Rebecca Bell – Market Research and Insight Assistant
Rebecca is one of the many success stories in the NTU Graduate Development Programme (GDP). She worked to make the most out of the Programme, developed within her role and secured a permanent position in our Market Research and Insight team.
It’s not necessarily the case that every graduate knows what they want to do after university. I studied Psychology here because I loved the subject, but I was very open about where it could take me.
Around about the time I was graduating, Kim – our team’s manager – sent out an email advertising a graduate vacancy. Straight away I could imagine myself in the role. For my first job after graduating, the familiarity of NTU made that transition into work a bit less daunting.
The Programme teaches you such a variety of skills. It helps you understand how to work effectively with different people. Coming into a new workplace can be scary, but the Programme encourages you to express your ideas and not be afraid of speaking out. It also made me so much more confident. They encourage and give you the opportunity to keep challenging yourself. In doing these things, it makes you believe in yourself more and excites you to take them on again.
You’re so well looked after here. They’ve got the balance just right – you’re challenged, but in the right way. It’s very supportive. My parents are always joking, “You’ve fallen on your feet there!” Kim’s great, and I’m so lucky to have her as a manager – she’s encouraged me to take up opportunities and get everything I can out of the role and the Programme.
To be given that sense of trust and ownership at such an early point was inspiring, and it really helped my confidence. I’ve done things I never thought I’d be capable of, and to secure a permanent position at the end of the year was huge. Having worked at NTU for over two years now, it’s clear how beneficial the GDP was to me. If I’m ever struggling, I can pause for a moment and look back at the skills I learned in the workshops. Integrating these tips and advice into my job is so helpful, and I think I’ll use them all the way through my career. I really can’t imagine I’d have got this experience or opportunities anywhere else.
I’d encourage any NTU student to apply for a graduate position. You might think you’re not moving on from university, but trust me, it’s a different world. It’s interesting to see how a university works once you’ve studied here. As a student, you assume it’s just you and the lecturers, but there’s an army of people behind the scenes. You find out how much the staff here actually care about the students – they genuinely want everyone who comes here to have the best years of their life and they do everything they can to make sure that happens.