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Career Advice On Becoming An Entrepreneur - Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson - Founder of Virgin

Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin in 1970 - it started off as a mail order record retailer. Today the Virgin Group is made up of around 200 companies spanning 30 countries with involvements in leisure, travel, tourism, mobile, broadband, TV, radio, music festivals, finance, health and more. Not bad for a guy who left school with "pretty well no qualifications"!

Career Advice On Becoming A Commercial Manager - David Buzzard, Bovis Lend Lease

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David Buzzard - Commercial Manager for Bovis Lend Lease

David Buzzard is a Commercial Manager for Bovis Lend Lease. He took vocational qualifications in construction but wanted to go further than they would take him so he went to university. "Studied full time, great times, best time of my life.... I knew more than anybody else because I'd already experienced the construction."
 

Career Advice On Becoming A Senior Manager - Vittoria Rubino, iCloud

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Vittoria Rubino - Senior Manager at iCloud

Vittoria Rubino is a Senior Manager at icould and a single mum. She manages to balance her time between her job and her son - "every minute that I have spare, I spend time with him". Vittoria came here from Italy with no plan, and after several unsatisfying jobs she taught herself about computers and eventually found her place at icould - "...the project itself was so inspiring and it gave me a chance to give back lots, especially to young people who, like me, had no idea who they wanted to be".

Career Advice On Becoming A CEO - Richard Anson, Reevoo

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Richard Anson - CEO at Reevoo

Richard Anson is the founder and CEO of Reevoo, "a shopping advisory web business that takes the power of customer reviews... and turns that into advice to help people purchase electrical products". Richard previously worked as an Engineering Consultant before returning to university and gaining an MBA.

   

Career Advice on Becoming A Technical Specialist - Nicole Harris, IBM

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Nicole Harris - Technical Specialist at IBM

Nicole says that during her biology PhD "I did a lot of work with bioinformatics, statistics and computing and a guy in the IT department recommended IBM". Her job is varied "You might have a supermarket who's got lots of data on sales and they might want to do analytics on that to help them decide what promotions, what offers they want to put on, how they want to arrange the layout of their store, so it can help with those kind of decisions."

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