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Case Study: Susanne

Personal details
Degree:MA Hons History Profile picture
School(s): School of History
Year of Graduation:Jun-2008
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Youngs Bluecrest
Job title: Marketing Graduate
Occupational Sector: Marketing
What has been your route to getting your current position?

Following a summer internship at ICI, I knew my career aspirations lay in the area of consumer marketing, preferably in the food industry. At the start of my final year I set about applying for marketing graduate schemes, but at first I didn't experience much success. I was invited to numerous assessment centres yet was not being offered the job.

Visiting the Careers Centre to see a drop-in Adviser really helped me out. Not only did they give me endless support in encouraging me not to give up, they discussed my options and more importantly refined my presentation skills. The negative feedback I was receiving from the assessment centres was largely related to my presentation style, so the Careers Adviser spent a lot of time with me, listening to me give presentations and helping me to rework my presentation approach. As a result, the next presentation I delivered at an assessment centre was successful and I was offered the position.

The Careers Centre can help you out in lots of ways. Even if you know what you want to do and know how to go about getting there, the Careers Advisers can be invaluable in giving advice and in developing the skills needed to get you that all important first job.

What does your job involve ?
What are the best bits of your job ?
Why were you successful?
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?