This blog was created by Universities Scotland and originally appeared on their website on June 14th 2017.
In a new blog series by Universities Scotland, graduates discuss how university has prepared them for their future careers. The following is an excerpt from Kirsty Young's blog. Kirsty has just graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in Management, and started her ScotGrad placement at Fine Coffee Club in Edinburgh last month!
"Studying for an Honours degree in Management in the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University (RGU) was extremely challenging and our lecturers pushed all of us to achieve our very best. The wide range of subjects we studied included Marketing, Business Strategy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Economics, and many more.
Our entire 3rd year was spent on a work placement, in my case within the Finance team of the Norwegian oil and gas company Aker Solutions.
We learned the importance of Marketing throughout our various modules then the E-Business module we studied in my final year opened my eyes to the importance of Digital Marketing."
"When I saw the ScotGrad placement as an E-Commerce Marketing analyst with Fine Coffee Club (an Edinburgh start-up which sells Nespresso compatible capsules online), I was really keen to apply.
This is where the RGU Careers Service came in, with support and encouragement as well as practical advice about how best to target my skillset to the application. Lorraine from Careers took the time to remind me that the skills I had gained during my degree made me qualified for this role – from the transferable technical skills such as SWOT analysis and competitor research... to the vital soft skills gained in my course and on my one-year placement such as time management, working to tight deadlines, coping with stress and working as part of a team.
The Careers team supported us throughout our degree, arranging Careers Fairs and inspirational guest speakers and working closely with us during a full module on the mechanics of CV writing.
I think, in hindsight, what stood me in good stead for my successful job application was the basic message that the careers service always tried to transmit to us – namely that you should always follow your passion and let your enthusiasm shine through. My two passions for coffee and marketing must have come across in my application and interview and now I have the chance to put the theory I gained at RGU into practice within a real-life context."
Best of luck with your ScotGrad placement, Kirsty! We look forward to catching up with you soon.
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