Life of a Graduate with Doris IT – Not so scary after all!
March 4, 2018
Working life can seem like an incredibly daunting prospect when all you have previously been used to is a maximum of 10 hours a week of lectures and seminars. Will I manage to get a job? And if so what will it be? I don’t have any expertise so what will I do? Most of us have had some of these worrying thoughts at some point in our lives and never is this more the case than in your final year of university.
First of all, a little about me- I’ll try not to bore you too much but it helps set the scene.
I’ve always liked being busy: sports, part time jobs ranging from grounds maintenance to student support work, socialising, travelling etc. So unsurprisingly in my fourth and final year at the University of Liverpool I started asking the question: now what? There seemed to be three main options available to me: a masters (I wasn’t sufficiently interested in any academic subject area and was hugely put off by the fortune it was going to cost), travelling in an attempt ‘to find myself’ but that was going to be difficult given the fact I had very little money to my name, or tackling the working life of being a grownup – it seemed like my option was a no brainer but it didn’t feel that way at the time!
So in my final semester at uni I started looking at employment options available to me to get a feel for what was out there. I applied to work for the government and was turned down in stage 2 of 5 – not a great start. I then attended a careers fair in April and was walking around, not looking at any stall in particular, when I was grabbed by a Doris mentor and member of the management team. I politely listened to her and was invited to send Doris my CV online, truth be told not thinking much would come of it given how many of my friends had been turned down when sending their CV’s to large companies online. But lo and behold I received an email inviting me to take part in a telephone interview, followed by an assessment centre and then second interview, before finally being offered an employment contract as a ‘Doriser.’ So here I am now, on my first assignment, working as a Transformation Lead Support for Co-op Food Retail within the Supply Chain & Logistics section of their Retail Business Transformation.
And do you know what? It’s great! The Doris management are lovely and very helpful as well as my team here at the Co-op and all of this happened within 3 months – beginning of May I had no idea what I was going to do with my life and on the 1st of August I was walking through the doors of Co-op HQ in Manchester proudly starting my new job and career.
Moral of the Story? There’s hope for us all.
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