Offer Holder Advice: Maximising Opportunities
- MyAdvantage for career events (or if they don’t happen this year, there will still be online ones):
MyAdvantage is a great platform that Warwick offers to students providing us with all sorts of events, including academic upskilling, career workshops, employer presentations and job sector events. You can also use the platform to book appointments and search for job vacancies; I have heard stories of people finding their internships on the platform and that varies from asset management and investment banking to media and marketing internships.
To start, one thing I found incredibly useful at the beginning of my first year was employer networking events. These would usually take place in the Rootes building on campus where employers would come in, sometimes three lots in the same week and give sessions to a group of students about the type of work they do, their opportunities for people across university years and even offer freebies along the way – my favourite was a continental breakfast from UBS and an umbrella that served me well for many rainy days from Credit Suisse.
Even if these events don’t go ahead on-campus, I can guarantee (and some firms like J.P, Morgan shifted to this before COVID-19) they will be holding virtual events which will be displayed on MyAdvantage and their websites. Apologies if any career-related insights I give are heavily focused on finance, because this is certainly not the only career path you should explore and there are so many more, but this is based on the experience I have had so far. With networking events like these, the key is to connect with people after the event – usually through something like LinkedIn or an email if you were able to get this. Following up with any questions you might have with a phone call when convenient with the person who is now in the career you aspire to enter can provide you with some invaluable insights.
You can also book appointments through MyAdvantage, so whether you have an interview coming up, are worried about your CV or a Cover Letter draft, the careers department at Warwick is very supportive in organising this for you.
Career-related events are not the only type of opportunities offered, because being part of Warwick gives you access to a whole host of upskilling sessions. A favourite one I attended was on effective notetaking and these take place throughout term.
Overall, keep on a lookout for MyAdvantage, especially in the months before university starts, because there are some great opportunities at the beginning of term.
- Warwick Welcome Service for becoming an ambassador:
Secondly, a way you can maximise opportunities and do something very fulfilling is becoming an ambassador. Being a student ambassador has been a true highlight of my first year. From presenting to prospective students, answering their questions and creating videos that might be used for virtual events, this job is something I have enjoyed a lot. Meeting second and third years as an ambassador has been a very enjoyable experience, especially because this has expanded my friendships beyond those that study Economics or that are heading in the same career direction as me. More importantly, the Welcome Service at the university takes great pride in looking after us students – they offer us an incredible amount of flexibility and even an hourly rate.
I was initially confused at how I would apply to become one, but luckily, I got helped by someone that was doing the open day tour in autumn. To apply (unless the process will be changed), head over to the Warwick Welcome Service website and you should apply before a certain deadline, which from memory was around the end of October. This is a great opportunity to apply for where sharing about your experiences to undergraduate students doesn’t feel like working and where you can develop some very useful skills along the way.
From MyAdvantage to being given the chance to represent the university, I urge you to talk to students whether in the same year or year above, because it is so important to embrace what can be such valuable opportunities for development at Warwick.