[Brad Johnson | Deputy Editor]
In this edition of ‘Meet the SU Staff’, we meet Gary Houghton, the Students’ Union’s Marketing Coordinator for Commercial & Sales. Gary takes care of all of the Forum Hertfordshire’s marketing both internally and externally. Gary was a student at the University of Hertfordshire between 2007 and 2011 studying Business Studies and graduated with a 2:1.
Surprisingly, Gary had little involvement with Hertfordshire Students’ Union before joining the team in 2012. When asked what the reason for this was, he said it was: “very hard to get involved when you are a home student that studied on de Havilland.”
Luckily today, the SU now has a wider presence on the de Havilland campus compared to 2007 to 2011. Gary did say that if you could do something different while being at university, he “would have got involved with the SU more.”
During Gary’s studies, he took a placement year at Safe Tots in Stevenage. He became one of the team as a Marketing Assistant which gave him a “good insight into what [he] was studying.”
This, he explained, was his first full time job so it prepared him for what was to come following graduation, when Gary worked at some local companies before joining the SU team in January 2012.
Gary said his role gives him “lots of responsibility” and he “gets to work with some great people”. He was happy to share how fun and exciting some of the projects are with highlights being the multiple Summer Balls and Freshers’ events he has been part of since joining the organisation.
When asked what would be his advice to any business student, he said it would be either to gain relevant work experience or to do a placement year in the industry. Gary can be found working closely with the commercial team in the Students’ Union admin office and when he’s not working you will catch him playing football or his PS4!
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