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Official blog of the University of Surrey's Employability and Careers Centre

My Professional Training Year – Karolina Sichma, Sainsbury’s

Karolina Sichma, Nutrition and Food Sciences, was named FHMS winner at the Placement Student of the Year awards. She tells us about her year. When I started my Food Science and Nutrition course at the University of Surrey, I didn’t know what I wanted to do during my placement year or after getting my degree […]


My Professional Training Year – Boran Shenhuy, Cyprus Green Action Group

Boran Shenhuy from the sociology department, was named FASS winner at the Placement Student of the Year awards. He tell us about his placement year. When I was trying to find a fulfilling placement, I could not find anything until the last month before my return to Cyprus in May. As someone who has been previously involved […]


My Professional Training Year – Nadia Toor, SAP (UK) Limited

Nadia Toor from the School of Law was named the runner up in the Placement Student of the Year Awards. She tells us about her year. I undertook my placement year at SAP (UK) Limited. I started with the job role of UK Legal Associate and finished as the EMEA North and UK Legal Associate. The […]


My Professional Training Year – Gareth Coffin, Mondelez International

Gareth Coffin from Chemical Engineering was named Placement Student of the Year in the recent awards. He tells us about his year at Mondelez International. When I applied for the University of Surrey I didn’t originally sign up for the placement programme, like many of my course mates I simply wanted to get my degree and […]


Joe Pickover’s insight into working for the Press Association

We talk to former media student, Joe Pickover about his role as Deputy Head of Video at the UK’s national news agency the Press Association. What is your role? Alongside the Head of Video my role involves management of the video department. This includes scheduling the daily news agenda and video output, managing video team staff, […]


Applying for a PhD – Accident or Design?

Many graduates undertake PhDs without giving it very much thought.  For some, it seems the natural thing to do so they simply drift into it. For others, it’s a convenient way to avoid considering alternatives. Occasionally, members of academic staff offer PhDs to promising students when it hadn’t even entered their mind. Others love student […]


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