Bright young things

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Recent statistics have revealed that over 50 per cent of 2011’s graduates will struggle to find any sort of gainful employment. This got me thinking about where I was 12 months ago, when I too was one of those desperate to get a foot in the door.

As a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduate, I was hungry to gain experience as I was all too aware that a degree alone just doesn’t cut the mustard with discerning employers.

After completing several work experience placements, I began to apply for account executive positions. I’d heard great things about Peppermint PR and was fortunate enough to secure a place on its ‘Fresh Mints’ graduate scheme – I haven’t looked back since. 

Helped by a hefty dose of perseverance and a positive attitude, which saw me through a couple of setbacks, I’m now well on my way to building a successful career.

When I reflect over the past year, it’s difficult to take in just how much I’ve learnt and how far I’ve come. Whether it’s developing features for the national press, coming up with campaign ideas or nurturing client relationships, I’ve been privileged to get a taste of it all.

With this year’s graduation ceremonies just around the corner, I know there’ll be a lot of young people who are disheartened by newspaper reports on graduate unemployment figures. They’ll probably be thinking there’s not a hope in hell that they’ll even get called for an interview.

My advice would be to get as much experience as you can and never, never give up. Just when you think you can’t bring yourself to send out one more CV and covering letter, it could be the one that gets you the job.

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