Poppy, Development Assistant, Brightside

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    Poppy

    Sociology (BSc 2014)

    Development Assistant, Brightside

Since leaving Bristol…

I didn't have a clear career path in mind when I left University but I knew I wanted to start full-time work straight away. I found it very difficult to get a job and feedback from interviews/assessment centres suggested I needed more work experience. I decided to do an internship within the charity sector at CLIC Sargent, which gave me enough experience to apply for the role I have now. 

In my current job…

I work in a social mobility charity which provides online mentoring services for young people experiencing disadvantage. My role is to help bring in new business through research, attending meetings and writing proposals. I am getting a broad range of experience due to the small nature of the charity and am also involved in designing projects, writing the newsletter, helping to coordinate events etc. 

Having a UoB degree…

I think the most important thing in securing my job was having done an internship in the sector. My degree has also been useful though and I was able to refer to things I had learnt on my sociology course during my interview. I also conducted a small research project with skills I obtained from my degree. 

Hints/tips…

Get as much work experience as possible, do extra-curricular activities, internships or placements because employers are looking for more than just a degree.