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My unfounded opinions on getting a grad job

The summer following the penultimate year of a Management undergraduate often includes an internship (or something similar). Lots of my friends are spending 6-12 weeks over summer in some form of internship, be it at one of the big 4 accountancy firms, in a tech startup, financial company, consultancy firm or anywhere else!

I’m doing something a little different, I’m spending two days a week working as a marketing assistant at a company called Printelligence (a software company) and the other 3-5 working on WinchPharma. It keeps me busy and productive over summer! It did occur to me, however, that this may well be my last ‘summer holiday’… After next year of university, who knows what will happen? Hopefully, I’ll be able to start working full-time at WinchPharma straightaway. Either way, I’m going to have to quickly learn how to do proper adult things. Whatever happens, though, it’s always going to be a good idea to make your summer months as productive as possible (whilst also squeezing in some time to relax).

Given there are going to be so many graduates with excellent degrees and some experience, I’ve always been a big advocate of doing something a bit different with your time in order to stand out to any potential employer. Now, this is all speculation, I haven’t graduated or got a graduate job or really done much career wise, but I always figured that if I was going to employ someone, and had a pile of CVs in front of me (all with great academic stats, some work experience etc…) I’m sure I’d put whoever had done something a bit different or a bit weird to the top of the pile… And it could be anything! If you were reading someone’s CV and deciding whether or not to interview them, someone who’s done something weird like visited every mainland Starbucks or are a world record holder for eating the most jam doughnuts in a minute or had built a house or whatever I’d want to meet and interview!

So why not try doing something a bit different with your time over summer? Maybe you’ve got yourself a good internship (well done), why not do something else a bit weird on top of that? Make yourself really stand out from the crowd! Treat yourself like you would a business, in order to win a customer (get a job), you need to push your USPs, market yourself well, and deliver what your promise to retain that business. Experience, education and a weird and wonderful USP will no doubt go a long way to getting that first customer!

I’ll quickly reiterate that I am by no means an authority on this subject, these are simply my random musings on the topic.

That’s all for now,

Tom

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