My Graduate Story
The back story:
Growing up I have always been what some might refer to as a ‘natural academic’ perhaps maybe even a ‘nerd’ due to my passion to read and eagerness to learn. Education has always been something that unlike others, I thoroughly enjoyed and wished to prolong, yet with the choice of industries being so diverse I became completely overwhelmed and daunted by the concept of choosing which career route I wanted to take. Throughout my GCSE’s and A Levels I toyed with the idea of different paths I was intrigued to take, from Journalism to Psychology and even Architecture, however I finally settled on the path of pursuing myself in Marketing, which is where my story really begins!
Thinking all of my big decisions were behind me, I managed to exceed my predicted A Level results opening my options far and wide, leading me my next big choice – where to attend University. As a Leicester girl born and raised (and a bit of a home bird) I decided to enrol onto a highly recommended ‘Advertising and Marketing Communications’ course at De Monfort University.
From the outset I loved everything about being a DMU student; the location, the people, the tutors but most importantly the modules that the course provided. Immediately I excelled within the branding topics and noted that this was a clear direction I wanted to head towards.
Why Eileen Richards Recruitment?
Not long into my University course, I began to receive interest in my LinkedIn profile asking if I was interested in partaking in various Marketing Apprenticeships, however I was keen to complete my degree and consequently sought out an opportunity which enabled me to do both.
Eileen Richards Recruitment offered me an Internship in their Marketing department which allowed me to work on a flexible basis alongside my studies. The support I received from both Eileen and the team was incredible throughout, there are a small amount of businesses that invest in students, however the varied training, courses and events Eileen Richards Recruitment sent me on made me feel immensely valued and helped me to broaden my industry knowledge as well as my academic!
What the future holds:
After three incredible years at DMU, I recently graduated with a First Class Honour degree, again leaving me with a huge choice to make… the future! This time though, my choice was easy. After receiving interest from multiple businesses, I knew the only place I wanted to add value and progress further was within the ER team – and luckily they shared this perspective! I am extremely excited for how my role will expand as a full time Branding and Marketing Exec as the business continually grows and cannot wait to get my teeth stuck into the exciting projects we have planned!
Fire question round with Scarlett:
Star sign: Pisces
Hobbies: The gym (occasionally), shopping and socialising – all very intense!
Favourite drink: Rhubarb Gin!
Favourite colour: Yellow.
Q: What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
A: Creative, Assertive, Positive.
Q: What would you say to somebody thinking of starting an Internship?
A: I would tell them to go for it 100%, working with Eileen Richards Recruitment is one of the best decisions I made. Not only did it equip me with the industry knowledge that you can only learn firsthand, but I think it benefitted me with every other aspect including uplifting my confidence.
Q: Do you think that University benefited you?
A: One million percent. Individuals have their own perspectives towards University and it isn’t beneficial for all, but for me the things I learnt about advertising, marketing and branding have had a huge impact in my perspective and the way I choose to do things. I will take the majority of the things I learnt forward with me in my newly appointed position. Plus there is no better feeling than receiving that graduate certificate after three years of stress and gruelling deadlines!
Q: What is next for you?
A: Potentially lots of things! Eileen Richards Recruitment’s 5th birthday is coming up soon and we have some incredibly exciting plans and campaigns in place going forward that I will be looking after! My role is different every day – which is one of the reasons I love it so much so there is a lot on the cards for me over the next few months, so you’ll have to wait and see!