Pandora Manton

 Student/Alumni profile 

Course studied: BA Creative Studies in English and Media Communications
Graduating year: 2007
Job: JobShop Coordinator at Bath Spa University

Pandora knew that she wanted to go into marketing communications when she graduated from Bath Spa University. Her first graduate role was a PR and Marketing Executive at an international IT company. After a few years, she moved to Australia and worked there for 2 years in marketing. Back in the UK, she is now JobShop Coordinator at Bath Spa University.

Pandora's story

Since I left Bath Spa University, I have been lucky enough to work in a variety of roles which has allowed me to gain some great experience, meeting some lovely people along the way. Knowing that I wanted to go into marketing communications (as I felt it combined what I had learnt in Creative Studies in English and Media Comms well), I managed to secure my first graduate job in March 2008, 8 months after graduating.

My combined degree and work experience gave me this stepping stone into the working world, plus my manager at the time choosing to give me a break and take a chance on me (something I will always be grateful for). I worked as a PR and Marketing Executive for an international IT company. Once I had gained a few years experience in this field, I was able to move up the career ladder, gradually taking on roles which gave me extra responsibility and I started branching out into Social Media, email marketing and website management. My experience in this area also allowed me to move to Australia for 2 years and quickly find employment.

After 7 years in the Marketing industry, I decided to change the direction of my career. I loved the creative side of marketing, however my role at the time had started to move into a sales orientated position. After taking some time out to have my daughter, I saw the Job Shop Coordinator role had become available. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go back to my old university which had helped me so much and where I had such fond memories.

My present role involves helping students gain part-time work experience, adding value to their CV and helping to prepare them for graduation. It still involves a lot of creativity and communication which is what I loved about marketing and it allows me to help students who I feel I can really relate to as I was once in their shoes at the very same university. 

"Bath Spa is one of the most beautiful, magical places to study and hopefully meet lifelong friends along the way."

''My advice for current students is ...''

To make the most of every opportunity whilst it’s on your doorstep - gain work experience, go on a placement, talk to the careers consultants, attend workshops and most importantly, enjoy every moment because it’s over so quickly!

''The best thing about the course I studied was ...''

The fantastic stepping stone it gave me into the ‘outside world’ - I gained both qualifications, friendship and confidence in myself.

''I recommend Bath Spa because ...''

It is one of the most beautiful, magical places to study and hopefully meet life long friends along the way.

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