Globe-trotting Danielle full of praise for Bucks
Date: 13th Apr 2018
Buckinghamshire New University graduate Danielle Robyn is enjoying a soaring start to her career clocking up the air miles working in a globe-trotting role in event management.
Danielle graduated in BA (Hons) Events Management in 2015 and has credited her degree for providing the skills which have propelled her into a management role at the age of just 23.
Danielle is a Marketing Officer for Double First Ltd, based in Yeovil, Somerset, which creates school information management systems and financial management packages for fee-paying independent schools.
Running Double First Ltd’s marketing and events team, Danielle is responsible for coming up with and implementing its marketing strategy and attending an average of 75 conferences a year.
She also oversees everything from assigning staff, to preparing travel and accommodation arrangements, designing conference stands and collateral, and advertising the company’s presence at the events.
It means she has an eclectic mix of destinations stamped on her passport.
Danielle said: “As part of my role, I attend a lot of events, which is great because it means I get to travel the world.
“To date, my job has taken me to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, South Korea, Japan, Denmark, Spain, Romania, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
“However, it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds and can often mean weeks or months away from home living out of a suitcase!”
She went on: “I absolutely love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world.
“I’m lucky to have landed a management role at such a young age just a few years after leaving Bucks New University but I absolutely wouldn’t have done it without the experience and support I gained from the University.”
Danielle praised the support of lecturer Nick Eade, opportunities provided by Bucks Students’ Union, and the variety of work she enjoyed as a Student Ambassador in the Careers and Student Recruitment teams.
“I came away with a whole range of important skills,” she added.
“However, the most important thing I gained from Bucks has to be my confidence and determination.
“In any events or marketing role, one of the most important skills is the ability to network with complete strangers. At a guess, I’d say I meet in the region of 100 people a week and it’s my job to represent the company in a professional and friendly manner.
“At Bucks, we didn’t just study the theory or logistics behind event management, we implemented it. The course was fantastic for really experiencing the industry, from top-level guest speakers to running our own events.
“From here, I had the opportunity to study a whole module in Marketing and went on to write my final year dissertation on market research and human behaviour, which has since been published.
“We also had the chance to do a placement, which I undertook at Wycombe Abbey school as part of their development team and which has proved invaluable for my career.
“Nick Eade, the course leader, puts his absolute life and soul into developing his students and ensuring they have every opportunity available to them.
“My advice to future students is to make the most out of your time at University.
“There is so much on offer and you really have to take the approach of ‘say yes unless you have to say no’. Be proactive, not reactive, and before you know it you could be travelling the world like me.
“I can’t thank Bucks enough for the support I received, and I can’t wait to see where my career takes me from here!”