Safa Masud - Project Coordinator (Planning)

Safa is the latest success story in the NTU Graduate Development Programme: she came not knowing what to expect, but worked hard and has now secured a permanent position in our Planning Team.

This programme really is the best stepping stone for your career. A lot of jobs you get out of university don’t offer you the support, development opportunities and experience that this does.

I spent 4 years at Trent studying International Business, but when I graduated I realised that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I joined the Graduate Development Programme after receiving an email about it, saying they were looking for NTU graduates.

At university I learned so much about business theory, business strategy, all these kinds of things, but in terms of actual work-based skills and working with people, I learned nothing. In my time on the programme I’ve had the chance to develop those work-based skills, and I have grown so much more than I ever thought possible. Also, at university you’re never taught how to deal with situations that go wrong, or how to bounce back from failure. Working on this job and going through the programme has really taught me that failure isn’t a bad thing, rather it’s a development opportunity that can be used to make me a better professional.

The monthly workshops that are put on for us graduates taught us skills which were so valuable to us all. We learned so much in terms of leadership development, how to be resilient and loads of other things. All of these skills can be put into practice whilst you’re here and can be transferred to any other company that you go to, and they really give you a good foundation for your career. As a graduate, this development is something that you really need. You might have a degree, even some work experience, but you won’t have the level of personal development skills that this programme can give you.

Being part of the NTU Graduate Development Programme gave me more of an understanding of higher education and working for a university. Before the programme I would never have thought of a university as a viable place to work – in my eyes it was just a place to go study. It’s been so insightful to see behind the scenes and understand the amount of work that goes into making the student experience here so good.

This programme really is the best stepping stone for your career. A lot of jobs you get out of university don’t offer you the support, development opportunities and experience that this does. I’ve loved being a part of the programme, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to lay the foundation for their future career.

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