Careers question time

Inspiring careers event

12 May 2014

The career question time took place in the new John Henry Brookes Building on the evening of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Recent Oxford Brookes graduates and current students came along to seek helpful insight and careers advice, from a panel of experienced alumni and associates. Although on a smaller scale to the BBC’s own Question Time, the evening was still full of stimulating discussion and debate, which the student/graduate audience themselves were able to initiate and dictate!

The evening consisted of two key parts; a question and answer panel session, and a speed-networking session, where for the latter, the audience broke off in to smaller groups to engage with panel speakers on a more 1:1 level. Professor Anne-Marie Kilday acted as Panel Chair and event host for the evening.

The panel was an impressive and eclectic mix, with representatives from Broadcast Journalism, Hospitality Management, Press and Public Affairs, Urban Design and the Voluntary Sector. All five speakers spoke about the value of transferable skills and the importance of practical experience. "Just because you do a particular degree, that doesn’t mean you are then confined to working in a specific field or industry. You can use the skills you gain in so many different ways" commented panel speaker and alumnus Tim Field, Head of Press and Public Affairs at Energy Networks Association.

The speed-networking that followed the panel session allowed small groups of students and graduates to engage with all five speakers individually, and ask them further questions about their career progression to date. The speakers were able to share how they personally made the transition from University to working life, and recommend ways in which to approach the often challenging application process.

The evening was rounded up with some light refreshments and informal discussion between the panel members, audience and staff.

Audience members left with positive comments about career question time: "I had a really good time, and came away feeling really inspired" said a recent graduate.

Feedback was also encouraging from panel members; "It was a lovely event - pleased I was part of it" said Asana Greenstreet, Production Broadcast Journalist ITV Meridian News.

For further information on the careers service visit the Oxford Brookes Careers Centre website, and for more alumni events, check out our events page.