By Louise Drake, Psychology Careers Connector

The Make it Happen events are an amazing new set of panel events targeting several different job sectors and career types, where you can hear how graduates from the University of Sussex got into their careers, their tips for job hunting, and their top tips for you after University. As a Psychology student, the ‘Careers in Life Sciences’ talk happening on the 16th of March, where a graduate from Sussex will be speaking about her career following her degree in Neuroscience in 2021 sounds interesting. However, your degree in Psychology can open you up to so many different industries and career paths that there’s valuable knowledge to be gained from all of these talks.

This is an exclusive opportunity to get some invaluable advice and have a chance to ask questions with a Q&A after each session.

The events are taking place throughout March 2022, with different events covering specific career areas. During the events you will also hear all about Sussex Connect, which is an online platform (a bit like LinkedIn, but just for Sussex grads) where you can connect with fellow graduates once you’ve graduated and get in touch with graduates in your chosen career path. This can be a great first step in starting to build your professional network, which can be invaluable in opening doors or making you aware of courses or job advertisements and so on which may not be advertised elsewhere.

Students who have attended the Make it Happen events in previous years have said things like:

“Not only did I learn about what Sussex connect was and how it could benefit me in my future career plans, it made me understand what career path I would like to go down plus how to get there! It’s left me positive about my future and the next steps I am going to take after uni.”

“The talk was very inspiring, and the face-to-face networking was very helpful and fun. I could ask as many questions as I wanted and all the alumni were very friendly and supportive.”   

So, what kind of events are happening?

Wednesday 16th March

Topic: Careers in life sciences


Layla Burn (BSc Neuroscience, 2021): Medical student at Queen Mary, University of London

Melina Matthiessen: Trainee Clinical Scientist (Audiology) at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Acquah: Research Professor of Chemistry and Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Wednesday 23rd March

Topic: Careers in media, arts and communications


Amy Alipio: Associate Managing Editor at National Geographic Travel

Charlotte Newell: Senior Press & PR Officer at FareShare

Jordi M Carter: Taking Part & Directors Prog Associate at Young Vic Theatre

Jonathan Gaiger: Global Senior Digital Creative at LEGO

Wednesday 30th March

Topic: Careers in government and public services


Arran Pedder: Corporate Relations Manager at Imperial War Museum

Declan McClean: Policy Advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Dr Neil Churchill: Director of Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England

Vincent Parisi: Preparedness Analyst at US Federal Emergency Management Agency

You can book your place on one of these fantastic events using CareerHub.

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