or would like to know more about, or topics that they may have never even considered but would be beneficial.