University to work: Jonathan’s journey into employment
I had a couple of jobs while at university, these could be described as typical ‘student jobs’. One was a store assistant in a high street sport shop and the other was an administration assistant working for the NHS. Both paid minimum wage and provided me with a much needed ‘entertainment fund’ between semesters.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do or what my ambitions really were.
I left university and started to job hunt with very little work experience and even less knowledge as to what employers were looking for in a recent graduate. What made it even harder is that I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do or what my ambitions really were. The reality is that the latter was the biggest barrier in not only finding the right job, but getting satisfaction from what I would end up doing.
The Your Horizon programme is designed to ensure you start thinking not only about what it is you really want to do, but what steps you need to take and learnings you need to go through in order to make inroads into your chosen career. Having a coach to challenge my skill set, clarify my overall aspirations and assist me in developing a clear development plan would have sped up the first few years of my career no end.
This is exactly what the Your Horizon programme seeks to do; not only develop your skills in terms of navigating the recruitment and assessment process, but also clarify exactly what you want to achieve from your early career and how to do this in your first, second and even third rung job.
I hope you enjoy our content and the training programmes available to you. If you have any feedback or have a career question that is not currently dealt with through the Your Horizon resources, please contact me directly and we will see how we can help you.