Rebecca Bell - Market Research and Insight Assistant

Rebecca is one of the many success stories in the NTU Graduate Development Programme: she worked hard, made the most of her opportunities, and secured a permanent position in our Market Research and Insight team.

I’ve done things I never thought I’d be capable of. To be given that sense of trust and ownership at such an early point in my career was inspiring, and it really helped my confidence.

It’s not necessarily the case that every graduate knows what they want to do after uni. 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 ‘proper’ job, the familiarity of NTU made that transition into work a bit less daunting.

The programme teaches you such a variety of skills. It really 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 you and give you the opportunity to keep challenging yourself, and doing these things makes you believe in yourself more and gets you excited 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 that “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 programme was huge. I can’t imagine I’d have got this experience or these opportunities anywhere else.

I’d encourage any NTU student to apply for a graduate intern position. You might think you’re not ‘moving on’, but trust me, it’s a different world. It’s really 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.

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