Aruna Bahia left Derby Grammar School in 2012, going on to study Fashion and Textiles at the University of Manchester. She is currently Global Product Development and Marketing Manager at The Body Shop, based at their head office in London.
“My role at The Body Shop is based on coming up with new product ideas and concepts based on the latest trends, and bringing them to life during a two-year development process whilst producing all marketing and PR material to support the product launch. This is specifically for skincare and it is at a global level. As The Body Shop was previously owned by L’Oreal, the majority of staff and agencies we work with are French, (sometimes meetings are even in French) so they tend to have a preference towards employing those with some language skills. My French and Spanish A Levels from really came in handy here!
I chose Derby Grammar School as they offered subject choices others didn’t. I also knew the School was very efficient and successful when it came around to UCAS time. This is something I’m really grateful for, especially after changing my mind about my university course three times. DGS had the patience to support and help me through this.
In fact, the teachers’ confidence in me throughout Sixth Form really made me feel like anything was possible when my mind was put to it, something I perhaps didn’t feel so strongly at previous schools. As a result, it springboarded me into a much more positive and confident way of thinking.”
Favourite memory: It has to be fundraising for Children in Need. I will forever cringe at dancing to ‘It’s Raining Men’ on stage – I’m even shuddering at the thought of it now!