Daniel NowakMathematics BSc (Hons)
The best advice I could offer a student would be that if you are serious about getting that job, get serious about developing your application skills
Graduation date: 2012
What type of careers guidance did you come in for?
I recently approached the Careers service to help preparing for an assessment centre day. I met with a career consultant for a mock interview, and the session allowed me to practice a selection of questions that were pertinent to the role I was applying for.
Do you think the careers guidance or mock interview helped you with your application / interview?
I felt empowered going into the real interview as I'd had the opportunity to discuss what employers are looking for when they ask certain questions and had developed strategies for answering them. The Careers consultant was very enthusiastic and had spent time thinking about the role I was applying for in order to tailor the session. They offered some great advice which I know will benefit me beyond the assessment centre day. Over the course of my time at City I have also taken the opportunity to attend other events including Snapshot Insight, Presentation and Interview workshops and Mock Assessment workshops. These have been great networking opportunities and have helped me to develop the skills needed to show employers who I am and what I have to offer them.
What advice do you have for other students?
The best advice I could offer a student would be that if you are serious about getting that job, get serious about developing your application skills. This is a broad area: you will need to develop your ability to complete written applications, on-line tests, telephone and in-person interviews, presentations and group-work tasks. The time when you are applying for jobs in your third year is not the time to be trying to gain these skills; you need to do it during the first two years. The graduate job market is fierce and if the opportunity to take part in an assessment process comes your way do not underestimate the skillset you will need to get the job at the end of it. Use the resources available to you and start as soon as you come to university.