Finding a Graduate Job ๐ŸŽ“

Hi guys, welcome to my first blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m Kiran, now an Aston graduate โ€“ YAY! I studied Business & Management and graduated in July. I am also very pleased to say that I secured a graduate role in the Careers+Placements team at Aston University, as Student Engagement Coordinator.

Job hunting

So, after my exams finished in May, I had a few weeks off to recuperate after years of studying! I then got my CV checked and approved by visiting a C+P drop-in session and meeting with a careers consultant (the C+P centre hold weekly drop-in sessions to help graduates with any career related queries, CV checks and tips etc.).

I then began applying for marketing related jobs on websites such as, Aston Futures, Graduate Advantage, Gradcracker, LinkedIn, and even sent personal emails to companies of interest.

The phone call

There I was lying on the couch, engrossed in an episode of โ€˜Breaking Badโ€™, when I got the call! It was a member of the C+P team inviting me for an interview – I was over the moon! ๐Ÿ˜€ After all of those endless applications I had finally got a call back.

Interview

On the day of my interview I ensured I wore smart clothes โ€“ black trousers and a white blouse โ€“ canโ€™t go wrong. I made sure that I took a copy of my CV and my portfolio of previous work. I got to the interview ten minutes early (which seemed like forever because I was nervous). The interview went really well, I spoke about my achievements, previous jobs and education, and showcased some pieces of work from my portfolio. A question I find that always crops up in interviews is โ€˜how well can you work in a team?โ€™, so make sure you always have an answer prepared.

My first day

I started work the following week, my first day was ace! I met so many friendly colleagues from the C+P team. I was given a handover and had some meetings with my team to bring me up to date with things. My manager and the team are so lovely and supportive. Since Iโ€™ve started I have been provided with daily updates and resources to make my job easier.

I have already got stuck into so much. Iโ€™ve been here three weeks and have already had a team away day which was so much fun, and I have a team lunch coming up.

So, I would like to congratulate those of you who have secured your graduate roles and best of luck to those still searching! Donโ€™t worry itโ€™s still not too late, keep at it and get in touch with the C+P team!

– Kiran ๐Ÿ™‚

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