When it seemed like she might have to leave Scotland, Honours graduate Chanelle Miliani came upon a graduate placement programme that kept her close to home, as she recounts.
What’s your background?
I’m from Shotts in North Lanarkshire and studied for a BSc with Honours in Sport and Recreation Management at the University of Edinburgh.
During my time on the course, I found I enjoyed the business modules most, in particular, marketing. So, during my third year, I found a marketing placement with a company, and this confirmed my interest in that area.
Why did you apply for the graduate placement programme?
As fourth year was quite time-consuming, I wanted to wait until I’d finished university before applying for jobs.
But I found that by that point, though, a lot of the graduate deadlines for the 2011 intake had past. So, I was going to have to move from Scotland, which I didn’t feel I was ready to do.
At a graduate recruitment fair in Edinburgh, I found out about this graduate placement programme. What’s good about it is the various opportunities for graduates with different start dates. It meant that I could also stay in Scotland.
How have you benefited from the programme?
It’s allowed me to broaden my experience, by working with a digital marketing agency. The two-day training course also meant that I was able to meet other people in similar fields and we were able to share our experiences. It was comforting to know that there were other people in the same position as me.
Any advice for other graduates?
Don’t give up! When you’re looking for jobs, a lot of employers require a minimum of one or two years’ experience, so it’s easy to lose belief in yourself. But graduate programmes like these can help, and are willing to see your potential.