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University to Graduate Programme: 5 Tips to Help Your Transition

Graduate programmes are an exciting part of a career as they can serve as gateway between life at university and a professional environment. While it is certainly an exciting part of your life it is usual if you are a little anxious about it.

To help you make the most of your graduate programme, I’ve interviewed some of our trainees, consultants and FDM staff about their best tips to help you succeed.

“Networking, Networking, Networking”- Lida Katsameni, Consultant at Technology for Marketing
Get socialising! Networking is crucial in your first weeks. Remember that you are getting to know your company and they are getting to know you as well. It’s important to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. Getting to know your new colleagues, their work area and skills allows you to align your projects with the best people as well as open your eyes to new opportunities you may not have thought of.

“Utilise your university careers team” – Katie Close, Graduate Recruitment and Events consultant
It’s important to get involved with as many workshops and careers fairs as possible. They are here to make students more employable and sometimes you can get the opportunity to meet an employer at a workshop. This not only gives you this inside track into what the employers are looking for, it provides you with great skills to help your CV stand out.

“Organisation is a key”- Louis Fowle, PSO trainee, London Academy
It’s not a secret but keep yourself organised. You have to prepare yourself to this new schedule, while you only have four to 10 contact hours at University, don’t forget regular work days are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. This might take some getting used to but remember to eat well and get enough sleep – being late is not accepted in the workplace.

“Apply to internships and get some professional work experience” -Tom Pegrum, Project Support trainee
Ideally, having work experience prior to starting your graduate programme is really helpful. Spending time in a professional environment prior to your start will help you settle in the first weeks. Usually companies are very open to welcome students for a week of work experience.

“Go and visit as many company offices as you can” – Katie Close, Graduate Recruitment and Events consultants
Going to open evenings gives you an insight about the place you could be working and what’s expected of you. This opportunity is available in our FDM centres and it enables you to speak directly to consultants, senior staff and the recruitment team. This will help you decide which companies you want to work for, if you would be a good fit and give you the contacts to help you get your foot in the door.

What tips would you give to someone getting ready to start a new graduate programme? Tell us on Twitter @FDMGroup

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