NAME: Kathleen Edwards
DEGREE AND UNIVERSITY: BA (Hons) Business Studies
NewcastleBusiness School, part of Northumbria University
Work Experience: One year placement at Goldman Sachs in London, one of the world’s leading investment banks, as part of my degree programme.
Reasons for doing work experience. I had followed the company for a while and knew of its fantastic reputation, so it was an ideal opportunity to seek out as I am required to do a year long placement for my degree. Securing the placement itself was an intense process which involved an initial interview followed by several 45 minute interviews completed in quick succession, but I did my best and it has paid off.
Reasons for choosing placement. I was determined to succeed in getting this placement as I had followed the company for a while and knew of its fantastic reputation. Work experience consisted of doing something different every day.
The combined aspects of classroom-based learning and working in industry are a good launching point for a career in any business sector, so I hope to go far.
What did you like most about your work experience and were there any downsides? I liked the experience of living in London, away from North Shields where I currently have my own flat. I am also being paid a salary of £33,000 which helped with my living costs while there!
What did you gain from the experience personally? The invaluable hands-on experience has benefited me in so many ways. I learned a lot and developed my existing skills and knowledge, so when I return to university for my final year, I can finish my degree with extra experience in comparison to those who do not have any work experience.
Qualities needed for work experience. Definitely determination and the ability to work hard, and also wanting to work hard too. Thanks to the broad range of modules I have studied throughout my degree and my work experience I can take this knowledge and apply it across the business spectrum, so I know I have the qualities needed as a starting point.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to do work experience?I would recommend getting as much experience as possible as it places you in the best situation for gaining the job of your dreams in the future.