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I used my garden leave to build up my business and then took over the lease and opened the Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury


What did you enjoy most about your time at university?


Obviously the social aspect! I enjoyed being independent as well, having never lived away from home, meeting new people and I enjoyed the IBFE course as well.


As a student, did you have a particular career path in mind? I had always wanted my own business but thought it would be something in the distant future. A lot of the other students on the IBFE course went into investment banking or finance roles, but having never wanted to live in London I felt this ruled out a lot of options.


What job/s have you gone into since graduating?


I did a bit of travelling straight after graduation and then worked for BAE Systems on their commercial graduate scheme for two and a half years. I then took a completely different direction as I found I loved communications and went to work for Stockport Council in internal communications. I then became the change communications manager for a national Housing Association. I took redundancy


from this role and around the same time I had started being asked to make cupcakes for different functions. I used my garden leave to build up my business and then took over the lease and opened the Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury.


Were there any particular elements within your course that helped to prepare you for your career? Being a well-rounded course, it has really helped me with starting up my business, from doing the accounting, to the IT aspects, marketing plans and also aspects of analysing manufacturing processes have all been useful. What are your future aspirations? Ideally to open another few branches of Airyfairy in the Northwest and then who knows...!


Find out more at: airyfairycupcakes.co.uk


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