Meet Sinead - our first jobber!

To finish off our First jobber week we have had the pleasure of speaking to Sinead, who takes us through her journey as a first jobber and passes on some tips! Read her story below...

 

As a first jobber herself Sinead takes us through her journey from making her first application to getting her current role

  1. Tell me about your background?

I grew up in South Africa and moved here at the end of last year to try something different. I completed my education and university in South Africa. I completed my undergraduate degree in Criminology and Anthropology, and then moved into a post-graduate degree in Criminology where I focused on exploring terrorist cells’ funding. I did a little bit of au-pairing whilst completing my studies, and then became a restaurant manager in the interim of waiting to come over to the UK. Once I arrived in the UK, I registered with Bain and Gray, and began doing some temp work until I was offered a permanent position.

  1. What was the scariest thing about applying for your first job?

The scariest thing applying for my first job was just being unexperienced. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what the interview process was like, I also felt unsure of my skills and abilities.

  1. What was the hardest part about applying for your first job(s)?

The hardest part about applying for my first job was knowing what skills and experiences to put in my CV and to discuss during the interview process without giving unnecessary information.

  1. What do you wish you knew before or during you applied for your first job?

I wish I knew that everyone has to go through this process, and everyone has to start somewhere to get to where they want to be. Everyone was in the same position I was at one time in their life, so they understand what it is like.

  1. How was your first interview?

My first interview was not as scary as I expected it to be. The company wanted to discuss my personality and skills, as a person, rather than what experience I had which made me feel much more at ease. They were very friendly, understanding I was a first-jobber, and were happy to answer all questions I had.

  1. If you have, how did you handle not getting a job you applied for?

I was not invited for an interview for a job because they were looking for someone with more experience. I understood that I was not the right fit, and I would eventually build up my experience to be able to be put forward for these jobs in the future.

  1. Are you in the role you wanted/expected?

I am currently in a fantastic role, although it was not one that I had initially ever thought about doing, I feel it is very well suited for me and where I am right now. I am learning numerous new skills everyday and continue to gain real-life experience. I was initially looking for something that was very admin based, as I believe I am a very organised person, so I knew that is where my skills  were.would be best utilised. I was also aiming for somewhere that knew I was a first-jobber and was wanting to give me that initial leg up.

  1. What is your dream job?

My dream job would eventually be going back into what I studied, and possibly complete some more studying.

  1. How do you work towards achieving your dream job?

Achieving my dream job would be moving away from an admin role and looking for companies within the industry, however I wanted an admin based first job where I could find my feet in the working world (which I am currently in, and very happy), so I am not looking to move into my ‘dream job’ immediately.

  1. What is your top 3-5 tips to anyone starting to look for their first job?

My top three tips for anyone looking to start their first job would be:

  • Don’t count yourself out because you don’t have a wealth of experience, your personality will provide skills and strengths that often outweigh experience.
  • Be honest with yourself about what you want. Think about the industry/ type of company you can see yourself working in for a while; it is not ideal to hop between multiple jobs.
  • Ask questions. During the interview process and during the job. People will appreciate you are wanting to make sure you are doing your job properly instead of staying quiet and constantly making mistakes. People are generally very happy to help as much as they can.