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The Student Sessions
The Student Sessions, hosted by Tonia Galati, a series of PODCASTs for students and graduates that addresses the issues that are important to you and tells it just how it is.
5 hours ago
Episode 18 : Careers in Tech, Ola Otaiku, Andre Hitchman and Bernard Kambasha
What is like getting into Tech? In this session Tonia talks to Ola, Andre and Bernard who share their experiences of trying to get into the Tech industry. They also discuss the struggles of being an ethnic minority in the industry and share advice on how to stand out from the competition. If you enjoyed our Podcast, please recommend to your friends, and leave us a review! If you want to catch up on any of our previous episodes, then follow us on Facebook @StudentSessionsPodcast and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify.
Aug 11, 2020
Episode 17: How to Know When to Change Careers, Cynthia Ahianyo
Being stuck in a career that's not right for you can be a daunting thought. That's why Cynthia joins Tonia today to talk about changing careers and returning to university to study as a mature learner. Cynthia shares some of the challenges she faced and gives some great advice on how to adapt to new environments. Want to know more about careers or recruitment? Why not check out S1Episode 6: Sophie Milliken – The Recruitment Process
Aug 6, 2020
Episode 16: How to Create Your Online Brand, Jack Staples and Aleysha Minns
What is a brand? And how can you get your personal brand out there online? In this session, Tonia talks to Jack and Aleysha who share their top tips on building a strong personal and online brand, as well as the do's and don’t's. They also discuss the importance of managing your digital footprint and how to develop a brand that is right for you. Want to learn more? Check out Episode 14: The Importance of Networking on more tips about reaching new people with your brand.
Aug 4, 2020
Episode 15: An International Student View on Navigating UK Recruitment and Education, Anisoara Burevschi and Oghenero Ologide
In this episode Tonia is joined by Anna and Nero, who both relocated to the UK to undertake student programmes at the University of Greenwich. Anna and Nero discuss the challenges they have faced and also provide advice on navigating the UK recruitment and education system.
Jul 30, 2020
Episode 14: The Importance of Networking, Yessica Carballo, Queen Mary University of London
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Yessica who discusses the importance of face2face and online networking and the benefits to career progression. Yessica also shares some hints and tips to make the most out of networking scenarios.
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 13: Mental Health, Chloe Ambrose and Ally Garton, University of Lincoln
In this episode Tonia is joined by Chloe and Ally who share their experiences of the mental health issues they have faced. They talk about their journey and the mechanisms they have put in place to help them succeed with their studies, careers and beyond.
Jul 23, 2020
Episode 12: The importance of work experience, Giulia Basana , Rimila Haque, Nicolo Todde, City University
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Nicolo, Giulia and Rimila who have all just completed their undergraduate degrees. The new graduates talk about the work experiences they have undertaken, and how these experiences have helped to shape their career paths and equip them with essential skills for the future future world of work.
Jul 21, 2020
Episode 11: Entrepreneurship. Aleksandr Sukhanov, Kimberley Elliot and Andre Thompson, Middlesex University
In this episode, Tonia talks to entrepreneurs Andre, Kimberley and Aleksandr who share their stories, together with their motivations for setting up their own businesses and the challenges that they have faced along the way.
Jul 16, 2020
Episode 10: Relocating and overcoming self-doubt, Vera Ochieng, Cardiff University
In this episode, Tonia talks to Vera who shares her experiences of relocating to the UK and how she adapted to her new surroundings. Vera shares some of the challenges she has overcome and talks about some of the mechanisms she has put into place to help her build her confidence and push herself out of her comfort zone.
Jul 14, 2020
Episode 9: Diversity, Naomi Ngondi and Yongpian Cai, University of Lincoln
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Naomi and Yongpian who talk about diversity and their experiences of moving to the UK, and some of the challenges they have faced. They also address some of the current issues around inclusion in the workplace and how diversity has impacted their careers to date.
Jul 9, 2020
Episode 8: Experiential Learning, Joshua Moore and Amy Parr, Bath Spa University
In this episode Tonia talks to Amy and Joshua, who share their experiences of experiential learning, and working in a multidisciplinary team. They reflect on the challenges of adapting to a new way of working and how the learning has enabled their development.
Jul 7, 2020
Episode 7: How to Develop a Competitive Edge, Cody Croxall and Hannah Pugh, Sheffield Hallam University
In this episode Tonia talks to Cody and Hannah, who reflect on how they have worked to stay ahead of the competition in an often competitive environment. Hannah and Cody also talk about the challenges and setbacks they have faced and overcome.
Jul 2, 2020
Episode 6 : Working for an SME – Reality Check, Adnan Rafique and Anup Mistry, London Metropolitan University
In this episode Tonia talks to Anup and Adnan, who talk about the realities of working for an SME and help to dispel some of the myths students have around SME opportunities. Adnan and Anup discuss how their experiences in SMEs helped to prepare them for their careers.
