From Drama To Doris
October 1, 2015
4 months ago I finished a Drama and Theatre Arts degree at the University of Birmingham and today I work for Doris IT. As the business world became ever more appealing to me throughout my three years at uni I went looking for a full time job. I now work with Doris IT in Business Development, PR and Marketing which involves researching new opportunities for the company, supporting development, meeting new connections and building relationships to engage fresh talent, running our social media and organising events for trainees and staff from meetings to the Christmas do!
I spent 1 month in America in between, a last month of freedom before the real world had to kick in! And I couldn’t imagine a better way to do it than with Doris.
At university we are not taught about how to make the transition into the world of work! Into 9-5, into an office, into the world of emails and professionals, handshakes, meetings and what to do if we make a mistake. A conversation I had with a friend who is studying a masters reminded me of that when he said he has forgotten what it is like to be rebuked! You don’t have that fear at university because they leave the choice of failure to you, whereas when you’re working in a blue-chip customer environment it isn’t just your failing that is visible if things go wrong but the teams.
Like all our trainees and apprentices, I have regular mentoring sessions in which we are taught and guided about how to deal with all these unfamiliar things by our mentors as well as guided on professional qualifications we can take whilst in the job.
The Mentors have all been in business for over 30 years, have been through it all and made all the mistakes we don’t even know we’re going to make yet. It is invaluable advice which all fresh talent needs to break into the business world and I know I wouldn’t be alone in saying that the Doris Mentors are the reason I am learning so quickly.
As a graduate you can feel older, more established as a person - but walking into big impressive offices with board rooms, rows and rows of people working hard at desks and professionally answering the phone with ease, surrounded by senior people who have been doing this for years, maybe forgetting that they once had a ‘first day’ too, you can feel younger than you have in years.
Doris has helped me so much to embrace that, not ignore it, and make my presence as a young person feel valued and appreciated - accepting my ideas and suggestions and not being stuck in a process. I feel like a valued individual, not lost in a recruitment process!
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