Student Bloggers


Hello everyone! My name is Hassan.

I am a Business and Management student who has just finished my placement at Aston University in the Careers+Placements department as a Marketing Assistant.

I have been able to learn so many skills. This opportunity has allowed me to put the theory I have learned at university into practice.

In my blog posts, I’ll be sharing my experiences while on placement, as well as offering some useful advice to other students on what they can do to help their employability. I hope you enjoy reading my blogs!


Hi everyone, my name is Alba and I am a Business and Maths student. 

I am currently on placement as a Marketing Assistant at Aston University’s Careers and Placements department, where I work collaboratively across the Student Engagement Team to support the planning and delivery of marketing campaigns.

As an international student working remotely from my home country, I will be sharing my experiences, from the first placement search to the last day at work, as well as offering some useful tips to help you make the most of your placement year. I hope to give you the confidence to go on placement despite the difficulties you may come across along the way!


Hello Everyone! I’m Zakaria and I study BSc Accounting for Management.

I’m currently doing my international work placement in Amsterdam with a large pharmaceutical company on a finance placement. Initially transitioning into a different country has been a difficult process but with the advice of my placement coordinator taking this opportunity has been a great learning opportunity. I will keep up to date with my adventure whilst over there and hopefully show you that taking international placement is good for your career development.


    My name is Chloe and I’m studying BSc Marketing at Aston University.

    I’m currently taking an industrial placement at Jaguar Land Rover, where I’m working in the commercial area of the business. My role is in Product & Launch, within the wider area of Network Excellence, where I’m assisting the Capability team as an Undergraduate Project Co-ordinator. My team are responsible for the training and development of all non-technical retail staff globally, to ensure customers worldwide receive a consistent and premium experience from JLR.

    I’m very excited to be working at JLR, however, working from home has made it feel extremely strange! My blog will explore this major change in working and some of the tasks I’ll be assisting with at JLR.


    Hi everyone, I’m Sonali and I’m studying BSc Psychology and Sociology.

    I have just finished my placement year and it is great to be back at Aston (despite these unprecedented times). I’ll be sharing my tips on how to make the most out of your time at university such as getting involved in the opportunities available to you. I’ll also be sharing my tips on mindfulness programmes and how these can reduce high levels of stress as well as improve your cognitive performance. Feel free to read my posts if this is something you’re interested in! : )


    Hi everyone, I’m Esme!

    I am a Business & Management student currently on placement with Intel Corporation as a ‘Sales Support Analyst’ in the Lenovo EMEA Account Team (Europe, Middle East & Africa). It still feels surreal working for such a successful global company, whilst also working closely with Lenovo, another huge multinational corporation within the tech industry! Experiencing different cultures and connecting with a variety of people is my new norm.

    Sharing my placement journey will provide insight into my day-to-day role and life away from the Birmingham scene. My posts may not quite capture the same thrill as a Walkie Wednesday’s, but I do hope to give you the confidence and self-belief in your placement applications, hopefully providing some useful advice along the way!


    Hi everybody! My name is Tahani and I’m a BSc Psychology student.

    I’m currently on a research placement in neuropsychology, where I work with a fantastic team looking at the impact of metabolic disorders on different areas of cognition, such as intelligence, memory, attention, and social skills. Being able to work in a field of psychology I’m so fascinated by has allowed me to gain first-hand experience in critical research, patient assessment, and how we can apply all that into improving the lives of people with such disorders. Sharing my placement experience will give you an insight into my day-to-day responsibilities, as well as providing you with some useful advice to help you along your placement journey. Happy reading! 


    Hey everyone!

    I’m Zafirah, a BSc International Business & Management student.

    I’m currently on placement at Deloitte Switzerland, working as a Tax & Legal Trainee based in Geneva. Having moved not long ago, I’ve had my fair share of stories and new learnings to say the least!

    Within my placement, I’ve already learnt and grown so much, not only with working in a professional setting but even personally. My field of work is very diverse and varied every day, by helping clients globally and communicating with different countries.

    Sharing my experiences will provide some insight not only about the day to day work but also adjusting to a new country and culture. 

    There’s a lot I wish I knew earlier so I hope you can benefit from my advice in your own placement journey!


      Hi everyone! 

      My name is Chidinma Vivian Ohuruzo and I am an international student from Nigeria studying BSc International Business and Management.

      I’m back from my placement year, now in my final year at Aston University. I’ve had some great and valuable experiences over the years both at Aston and at my placement with PwC which was partly done working from home.

      I would love to share these with you all. Happy reading! 


      Hi there, I’m Ayoade.

      I am a BSc Marketing student undertaking my placement in the Careers+Placements department at Aston University.

      I currently work as an Operations Assistant. I would like to share with you my work experience and a few tips I learnt whilst working which can help you during your job search.”

      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+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+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+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.