We caught up with Katie after she secured her brilliant role at MVF Global to discover how Bright Network's Women in TEC helped her land her role!
How did Bright Network help you throughout your time at university?
Throughout my third year of university I was concerned about where to start when finding a job, but Bright Network showed me where to start and helped me throughout the process. I mainly used it to search for graduate schemes and jobs but the email updates and information pages were of great help when preparing for interviews and making my way through the application process to begin with.
What is your favourite feature of Bright Network?
My favourite feature was actually the career advice that the Network provides. I think the most important focus of the job search is developing essential skills to bring to any role, as opposed to knowing how to nail one specific job application. There are guidelines for every step of the process that I found helped me through any and all applications.
I see you attended our Women in TEC event - tell me more about that? How did it help you with your career?
This event was instrumental in changing how i viewed the job process. I was so concerned with finding a job that I thought I would just take anything I could get. However, the Women in TEC event encouraged me to really decide what I wanted and be more selective with what I apply to. It also helped me realise that jobs in Technology were not out of the question for someone with a Philosophy degree. The networking opportunities also helped me develop the confidence to network which eventually allowed me to obtain the position I am currently in.
What’s been the toughest interview question you ever faced?
In the interview for my current job I was asked to estimate how many planes are in the sky right this second. I had spent so long preparing for standard questions like 'what skills can you bring to the role' and 'why do you think you would be suited for this role', so this question came as a shock to me. I managed to try to think logically through it, and it must've gone ok as I got the job! However, it's taught me that no amount of preparation can make you completely immune to surprise questions.