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Alumni

Many of our students have gone on to achieve great things since leaving college. Whether you've enjoyed academic success in higher education or career success in your chosen field, we'd love to hear from you.

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Shaun Wheatcroft

Digital Media Marketing Executive - Confetti Media Group

Twenty-five-year-old Shaun remembers life at West Nottinghamshire College very fondly. He originally studied a business and administration level 1 programme in 2006, straight from school and then went on to study his A Levels.

He is now the digital media marketing executive for Nottingham-based company, Confetti Media Group.

I was initially a student at the college straight after leaving school. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do but felt like I'd enjoy an office job so began business and admin Level 1 course. I got the highest possible grade on this course, but it turned out that it was a little under my level so I did finish it rather quickly and later went back to West Notts to study my A Levels in 2008. 

During this time I was also employed in retail so in between my studies at West Notts I worked both full and part-time. 

I was very happy with all my A Level grades. I got an A star in general studies, an A in English language, a B in history and a C in politics. 

Would you say that the subjects you learnt at college put you on the road to your career today?

Definitely, I learnt so much during my time at West Notts and it’s put me in a great position in the world of work. My tutors were always there for support and lessons were never boring. The atmosphere around the college is fantastic and it's a great environment to learn in. My English language, history and politics studies particularly helped me further my own skills, my written work and knowledge to go on to further study at university in Leicester. 

What are your memories of life at college?

I look back on my time at college with a smile because of the many fantastic people I met there and shared time with. The A Level tutors were exceptional and during my studies there was a real feeling of togetherness within the A Level department. This was primarily because of the great work the teachers put in. 

Did you meet new friends there?

I met many new friends there - some of which I'm still in contact with today. For instance, Duncan Rossington who is now teaching at a school himself and studied A Levels with me. 

I still regularly catch up with a few of my former favourite tutors who inspired me, including John, Vlad and Kristina. 


John was my tutor for English language and history and his teaching methods and style were second to none. 
 
After studying A Levels at West Notts I went straight to De Montfort University in Leicester where I enjoyed three fantastic years studying a joint honours degree in journalism and English language, in which I achieved first class honours. 

While at West Notts I undertook various work experience positions at local newspapers during the summer including the Mansfield Chad and the Newark Advertiser. This helped me gain vital experience for the future and later led to me writing for the Nottingham Forest match day programme for a whole season and also writing match reports regularly for the Mansfield Chad - all unpaid.

This unpaid work gave me a great deal of experience for my CV and showed my dedication. I continued this throughout university and also continued working part- time in retail. 

What did you do after university?

After leaving university my first proper job in the field I wanted to get into –
writing, journalism or marketing – was at a garden furniture and shed company. I worked on their social media, marketing and SEO and also did some work as a copywriter. Here I developed many new skills and quickly became ready for a new challenge.

This January I was delighted to accept the offer to work for Confetti Media Group in Nottingham as a digital media marketing executive.

It involves being the social media manager for their host of brand and companies. This means I'm the social media lead for Notts TV, Confetti College, Antenna Media Centre, Constellations and Spool. 

Day-to-day I manage multi-platform social media accounts for the company and also work on various marketing campaigns for the different brands. 

I love what I'm doing at the moment and would like to further my experience in social media management going forward before eventually starting my own social media consultancy business. 

 

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Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

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