Elizabeth has been accepted onto the Technology Graduate Scheme at Sky after attending the Bright Network Technology Top 150 in 2016. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in International Relations, so we caught up with her to ask about why she chose Sky and the Technology Graduate Scheme.
Why did you choose the Technology Graduate Scheme at Sky?
I chose this firm and role because it was something I was genuinely interested in! I knew I wanted to pursue technology after university by my second year but I just didn't know how to go about it, considering my academic background was completely different. I stumbled across the scheme thanks to some online research and what drew me in was the focus on development and training at Sky, from the rotational aspect to on-the-job training, I knew this would aid in providing me with the fundamentals of technology, regardless of what my academic background is!
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process for me was actually the initial stage of submitting my application. I kept procrastinating and deliberating whether what I had written was adequate or not. In the end, thanks to my sister, I adopted the mentality that as long as I felt my application conveyed my suitability and interest for this scheme at Sky, then I would feel satisfied regardless of the outcome! My favourite part of the process was understanding the interesting approach of the AC and being provided with feedback.
Were you surprised by anything in the process?
I was most surprised by how fast it went! I was warned by many advisors that applications take a very long time and that many students only start receiving offers from spring - this definitely wasn't the case with Sky.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
1. Spend time on your applications, read over them several times before you submit.
2. Carefully research the firm you're applying to, make you are well informed of their conduct, values and long-term aims.
3. Don't narrow your options by looking at one industry, try and identify a role you deem suitable in an array of industries and go from there. For example, in order to pursue a finance-based scheme, you don't HAVE to only apply for finance firms
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
For me personally, I'd say prayer and positivity goes a long way!