Paloma Shakouri, Student Recruitment Graduate Coordinator
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
I loved how no two weeks were the same at Pearson College London! I really enjoyed being able to tailor my experience beyond the degree to my career aspirations and interests, through industry events, research projects, starting a company and working as an Student Ambassador.
Where have you gone on to work and what will your role be?
I now work in the student recruitment department at Pearson College London (part of Pearson Plc.). My role is incredibly varied, involving lots of travel to events across the country, delivering talks and workshops, writing articles and of course, continuing to be a proud representative for Pearson College London.
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
The degrees at Pearson College London are designed, developed and delivered by industry. This of course meant that the course content and intensity was directly relevant to the requirements of the world of business.
At every possibility opportunity, I immersed myself in the opportunities provided by Pearson College London, such as the industry events; enabling me to engage, present to and gain experience with companies such as Unilever, IBM, Ministry of Defence, Direct Line, Savills and Pearson Plc.
I also completed an internship with the Government Property Unit, which allowed me to gain an insight into the public sector, how it interacts with the private and aims to fulfil manifesto commitments.I feel the industry exposure really enriches your experience at Pearson College London and I was absolutely delighted to even receive an award for ‘The Most Active Industry Engagement’.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Pioneering. Pearson College London are the only Higher Education institution in the UK to be part of a FTSE 100 company; Pearson Plc., a global leading provider of education. Not only providing Pearson College London with an academic heritage of over 150 years, but facilitating the integrated industry engagement and rigour that is core to the Pearson College London offering.
What's your favourite brand and why?
Birdcage Gin, of course! (However, I may be slightly bias)
Can you tell me about Birdcage Gin?
Birdcage Gin is a new luxury gin brand, co-founded by myself and two fellow Pearson College London Business Alumni (James Willetts and Christian Emmans), during the second year of our studies we had a module titled Commercial Enterprise; as part of this programme all students had to set up their own business but we decided to take it one step further. Being a Pearson College London alumni also means that we still receive mentorship and have access to a wealth of knowledge and business connections.
Encompassed in a golden birdcage-inspired bottle, our vision is for Birdcage Gin to be designed as a work of art, both inside and out; a showpiece for a bar display. Elegance Captured in a Bottle. Learn more about Birdcage Gin
What's it like running your own start up?
It is wonderful being able to apply the theory from our Business and Enterprise degree to our very own company; entering the market with our product in a business-intelligent way. Of course, it is increasingly important to ensure we manage our time effectively, especially when we are all so busy, but it is most certainly rewarding when we reach each milestone of ‘Ginnovation’!
What does the future look like for Birdcage gin?
We are incredibly excited for the future of Birdcage Gin. We are working hard to release our first batch by Christmas!
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