Oliver Tuffney

"Be curious and pursue that curiosity. This opens up new conversations, relationships, opportunities and you never know where they will lead"
About my career

My first role after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan was a marketing internship in Chengdu, China. I got this job through networking with the General Manager of Intern China after he came and gave a talk at the University on entrepreneurship.

The opportunities I had at University, helped me reach my current position through the abundance of working opportunities linked with the University, and the support of the tutors. I was the first Manchester Metropolitan student to be employed by Teach First, and with that role I was helped by lecturers and staff to deliver an award winning marketing campaign which then gave me the confidence to pursue bigger opportunities, which lead me to my current role.

Equally, through initiatives such as Young Enterprise, where I held the role of Managing Director, I developed a foundation of commercial rounding which KP, my current employer, looked upon favourably.

Whilst at university I took on additional jobs such as working for John Lewis in customer service and OxjamFestival managing their marketing, which helped my job hunting as it demonstrated a commitment to my career.

One of the key skills I learnt at Manchester Metropolitan was to be a self-starter and to work hard. My time at University proved to me the level of work put in will be directly reflected in the result put out and that there are no short cuts.

Manchester Metropolitan also helped me develop into an Early Career Professional through the breadth of connections associated with the University and the talks and networking events, they held. Through these opportunities, I was able to speak to people who have inspired me in my career, such as Jonathan Mildenhall, the current CMO of AirBnB.

My top tip for students is…

Be curious and pursue that curiosity. This opens up new conversations, relationships, opportunities and you never know where they will lead.

I’m inspired by…

Tadzio Jodlowski because every time we entered one of his lectures he would begin by reminding us about how much potential each of us had and how much he believed in us all. He communicated this message with a level of sincerity and enthusiasm like no other, helping me remain determined through the knock backs of rejected graduate applications and the volatility of third year.

Why I love Manchester Met

Manchester Metropolitan gave me the opportunity and resources to grow academically, personally and practically, providing a rigid foundation for the commercial career I had always wanted.