Hear from Marthe who graduated, had a temp job as a cleaner, then after mentoring found a paid Internship.
I am a French citizen but originally from Cameroon and I came to the UK because my husband got a job as a software engineer at ARM in Cambridge. I chose to study an MSc in Information and Communication Technology at Anglia Ruskin University in 2019. I graduated in December 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic and so with a small child to support I had to act quickly. I went to the job centre and found a temp job as a cleaner whilst I looked for graduate level work in IT. I’m so glad I discovered Graduate Mentor because it eventually led to a brilliant Internship as a Junior Software Engineer just three months later.
My success was directly related to the five Zoom sessions I had with a brilliant mentor. His advice greatly improved my CV and helped me stand out from other IT graduates by studying an online programming course on Udemy. Once I had improved my CV I sent it to ten companies and I got ten interviews! The online course was such a good idea because it enabled me to demonstrate my programming skills from my project work on GitHub. When I shared it with employers they were very impressed.
I would say to any new graduate that whilst you are looking for work try and continue your learning alongside. Although it can be stressful you must never give up, keep going and you can build a positive mindset with a successful outcome in the end.