Subject Studied: Journalism
University: University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Year Graduated: 2017
What is your new/current role? Community Manager
What does that mean exactly?
I look after the audience on my companies Facebook page. This includes moderating comment, responding to messages and relaying this back to the relevant departments. We have an audience of 31 million so it’s a lot of work.
How long did it take you to get a job?
I was quite lucky actually in the sense that I had multiple interviews lined up before I had even taken my final exams. I was offered a job at a newspaper which I accepted, only to then actually turn down after being offered the job I am in currently. I started working in June, just a week after I left my university flat.
When you applied for the job, what was the application/interview process like?
I applied for my job through LinkedIn and the never thing I know I got a phone interview, had a face to face interview booked for the next day, a trial the day after (Thursday) and then I started on Monday.
How long have you been working in your new job?
I have been working for the company for just over 3 months now.
Did you think this is what you would be doing after you graduated?
I always thought being the newspaper/magazine loving gal that I am that I’d be a reporter for a small newspaper at first. But since specialising in social media at university I’ve realised that online is the place for me. I never would have thought I’d be where I am now but I’m glad I am.
And last of all, what advice can you give for Graduates who are looking for a job in their chosen industry?
Starting your first graduate job will come with challenges because it’s not something you’re used to. Working 9am – 5pm, dealing with colleagues and acting professional. But it’s something you can slide into easily if you’re apart of the right team.
I would always advice people to start searching for jobs after Christmas, just to get an idea of what’s out there. Don’t be afraid to try something slightly different to what you had in mind because it might surprise you.