My biggest piece of advice
I am currently working as a Student Recruitment Associate based in our London office. My priorities are London universities and schools, making sure that students are aware of the opportunities that EY offer. This may include attending careers fairs, organising events on campus and establishing relationships with key stakeholders on campus. I also help with recruitment, running assessment centres and speaking to candidates.
The biggest piece of advice...
I can give you, is to persevere with your job applications. Do not give up. It took me over nine months and numerous applications to find a placement year role and after that a graduate job. Applications can take a long time but stick with it. If you work hard, practice the psychometric tests, explore interview techniques and develop your communication skills, you will be successful!
So what can you do to keep positive during the application process?
- Create a routine. Organise a set amount of time each week to completely focus on applying to job opportunities. Put this in your diary or on your phone calendar and stick to it. I used to block out a few hours twice a week but this will be an individual choice. Some people will only apply to one job, whereas others will need more time to apply to a few.
- Focus. Make sure you don’t get
distracted when completing application forms. Doing an application in front of
the TV or whilst you are getting ready for a night out will most always end up
with spelling or grammar errors! You don’t want to be revisiting applications
or getting rejected based on mistakes.
- Excel is your friend. Create an
excel spreadsheet to document your applications and where you are at in the
application process. This can contain telephone interview dates or deadlines
for psychometric tests and will help you to manage your time successfully.
- Positive thinking. What happens
when you receive a rejection email? This is probably one of the most difficult
things, especially when you thought your application or interview went well.
The most important thing when you receive one of these is to stay positive! Do
something afterwards that makes you happy or drives you. Go to the gym, listen
to music or maybe eat a whole tub of ice cream! Think about what you can
improve on. If possible, try to gain feedback and then onto the next
- Network. Employers like EY often go onto university campuses and hold skills sessions or insight evenings. These are great places to network with current employees and meet other students who will have the exact same application questions that you do. Try to attend as many of these as possible if they relate to your job aspirations. Speak to recruiters, get the insight and stay in touch with them on LinkedIn etc. This insider knowledge is invaluable.