Leeds Trinity University students are renowned for being highly employable, with 95% of graduates securing employment or further study within six months of graduating (DHLE, 2017). All students complete professional work placements as part of their degree and throughout their studies are equipped with skills, extra-curricular activities and one-to-one support to enhance their employment opportunities and give them a head start.
The myFuture team have recently co-designed a graduate scheme exclusively for Leeds Trinity graduates with Watershed Packaging. The graduate scheme is sales-focused, offering extensive training and progression into other departments. To generate interest, Watershed Packaging opened their doors to Leeds Trinity graduates for a taster day to show them the business and how it operates. They also hosted an interactive Q&A session about the graduate scheme, the organisation and future career opportunities.
Seven graduates attended the taster day and they were all invited back for a job interview during which they had to deliver a timed presentation about sales performance followed by an interview with the panel. Initially there were only two roles available, but after impressing the panel, an additional two job offers were made.
Robert Ives, first-class Business and Management graduate has recently started working at Watershed Packaging. Below, we caught up with him to find out why he applied for the graduate scheme, his experience of attending the taster day and how he's settling into his new sales role.
Why did you decide to attend the taster day?
I attended the taster day at Watershed Packaging as I was struggling regarding which graduate scheme to go for. I went to the myFuture team and they informed me of a great opportunity where I could gain vast experience in the way a business functions (at Watershed Packaging). The taster day was a great way to learn about the business before committing to a massive career decision.
How did you find the experience?
I found the experience of having a taster day before starting the job a great ice breaker and insight into the business. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the taster day, getting to know the team, finding out answers to my questions first hand with relevant employees at Watershed; it was certainly a positive indicator.
What was the interview process like? How did the myFuture team support you in preparing for this?
The interview process involved a formal interview, including a range of your typical interview questions, with the process also incorporating the task of a presentation. This presentation was based on my strengths and what I believed I could bring to Watershed to improve their performance. The myFuture team were fantastic. They spent time with me to help with planning of the presentation – to ensure that I covered every angle and set myself up with the best chance of landing the job.
What are you enjoying most in your new role?
I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at Watershed. The variety of the role and the aspect of learning through spending time in the different departments within the business has been a really positive factor for me. It really has been a great insight into how a business is run and has opened my eyes up to the prospect of a career that I had never previously considered.
The myFuture team is available to assist students during their degree and for three years after graduation. If you have any questions on how the myFuture team can support you after you graduate, please get in touch with the myFuture team.