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Case Study: Ed Noel

Personal details
Degree:Philosophy Profile picture
School(s): School of Philosophy, Anthropology & Film Studies
Year of Graduation:Jun-2011
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National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Debating Matters
Job title: London Administrator
Occupational Sector: Administration
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I’ve only just started, but I was an ambassador of the tournament (a schools debating competition) and helped out organizing events for them whilst at uni
What does your job involve ?
I am responsible for the 450% expansion of the tournament in London for the academic year 2012/13. This involves recruiting schools to be involved and then delivering the competition throughout next year
What are the best bits of your job ?
The people in the office are fantastic and make it a very relaxed working environment. Although I am new at the company I have been given a very real, and very difficult role to fulfill. Whilst this is daunting it is much more preferable to being extensively trained up or being given boring paperwork.
Why were you successful?
I kept in touch with this company all the way through university and was willing to volunteer for them when they needed it. I was fortunate in that they had an opening just as I was leaving university (especially as this happens exceptionally rarely)
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
I took an interest in political philosophy at university, which helps as it is a political organization I am working for. More than my degree, though, my work with the Union Debating Society equipped me well for this job; after my interview I was told the company were most impressed by my experience as Schools Secretary.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
In many ways I have been exceptionally lucky. I was going to go travelling, but this job became available and, given it was the only job I would take in the UK, I applied for it. I think I was the only person they interviewed as they never publicaly advertised for the job. The only advise I could give, then, is if you get a sense a company you are interested in may have a position which is soon to become available make sure you make the first move.