Paul West's short graduate placement gave him more than a wide variety of business experience, it also delivered something even more valuable, a job. He tells the story.
What’s your background?
I grew up in Dumfries, attended Dumfries High School, and graduated from Strathclyde University Business School with a BA (Hons) in Economics.
I applied for a Business Development Placement with Glasgow Chiropractic, and after a successful three months, landed up working there as an Assistant Manager.
Why did you apply to the graduate placement programme?
Having studied the Scottish Economy at university, I felt strongly about the need to keep graduates in Scotland to maintain a reasonable GDP growth. This programme offered a great opportunity to gain work experience in an area I was interested in, working in Glasgow, albeit for an Australian company.
Another additional benefit was the graduate training that’s part of the placement.
How did you benefit from the programme?
Actually, in many ways. In the current economic climate, the biggest benefit is actually getting a job!
Also, because my placement was with a small company, it allowed me to take an in-depth look at loads of areas of the organization. I’ve experienced sales, marketing, HR, web development, and even a little media production!
Any advice to other graduates?
In my experience, the kinds of employers who recruit through this programme are those that really value a fresh outlook on their operations.
They also care about the personal development of their staff, from a graduate to someone who is fully accomplished in the job. Taking that in mind, the best advice I can offer is, commit yourself fully to whatever opportunity arises. Then, the sky’s the limit!