I found out about this event from an email that I received from TARGETJobs. I decided to give it a try and apply. The application process was really easy: I just needed to fill in some information about myself. After a few days Justine got back to me by email saying that I was invited for a phone interview. It was my first phone interview, therefore I was really nervous about it. However, I soon found out there was nothing to worry about. The interview went really smoothly. Justine was really friendly, answered all my questions and addressed my concerns. The questions that were asked during my interview were really simple and revolved around your passion for engineering and why you would like to attend. After the phone interview, a few days later Justine got back to me with an offer to participate in the event, which was held in London at the ARUP office. I am a student from Scotland and, as a result, quite a long journey was needed but I can assure you it was well worth it.
The day of the event
As I was new in London, on the day of the event, I trusted Google Maps to show me the way to the place where the event was held. The place was easy to find and when I got there people were already waiting for us. While it was my first networking event, Justine and her colleagues made everyone feel welcomed. The event was opened by creativity and empowerment coach Kate Taylor and her mini-workshop about ‘How to create your own personal brand’. I found it really interesting and inspiring. After Kate’s talk there was time for lunch and networking. During this time I had a chance to chat with a few company representatives. After that, it was time for a team challenge. The challenge was to come up with a solution to safely land a package using the materials given while working in a team. I am happy to mention that my team, led by Laing O’Rourke’s representative Alexandra, won the competition.
The ‘How to get hired’ skills session was the next thing we did that day. I found this skills session really useful and learned a lot of new things which have helped me to improve my cover letter and CV. During this session I had a chance to speak with Kier Group and Laing O’Rourke’s company representatives and met my future employer - Kier Group. With it, I will have a chance to spend my summer as a Design Engineer intern at their office in Manchester, working on a highway team.
The way I secured this internship was keeping in touch with Kier Group graduate representative Amy, as well as with the early careers manager Nicole. Kier Group representatives went the extra mile helping me get this opportunity and I am extremely grateful to them. I am also certain that this would have not been possible if it weren’t for this amazing event as it helped me make important connections at the right time and with the right people.
What happened after the event
After this event I improved my CV and cover letter with the tips I gained during the event. Then, I sent them to the company representatives that I met during this event which resulted in me securing the internship. Justine also kept in touch with me, making sure I enjoyed my experience during the event. If I needed any help she was there to help me.
All in all, attending this event was one of the best decisions in my life as it answered a lot of my questions, made me really motivated and improved my chances of getting hired.