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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Interview with a student who secured a Graduate role

By Muhammad Shuja

This blog is a transcript of an interview I took with a final year Engineering student, who successfully secured a graduate role. This will give you an idea of the firms you can land in if you are a student at Sheffield. This particular student did various placements to gain enough experience for his graduate job. However, not all students prefer going through the same process. Therefore, I’ll post another interview with a student who secured a full-time job but didn’t do any placements to let you explore all the options students have.

Question: Tell me about yourself. (Name, course, where you’re from etc.)Answer: My name is Shoaib Rana, I am a final year Mechanical Engineering student. I am from Oman.

Question: Where have you secured your graduate role?Answer: I have secured my graduate job at Rolls Royce. It was a company I always wanted to work for and by obtaining good grades and gaining industrial experience, I was able to secure it.

Question: Have you completed any placements during your course? If yes, where? If no, how did you compensate with the lack of industrial experience?Answer: Yes, at General Motors UK. I also completed a summer placement at Bahwan Engineering, Oman, in my first year, and another summer placement after my second year in Oman United Engineering Services. So I got a comprehensive work experience during my degree.

Question: How did the entire process of job applications, interviews, assessment centers and finally securing your position go for you?Answer: I sent many applications and had some assessment centers. I accepted the job offer from Rolls Royce as I had aimed for it at the start of the year.

Question: Where did you look for firms offering graduate roles suited to your preference?Answer: Gradcracker, Sheffield University Careers Service. I also attended the university careers fair and a careers day that had been organized by my department.

Question: What advice would you give to prospective students or students who are currently looking for graduate positions?Answer: Try to gain experience through a summer or industrial placement. These are easier to secure as they are less competitive as compared to graduate jobs. This placement experience will give them an edge over the others who apply for graduate jobs.

Question: Do I have your consent of posting a transcript of this conversation online?Answer: Yes

Thanks a lot for your time!

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