Kelly Wood

Talking about
How our alumni community supports students

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I felt like I got so much out of my time at Leeds. Some of my highlights include making live business decisions in the IBM Business Challenge and winning the North Highland Consultancy Challenge. Alongside this, I completed an internship with Marks & Spencer, which was an exclusive opportunity because of the University’s partnership with them.

When I graduated I knew I wanted to give something back, so I applied to become a mentor for the University’s Nurturing Talent Scheme, which connects experienced professionals with students. I personally benefited from this scheme when I was a student, as it gave me invaluable connections in the retail industry. Being a mentor gives me the opportunity to share my professional experience and provide constructive support and advice to students. I have a good relationship with my current mentee, who I support through regular phone calls and emails, and sometimes we catch up over coffee too.