Here are the top ten need-to-know career tips that we've collected from Middlesex alumni across the professions to help you get your foot on the ladder:
"Do something you enjoy, we work more hours than we do sleep or do anything else in life, so you might as well do something you enjoy."
Christopher Preston - Senior Contributing Fashion Editor & Menswear Stylist, HERO Magazine/Ellison Lee
BA Fashion Design, Styling and Promotion, 2010
"Network, maintain a professional image and never stop learning and trying to advance yourself."
Jamille Broome - Managing Director & Principal Consultant, JB & Associates Employment Consulting
LLM Employment Law, 2011
"Work hard, really hard. Often it's your work ethic that will separate you from your peers and help you to stand out to employers and clients."
Nick Handson - Senior Graphic Designer, Academia
BA Visual Communication & Design (Graphics), 2003
"Network – The old adage of "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is so true. Of course you need to know your industry, but getting out there and talking to the movers and shakers in your field is so important."
Ben Hewis - Content and Features Editor, WhatsOnStage
BA Drama and Theatre Studies, 2007
"Internships are essential to build up your CV – research the companies in the field you are interested in and approach them asking for the opportunity to do an internship. Do not be afraid to approach companies or people on LinkedIn asking for information, it is always a good way to build your work network."
Clarissa Mascheroni - Account Manager, Mail Newspapers
BA Business Management, 2010
"Research until you are blue in the face! Don't make the mistake when going for an interview of only researching the company you are applying to join. Make sure you take a thorough look at their competitors too so you come equipped with a rounded picture."
Sally Bowness - Creative Director, Ratchet Digital
"Relationship building is very important: from peers, to friends, to management and clients. Building a rapport with people not only widens your network of contacts but also helps you to adapt to different scenarios you may face in your work and social circles."
David Bishop - Business Development Manager at International SOS
BA Film, Journalism and Communication, 2003
"The sky is the limit, remember that hard work pays and always aim to be the best."
Steve Kasako - Environmental Health Technical Officer, London Borough of Harrow
BSc Environmental Health, 2011
"In every person's career there are highs and lows, so don't compare yourself with your colleagues or your peers because everyone has times when things go well and when things don't go well."
Marianne Moore - Director, Justice Studio
MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology, 2007
"Don't freak out if you still don't know what you want to do or what kind of job you'd be most suited for once you graduate. You'll figure so many things out along the way and you'll get to know yourself so much better. What you thought you wanted to do may not be what you want to do at all."
Elise Skogrand - Digital Marketing Consultant, DigitasLBi
BA Business Management, 2010