UCPNewsFrom College to Conscious Living: Former Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough Student, Jodie Sullivan, Embraces a Career in Sustainable Development
From College to Conscious Living: Former Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough Student, Jodie Sullivan, Embraces a Career in Sustainable Development
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“I had some of my best years of my life studying at Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough”, shared former A Level student, Jodie Sullivan. Completing AS and A Levels in Maths, Business, Fashion and Photography with the further education provider of Inspire Education Group (IEG), Jodie appreciated that both her academic and creative qualities could be nurtured simultaneously. Thoroughly enjoying her studies, Jodie continued her educational journey with IEG, enrolling on a Foundation Degree in Art and Design at University Centre Peterborough (Stamford campus).
“The teachers were incredibly inspiring and gave genuine, supportive critique. I felt the College and University had teachers of a high calibre, but they were also personable and likeable. The fantastic facilities also really nurtured a creative young mind like mine”, Jodie commented. “Inspire Education Group prepared me for my future by offering and encouraging a mix of creativity and academia. I think I had a lack of confidence in my creativity in particular, but the lecturers really helped build my confidence”.
“I feel like my career journey has been a series of stepping stones, but if I look back they all lead back to Stamford College and University Centre Peterborough”, Jodie noted. “The atmosphere was much more akin to professional environment than to a school/university, so I think this helped with mental preparation for the workplace. There was also a great student support team that you could always book an appointment with that gave great career guidance and advice”. After completing her Foundation Degree, Jodie was accepted to study BA (Hons) Fashion Design at the world-renowned, Ravensbourne University London. Alongside her studies, Jodie worked in retail stores such as Topshop and Nicole Fahri, and interned for the fashion design houses, Giles Deacon and Hermione De Paula.
After 4 years in a busy city and high-pressure working environments, Jodie craved adventure, and embarked on 2 years of travel in South East Asia and Australia. Whilst there, Jodie worked on a design portfolio, which secured her a graphic design role at Stamford-based creative agency, hue, upon her return to the UK. Jodie progressed to work as a Creative Account Manager for an advertising agency, a Studio Coordinator for a large products company, and finally, a Project Coordinator for a sustainable fashion consultancy. It was here that Jodie became a more conscious consumer, and decided that living ethically was her real passion.
Jodie recently completed an MSc in Sustainable Development at the University of Sussex, and has spent the last two years developing her own environmentally responsible businesses. “Muuse Studio is a photography & creative direction agency that works with clients on a conscious path, and Mahale is a luxury, off-grid campervan which I rent out”, Jodie explained. “I also freelance as a retreat consultant and help run a retreat catering company. My future vision is to open my own retreat centre, made of sustainable materials, and to give talks and workshops on topics I'm passionate about in the Sustainable Development sector”.
When asked what advice she would give to anyone considering studying with Inspire Education Group, Jodie suggested, “Choose subjects that you really love instead of what you think you should do. Whatever you study, you’ll gain valuable soft skills and insights that will be useful in your future career. Ask lots of questions, be explorative, and don’t be afraid to dream big!”.