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/ 4 years ago /

 Article by Brenda Wong

Happy First Birthday, Debut! 10 of our favourite first year facts

525,600 minutes. How do you measure a year?

Since it’s Debut’s first birthday, we decided to celebrate by crunching a few fun numbers. We’ve learnt a lot, grown, had our highs and had our lows.

“It has been so gratifying seeing Debut grow,” founder and CEO Charles Taylor said. “What started out as a simple idea born out of graduate scheme application frustration has turned into a full-fledged, driven company. It has been an amazing first year, and I look forward to seeing what the next year brings.”

We are so looking forward to another year of amazing memories, but for the moment, here are our fave first year facts.


*Bonus Fact: It’s also our COO Michele and Head Developer Tomas’s birthdays too! Happy birthday fellas

1. It’s pretty much a 50/50 split between male and female users


The Debut app user base has 47% of its users who identify as male, and 45% who identify as female. The rest of the users on our app (8%) either declined to declare their gender, or just preferred not to say.

Considering Tinder has just introduced 37 new gender identity options on their app, this isn’t surprising. We here at Debut are always trying to learn how to be more inclusive. If anyone has any suggestions as to how we can improve that, let us know!

2. We’ve got 152 nationalities on our app 


Broken down, the top ten nationalities are

  1. British
  2. Indian
  3. Chinese
  4. Italian
  5. Romanian
  6. French
  7. Nigerian
  8. Irish
  9. American
  10. Malaysian

We’re so excited to see a truly global interest in the Debut app. Currently, all roles are UK-based only, but watch this space. Accessible graduate careers should be for everybody, after all.

3. We’ve grown Team Debut from a lean team of three to a team of 11 – and counting  


“It started out with just Charlie, our CEO and  founder, Matt, our Marketing Manager, and I in a shoe-box office,” comments COO and co-founder Michele Trusolino. “We’ve had to move offices four times in a year! A good problem to have, I think.”

The core team as it stands:

  • Charles Taylor, CEO and founder
  • Michele Trusolino, COO and co-founder
  • Cristina Astorri, Senior Marketing Director
  • Matt Thomas, Marketing Manager
  • Jacob Binkin, Senior Partnerships Manager
  • James Kemp, Senior Partnerships Manager
  • Sonal Chauhan, Partnerships Account Manager
  • Olga Kardasi, Partnerships Account Manager
  • Victor Davies, Partnerships Account Manager
  • Brenda Wong, Social Media & Community Manager
  • Tomas Rodriguez, Head Developer
  • Alex Ekong, Journalism Intern

Not to mention our crack team of developers, consultants, PR managers, designers, our twelve amazing student writers and more.

The phrase goes “it takes a village to raise a child,” but really, it takes a village to run a company, by the looks of it. We couldn’t have gone through this year without these guys.

4. Speaking of writers, we’ve published 93,544 words on the Debut website so far 


Since we started the Debut Student Publisher Network to create the best student and graduate careers website, we’ve been hard. at. work. Considering we only started the programme in September, the majority of these words were written in the last three months.

We’ve got twelve amazing student writers who work with us on a regular basis. A huge shout-out to them, and if you want to follow them on Twitter, here’s where to find them.

5. We’ve worked with 50 Times Top 100 Graduate Employers this year 


You may have heard of some of them: Microsoft, L’Oreal, Bloomberg, Vodafone, Arcadia, Siemens, Fujitsu… the list goes ever on.

We couldn’t be more grateful for the leaps of faith our employers have taken with us so far. We’re looking forward to doubling, tripling, quadrupling the number of companies we work with next year.

6. Users have spent over 1,332 hours playing games on the Debut app 


This year we launched two games on our app in conjuction with Deutsche Bank and L’Oreal: Agile Minds (currently live!) and The Seeker. Users have collectively spent nearly two months of time on our games – some even winning internships when they get to the top of the leaderboard.

7. We recognise 616 educational institutions on our app


That’s a lot of universities! The universities with the most amount of students registered on the Debut app are the University of Warwick, followed closely by the University of York.

8. And over 170 subject areas 


The top two subject areas our users are studying are Business Studies (first place) and Law (second place.) Popular subjects also include Economics, Accounting, and Computer Science.

9. The most requested job roles from our users are actually art and design jobs 


63% of our job requests have been for more creative careers, such as designer jobs or jobs in creative industries. This is followed by more jobs in STEM, making up 23% of our job requests.

This is something we’re absolutely looking into expanding in our second year, and we love how diverse our users are when it comes to their dream job.

10. Despite investing in his own table tennis paddle, our COO Michele has come dead last in both table tennis leagues we’ve held 

happy first birthday, debut!

Ah, poor Michele. We don’t think he ever learns. See above GIF for one of his attempts.

It’s been a truly fabulous year of connecting students and graduates to their dream career opportunities. Happy first birthday, Debut. Here’s to many, many more!

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