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About the Event

An online webinar to support alumni in navigating a challenging labour market post COVID-19

The only constant in 2020 has been uncertainty. Graduates across the world are facing a turbulent job market with fewer roles and greater competition. Yet some sectors are thriving in a pandemic environment and young entrepreneurs are starting up businesses that cater to our new normal.

This webinar will show you ways to navigate this climate of change with help from our fantastic speakers.

Alumnus Roshan Jayawickrema has worked all over the world and will share his experience of graduating during the 2008 recession.

If you’re interested in starting your own business, alumna Sophie Trelles-Tvede will be sharing how she built her hugely successful company based on an idea she had as a student.

Warwick’s Head of Careers, Anne Wilson will be offering practical advice on how to stand out from the crowd and the session will be hosted by Warwick’s Registrar, Rachel Sandby-Thomas.


Rachel is responsible for the professional services of the University under the direction of the Vice-Chancellor. She has a wealth of experience from her roles as shadow CEO of the UK Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships and Director General in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

In 2012, she was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath and named in The Times 100 “Most Influential Lawyers”. In 2016, she was named one of the FTSE 100 “Women to Watch”.



Sophie Trelles-Tvede

CEO and Founder, Invisibobble

Sophie was born in Denmark, went to school in Zurich and studied Management at Warwick 2011-2015. She invented the Invisibobble hair-tie in her first year at Warwick, and since then Invisibobble has gone on to sell more than 100 million spiral hair ties, distributing to 70 countries worldwide. In 2016, Sophie Trelles-Tvede was the youngest entry on the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the category Retail & E-Commerce and she is soon to publish her first book, ‘100 million hair ties and a vodka tonic’.

Sophie will be providing the entrepreneur's perspective.


Roshan Jayawickrema

Head of Asia-Pacific Compliance Operations, Credit Suisse

Roshan has held multiple senior executive roles with J.P. Morgan, RBS, Barclays and Goldman Sachs. As Head of Compliance at Credit Suisse, he manages a team of 70 across Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Australia.

Roshan received a scholarship from the Engineering Department for his proposal to build rainwater harvesting tanks for those affected by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. He seized every opportunity at Warwick from DJing at the Student Union to being a part of the World Music Band, and some years after graduation has been recently appointed as a Warwick Alumni Ambassador and is involved in the Warwick Mentorship Programme.

Roshan graduated from the University during the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

Anne WilsonAnne Wilson

Head of Careers, University of Warwick PG Dip CIGHE, Senior Fellow (HEA)

Anne leads the team of professionally trained careers professionals at the University of Warwick who support students and recent graduates, enabling them to develop and fulfil their potential.

Anne has experience in both higher education and statutory careers work. She has held a variety of management and leadership roles and delivers leadership training to Heads of Careers Services in Higher Education.

Anne is a qualified careers consultant, coach, Strengths and MBTI practitioner and a regular contributor to Warwick's popular Careers Blog