Mike Wilkerson - Video Assistant

Mike is another beneficiary of the NTU Graduate Development Programme: he took all the opportunities given to him and has managed to secure a permanent role in the Video Team in our Marketing department.

Having that community of like-minded people who are all in the same boat as you is so beneficial to have. Most of us were in our first ‘proper’ jobs, and having that support network where we could help each other out became so important to me.

I wasn’t actually hired through the programme originally: I was already working in the video team, but then I was sent an email from the head of the programme advertising this opportunity, so I put myself forward for it – and it was the best decision I could have made.

We took part in monthly workshops, and these were honestly so eye-opening. The first one I went to was all about how different people’s backgrounds give them a different perspective on life. As soon as you figure that out, disputes and conversations become so much easier because you’re like, “I can understand why you’re saying that, let’s work together to figure this out.” I didn’t expect to, but I used this skill and tons of others from the workshops every single day in my work, and it made everything way easier.

The programme really gave me an insight into how I work and how I work with other people that I wouldn’t have gained if I didn’t take part in the programme. You learn loads of stuff about leadership, self-confidence, and professional perspective. All these things I didn’t know that I needed, but now that I have them I bring them into my daily work life: they have genuinely been so beneficial.

I absolutely love my day-to-day job as well. As a video assistant it is my job to film, edit and create video content for the University. It’s given me experience in filming so many different things, such as big conferences, sports events and open days. I’ve learned so much whilst working here, and it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come from where I was as a student to where I am now.

I have to say, the other graduates on the programme were one of the things that made my experience here so great. Having that community of like-minded people who are all in the same boat as you is so beneficial to have. Most of us were in our first “proper” jobs, and having that support network where we could help each other out became so important to me.

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