Delighted to have a guest blog post from one of our graduates from last summer, Rachel McCaw, who shares her tips on using part-time and temporary roles to land something more permanent.
I graduated last summer with an honours degree in Ecological and Environmental Science. I wasn’t sure what to do next so continued to work in my part time job at Our Dynamic Earth as a ‘Green Team Representative’.
I thoroughly enjoyed helping businesses to become more green and sustainable so when the role ended, I decided to continue to look for something similar.
I used MyCareerHub and searched for ‘conservation’, ‘environmental science’, ‘climate change’ related work. A ‘Marketing Internship’ with Bright Green Business caught my eye. It was only a nine -week role but the job description got me excited: helping Scottish businesses become more sustainable and environmentally aware.
I got the job! I’m surprised I’m working in marketing; this was not a role I ever saw myself in. However, I love the creative side of my job as well as applying my scientific trained mind and enthusiasm for environmental issues.
I’ve since been promoted and made permanent as Environmental Marketing & Events Manager.
My top tips for your next step….
- When applying for jobs be open minded and look beyond the obvious. For me this was environmental consultancy jobs and research. There are so many interesting companies out there.
- Temporary roles can lead to something permanent. Cliché but make yourself indispensable and don’t be shy to make suggestions. Bright Green Business offer Environmental Placement Programmes across Scotland wide businesses.
- Don’t under-estimate what you’ve done as a student: any form of work experience where you are communicating with people, working in a team and getting tasks done to a deadline is useful.
- Work out what you really value and what you won’t compromise on. My first role post-graduation I took for the money but was very unhappy. On reflection, doing a role I am passionate about trumps everything.
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