Managing Your Career During a Crisis – Alumni Perspectives

On Thursday evening (7 May) alumni from around the world logged on to an online event, Managing Your Career During a Crisis. A panel of Durham alumni from across Europe discussed different perspectives on employment and employability during these changing times:

Chris Sale (Collingwood College, Geography, 1981), Managing Director at Prism Executive Recruitment

Valeria Magoni (Van Mildert College, MBA, 2019), Product Marketing Manager at Kaleyra

Alessandro Berlé (St. Cuthbert’s Society, MSc. Management – International Business, 2018), Regional Alumni Representative for Italy

Top Tips from the session included:

1. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture – where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years’ time and work back from there to figure out your priorities now;

2. Get started now – don’t wait for the pandemic to be over. There is a lot you can do from home – upskilling, expanding online networks, improving on any weaknesses in your CV;

3. Develop a great LinkedIn profile and be active with posts and articles;

4. Leverage the Durham global alumni network – we’re all in this together;

5. Keep asking questions – be proactive.

“It’s always a good time to be looking at your career, even when you’re happy.” Chris Sale

“It’s an ongoing process, it’s not one segment of your life planning and the rest implementing it. It’s a continuous improvement cycle.” Alessandro Berlé

“I got some interesting reads from my MBA peers… You can leverage the network to find new things to learn and find materials to use to learn new things. ” Valeria Magoni

Alumni can access the recorded event by logging on at

The event was part of our Durham Inspired: Live in Lockdown series:
Academic insights, career resources and a global support network – Durham’s new virtual events series is here to help our community during Covid-19 and beyond.

We are all facing immense challenges as the Covid-19 pandemic redefines much of our world. It is more important than ever to bring our global community the most relevant and useful resources that Durham University can deliver. See other events coming up at

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