Twas the week before Christmas, and through Crawford House
Not a student was stirring (but we’ve still got a mouse!)
The job ads were placed on CareersLink with care
In hopes that some applicants soon would be there.
The CVs were polished and QQA checked
With transferable skills they were fully bedecked
To be printed and posted with cover letter
Showing employers that “I’m a go-getter!”
Then finally the letter comes through door
“So far we’re impressed and we want to know more”
Now it’s the time for smart suit and socks
And head to Careers to ask about mocks.
Assessment centres? Banish all hope!
No, come to a practice and learn how to cope.
Be calm, speak up and work as a team
That’s the way onto a graduate scheme
And if you’re successful, please do tell
We love to find out when you’re doing well
“I got my dream job” is what we want to hear
Merry Christmas to all and we’ll see you next year!
p.s. If you want some more sensible Christmas blogging, I highly recommend Natasha’s 12 Days of Careers Christmas post.
Two years after graduating with a degree in Politics from University of Salford I found myself still there, working in the library. I re-shelved books, got involved with projects and helped with student enquiries. Forced out in the big wide world when my project funding was cut I started temping as a Clerical Assistant in the HR Department of an engineering company. Demonstrating that I was enthusiastic and prepared to get stuck into anything thrown at me, saw a 12 week temp placement become a 2 year job full of opportunities. I learned employment law, how to recruit and even got involved in setting up a new business site in Dublin. Realising I wanted to develop my career in HR I found a role at University of Manchester initially as a Recruitment Assistant and then, in order to undertake a wider variety of tasks, as HR Assistant. I discovered a talent for training and jumped at the opportunity to undertake a placement in the Staff Training Unit to develop these skills. After 9 years in HR and training roles, the post of Careers Consultant seemed the perfect mix of using my HR/Recruitment experience and my interest in learning and development activities to support students as they find their own way into the world of work.