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A young business student has graduated this summer, and walked into a post in one of the world’s biggest companies, Amazon UK.

Ellie McKenna, 21, from Sunderland has just graduated with a BA (Hons) Business and Applied Human Resource Management degree. She is about to begin a new role as a HR Associate Partner with Amazon.

“I will be working in the new Amazon plant at Durham,’ says Ellie, “I am really eager to begin my career in the HR sector.”

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Ellie, who studied at City of Sunderland College and Venerable Bede Church of England Secondary School, was keen to do a degree with a practical element, and applied for the Business and Applied Human Resource Management course as it offered a one-year placement opportunity.

“In my placement I worked as an HR Assistant at Caterpillar, and still studied part time,” says Ellie.  “My placement year was such a fantastic opportunity which enhanced my academic skills and general knowledge of the business sector.

“Originally I was undecided if I should apply for a placement, but my lectures and student support team offered me some great advice, and on reflection it was a fantastic opportunity which has allowed me to start to build a career.”

The placement paid off for Ellie. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree and was awarded the outstanding student achievement award in Business and Applied Human Resource Management, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development North East of England Branch Committee prize for Best Business and Applied Human Resource Management student.

Now Ellie is about to begin her new role at Amazon UK, and believes that living and studying in her home city has been the right choice for her.

“Living and growing up in Sunderland drove my decision to study at the University of Sunderland. I love the beach and I enjoy going for walks around nearby places such as Durham, Penshaw Monument and Herrington Country Park, and spending time with my friends and family. I was also able save to travel while studying in my hometown. I was able to visit Bali, Singapore, Las Vegas, Spain, Krakow, Amsterdam, Dubai and Thailand.

“Studying at the University of Sunderland is an amazing opportunity which allows you to develop yourself both personally and professionally and is a catalyst for your future career.”

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