What degree course did you study and when did you graduate?
MSc Engineering Business Management (2022).
What is your current role?
Customer Engineering & Business Management Graduate Trainee, Caterpillar UK.
Tell us about your career story since graduating from Warwick
It hasn’t been too long since I have started work at Caterpillar but I’m enjoying every moment of work. Work is challenging but at the same time, is adding tremendous value to my knowledge. There is so much more to explore and learn!
How has your time at Warwick helped you during your career?
During my time studying MSc Engineering Business Management at Warwick, there have been many things that have helped shape me into what I am. I believe that my time at Warwick has helped me strengthen my capability to address complex issues confidently, have a practical insight to organisational issues, have a holistic perspective towards various business functions and develop a brilliant professional network. All of these have undoubtedly helped me handle challenges at work more effectively.
What ambitions do you have for the future?
To advance within the organisation and take on more responsibilities. At the same time, I want to never stop learning so that I can be my best at work and an effective contributor to the success of the organisation.
What advice do you have for Warwick graduates who would like to work in your sector?
In business management, employers value practical skills (a lot). As important as grades are, what is equally or even more important is being able to effectively translate what you learn from theory into practice. MSc courses at WMG provide you with great opportunities to do that through simulations, group work and many other activities. Treat every day as a time where you can learn and add to your skills and competences. Also try to assess how you would apply what’s learnt in an organisational setting. Try to link knowledge gained from various modules together because when venturing into work, understanding the implications of each of these is critical to navigating through complex business environments.
What 3 top tips would you give to students looking to find a graduate role in the UK or elsewhere in the world?
- Start applying early: Hiring processes generally take a long time (especially grad schemes). I started applying a month after I came to study. Be aware that application deadlines for most grad schemes run from September through December. It might seem a bit daunting at first, but take that first step and have a strategy in place. It’s not just about the process being long but also about you being able to identify what work suits you best. I acknowledge that it isn’t easy.
- Quality > Quantity: Sending out 10 perfectly tailored applications is way better than going on a job application spree and applying to a 100. Remember that your application reflects your willingness to put effort into work and the employers can definitely notice that through the application documents you send them. Having a standard template for CVs or cover letters and then just swapping company names isn’t what I would recommend. Take time to understand the company, their goals, strategy and markets to tailor and present what you can contribute and how you are the best choice for them.
- Be yourself: Everyone has different sets of competences and interests. Work on pitching those to an employer. You will surely learn a lot more at your time at Warwick but do not try to pitch something that’s out of your scope. You might get the job but you will end up not liking it as it doesn’t align with your interests. Share your experiences even if they do not directly associate to the job role.
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