Meet Lydia Randall: reed.co.uk’s very first representative exclusively for graduates.
As part of our ongoing commitment to connect with jobseekers of all ages, reed.co.uk recently created a new role which set out to reach graduates and help them find their perfect match.
Since joining the team in 2016, Lydia has travelled to 15 different cities across the UK – and met with over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
To find out more about how the work she’s doing could benefit your business, here’s Lydia’s reed.co.uk Q&A:
(Q) When did you graduate?
(A) I graduated in 2014 with a BA honours degree in ‘International Relations and Politics’ from Coventry University.
(Q) Why did you choose to study?
(A) Going to university was more than just studying for a degree.
I saw it as an opportunity to develop in other key areas that would also help to prepare me for my future career. My degree was expensive, but a fantastic way to show that:
(A) You can do anything you put your mind too
(B) Nothing worth having comes easy
However, it did help that I also had a strong interest in social and political matters, and so I really wanted to explore this further.
(Q) What is your role at reed.co.uk?
(A) I am the Graduate Brand Executive for reed.co.uk.
My role is to review, overhaul and improve our methods of engaging and supporting both the graduate and youth markets.
By working with young people every day to understand their needs and concerns, we hope to enhance our offering – making reed.co.uk better than ever for this audience.
(Q)What’s a typical working day like for you?
(A)Uncertain, as cliché as it may sound my role means that no two days are genuinely ever the same.
One day I could be flying to Scotland, another I may be speaking to a hall full of students and on another day I could be back in the office inventing new ways to grow our brand and awareness. You just never know what could happen…
(Q) What’s your favourite thing about your role?
(A)I love the fact that I have complete creative freedom and I have been privileged enough to be able to voice my ideas and opinions, without feeling that they have fallen on deaf ears.
(Q) What’s been your best experience in your career so far?
(A) My best working experience so far, would have to be delivering on a project that I proposed. I think seeing an idea come to life gives you a new confidence and an overwhelming sense of achievement.
I have also had the privilege of working and meeting some truly exceptional individuals.
(Q) What would your biggest piece of advice be for graduates?
(A)For those who are undergraduates and are still relentlessly working hard to become qualified, I would say enjoy your time and make the most of every opportunity. Do not be afraid to get involved because you may not have the chance to do so again.
Finally for all graduates still looking for work or who have recently become employed my best advice would be to keep focused, be determined, remain motivated and do not be discouraged.
It may not always work out exactly the way you would like, but remember no two walks are ever the same and to get anywhere you first have to start somewhere.
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Meet Lydia: reed.co.uk's first graduate representative by reed.co.uk