Mature graduates work experience JuneI threw my cap in the air alongside my something course mates full of hope. As a mature student with 10 plus years of professional work experience behind me, I was certain my executive assistant, office management, and supervision roles in industries such as publishing, marketing, commercial property development, and law would be solid enough of a basis to ensure — along with my first class degree — that some creative company would consider me for an assistant position.
It's now Marchand aside from a temp stint at a magazine publisher, I am now approaching my mid-thirties unemployed. The hours spent painstakingly tailoring each CV and cover letter to fit the endless job research, spread across months of head-banging and frustrated tears, all seem in vain. Sure, I've grown thicker skin, but it never really stops stinging.
I'm American, but I've lived in the UK for five years. I've had other temp work in the UK, including PA to a head solicitor, and various roles around and through uni.
I can't help but wonder if - aside from the economy- my nationality, or even my name, has anything to do with it. I also think my age as a recent grad makes employers nervous. I applied at a small post-production company in September It was a three-month runner job, and with my video editing skills, BBC technical operations placement and London work experience, I thought I had a shot.
However, the interviewers asked in a surprised tone why I wasn't applying for editing assistant roles, with all my 'experience'. I was told I was over-qualified and I didn't get the role.
A year later when I applied Mature graduates work experience the same position, I was turned down again. I'm under-qualified to apply for editor assistant roles as I have minimal portfolio work and now I'm without access to university resources. I can't afford all the latest gear Mature graduates work experience I still practice in my spare time. A similar experience was with an apprenticeship role through a scheme to shadow an editor on a local film.
I was told I gave the best interview and was most qualified, and that's why I didn't get the role. They claimed they needed to be seen to be giving it to someone who had "less opportunity" than me.
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I've been researching Scotland and the Midlands, too, for potential relocation. All of this has made me see things in a new light. I wouldn't trade my cherished experiences at Falmouth - I enjoyed my studies immensely.
But I wish I'd realised that researching world cinema or postmodernism in film wasn't likely to qualify me for anything, apart from academia. I might've spent more than 20 hours a week in the editing suites, and less time focused on the academics. I've had to widen my search.
I've been applying to companies specialising in marketing, PR, publishing, film, TV, theatre, and art, not to mention endless industries I have little interest or knowledge in, and all those jobs that require I wear my name on a plastic badge.
I've been told I'm overqualified for those as well, despite paring down my CV to practically nothing. I've tried enrolling with placement agencies but have only ever found one to be truly helpful, and they've gone out of business.
I'm happy to be a secretary again in an industry I care about, because typing words per minute seems to be a valued skill. But I did that for 10 years before I earned my degree, which I believed would lead to something more; even if it is typing for a film company rather than a real Mature graduates work experience company.
My dream job is in film pre-production research, script work, location research, and so onor post-production, drama or documentarypublishing, or some creative role somewhere between. But does the Mature graduates work experience economic climate really allow for such dreams? I refuse to let it make me bitter or give up. One of the things keeping my spirits up is writing film previews and features for a Cornish magazine. It's unpaid Mature graduates work experience enjoyable; as a bi-monthly publication, however, this means the only deadlines I have in life these days are six times a year.