Graduating in 2018 brings mixed feelings but is exciting, I am a person who likes to know and plan where their next step is. So the thought of leaving with a university degree, no more mainstream education to complete, without knowing where I’ll be working and living is a scary thought for me.
I used the same strategy that I used to achieve my industrial placement, apply early. Before your time gets taken up with university work and Christmas etc, apply for placements and graduate schemes in September and October. This way you have the time to sit down and really impress a company with your application and then proceed to sit back and wait for the congratulations or unfortunate rejections.
Applying for graduate schemes is repetitious, all of the job specifications end up blurring into one until you start hearing back from companies. There isn’t anything better than receiving that email from the company you’re aiming for, informing you that you’ve been successful. I am fortunate to be in a position after receiving several rejections, that I’m starting to attend assessment centres. I am one of those strange people who enjoy face-to-face interviews because I love being able to understand and see how people are reacting to what I’m saying. That being said, I’m still nervous because of how much weight this holds for my future.
Without being cliché, the best advice is to be yourself throughout your applications, it may be easy to think that if you exaggerate your abilities it will get you further but then you’ll just end up putting yourself in a position that you don’t want to be in.
The right company is out there for me, and I just have to explore all my options until I find a perfect match.
In my personal life, everything is great at the moment, I couldn’t ask for a more supportive friend and family community around me, both in and outside of university. I like to surround myself with a wide range of ambitious, talented and driven people; and am proud of what my childhood and university friends are achieving in their lives. In particular, I am very proud of how much my boyfriend has achieved this year from graduating Brunel University with a degree in Aviation Engineering, to recently being accepted into flying school as an easyJet cadet. Having such positive people around me really encourages me to want to do my best also, I believe that is important to being successful.