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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 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."

Career Advice On Becoming A Sales Manager - Dougie Weir, NVT Group

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Dougie Weir - Sales Manager for NVT Group

Dougie Weir arrived at NVT Group by the technical route. He had a job at IBM fixing new computers that didn't work. He was a contractor there, and when IBM decided they wanted employees rather than contractors he decided to move on.

   

Career Advice On Becoming A Business Relationship Manager - Gwenyth Barker, IBM

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Gwenyth Barker - Business Relationship Manager at IBM

Gwenyth Barker is a Business Relationship Manager and works for IBM. She says "I thoroughly enjoyed university for the people that I met, the subjects that I studied and I had a great three years. You're learning new things every day. I learnt how to cook my own dinner and wash my own clothes, which my mother was very pleased about."

 
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