Alumni Profile of Jeremy Smith
Name: Jeremy Smith
From: West Sussex
Course Studied: BSc Business and Finance / MA Business and Marketing
Year Graduated: 2019/2020
How has your career developed since graduating from Bangor University, and what is your current job role?
After graduating I started working as a business development representative at Force24, a marketing automation company. Force24 was just about to see a large investment and was growing rapidly, so I was joining at the perfect time to make a name for myself within the company. Just under four months in, I received a promotion to team lead and I now have 10 direct reports and take part in the hiring and training of new sales personnel. I’ve become well known within the company as a problem solver, and when there are issues within the sales team, such as software or integration issues, I’m the first point of call.
How has your degree and experiences at Bangor Business School influenced your career/life?
Studying both Finance at an undergraduate level and Marketing at a postgraduate level was the perfect combination for me. I’ve always been of the mindset that it is better to have a range of skills than perfect one very specific skill. I didn’t know where I wanted my career to go, but I knew I wanted to climb the ladder quickly. During my time in Bangor, I focused on honing my skills in areas that I thought would help with that. I became the president of the Bangor University Poker Society. After the society came to an end the year prior, I was able to build something from the ground up by working closely with the Students’ Union and create a successful society. The society faced many issues and at times it was a struggle, but through working with the Students’ Union, it really built up my skillset as a leader and a problem solver and taught me invaluable lessons. Many of these lessons were furthered by my education at Bangor and it taught me how to best manage, motivate, organise and market the society - many of these skills I have put into my role at Force24.
Any advice to current Bangor students?
Don’t be afraid to point out weaknesses. When I started my role at Force24, I could see weaknesses that could improve my area of the company right away. I identified these weaknesses, came up with possible solutions and brought them to the attention of the managers. This quickly created a name for myself within the company and meant I was invited to many higher-level meetings that somebody in my role would usually not have access to. However, if you’re presenting issues, make sure you have solutions!
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