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… 6 years on, I have made some progress working in the creative world as a designer and then setting up a business – 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.
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!
For Press enquiries, please contact email@example.com
The Mirror – Money – 16th November 2017
‘£27,000 for this? Huge numbers of students ending up in badly paid work that doesn’t need a degree’
CIPD – People Management – 16th November 2017
‘Barely half of graduates are in graduate-level jobs’
BBC – News – 22nd November 2017 19:48
Budget 2017: Reaction and updates
Virgin Entrepreneur – Family – 8th Dec 2017
Could you run a business with your mum or dad?
Thrive Global – 19th Dec 2017
A Millennial Digital Detox That Doesn’t Involve Going Cold Turkey
The Sun – Sunemployment page – Grad All Over – 29th Dec 2017
Get the cash flowing and tap into an exciting career in the water industry
Virgin – Virgin Entrepreneurs blog – 8th Jan 2018
It’s down to businesses to help millennials fulfil their potential in the workplace
SME Magazine – 19th Feb 2018
Helping graduates is a family affair
Talk Business – 23rd Feb 2018
5 mins with… Julie & Sophie Phillipson
Disrupts Magazine – 20th Feb 2018
How to Survive Starting a Business With Your Mum
Daily Mail Femail – 8th March 2018 – International Women’s Day
Also in Woman Magazine – single page spread in print – 10th April 2018
Online & print
Could you work with your mum or daughter? The women who do reveal things can get very spiky!
The Independent – 7th April 2018
Why everyone should have a F*** off fund
Loughborough Alumni – Loughborough Family – April 2018
The Phillipson Family April 2018
SmallBusiness.co.uk – 12th July 2018
University graduates: 6 things to consider before starting your own business
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
Charli May – Our fab video editor, writer, event assistant and much more! See more of Charli’s work here
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