Jun 30, 2020
Episode 5: Effective Time Management, Jordan Smith and Zafirah Nurmamodo, Aston University
In this episode Tonia talks to Jordan and Zafirah from Aston University, who give their advice on managing your time effectively and adapting to different environments with differing expectations. They also share examples of when things haven't gone to plan!
Jun 25, 2020
Episode 4: Phillip Gywnn and Bethany Fraser, Maximising your first and second year at university, Nottingham Trent University
In this episode Tonia talks to Bethany and Phillip from Nottingham Trent University, who reflect on their first two years of university and how they have been able to make the most of personal and professional development opportunities. They also share some of the challenges they have overcome.
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 3: Lamin Sawo Jadama and Maariya Hussain, Placement Reflections and Myth Busting (Birmingham City University)
In this episode Tonia talks to Lamin and Maariya from Birmingham City University, who share their experiences of doing an industrial placement, and dispel some of the myths surrounding these opportunities. * *
Jun 18, 2020
Episode 2: Heather Tymms, Placements and Disclosing Disability, University of Hertfordshire
In this episode, Tonia talks to Heather Tymms, a mathematics student at the University of Hertfordshire. Heather discusses her determination to secure an industrial placement and how she ensured her disability wasn't a barrier in the recruitment process
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 1: University Reflections: Daniel Tuitt and Naomi Buthee, Kingston University
In this episode, Tonia talks to Daniel and Naomi, who 7 years after graduating from Kingston University, reflect on making the most of university life and the challenges they overcame as students
Jun 3, 2020
Episode 16 with Professor Damian Hughes – The Winning Mindset
In this final episode of series 1, Tonia talks to Damian Hughes about The Winning Mindset. Damian brings his experiences of working with sports champions and high performing sports teams, to talk about how students can take some of these insights and apply them to develop their own winning mindset. Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and bestselling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture. He is the author of eight best-selling business books and his innovative and exciting approach has been praised by Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jun 1, 2020
Episode 15 with Maximillion Simon - Imposter Syndrome
Tonia is joined by Maximillion Simon, an Elite Life & Performance Coach. Maximillion talks to Tonia about imposter syndrome and lessons learned from his professional sporting career in how to overcome feelings of self-doubt and more. Maximillion graduated with a degree in BA (Hons) Creative Music and Technology from Brunel University before starting his sports career as a professional basketball player, and traveling the world. During his adventures spanning 4 continents, he founded Team Flight Group nine years ago which helps teams enhance optimum performance in Business, Sports and Entertainment. He is also an author and has upcoming books in the pipeline.
May 28, 2020
Episode 14 - Hannah Salton – Nudging Comfort Zones and Learning from Rejection
In Episode 14, Tonia Galati talks to Hannah Salton about nudging comfort zones and learning from rejection. Hannah Salton worked in corporate HR & recruitment for 8 years, including 5 years at BT and 3 years leading UK graduate recruitment at law firm Allen & Overy. She later became a career coach and consultant, delivering career coaching programmes for graduates looking to develop the skills and awareness needed to secure their dream job.
May 26, 2020
Episode 13 with Matt Johnston - understanding career and employment options
In episode 13 Tonia Galati chats with Matt Johnston about understanding career and employment options. Matt is an Account Manager at Employment 4 Students, an online student job site attracting over 3 million visitors annually. Matt is passionate about helping to promote a variety of roles to candidates and to provide information on all the opportunities on the platform which includes; part time and holiday jobs, temporary work, internships, placements, apprenticeships and graduate roles.
May 21, 2020
Episode 12 - Kevser Kilinc, Apprenticeships
In this episode, Tonia Galati talks to Kevser Kilinc who shares her apprenticeship experience and dispels some of the myths surround this career option. Kevser works at Redington Limited and joined as an AAT Level 3 Apprentice. She had no background in accounting but, through the leadership through sport and business programme, Kevser worked hard to secure the opportunity, and has now been working as an apprentice for over two years and has also been promoted to an Analyst within the Finance team. Kevser took the apprenticeship route straight after her A Levels (end of 2017) and since then has gained her AAT Level 2 & 3 qualifications and is now studying with ACCA at level 7
May 19, 2020
Episode 11 Aden Watkins – Mental Health Awareness – be Kind
In Episode 11 Tonia Galati talks with Aden Watkins about Mental Health Awareness with a 'Be Kind' theme. Aden is a mental health campaigner and proud father of four based in Somerset. Growing up in London, he began his career in event management before moving to the South West and joining the NHS to support the learning and development of staff across the region. However, Aden’s own mental health deteriorated quite suddenly in 2013, eventually leading to a period in hospital. Since then, Aden has been dedicated to supporting others with lived experience to speak out
May 14, 2020
Episode 10 with Carl Reader - Entrepreneurial myths and challenges
In episode 10 Tonia Galati chats with Carl Reader who is a serial entrepreneur, chairman of business advisory firm d&t, and author. They examine business myths and challenges. He features regularly in the national press and on stage, and has helped thousands of business owners either start or grow their business by helping them understand that business isn't difficult.
