Let’s start with the beginning of my story… I had finished my second year of my BSc Politics and Sociology degree and to be honest, I genuinely had no idea what career path I wanted to follow when looking at placements and a career in general and that’s when UEA helped me. I started out doing a rolling temporary assignment in the Uxbridge Employment Agency offices, helping with general admin duties but I sat and observed a lot too. I loved how fast-paced and challenging the environment could be in recruitment so I simply asked for a placement and after an interview and presentation with the MD and Branch Manager; I was offered a year placement…
And what a year it has been! The skills and experience I have gained are second to none. The girls are wonderful to work with and have helped and supported me through everything from placement assignments and ideas for my dissertation, day-to-day work and tasks, and even down to outfits and an exercise regime.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow; Learn as if you were to live forever”
I have learnt a great deal during my time at UEA that I can apply to my final year at University. My typing has definitely improved which will help with the dissertation and assignments!! I have also gained so much confidence as I have to talk to people on the phone every day, meet candidates in the office and present myself to clients in meetings. Now I’m even taking on some marketing duties and helping to elevate our social media presence which to date seems to have been rather successful!
I have also just completed my final project of assisting a Senior Consultant with the expansion of our new branch Windsor Employment Agency by researching business’ in the local area who we can partner with, finding exceptional candidates and marketing out our services all of which has been an exciting if sometimes a little stressful. But I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing as the experience I have gained has been amazing!
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Seeing everyone at UEA/WEA so passionate about the service we offer and what we do, it has given me the confidence and drive to take on any new opportunities and to out myself up for learning new skills – which is something I would not have dreamed of doing before this year.
With the graduate market becoming tougher than ever, take all experience head on and embrace a new challenge, you will surprise yourself with your own abilities. The year has helped with my personal development and skills, now I can concentrate (well try!) on my final year at University with the confidence and business acumen I have gained, who knows what will happen after my graduation in July 2016 – watch this space!
“True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction, and recognition”
Thank you to all of the team, and Charles our MD for an amazing year. I cannot wait to see how my future progresses with Uxbridge Employment and our soon to be opened Windsor Employment as well as for my own personal development. If you find yourself looking for an exciting new role then keep looking on our website and apply, we would love to hear from amazing people like you! Why not email firstname.lastname@example.org