Posted on 16/07/2010
Graduate Pooja Suri has plenty to smile about this week
Two students at Royal Holloway, University of London are celebrating after emerging with a place on Vodafone’s competitive graduate scheme.
The highly sought after scheme received more than 3,000 applications for just 50 places. Vodafone is the UK’s third largest mobile phone company with the largest worldwide revenue and its services cater for around 323 million people internationally.
Pooja Suri, a Maths and Management finalist, and third year Economics and Management student Lauren McKinlay, who both graduated this week, are looking forward to their September start at Vodaphone. The girls can expect a starting salary of £25,000 for the 12-month placement with an eight-week stint in retail. This will be followed by two equal periods in branches of the head office, anywhere from marketing and human resources to finance or research and development.
Liz Wilkinson, Head of College Careers Service, said, “Pooja and Lauren are to be congratulated on their success. The graduate destinations just published for the 2009 graduates reveal many success stories with our graduates joining employers as varied as Ernst & Young, the BBC, Barclays, the National History Museum, Random House, Teach First and the NHS. The Careers Service continues to offer support to our 2010 graduate job seekers through our GradClub scheme and our growing Facebook page where new opportunities are posted almost daily.”
The news of the students’ success comes just a week after a new study claims there is currently an average of 70 graduates competing for every student job. It also found that the number of employers requiring a 2:1 has grown by 21% to 78% in the past two years. Pooja believes that such pressure has only made her more determined: “It made me work harder and apply for more jobs. The more applications you make the more chances there are."
Giving advice to students, Pooja considers the key to her success is being pro-active and “confident but not cocky”. She said it is important for individuals to distinguish themselves from competitors by gaining experience through part-time jobs or internships or extra curricular activities like being part of a club or society and volunteering as well as using the resources available at the College: “Use the Career Service here, they will help you a lot and give you advice. I was given advice on my CV and cover letter for jobs and I had a mock interview in my second year when I was applying for internships.
“There may be a lot of competition out there but show that you’re willing to learn anything and do something different. Don’t just sit around, make yourself stand out from the crowd.”
Reflecting on her time at Royal Holloway, Pooja said “The campus has really helped as everything and everyone is right there on your doorstep. The people are all really friendly and there is a good social life. I would definitely recommend it.”
For more information on the Career Service visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/careers