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UEL graduate lands dream job with Comic Relief

Foreign student smiling

Naomi Tomlinson chose UEL because of unique 'NGO management' aspect to her degree

University of East London (UEL) graduate Naomi Tomlinson has much to celebrate this summer. A productive three years at the University has culminated in a dream job with national charity Comic Relief. 

Naomi graduates at the ExCel centre later this month with a first-class BA (Hons) degree in International Development with NGO Management. But she has already started a new job as Comic Relief’s Partnerships Coordinator for Trusts, Foundations and Institutions.

Naomi said, “Comic Relief is an incredible organisation which tackles a broad range of issues which I care about deeply, and I'm really excited to be a part of a team working towards meeting their goals and objectives. 

“I’ll be supporting the work of the Trusts, Foundations and Institutions team by finding and developing new partnerships for the organisation.”

Comic Relief was launched on Christmas day 1985 live from a refugee camp in Sudan. Today, it is best known for its annual Red Nose Day and fundraising activities supported by celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, comedy, and music. 

Naomi heard about the work of Comic Relief during her second year at UEL, which made her want to get involved with the organisation. 

She said, “So when I found a job advertised online, I jumped at the opportunity to apply and was lucky enough to be offered the job.”

Before coming to UEL, Naomi worked in international development in the Philippines, founding and directing Fair Play for All from 2010-2014. The charity uses sport, education, and social events to help families and communities out of poverty. 

The experience made Naomi determined to make her career in the third sector.  

She said, “I chose UEL specifically because of the unique 'NGO management' angle of the degree and the opportunity to do an internship as part of a third year module.”

Internships, studying with great students and staff, and working on campaigns as president of the student-led International Development Society are among Naomi’s proudest achievements.

Her advice to students is to be prepared, start applying early, and be ready to face rejection and keep going.