Careers and Entrepreneurship

Make it Happen

An exclusive opportunity to hear how inspiring Sussex alumni got into their industries, their tips for job hunting and things to consider when you leave university, and how you could do the same.

Taking place throughout March 2022, Make it Happen features panel events with Sussex graduates now working in different sectors, sharing their tips for job hunting and thinking about what to do after university under the ‘Careers in…’ banner.

Please note that speakers are subject to change.

2022 central programme: 


Careers in Development, Charities and Not-for-Profit – Wednesday 2 March
  • Alexandra Lamarche: Senior Advocate for West and Central Africa at Refugees International.

  • Dominic Arnall: Chief Executive Officer at Just Like Us.

  • George Akor: Health Financing & Advocacy Specialist at Save the Children International.

  • Latisha Gordon: Policy Advisor / Co-Chair at Cancer Research UK / Race Equality and Equity Network.

  • Zoe Bonnell: Research Analyst at ITad

Book your place for Careers in Development, Charities and Not-for-Profit.

Careers in Business, Marketing and Finance - Wednesday 9 March
  • Emir Afiya: Financial analyst at JP Morgan

  • Harriett Hayden: Sales Manager, Retail, Nothern Europe at Google.

  • Jessica Getz:  Chief Growth Officer at The Grovery.

  • Omid Moallemi: Founder (Entreprenuer) at Prsnt

  • Rodrigo Frias Rivas: Director of early investment at Chilean Economic Development Agency.

  • Temilolu Obembe: Internal Auditor at Barclays Bank

  • Sophie Morsman: Out of home manager at LOVE CORN.

Book your place for Careers in Business, Marketing and Finance.

Careers in Life Sciences - Wednesday 16 March
  • Steve Acquah: Research Professor of Chemistry / Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator at University of Massachusettes Amherst.

  • Natalie Arscott: Environmental Consultant at Phlorum

  • Layla Burn: Medical student at Queen Mary, University of London.

  • Clausin Chulu: Intern (Conservations and Communities, Africa) at Jamma International
  • Melina Matthiessen:Trainee Clinical Scientist (Audiology) at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Steve Acquah: Research Professor of Chemistry and Digital Media Lab Unit Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Book your place for Careers in Life Sciences

Careers in Media, Arts and Communications – Wednesday 23 March
  • Amy Alipio: Associate Managing Editor at National Geographic Travel.

  • Charlotte Newell: Senior Press & PR Officer at FareShare.

  • Jordi M Carter: Taking Part & Directors Prog Associate at Young Vic Theatre.

  • Jonathan Gaiger: Global Senior Digital Creative at LEGO

  • Rosie Tarleton: BBC Production Trainee Scheme at BBC

  • Eve Simmons: Deputy Health Editor at Mail on Sunday

Book your place for Careers in Media, Arts and Communications.

Careers in Government and Public Services – Wednesday 30 March
  • Anita Brown: Social Worker at Richmond and Wandsworth Councils.

  • Declan McClean: Policy Advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

  • Dr Neil Churchill: Director of Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England.

  • Vincent Parisi: Preparedness Analyst at US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Book your place for Careers in Government and Public Services.

Doctoral School events

We have a dedicated series of events which feature a range of Sussex PhD alumni now working in academia and industry.

Phil Tee - Chair and CEO Moogsoft
Monday 21 March 1 - 1.30pm

Prof Tom Welton OBE - Professor of Sustainable Chemistry (Imperial) and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Thursday 24 March 3 - 3.30pm

Dr Swastee Ranjan - Lecturer of Education and Research at University of Exeter
Tuesday 29 March 11.30am - 12pm

Dr Shonali Banerjee - Research Associate at Cambridge Judge Business School
Thursday 31 March 11 - 11.30am

Use the links above to find out more about the speaker and book your place for each event on CareerHub. 

Use the drop-down links to book your place for each event on CareerHub

If you no longer have access to CareerHub but would like to attend, please email to book your place

Students who have been to Make it Happen previously said:

Not only did I learn about what Sussex connect was and how it could benefit me in my future career plans, it made me understand what career path I would like to go down plus how to get there! It’s left me positive about my future and the next steps I am going to take after uni.

"[The speakers provided] real world examples of people who have been in our situations and went on to do well in their sectors"

"The talk was very inspiring, and the face-to-face networking was very helpful and fun. I could ask as many questions as I wanted and all the alumni were very friendly and supportive."   

Sussex Connect

You can meet thousands of Sussex graduates on Sussex Connect, the University’s eMentoring and networking social platform. Connect with hundreds of Sussex students and graduates alumni to share your experience, make valuable contacts and find jobs. Sign up at

All speakers involved with Make it Happen events are on Sussex Connect or will be encouraged to sign up to the platform so you can continue the conversation after the events.

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