Getting your first job: it’s not all doom and gloom

Getting your first job its not all doom and gloomIt was always going to be a bit daunting looking for a job, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. Combine that with the economic recession we find ourselves in and it really doesn’t seem like a good time to be job hunting, but there are jobs out there! Elizabeth Masters explains her route to employment.

I was in my last year of a Mathematics and Statistics BSc at the University of Warwick and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or who to apply to. I had meetings with a careers advisor, who put me on the right path. I then understood what was out there and how I could use my skills in an interesting job, I didn’t just want to number crunch. I was interested in analysing and interpreting data, jobs like market research and customer insight.

I applied to a few jobs in January but wasn’t successful and with my finals looming I began to worry that I was running out of time. It turns out that my fears were unfounded. I made some contacts at a Statistics careers fair, which my careers advisor suggested I attend, who assured me that companies are still hiring graduates.

I then concentrated on my exams; after all I needed a good degree. I obtained the 2:1 that I wanted and the opportunities started rolling in. I had three interviews, lined up by the contacts I had made at the careers fair, within a few weeks. These jobs would utilise my statistical skills in a practical environment. I worked hard to ensure I succeeded at the interviews and ended up in the very fortunate position of getting two job offers. It couldn’t have turned out better.

I will start work in a month’s time for a major British retailer on a Customer Insight Analyst Graduate Scheme, I can’t wait!

Elizabeth Masters, National Trust Volunteer