CASE STUDY: Degrees working for students, Kimmy Forshaw

Kimmy Forshaw is putting her degree into practice after securing a sought-after job at a law firm.

The 27-year-old graduated in 2017 with a First in Marketing and Business Management (BA hons) from the University of Wolverhampton.

She started a role as a Marketing Assistant at Lanyon Bowdler solicitors in Shrewsbury in May 2017, just after finishing her exams and handing in her dissertation.

Kimmy, who lives in Shrewsbury says: “I was applying for jobs and attending interviews while writing my dissertation as I wanted to be ready in a new job after I had completed my degree.

“I came for an interview and discussed the role and my previous experience, what I wanted from the job role and me as a person and I took part in a couple of tasks. They stopped my interview before the last task and offered me the job.

“My role involves assisting the Marketing Director in all the marketing tasks which means my job is very varied. I can be helping to organise an event one week and updating the database to email out a campaign the next. There’s never a moment to stand still and get bored!”

Kimmy says the University of Wolverhampton provided lots of support to secure work experience and help her find a job.

“The University jobs board was always full of positions and easy to navigate, and the staff on campus were very helpful,” she says.

“I took part in the Faculty of Social Science’s Institute of Directors’ Mentoring Scheme which provided me with a mentor who helped me to see which direction I wanted to take my career after I finished University. My mentor also helped me to understand what an employer looks for on a CV and I feel this helped a lot as my previous jobs weren’t in the area of marketing. There are a wide variety of directors taking part in the scheme and this became very useful when taking part in the mock interview sessions as it gave me a taste of talking to people from different industries.”

Having an excellent work ethic has helped Kimmy adapt to the world of work of work, as she explains: “I worked full time in a marketing role before going to University and I had the same job throughout my degree so the adjustment back into full-time work wasn’t hard-hitting for me.

“Obviously I enjoy the financial side to working, after studying for three years it’s nice to be able to start saving up and spend money without having to tightly budget.

“I am also putting my degree into practice. I understand the theory behind what we do and I have a better understanding of why we choose to use certain methods. I’m now looking forward to developing my career further.”

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