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How to find your first job

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“Focus. Don’t apply for anything and everything”

 

That’s the advice from Connie Doak, Marketing Graduate at Weetabix Food Company Limited, to students about to start their career

I recently had the great pleasure of returning to Northumbria University, where I did my BA in International Business Management with French, to speak at their Language Alumni day. The topic of my presentation? My year abroad, which many students were about to embark upon themselves, and how I found my first job.

I talked the students through my experience of finding a graduate job, all the mistakes that I had made and the process which lead to me entering the world of work. Many of the students were feeling similar pressure and anxieties that I had when I was in their shoes so they found it very reassuring to hear about my experiences, both good and bad.

Many of the students wanted to know how I found my role, what I thought of the company and what my career aspirations are for the future. I loved that I could tell them, without a shadow of a doubt, I enjoy my role more than anyone else I know who has started a graduate job this year. Weetabix’s culture and values are infectious and my passion for its brands has grown significantly throughout the short time that I’ve been here.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending a day back at university, reflecting on my experiences and achievements. The key messages I had for the students were

  • To focus when looking for a job. Don’t just apply for anything and everything. It’s much harder to perform well at an interview for a job or company that you aren’t sure about
  • Make the most of the time you have left at university. The world at work may be an exciting place with endless possibilities but who can beat eight hours of lectures a week?

What great piece of advice have you been given?