A young graduate has come up with the goods by securing a job with one of the UK’s clothing giants after completing her course at Edge Hill University.

Twenty-two-year-old Rozanna Bhidey starts her role in merchandising for ladieswear at Skelmersdale-based Matalan later this month, a position she gained after a visit to one of the university’s careers fairs.

“Towards the end of my course I went to one of the careers events, met some of the HR team from Matalan and had an informal chat. This progressed to a two-week placement at their offices in Skelmersdale, which, in turn, led to a sponsored application from my line manager on the placement. I’m now looking forward to starting my new full-time role in merchandising and Matalan is a great company to start out with, as the progression opportunities are excellent and I know if I work hard I can really achieve a lot with them,” said Rozanna.

Rozanna chose Edge Hill after being unhappy at another university, where she simply ‘felt like a number’ and says it was definitely the right choice.

“I already had some friends who were studying in the Business school at Edge Hill, so visited one of the open days and everyone just seemed so friendly and approachable. There were fantastic facilities, smaller class sizes, a good structure to the course and there were strong alliances with businesses locally and nationally,” she explained.

“The fact that the campus is small means that everything is on one site and the tutors are all located in the same building, which makes them much more accessible. There is also a great atmosphere at Edge Hill, with everyone wanting to learn, having a high level of motivation and being keen to come together as a team. I think this has something to do with the smaller class sizes here, as it encourages good performance and develops a real rapport between students and tutors,” she added.

Rozanna’s tutors also put her name forward for participation in the University’s bespoke employability module, which is open to second year students in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and is recognised by the ILM Institute of leadership and Management. “Taking part in the employability programme meant that I received an additional 20 credits for the extra module that I undertook,” Rozanna said. “I then became an ambassador for the course and its success meant that Edge Hill got more funding to keep running it, which, in turn, allows even more students to take part and gain the competitive advantage that I did. It really helped me to secure my role at Matalan even before graduating.”

Despite living at home during her studies, Rozanna never felt like she had missed out on any part of student life and says Edge Hill University is somewhere she wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. “I made some great friends and we worked hard and played hard together. Despite being off site at times, Edge Hill is in a great location with good transport links and the tutors never just switch off at 5pm. If you’re looking for a combination of great courses, brilliant facilities and excellent links with industry, then Edge Hill really does come up with the goods.”