Buxton degrees pass the real world test
Date posted: 19 February 2014
A University of Derby Buxton graduate who waited only two weeks between her last exam and getting a job with an international hotel chain returned to campus to recruit more students to the world of work.
Stevie-Jo Todd was representing one of 43 firms from the hotel, catering, events, sports, leisure and spa industries who came from all over the world for an Industry Networking Day.
The Events Management and Public Relations graduate, who is now in charge of corporate and social events at the Marriott Hotel in York, is living proof of statistics which show the University of Derby Buxton tops the league for graduate employability - beating Oxford and Cambridge in the latest survey.
"I graduated in November and only had two weeks between my last exam and walking into employment," she said.
"What I learnt has proved invaluable," said Stevie-Jo, who advises foreign visitors, as well as locals using the hotel for christenings, weddings and funerals.
She told undergraduates who visited her stall to pay attention in class - as everything they are told is relevant to the real world: "It's always there when you need it - and you do need it!"
Experts from firms ranging from the luxurious Six Senses Spa in Qatar to Woodland Survival Crafts updated University lecturers on the latest industry trends to ensure courses meet the demands of their future employers.
Justin Musgrove, from the Bannatyne Spa set up by Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne, said: "The fact that you have got your own spa on campus is marvellous. There aren't many universities which are able to offer this taste of the real world."
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