Politics and Communication undergraduate Gee Canning attended the recent Careers Cabaret, hosted by the English Society. Here’s what she thought about the event:
“The Gilmour Room was packed full of career hungry third year students thinking about what to do after graduation last week. I would hazard a guess that most of us have little or no idea what career path to choose.
“The aim of the regular Careers Cabaret events is not only to provide an insight into different careers, but to inspire students to consider new or different industries, perhaps some that they had not considered before.
“To kick things off, Lorna Mitchell from the BPP School began speaking about careers in law. BPP offer a year-long conversion course for students who did not take a law degree but who would like to become lawyers.
“For those interested in human resources, Charlotte Cook, who is a HR Graduate at the defence, security and aerospace giant BAE Systems, gave a really interesting overview of how a graduate training scheme in a large company can open doors. The extra training and placements they provide can be really valuable experience, and it sounds like there is a lot to be said for training on the job.
“For those with an appreciation of the arts, Jen Chapman, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), explained that internships really can lead to paid jobs. Her recommendation: If you love the internship you are in. See if there is an opportunity for you to progress into a paid role. What have you got to lose?
“If PR feels like more your style, the advice from James Courtney, from Think Publicity, was to have a positive work ethic and to put yourself out there. PR isn’t easy – It can involve long hours and weekend work but if it is a job you love, you will find it is worth it.
“Rounding off the roster was Gary Smailes from Bubblecow Editing. He started out as a researcher and then jumped straight into the world of publishing. His shot of wisdom: Find out what excites you about work and the job will be there.
“There is no doubt that I am still looking at the options, but I left the event feeling better equipped and more knowledgeable about the kind of things I can do when I graduate. Events like this really get you thinking about the future and it is hard not to be excited about that.”
By Gee Canning