The Student Sessions

The Student Sessions

The Student Sessions, hosted by Tonia Galati, a series of PODCASTs for students and graduates that addresses the issues that are important to you and tells it just how it is.


19 : Females in STEM, Sonia Bello
Sep 23 • 18 min
In Episode 19, Tonia talks to Sonia about what it was like to get into a STEM career as a black female and how she was able to stand out in a competitive environment often dealing with strong personalities. Sonia also discusses why it is so important to…
18 : Careers in Tech, Ola Otaiku, Andre Hitchman and Bernard Kambasha
Sep 22 • 26 min
What is like getting into Tech? In this session Tonia talks to Ola, Andre and Bernard who share their experiences of trying to get into the Tech industry. They also discuss the struggles of being an ethnic minority in the industry and share advice on how…
17: How to Know When to Change Careers, Cynthia Ahianyo
Aug 11 • 19 min
Being stuck in a career that’s not right for you can be a daunting thought. That’s why Cynthia joins Tonia today to talk about changing careers and returning to university to study as a mature learner. Cynthia shares some of the challenges she faced and…
16: How to Create Your Online Brand, Jack Staples and Aleysha Minns
Aug 6 • 29 min
What is a brand? And how can you get your personal brand out there online? In this session, Tonia talks to Jack and Aleysha who share their top tips on building a strong personal and online brand, as well as the do’s and don’t’s. They also discuss the…
15: An International Student View on Navigating UK Recruitment and Education, Anisoara Burevschi and Oghenero Ologide
Aug 4 • 28 min
n this episode Tonia is joined by Anna and Nero, who both relocated to the UK to undertake student programmes at the University of Greenwich. Anna and Nero discuss the challenges they have faced and also provide advice on navigating the UK recruitment and…
14: The Importance of Networking, Yessica Carballo, Queen Mary University of London
Jul 30 • 30 min
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Yessica who discusses the importance of face2face and online networking and the benefits to career progression. Yessica also shares some hints and tips to make the most out of networking scenarios.
13: Mental Health, Chloe Ambrose and Ally Garton, University of Lincoln
Jul 28 • 27 min
In this episode Tonia is joined by Chloe and Ally who share their experiences of the mental health issues they have faced. They talk about their journey and the mechanisms they have put in place to help them succeed with their studies, careers and beyond.
12: The importance of work experience, Giulia Basana , Rimila Haque, Nicolo Todde, City University
Jul 23 • 32 min
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Nicolo, Giulia and Rimila who have all just completed their undergraduate degrees. The new graduates talk about the work experiences they have undertaken, and how these experiences have helped to shape their career…
11: Entrepreneurship. Aleksandr Sukhanov, Kimberley Elliot and Andre Thompson, Middlesex University
Jul 21 • 29 min
In this episode, Tonia talks to entrepreneurs Andre, Kimberley and Aleksandr who share their stories, together with their motivations for setting up their own businesses and the challenges that they have faced along the way.
10: Relocating and overcoming self-doubt, Vera Ochieng, Cardiff University
Jul 16 • 25 min
In this episode, Tonia talks to Vera who shares her experiences of relocating to the UK and how she adapted to her new surroundings. Vera shares some of the challenges she has overcome and talks about some of the mechanisms she has put into place to help…
9: Diversity, Naomi Ngondi and Yongpian Cai, University of Lincoln
Jul 14 • 31 min
In this episode, Tonia is joined by Naomi and Yongpian who talk about diversity and their experiences of moving to the UK, and some of the challenges they have faced. They also address some of the current issues around inclusion in the workplace and how…
8: Experiential Learning, Joshua Moore and Amy Parr, Bath Spa University
Jul 9 • 23 min
n this episode Tonia talks to Amy and Joshua, who share their experiences of experiential learning, and working in a multidisciplinary team. They reflect on the challenges of adapting to a new way of working and how the learning has enabled their…
7: How to Develop a Competitive Edge, Cody Croxall and Hannah Pugh, Sheffield Hallam University
Jul 7 • 26 min
In this episode Tonia talks to Cody and Hannah, who reflect on how they have worked to stay ahead of the competition in an often competitive environment. Hanna and Cody also talk about the challenges and setbacks they have faced and overcome.
6 : Working for an SME – Reality Check, Adnan Rafique and Anup Mistry, London Metropolitan University
Jul 2 • 36 min
In this episode Tonia talks to Anup and Adnan, who talk about the realities of working for an SME and help to dispel some of the myths students have around SME opportunities. Adnan and Anup discuss how their experiences in SMEs helped to prepare them for…
5: Effective Time Management, Jordan Smith and Zafirah Nurmamodo, Aston University
