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Helen Roffe

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management

Business and Human Resource Management graduate, Helen Roffe, is a former Intern and now Human Resource Administrator at Sunderland Association Football Club.

After graduating I got in touch with the Internship Team after reading about the benefits of the scheme on the University’s website. From that first phone call I’ve never looked back. The team set about finding a role that would suit the skills I’d developed throughout my degree and the experiences I’d been involved in.

Thanks to their support I am now working as HR Administrator with SAFC and it’s a fantastic role. The job is so varied from day to day and I’m in contact with all sorts of people in all areas of the football club, answering queries, dealing with staff and helping to organise interviews for stewards covering the summer concerts held at the Stadium of Light.

I’m getting great experience and hopefully this will lead to full-time employment. I can’t praise the internship scheme highly enough and would recommend any graduates in need of advice about employment opportunities to get in touch!

The University of Sunderland has helped shape the career path I’m now following, from the first Open Day event I attended and saw what fantastic facilities the university had to offer, to changing my business degree to include Human Resource Management after enjoying a module in the subject in my first year.

I also took the opportunity to become a student rep, which meant I represented the students on my course when any issues arose. It’s the effort you put in which really enhances your CV and job prospects. All these experiences have given me the confidence to do the job I’m doing with SAFC now.”

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