Student Bloggers


Hi everyone! My name is Bolanle.

I am a BSc Psychology student who recently just finished working as a research assistant for a study looking at staff wellbeing in paediatric intensive care units for my placement year.

Although I worked remotely, my placement was such an enjoyable experience and allowed me to gain insight into what it’s like working in the field of psychological research. I will be sharing more about my university and placement experience as well as some useful tips I have learnt along the way. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and hopefully find it beneficial!


    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Ria, I’m in my Second Year studying BSc Human Resources and Business Management. This year I am going to be applying for placements for the coming year.

    I will be sharing my experience of my first year as a student at Aston University (during online studies), how I stayed motivated and worked towards my goals. I will be also sharing my Second Year journey and showing you what I did and will be doing to prepare myself for this coming year. I’ll also give you more information about different work experience opportunities available for you to explore; even if you are not living in the UK,  and will share more tips for virtual possibilities.


      My name is Shamia Khalis and I am studying BSc Politics & Economics.

      My degree consists of a placement year which I currently am on and fortunately have found an opportunity to be an assistant accountant, which will aid in my future long-term career plan of becoming a chartered accountant.




        Staff Bloggers



        Abby Sweeting burst onto the marketing scene twelve years ago when she was marketing shows and performances for her university dance club. Since then, she’s gone on to work in events, marketing and PR roles in a range of industries including third sector, retail, tourism, hospitality, and most recently, higher education. She’s also dabbled in a bit of agency marketing! Her special skills include copywriting, event management, and making fajitas. When she’s not working, you’ll find her writing, drinking oat flat whites, and dancing in her kitchen.


        Jodie Carpenter has been in love with words her whole life, so a career in marketing was always going to be a natural fit for her. She worked in a variety of different places before settling at Aston including a law library, a children’s hospital, a PR & media company and a private school. She currently works as a Student Engagement Officer in the Careers and Placements marketing team where she creates content for first years, final years and postgraduates – often with an oat milk chai latte to hand. Outside of work, she spends her time reading and writing YA fiction, gaming and watching anime.


        Jim Reali is a Careers Consultant in the Careers and Placements team. He’s a bit of a “jack of all trades” and works with a wide range of students and graduates. In addition to working currently at Aston, he’s also worked at the University of Bristol and the University of Birmingham.

        Jim’s areas of focus include supporting current postgraduate students and students who have graduated recently from postgraduate courses, career action planning and psychometric tests. However, if you have a question about anything else careers-related, please don’t hesitate to ask Jim – he’s always happy to help.


        Sarah Collins is our Postgraduate Business Development Manager in the Careers and Placements team. She spends most of her work time talking to businesses and local business networks about our amazing Aston students (yes that’s you!), listening to their business needs and goals, then helping them to scope out new work experience/ placement/ graduate opportunities that work for the business and for you! Building relationships with businesses and hearing about the amazing work students do for them is what Sarah finds most rewarding. She has a background in business growth support and has worked in a variety of sectors such as Education, Travel & Tourism, Renewable Energy – although she’s helped support businesses/organisations from all sectors including Finance, Engineering, Consultancy, Non-Profit…think of a sector and she’ll have an example!

        While mainly business-facing, Sarah also gets involved with some of the Postgraduate student sessions, has a dabble with marketing and organises a variety of events aimed primarily at Postgraduate students. In her spare time she loves to travel, read – especially old Sci-Fi writers like Issac Asimov – and get involved with local networks. For example, she leads a mentoring programme that supports students from any Birmingham based University to get a professional local mentor.

        Guest Bloggers

        We have a number of guest-written blog posts from students, graduates, employers and staff members. These one-off pieces are a great source of information and advice for students looking for support with their employability.