Welcome to HelloGrads!
HelloGrads offers tips and guidance on key life skills and processes needed to help you transition between university and real life:
Feel good & be your best!
General wellbeing tips at a time of massive change. We discuss how to tackle the challenges ahead: Tips on how to take control, stay positive and avoid stress, plus sources of help.
Kick-start your career!
Career choice and preparation for employment: CVs, job search, networking, applications and interviews.
Money matters… Take control.
Becoming financially independent and financially responsible: Budgeting, bank accounts, managing debt including repayment of student loans, savings and financial support.
The guide to hassle-free housing.
Finding a property, tenancy agreements, on-going living costs and preparation for moving.
News & Views
Video interviews and articles from recent graduates, young and experienced professionals. Articles on the latest news too!
HelloGrads is designed to help you throughout the next chapter, so dip in and out of each section as you please. We want to help you stay positive, have fun and enhance your prospects for a bright future! We hope to equip you with confidence for new situations, whether it’s a job interview, sorting your finances, or signing a contract for renting property.
We are a mother and daughter business partnership.
Sophie (daughter) – I graduated from Loughborough University in 2013, having studied Visual Communications. When we began, I was leaving university, searching for a job and getting to grips with adult life in London… 3 years on, I have made some progress – enter HelloGrads!
Julie (Sophie’s Mum) – I also graduated from Loughborough (but centuries ago!) I have business experience in buying and marketing, and other useful insights as a mum of 3. I have recently helped both my daughters and several friends set themselves up after uni.
Lotty – From writing content & sorting our social media to just about anything, we couldn’t have done it without you. Before HelloGrads, Lotty graduated from Leeds (2012) – having studied Management & Performance and worked in property for 4 years. Now (following a new career path), she has joined us and we are delighted to have her on board!
Leaving education involves new challenges and life skills. We know that this sort of knowledge is not generally covered at school or university, as much as it needs to be. There’s a lot of information out there, but plenty of clutter and it’s often difficult to distinguish between independent advice and a sales pitch. As a result, people tend to rely on family or friends for guidance … So, HelloGrads was born!
The Mirror – Money – 16th November 2017
CIPD – People Management – 16th November 2017
BBC – News – 22nd November 2017 19:48
Virgin Entrepreneur – Family – 8th Dec 2017
Thrive Global – 19th Dec 2017
The Sun – Sunemployment page – Grad All Over – 29th Dec 2017
Virgin – Virgin Entrepreneurs blog – 8th Jan 2018
SME Magazine – 19th Feb 2018
Talk Business – 23rd Feb 2018
Disrupts Magazine – 20th Feb 2018
Daily Mail Femail – 8th March 2018 – International Women’s Day
Also in Woman Magazine – single page spread in print – 10th April 2018
Online & print
The Independent – 7th April 2018
Loughborough Alumni – Loughborough Family – April 2018
SmallBusiness.co.uk – 12th July 2018
We would like to thank…
Dogfish Mobile – Ross Tuffee, Colin MacKenzie, Liz Stones, Virginia Harboard
making pretty – Our designer Bronwen Rees, Chhaya Gill, Matt Grannell, Ben Gateley
Chris Gilleard – Our wonderful illustrator. Find him at Illustration Web
Gabriel Davies – Our talented composer. Gabriel is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is currently releasing original music, and working on songs with vocalists. Hear more of Gabriel’s music on SoundCloud Contact Gabriel
Samuel Marino – Our fab video editor
Kai Karim – Business & Tax Advisor
James Longster – Legal Services
Faheem Afzal, Katherine Cox, Mark Craze, Helen Gibbon, Ross Jennings, Lotty Lee,
Chris Matchan, Mickey McHugh, Bruce & Vanessa McKendrick, Eric Nicoli,
Peter Phillipson, Mark Samways, Mark Swain, Andrew Stormer, Michael Uccelli
Everyone who filled out our market research survey
All our writers and interviewees… we hope you will join them by sharing your views – write for us or send a video!
Julie & Sophie