Landing my first graduate role - Emilia's story


How the careers service helped me

  • 14 March 2022
  • 5 min read
Emilia, a current MSc Criminal Justice and distance learning student has just secured her first graduate role with the Civil Service. Having embraced the opportunity to access the Careers and Employability service during her postgraduate studies, exploring the opportunities available, and channeling her efforts to secure graduate employment, she shares how our support helped her reach her goal.

"From the beginning, I have been treated with respect… I did not realise it was going to have as massive an impact as it has now because the service has changed my life and improved my confidence. I have had support with my CV - creating and updating two different versions; looking over draft supporting statements, including guidance on how to address the job specification in the way employers require."

Emilia worked with our advisers to make her applications stand out and her interview techniques shine, she was also encouraged to consider temporary work areas that would build on her range of skills and experience. And now, having successfully secured her role in events support at the Cabinet Office, Emilia is set up strong to embrace the range of training development opportunities available in the work place.

Reflecting on her experience of accessing the service as a student with a disability, Emilia - who has a visual impairment - explained that she found "the service was very accommodating to my needs and took them into consideration… you feel really supported and there is that sense of a supportive network. They want you to succeed and there is that sense of genuine care".

"No matter the disability you have, do not let the world tell you that you’re not able to go forward in the field you want to work in. Yes, you may need to take longer routes or make adjustments, but if it’s something that you’re committed and dedicated to, just do what you need to do. You need to have the right support, you need to have confidence in yourself, you won’t know unless you try. Even if you don’t have a disability, the support is there, you need to work really hard, but you can do it."

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