Author Bio: Scarlett Wilson is a Keele University graduate and is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive for Bubble Jobs – a niche digital jobs board that specialises in advertising digital, ecommerce, media and marketing jobs from the UK’s top brands. Follow her on Twitter: @Scarlett278 or find out more about BubbleJobs at http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/
“After recently graduating from Keele uni I’m all too familiar with the job search process and the ups and downs that come with it. So when I finally managed to bag myself a job as a Digital Marketing Executive at Bubble Jobs I was over the moon.
The only problem was that the nerves started kicking in pretty quickly – I found myself trying to judge whether I’d do amazingly and everyone would love me or I’d fail miserably. I think these feelings are completely normal though – you’re leaping into the unknown so you’re bound to feel a bit wobbly about the whole situation.
To help you feel better I thought I’d tell you about the five things I’ve learnt from my first graduate job to try and put your poor mind at rest!
1) Don’t Panic On Your First Day
I studied BEng Engineering with Management and Entrepreneurship at City University London. Along with that, I also achieved a double degree BA Industrial Design in Harbin University of Science and Technology (HUST), China.
My studies equipped me with a thorough background of design theories, it gave me a mix of engineering, business and management principles. I wanted to apply for a graduate scheme as I wanted to settle into a professional work environment soon after university, and receive relevant IT skills whilst gaining hands on experience,
I first met Orion Health at a networking event that City University held. I really enjoyed talking to the team from Orion Health, they gave me a good feel for the company and the different career paths that would be available to me as a graduate there. I could feel a friendly and comfortable organization culture from them. They showed me some applications developed by Orion Health, and the products really appealed to me.
In December 2013, another member of the Orion Health team presented a seminar at City University which I attended, and it was about how IT solutions can make a real difference to healthcare organisations and to patients. The guy who presented it, Andy, was really passionate about the company and what they do.
A few weeks after the seminar, I applied for and was successfully enrolled on an assessment day for Orion Health’s Graduate 2014 Intake. The day itself was great fun, I met different people, took part in various tasks and learned even more about the company.
I was delighted when I was offered the role of Graduate Implementation Consultant with Orion Health. I have now been here for 4 weeks and am in a team of 5 graduates. We’ve been working in a specific role within established teams, as well as doing projects to help us learn about the company and products. There’s a specific plan to train and guide us graduates to achieve a high level technical and business skills. All of my new colleagues are keen on helping us learn and grow.
I am very happy I got this opportunity to work in Orion Health. I was a student who didn’t know my future career – I am so pleased that I have a clear and exciting future with Orion Health.
Caspar Bartington is the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Relationship Manager for Education and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org – and on Linkedin: http://linkd.in/1uAsocI
“Getting your first placement or job does not have to be a daunting experience. With the world’s leading financial centre on your doorstep, City University students are ideally-placed to take advantage of a huge diversity of roles. Some are well known, some less so.
The CII is the world’s largest professional body for insurance and financial services. Or, should you prefer, risk management and wealth management. We have more than 115,000 members in over 150 countries. That gives us plenty of insight into employer sentiment.
Each year, I meet students at universities around the country, who ask me what they can do to increase their chances of securing an internship or graduate place. So, here are the views from where I stand: