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Published: 27 January 2022

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There are many reasons someone decides to study for their degree. It could be the thrill of learning something, of challenging yourself or even simply meeting new people. 

But by far the most significant outcome anyone applying is thinking about is what they will be doing once they graduate. 

Employability is consistently ranked the most important factor behind a student’s application choice. 

At the University of Sunderland in London, we’re dedicated to providing courses focused on getting you career-ready with modules on all aspects of your areas of study needed to excel in the workplace. 

But we also benefit from having academic staff with huge amounts of experience not only as teachers but in the world of work as well. 

We’ve asked some of them to share their top tips for landing your dream job after you finish your studies. 

Claudia Vasto, Associate Lecturer (Tourism and Hospitality)  

“It’s important to read the news, both online and offline, for information about your industry.  

Doing so will keep you up-to-date with all the latest issues and help you in your future professional development.” 

Maxwell Omoruyi, Lecturer (Undergraduate Nursing) 

Maxwell Omoruyi

“Decide what you want to do and make sure you stay focused on your dream. Once you’ve achieved this, it’s a matter of being confident in yourself and getting familiar with the area you want to specialise in. 

Always be ready to take constructive criticism. This will help you reflect on both negative and positive situations everyone comes across at work. 

It’s also important to have good communication skills to excel in any industry.” 

Precious Bembridge, Associate Lecturer (Health and Social Care) 

“When you believe in yourself the ideas you have inside become real and achievable. Avoid being a quitter but don’t be afraid to fail.  

Everyone does, but it’s what we learn from our failures that defines us.  

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions either. No one is an expert in everything.” 

Dr Victoria Afolabi, Lecturer (Business and Management)

 Dr Victoria Afolabi

“Turn your weakness into strength. For example, if you forget things easily make sure to do your tasks straight away.  

That means you will get everything done before the deadline and show your colleagues you’re a good team player. 

It’s also important to take the time to find a career you love.  

Every job comes with some inconveniences, but if you enjoy what you do, you’ll start to see the things you don’t like doing as a chance to grow rather than a reason to quit.” 

Dr Giuseppe Cantafio, Senior Lecturer (Academic Development APP and TEF) 

 Lecturer in Postgraduate Business at the University of Sunderland in London Giuseppe Cantafio

“Nowadays the knowhow is so important, but just as vital is the know-who. So, make sure you create your network while studying at the University of Sunderland in London. 

We’re sitting on a goldmine having one of the most diverse student demographics in the country. Throw yourself in there and make new contacts that will last a lifetime.” 

You can find out more about our lecturers in the Academic Staff Profiles section of the website. 

For advice and information about working after graduation, head to our Careers and Employability page. 

You can also read more about employability skills on our news pages and share your thoughts with the University of Sunderland in London community on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using #WeAreSunLon.