Shelley Jarvis - Undergraduate - University of Derby

Shelley Jarvis - Marketing Joint Honours

The Derby experience 

I felt Derby had so much to offer students in terms of support and student experience and also the development happening in Derby offering students opportunities after their time studying was really appealing to me.

I really enjoyed learning about Marketing at BTEC level, and knew that this was something I wanted to expand on in my future studies. I chose to study the course as part of the joint honours scheme as it gave me a more varied experience at University and gave me the chance to study two courses. 

My highlights 

The whole university experience for me was a highlight! Being at university gave me the confidence I needed to go out into the professional world and sell my skills and abilities to the business community. I met so many wonderful people and made many memories that will stick with me for life.

The people I met and the experiences I had have shaped who I am today and I will be forever grateful. I look back on my university days now and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience - I miss being part of the university and coming to lectures! 

Excellent support

The support from my lecturers at Derby was second to none and their willingness to go out of their way to support you was so refreshing and helpful. The tips and anecdotes that my lecturers gave me have stuck with me and I have applied them to my life and career. I have kept the books and notes I took at university because I know that I will always find uses for them.

Helping with my career progression

I currently work as the permanent recruitment consultant for Sky Recruitment Solutions based in Derby. As a fairly young company, I have been able to apply my knowledge and skills to the company and my role to recruit for permanent roles in a variety of sectors. I have a passion to learn, and in this role I am always learning about different roles and industries in Derby. 

Studying at Derby has helped my career as Sky Recruitment Solutions predominantly operate in Derbyshire, and studying and living in Derby has given me the background knowledge and contacts I need to confidently recruit for our clients in the Derbyshire area. It doesn’t feel like a job at all, it is something I enjoy doing and I know that I am in the career I will be in when I retire. 

For anybody considering studying in Derby I would say do it! The support and resources available to you are second to none, there is always someone to talk to and there are always things you can get involved with.Even after you graduate the support is there to help you.

You have so much available to you at Derby, a great support system, great people, great amenities, a great nightlife and so much more!


"Being at university gave me the confidence I needed to go out into the professional world and sell my skills to the business community."