My freshmen year (or the freshers is what they call in the UK) is on the brink of completion. Unlike many freshmen, I am delighted that its almost over. Well, the main reason of this was to get a taste of ‘real life’ as the elders say. As a part of my curriculum, I am supposed to find an industrial placement for 6 months where I would work as a full time employee in a company and get empirical business knowledge. Sounds fascinating for a prospective business major undergrad…. always!
Starting mid-jan, I started applying through the placements office. The time was similar to that of college applications. The same curiosity to know the result, the same joy of applying and the same day-dreaming of placing myself to ‘that dream job’. Though, the difference was that this time, I would earn some bucks to actually do something. Theres always a BUT in my life…always…and here it comes..
BUT, in spite of having an interest in current economic events and also knowing some of it, never did I take the other side of the ‘job story’ into consideration. Though, reality’s a bitch and my overly-optimistic ego was certainly bit by it pretty hard. Time went by and so did the vacancies. They filled up at the speed of light!! After writing around 5 (more or less worthless) covering letters, I got a phone interview for an web analyst where I certainly messed up the “most healthy word (costliest) on google Adwords” question (its INSURANCE just for your knowledge). Although this increased some hope of doing better next time. The next time was after a month and a half where I was called for a one on four interview at the co.’s office.
After this interview, which was held at Canary Wharf (google it, its worth it), I literally placed my self at the 32nd floor office hanging out and checking financial reports. Well, it didn’t turn out in my favour. Damn!
After that its just been a “half glass full” perspective and that hope that the glass would some day be filled completely. After 4 months of application and search, I haven’t been much successful. Just have one interview next week (during my finals that is).
But then I realise that the slightest economist in me didn’t struck my conscience. Over 8.3% of unemployment rate in the UK with an increase in the first quarter of 2012. A horrendous economic situation along with the ‘EU storm’. Adding to all of that, my sub-standard covering letters would never make an impact on the employers. Even for the least of the white collar jobs, the employers are probably expecting kind of like an x-factor. Well, I hope I can pull that off in my next interview, otherwise I am home-bound to probably work at an MNC out there
On the positive side, I’ve had this spoonful of experience which has also enabled me to understand that life’s full of hardship unless I start enjoying the low’s of it and taking them positively. It also allowed me to question myself if I actually want to be a part of the ‘corporate mob’(coming up next ). As my mum said, “whatever happens, happens for good” (I guess most mothers would say that to their kids maybe to just make us feel good.)
Lastly, in good spirits, I just want to congratulate the people who have found a job/internship and even who are successfully employed…..and the ones who haven’t…..check this picture out and let’s try and get a job