Jun 30 • 22 min
In this episode Tonia talks to Jordan and Zafirah from Aston University, who give their advice on managing your time effectively and adapting to different environments with differing expectations. They also share examples of when things haven’t gone to…
4: Phillip Gywnn and Bethany Fraser, Maximising your first and second year at university, Nottingham Trent University
Jun 25 • 25 min
In this episode Tonia talks to Bethany and Phillip from Nottingham Trent University, who reflect on their first two years of university and how they have been able to make the most of personal and professional development opportunities. They also share…
3: Lamin Sawo Jadama and Maariya Hussain, Placement Reflections and Myth Busting (Birmingham City University)
Jun 23 • 25 min
In this episode Tonia talks to Lamin and Maariya from Birmingham City University, who share their experiences of doing an industrial placement, and dispel some of the myths surrounding these opportunities.
2: Heather Tymms, Placements and Disclosing Disability, University of Hertfordshire
Jun 18 • 15 min
In this episode, Tonia talks to Heather Tymms, a mathematics student at Hertfordshire university. Heather discusses her determination to secure an industrial placement and how she ensured her disability wasn’t a barrier in the recruitment process
1: University Reflections: Daniel Tuitt and Naomi Buthee, Kingston University
Jun 16 • 22 min
In this episode, Tonia talks to Daniel and Naomi, who 7 years after graduating from Kingston University, reflect on making the most of university life and the challenges they overcame as students
16 with Professor Damian Hughes – The Winning Mindset
Jun 3 • 33 min
In this final episode of series 1, Tonia talks to Damian Hughes about The Winning Mindset. Damian brings his experiences of working with sports champions and high performing sports teams, to talk about how students can take some of these insights and…
15 with Maximillion Simon - Imposter Syndrome
Jun 1 • 39 min
Tonia is joined by Maximillion Simon, an Elite Life & Performance Coach. Maximillion talks to Tonia about imposter syndrome and lessons learned from his professional sporting career in how to overcome feelings of self-doubt and more.
14 - Hannah Salton – Nudging Comfort Zones and Learning from Rejection
May 28 • 25 min
In Episode 14, Tonia Galati talks to Hannah Salton about nudging comfort zones and learning from rejection.
13 with Matt Johnston - understanding career and employment options
May 26 • 16 min
In episode 13 Tonia Galati chats with Matt Johnston about understanding career and employment options.
12 - Kevser Kilinc, Apprenticeships
May 21 • 18 min
In this episode, Tonia Galati talks to Kevser Kilinc who shares her apprenticeship experience and dispels some of the myths surround this career option.
11 Aden Watkins – Mental Health Awareness – be Kind
May 19 • 43 min
In Episode 11 Tonia Galati talks with Aden Watkins about Mental Health Awareness with a ‘be Kind’ theme.
10 with Carl Reader - Entrepreneurial myths and challenges
May 14 • 30 min
In episode 10 Tonia Galati chats with Carl Reader who is a serial entrepreneur, chairman of business advisory firm d&t, and author. They examine business myths and challenges.
8 - Jordan Reader – The Road Less Travelled
May 7 • 17 min
In Episode 8 - Tonia Galati chats with Jordan Reader about ‘The Road Less Travelled.’ Jordan is a 21 year old voiceover artist and audiobook narrator.
7 with Sharon Critchlow – Believe in Yourself
May 5 • 25 min
In Episode 7 your host Tonia Galati is chatting with Sharon Critchlow, the theme is Believe in Yourself as Sharon describes how she left school with few qualifications and became a qualified accountant at age 23, a company Director at 28 and sold her…
6 with Sophie Milliken – The Recruitment Process
Apr 30 • 39 min
In Episode 6 Tonia Galati is chatting with Sophie Milliken. Sophie is an award-winning recruitment and employability expert.
5 with Charlie Ball - Tomorrows World: The Future Labour Market
Apr 28 • 33 min
In Episode 5 your host Tonia Galati is talking to Charlie Ball about Tomorrows World: The Future Labour Market.
4 with Ryan Makuku - Building Social Capital and Belonging
Apr 23 • 33 min
In Episode 4, Tonia Galati is chatting with Ryan Makuku about building social capital and belonging.
3 with Kate Llewellyn Cripps - Confidence
Apr 21 • 41 min
In Episode 3 Tonia Galati talks with Kate Llewellyn Cripps about all aspects of confidence.
2 with Craig Hiskett, Resilience and Adaptability
Apr 16 • 24 min
In Episode 2 with Craig Hiskett, Tonia and Craig explore the very relevant world of resilience. Craig is a Freelance Trainer, Coach and Facilitator with Craig Hiskett - Learning Solutions, based in Stutgartt in Germany.
1, Reggie Nelson, Maintaining a Positive Mindset
Apr 9 • 23 min
Episode one, Reggie Nelson, Maintaining a positive mindset. Reggie tells Tonia Galati all about his inspiring journey.
The Student Sessions - A teaser
Apr 9 • 0 min
This is a brief introduction to The Student Sessions series of PODCASTs, hosted by Tonia Galati and introduced by The Branding Man, Steve Keith.