Business management graduate uses skills learned at UEL to land great job
Harry Rodell’s LinkedIn profile was among most viewed in the UK this summer
With a new Business Management (Marketing) degree in hand, Harry Rodell is already achieving great things with a job at Amazon and an impressive social media presence.
Harry, 22, of Grays, Essex, received a first-class degree in 2017 from the University of East London (UEL), earning the highest results in his course.
He said, “I’m proud of what I’m done academically. I don’t like to boast, but looking back, I have a real sense of achievement.
Harry landed a job as a trainer with Amazon soon after finishing at UEL, and he has already earned several promotions. His role sees him leading on the induction and training of new staff, managing assistant instructors, handling contracts and writing reports.
He said, “My degree has helped me with my current role massively. At UEL I had to do regular presentations for modules, which gave me good presentation skills and confidence. That has been vital in my current role, where I present to groups of 20 to 120 people.
He added, “My time at UEL gave me a lot of opportunities. I completed my Professional Development Award and won the ‘Most Employable Student at UEL’ both of which helped me with skills needed to sell myself to employers.”
Harry is also a blogger with a flair for social media. In June and July, his LinkedIn profile was among the top ten most viewed profiles in the UK with over 90,000 views. He attributes the success to his blogging, which includes book reviews and his musings on many different things.
Even Harry’s dog, Fudge the Dachshund, has a Twitter account with nearly 1,000 followers.
Harry said, “I enjoy using online channels, whether it’s blogging, LinkedIn, or Twitter. I’m having fun, but I’ve also found it a great way to network and generate job offers and sponsorship, which I think is pretty useful for someone who has studied business and marketing.”
Harry’s passion for sport, especially tennis, also flourished when he was a student at UEL. He was captain of UEL’s successful tennis team, and won a number of singles and doubles matches.
“I also completed my Personal Training Gym Instructor Award at UEL’s SportsDock, so I can offer personal gym coaching and also tennis coaching. This has been useful outside of uni, and even off the pitch, as it teaches you leadership and communication skills.”
His advice to current students is to make the most of the opportunities available to them, and to remember that their degree is only part of the university experience.
He said, “Study hard, but remember all the volunteering, work experience, paid jobs, and developing your hobbies will give you useful skills, impress employers and make you stand out when applying for jobs. It’s helped me, and I’ve had fun along the way.”