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  Age: 22 Graduation Date: 2013 Major: Business School: University of Central Lancashire Current Position: Marketing Assistant  


Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

The drastic change in lifestyle, and going from lectures and libraries to full time office work! It was a massive change and at first it was difficult to get used to. Plus, I was scared going from lectures with my friends to meeting a bunch of new people.

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Difficult, Time consuming, Lucky, Competitive, Fun.

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

I am in a role that I am comfortable with, and although I'm in a small business with no room for promotion, it is giving me the experience I need to develop in a different role when the time comes. I have also just received a pay rise after 6 months!

Q: What are the best things about your current role?

Freedom to work on different aspects of marketing and managing my own project. We manufacture an interesting product. I love marketing and I am the only person in the marketing department!

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

Use your school career advisor. That's how I got most of my interviews. It's difficult to go it alone.

Q: What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

Having money! Sure, you [have] the student loans coming to you three times a year, but you have a constant steady stream of income that you can rely on!
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