I first heard about this event through my university’s careers service, and I was drawn to it as I’ve experienced being the only female engineer in an office before and know how frustrating it can be. This event was a brilliant opportunity for me to meet and network with other aspiring female engineers and female engineers who are already excelling in their fields.
The application process was simple: I sent off an online application and had a telephone interview with one of the TARGETjobs team to understand my motivation for applying to the event, as well as learning more about me and which companies I was interested in meeting. Due to the pandemic, this event took place virtually but it worked seamlessly. I especially enjoyed the virtual networking session at the end when you could ‘sit’ at a table with recruiters and ask any questions.
The day started with a talk from Kate Taylor all about ‘brand you’ and how to sell yourself. This gave me a lot of food for thought and made me think more about how I present myself to potential employers as well as ways to sell myself to them. This was followed by a graduate panel, hearing from female engineering graduates and getting their experience of working in the industry. They also gave lots of helpful tips and tricks for tailoring your CV and completing applications for each company.
We then split up into groups after a lunch break and took part in a practice assessment centre: working together to decide which items we would prioritise as a group if we were shipwrecked. I have taken part in virtual assessment centres for jobs throughout the pandemic and the one at FFE was a very good representation, so I would highly recommend taking part in this event if you can!
After this practice assessment centre, there were two smaller ‘how to get hired’ rooms with specific companies, which we could choose. I opted to attend the Atkins session first as I had already sent an application off with them. This session allowed me to meet the recruiters and get to know them, as well as learn more about the full application process and timeline. I also learned more about Atkins’ key values and what I would get to experience as a graduate. This session really helped me further down the application process as the recruiter I met at this event ended up being my recruiter throughout my application, so it was really beneficial to already have a good relationship with her.
Overall, this event was helpful and I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to attend. I feel it helped my application for Atkins and gave me a greater understanding of the application process and the company as a whole. It was also a good topic to talk about at the start of my Atkins interview to show my keenness for the company and role.