Sunderland graduates tell their success stories

Graduate Jonathan Burn at his desk at Auto Express magazine
Graduate Jonathan Burn at his desk at Auto Express magazine
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SUNDERLAND University has been inundated with success stories after an appeal through the Echo to find out how past students are climbing the career ladder.

The university is trying to track down graduates from 2013 as part of the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Bosses say they are still trying to track down a number of last year’s leavers and are encouraging students to get in touch.

Johnny Burn, 22, graduated from the university in July 2013 with a degree in Magazine Journalism, and now works as a staff writer for Auto Express in London.

He applied for the vacancy at Auto Express via Twitter while still studying in Sunderland.

He said: “It was my dream job,” he says. “I received a phone call straight away inviting me to London and three weeks later I was living in London starting my dream job.”

Auto Express is one of the biggest selling car magazines in the UK.

Johnny said: “I created a magazine called Sunderland, which played a significant part in me getting the job, alongside the website that went with it. Both of them demonstrated that I was prepared to go that little bit further.”

The DLHE survey is a national barometer of how recent graduates are doing in their careers, either in the working world or further study. The university is looking for students who completed a course between January 1 and July 31, 2013. You can complete the survey online: or contact the University on 0191 515 2888, email