May 7, 2020
Episode 8 - Jordan Reader – The Road Less Travelled
In Episode 8 - Tonia Galati chats with Jordan Reader about 'The Road Less Travelled.' Jordan is a 21 year old voiceover artist and audiobook narrator. He left college at 18 with a healthy mindset, a willingness to work and learn, but wasn’t interested in university. He went straight into retail, and on the side built his business and devoted time to learn. 2 years and 2 jobs later, he was able to go full time with his business. But it wasn’t a straightforward and easy path. Listen to hear his motivating story.
May 5, 2020
Episode 7 with Sharon Critchlow – Believe in Yourself
In Episode 7 your host Tonia Galati is chatting with Sharon Critchlow. Sharon left school with a few GCSEs and struggled with her A Levels. She didn’t find learning easy Despite this she learned new ways to learn as an adult. She became a qualified accountant at age 23, a company Director at 28 and sold her shares in her multi million pound business at 44. She is now a bestselling author and speaks at conferences around the world. Sharon believes everyone has a talent and your task is to find yours. The theme is Believe in Yourself.
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 6 with Sophie Milliken – The Recruitment Process
In Episode 6 of The Student Sessions our host Tonia Galati is chatting with Sophie Milliken. Sophie is an award-winning recruitment and employability expert, and MD of SRS, the UK’s leading provider of assessment centre simulations for universities, through which she has trained over 25000 students. An ex graduate recruiter for the John Lewis Partnership, Sophie is also author of best-selling book, From Learner to Earner, where she shares her secrets to wowing in all areas of the recruitment process.
Apr 28, 2020
Episode 5 with Charlie Ball - Tomorrows World: The Future Labour Market
In Episode 5 of The Student Sessions your host Tonia Galati is talking to Charlie Ball about Tomorrows World: The Future Labour Market. Charlie Ball is the Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Graduate Prospects, the UK sector agency charged with the support of higher education careers and employability provision, where he is the specialist on UK graduate employment and the skilled jobs market. Charlie publishes and speaks extensively on all issues on the schools, graduate and postgraduate labour market, and works extensively with quantitative data on graduates and students.
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 4 with Ryan Makuku - Building Social Capital and Belonging
In Episode 4, Tonia Galati is chatting with Ryan Makuku about building social capital and belonging. Ryan currently works as a Treasury Analyst in the Banking industry, where he has spent the past 2 years on a graduate scheme. Ryan is a passionate speaker on social mobility and youth employment. His passions have led him to be an ambassador for One Young World and the EY Foundation. Ryan currently sits on EY Foundation's Youth Advisory Board where he advises on the charity's strategic decisions. If you want to contact Tonia please drop her a line to: Tonia@tgconsultingltd.co.uk
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 3 with Kate Llewellyn Cripps - Confidence
In Episode 3 Tonia talks to Kate Llewellyn Crips about confidence. Kate has over 13 years’ experience of working with and recruiting students, as well as building recruitment campaigns on behalf of clients. As a Consultant she delivered a global attraction strategy for HSBC, acting as a subject matter expert in Early Careers. Kate has been creating and delivering personal development and employability programmes for the past 10 years. Most recently she has created the Point of Difference (POD) Programme which combines personal development, employability and career advice for people at all stages of their career. If you want more from Tonia feel free to email her at tonia (at) tgconsultingltd (dot) co (dot) uk
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 2 with Craig Hiskett, Resilience and Adaptability
In Episode 2 with Craig Hiskett, Tonia and Craig explore the very relevant world of resilience. Craig is an experienced learning and development consultant, and trainer. Having spent almost 10 years working within the human resources function at Bosch, and recruiting school leaver and university talent into the business, he very quickly developed a passion for people performance within the workplace. Craig now provides training to businesses and their staff on; communication, change management, diversity and inclusion, creativity and problem solving, time and productivity.
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 1, Reggie Nelson, Maintaining a Positive Mindset
Episode one, Reggie Nelson, Maintaining a positive mindset. Reggie, an Investment Management Analyst, became well known by the media for getting from East London to the City by knocking on peoples doors in wealthy areas to seek life advice. Through his journey he completed five internships. Listen to his story as he tells Tonia Galati all about his inspiring journey.
Apr 9, 2020
The Student Sessions - A teaser
This is a brief introduction to The Student Sessions series of PODCASTs, hosted by Tonia Galati and introduced by The Branding Man, Steve Keith.