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Friday 14 March 2014

Alumni: Lucia Szmolkova

Lucia Szmolkova, a BA (Hons) International Business Management graduate, has landed a role as a graduate associate here at Southampton Solent University. She talks about how her degree helped her get this role.

In September 2013 I was lucky enough to be one of 22 graduates starting a one year journey in graduate associate roles across the University.

Being a BA (Hons) International Business Management graduate, I was thrilled to be offered a role in the field of international recruitment because I use the knowledge from my degree every day and can learn about international marketing, recruitment and the creation of partnerships in the higher education sector.

I was about to experience the University from a completely new perspective; as a business, so the first weeks were devoted to inductions and training sessions. It was reassuring to be enthusiastically welcomed by our new colleagues and exciting to become an active contributor to the shaping of the University.

I was truly impressed with the abundant amount of support and training that I was provided with which boosted my confidence and made me feel much more prepared for my role. I couldn’t wait to start! Now, eight months into the role I have had the chance to co-deliver new projects, work with people from around the University as well as externally and develop some valuable experience.

Overall my role involves a range of various activities which is helping me understand what kind of profession I would enjoy the most.

I feel that the greatest advantage of being a graduate associate is the opportunity for personal development and professional training. I was encouraged to start learning Mandarin Chinese and complete the PRINCE2 Project management course while being supported in studying towards a Chartered Institute of Marketing professional qualification.

I believe that these coupled with the work experience should all play an important role in helping me secure my next job after I pass the baton onto another graduate.