Alumni of the Month March 2008

Jocelyn McCall (2003 International Relations)

After leaving Keele and doing an internship in Sustainable Development in Vienna, I decided it was still too soon to be a suit, so I decided to take a year out and be a dolphin trainer. Sounds bizarre I know, but in a way it was just what I needed. Working with such incredible animals and with a team of dedicated people, was fantastic to say the least. However, after a year I decided I either had to do a second degree in marine biology or I had to focus on my future with the degree I had. Which brings me to my current job as a premier banking consultant for one of the world's top 5 banks. I am also finishing an MBA in Marketing at the Faculty of Economics, University of the Algarve (Portugal), where I live.

Jocelyn McCall web 1. How did you get to where you are now?
Like most people, a combination of being in the right place at the right time, a splash of luck, a lot of hard work, plenty of laughter and a pinch of tears.

2. What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I don’t think I have one yet.

3. And your biggest mistake?
I don’t like spending too much time thinking about my mistakes.

4. What are your ambitions now?
To become a better person each day. Carpe diem – Seize the day!

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
I guess it would be much the same for most jobs, treat others as you wish to be treated, be honest and most of all enjoy what you are doing.

6. What made you choose Keele University?
The main reason I came to Keele was because of my surrogate dad Carl Sheard. Carl had been a mature student at Keele. After finishing he came to Portugal where he met my mom. I can honestly say that if it hadn’t been for Carl I don’t even know if I would have come to England to study at all. I wanted to study International Relations and Carl was so passionate about Keele, the same way I am now. It just made sense.

7. How has Keele influenced your life?
Like everyone else, university changes your life forever. For myself, well…I became an adult at Keele, found and lost love and friends at Keele, discovered a new world through the eyes of my professors and became a whole new me.

8. What is your favourite memory of Keele?
I have to say Spring at Keele is one of my favourite memories. Everyone sprawled out on the lawns, barbeques by the lakes and rugby sevens, to name just a few. All my memories of Keele include the people I meet and the friends that I made there.

9. And your worst?
Lectures on a Thursday morning at 9am!That was just cruel!

10. Anything else you would like to add?
What can I say, I love Keele.