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Start me up

Marketing graduate Ashwinder Bhatt

Ashwinder Bhatt

Passionate about the creative industries, Ash graduated from ARU in 2018 with a first in Marketing. Since then, he has started his own business specialising in digital marketing. Now with a host of clients, Ash and his business partners provide bespoke solutions for website and social media management.

I studied A levels in English Literature, History and Fine Art at Open Academy Sixth Form in Norwich, where I achieved grades of DDD.

I feel my decision to go to university was entirely the right decision, and I don’t believe I would be where I am now without it. Not only did my time as a student help improve my confidence, it’s also helped broaden my knowledge and helped me gain valuable real-life experience.

I’ve always been passionate about marketing, but my tutors helped inspire me further. I found myself researching topics that interested me outside of lectures, and emailing them with additional questions. I particularly enjoyed learning about digital marketing, and from this I started researching more about websites and HTML. This interest led to the creation of my start-up company, which wouldn’t have been possible without going to university.

I felt there was a lot of support at ARU, particularly for employment. The University has an excellent employability and careers team, and there’s specific modules about future careers which I really enjoyed and felt I got a lot out of out. I gained valuable insights and experience working with real companies, rather than simply reciting academic texts.

I also felt there were many opportunities to meet a variety of people, particularly from other subjects. For example, I befriended students studying Computer Science which led to conversations about creating apps, and I felt there was huge potential to go on and achieve big things.

In short, I don’t think I would be at the stage in my career without attending university. It’s broadened my horizons, and equipped me with the skills to succeed for future success.

Ash studied BA (Hons) Marketing at ARU. If you're interested in pursuing a career in the marketing, digital and creative industries, come along to one of our Open Days and explore your options.