Year in Industry Interview: Josue (22), Economics Graduate


1) How did you first find out about a year in industry and when?

I was looking to do a ‘Year in Industry’ before I applying to university. I looked for universities which offered a ‘Year in Industry’ course. My thinking was if I don’t have the best academic grades I better try and make up for it with experience.

2) How did you go about researching year in industry placements? Any tips you would give people looking for one?

I looked at websites like Target Jobs, and Prospects, and looked at what jobs sounded interesting. The best way was to go to the events where employers come on campus and the events which some companies (especially the big 4) had which involved going to their office. The tip I would give is to be quite proactive about finding a placement because the university doesn’t really help.

3) What were three bad things and three good things about your year in industry placement?

Good things:

– Getting to feel how it is to work in an office environment, getting to know what interests me/doesn’t interest me and meeting lots of new people.

– Being given real responsibilities and having a certain level of autonomy to do my work

– Once you leave university the experience is so important. I had a review with my manager yesterday and he said I was a lot further ahead than what he expected from a grad. This is solely down to my work experience.

Bad things:

I don’t have anything bad to say about it, even the things that I didn’t particularly enjoy about the job I thought it was a good thing to find out what I like and what I don’t like to do.

4) Was working in an office very different to what you thought it’d be? And why?

The only surprising thing I found was how quiet the office was, I never revised at university in the library so I wasn’t accustomed to such a quiet place!

5) How long is the perfect year in industry placement?

18 months depending on how much responsibility the role has. In the first 6 months, you learn how to do things, the next 6 months is where you add value to the job as you know more people but I think in the last 6 months could be where you could innovate

6) Was the year in industry a valuable experience and why?

It was a very valuable experience because I could learn skills that are not taught at university especially excel and how to take meetings with more senior people. Also, leaving uni having that experience made it quite easy to get a job when graduating I didn’t apply to any grad schemes because I didn’t know what I wanted to do after university but sending my CV to recruiters they called with many options.

7) What % of your uni class did a year in industry placement

Approx. 15% of those that did economics did a year in industry

8) Looking back in hindsight would you have done anything differently?

I think the only thing I would have done differently is to reach out to more people to get to know a little more of the company. I think a company like ‘X’ is so big and there are so many different parts of the business I should have tried to shadow someone for a couple of weeks in other areas.

If you have any questions about a year industry, or want to hear more from people like Josue, I’d love to hear your comments or send me a message!

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