Talking to people helped me understand more about the job market
During my time at university I spoke to as many different people as possible about career ideas and opportunities including friends, family and the careers service and really value their impact. I found that talking to all these people gave me alternative views of my skills together with examples of what career they thought would suit me best.
This helped to develop a good understanding of the graduate job market and what a graduate job actually is, especially after talking to the career service about where to look for job opportunities. As a result, I felt confident in applying for graduate jobs in my final year at university and achieved a graduate job as a Graduate Recruitment Consultant.
While studying Mechanical Engineering at university I took an active role in a range of societies and clubs and strongly believe that extra-curricular activities such as these can have a great impact on career prospects. I feel that the societies helped a great deal with people skills especially improving my teamwork, communication and negotiation skills which are definitely required by employers.
Looking back on my experience, I wish I had studied more to achieve a 2:1, and I would advise current students to work hard but to make sure that they do not overlook transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication as they increase your employability.
Related case studies
- Sports club helped me achieve career ambition
- Volunteering helped me get a taste for work
- Internships helped me develop teamwork and leadership skills
- Extra-curricular activities gave me experience to find a job
- Working abroad for a year
- Think about career options straight away
- Year abroad helped to develop my career idea
- Applying for graduate jobs early really paid off
- Developed personal skills while volunteering
- Careers fairs provide a great opportunity to talk to employers
- Subject department helped organise summer internship
- Talking to people helped me understand more about the job market
- Society role enhanced career prospects