Job Hunting in a Pandemic – OurWarwick

Job Hunting in a Pandemic

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Sam Percival | History and Politics (with Year Abroad) Contact Sam

Whilst there is some good news round the corner, with vaccines on the way at some point, as of today we are in the deepest recession for a century, and a government mandated lock down, so all in all it’s clearly the perfect time to be applying for jobs.

Don’t worry though, if you are panicking or stressing about finding a job, so is everyone else, I have in the last two weeks, as have most of my friends. Warwick’s also half decent with most graduates going onto graduate level jobs or masters after their undergrad.

Like many students I had no idea what I wanted to do after university when I started, and in many ways I’m still not sure. I thought I was in a good position pre-covid having been invited back to re-intern at a company who had a grad scheme and had told me that I was likely to get on it. Then covid and it all went up in smoke.

So this has left me job hunting this year, I really am not sure what I want to do so I’ve applied to a smörgåsbord of graduate jobs, from Sales at Samsung and the Wellcome Trust to the Civil Service and Planning Policy at Savills, as well as applying to some masters courses. I’ve had middling successes so far, some have rejected me, whilst most schemes haven’t responded to me, and a couple I’ve made it through to second stage exams or per-recorded interview (I’m yet to speak to a real human). To be honest most of the big companies are still running their graduate schemes this year, though apparently with slightly smaller intakes.

This big difference to ‘normal’ is that when I go looking for smaller companies to work for, like green housing developers or communications agencies, they aren’t recruiting graduates this year. As I was quite keen to work for a smallish company as I wanted the chance to see how companies operate on the whole rather than just an aspect of it. Which is normally the case when you have a job at a large company.

As I said, I’m not 100% committed to working a grad job next year, I’ve applied to one masters and plan on applying to one more. In addition I’m currently applying to the Jet programme, which is a programme where I would be an English assistant in a Japanese school for a year, which would be quite fun, and not quite your standard grad role.

Anyway don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do when you graduate, it just makes you just like most other students.

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Sam Percival | History and Politics (with Year Abroad) Contact Sam

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