Careers thrust into top gear after Nissan uni placements

AT 25, Rachel Turgoose manages a team of 30 to produce luxury cars at Nissan – a major North-East employer which took her on as a student at Northumbria University and after graduation.

In year two of Newcastle Business School’s Business Leadership and Corporate Management degree, students must complete a two-year, full-time paid position within a business.

This is designed to enhance their CV and equip them with many of the business leadership skills employers are looking for including the ability to work under pressure, understand strategy, work in teams and communicate effectively.

Rachel, who graduated from the university in 2011, is currently Materials Handling Supervisor at Nissan’s car manufacturing plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

She is the link between all of the production parts coming in through the back door to the production line itself and works specifically on Nissan’s luxury car range, Infiniti.

She said: “Working for Nissan wasn’t on my radar until I joined the course at Northumbria University. The company came in to do an employer presentation at the university and that is when I started considering them seriously.

“When I started researching the company and understanding their global reach from here in the North-East, I quickly realised they’d be a great company to work for.

“It’s hard to know what you should learn in your business management degree unless you’re exposed to real business situations. Having two years working for a leading organisation has really helped me with this.”

“I think the course is ideal; it gets you work-ready because you get two-years of practical on-the-job learning, which is invaluable. I felt a step ahead of other graduates when I finished.”

A range of regional and national employers recruit from this degree and previous students have worked for an impressive portfolio of companies including Ernst and Young, Egger, Toyota, Nissan and Greggs.

Amy Park, 20, is in her second year of a two-year, full-time paid position at Nissan based in the production control department, communicating with suppliers on a daily basis located across the world and has visited suppliers in Spain and Romania.

After two years with the international carmaker, Amy says she’d also like to continue her career with Nissan at the end of her Business Leadership and Corporate Management degree

“It’s a career I’m really interested in,” she said. “I like the business and what it stands for. The working environment is fast-paced and innovative. It has allowed me to develop the skills future employers will be looking for and sought-after experience working for a world-leading organisation.”

PICTURE CAPTION: L-R Kevin Kerrigan, Executive Dean of Business and Law, Amy Park, Paul Doona, HR Advisor from Nissan and Rachel Turgoose.