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A day in the life of a Graduate Trainee in the United Kingdom
What I do
Variety of placements - first placement has involved a lot of Excel work, liaison with companies, closely monitoring their submitted documents etc. The upcoming placement focuses heavily on project management.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Masters probably came in handy! Even if the degree subject was of no direct relevance, the skills I was able to demonstrate were clearly of benefit.
Primarily research & management of time have been of most use.
Running a university sports club gave plenty of experience of working with stakeholders, managing competing expectations, remaining calm under pressure etc.
What I like most
Organisation is not too large, so there's a more close-knit feeling than some organisations. The graduate scheme is very well organised, with good potential for career development.
What I like least
Struggling to answer this to be honest!
What would I change? Not having to wait a year between graduation (from Masters course) and getting this job!
Courses taken since graduation
MA Modern History (York), graduated 2008
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I'm on a 2-year graduate scheme with placement rotation (every 6 months) - there is a guarantee of being kept on until I get a permanent role within the organisation, even beyond those two years.
My advice to students considering work
Enjoy York while you can, you're bound to miss some things about it.