The careers support offered to De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students and graduates has helped Krishan Jethwa secure his dream job.
The Business and Marketing alumnus starts work as a merchandising assistant at John Lewis next week and is 'excited' for this new challenge.
Having benefited from employability advice while still a student, Krishan got back in touch with DMU after completing a graduate internship.
He said: "The guidance from the faculty placements team, careers team and my lecturers have all played a crucial role in helping me secure a job.
"Two influential figures have been Associate Professor David Gordon and Zul Muhammad. They have provided me with great advice, helped me through the rejections and kept me positive throughout the process.
"A key piece of advice is to be persistent with applications and never give up. Present your unique attributes and be optimistic through the rejections."
Krishan joined a London marketing agency as an accounts executive the day after he graduated on a short-term contract. Returning to his hometown of Leicester, he got straight back in touch with DMU.
"That connection was really important," he said. "This university emphasises that you can come back if you need help and support."
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The 22-year-old had previously gained digital marketing experience through Frontrunners - a paid internship scheme offered through the university's careers programme, #DMUworks.
"This experience was invaluable," said Krishan, who worked part-time for a fashion start-up for six months alongside his degree.
"Frontrunners is a really good scheme - it helps you develop professional skills."
He's confident about his new role, combining logistics and sales analysis, at the London headquarters of the high-end department store chain.
"It's a feeling I can't describe," he said. "I'm excited to work for such a reputable organisation, with great values. The opportunity will help me develop my skills considerably, helping me fulfil my potential."
Krishan receives his awards at the Faculty of Business and Law summer 2018 prizegiving
Krishan joined DMU through Clearing. Having missed out on the grades to study Business and Spanish at a different university, he was attracted by the 'reputation of DMU'.
"I'm happy I made the change," he said. "The people on the Clearing line were hospitable and caring when I called and that has continued.
"My time at DMU has been amazing from both an education and extracurricular perspective."
Krishan particularly enjoyed modules that tested his analytical skills and brought out his creative side, winning the prize for best brand portfolio. He was also named best Business and Marketing student at the Faculty of Business and Law Class of 2018 summer prizegiving.
"It was good to get the accolade," he added.
Posted on Friday 10th May 2019