Graduate Blog

Sunshine and Graduate Schemes


I used to hate the summer holidays. Once the novelty of no school, no bedtime and eating whatever I wanted started to wear off, I was bored. Six whole weeks of doing nothing!

I think that was where I developed my love for reading so I could pass the time, and that’s exactly how I am spending my summer this year. Reading for my Independent Study as well as thinking about what I want to be doing once I graduate in a year.

I always hear stories of how graduates are leaving and they are unable to find a job, which is quite a scary prospect. So besides having a couple of weeks off once I finished my second year of BA History, I have been working as an intern as well as researching various graduate schemes and job profiles.

Already I have dates on my academic calendar, and for once none of those dates are for essay deadlines. Instead, I have graduate fairs and recruitment dates, deadlines for graduate scheme applications and internships.

I have applied to become a Team V leader for Birmingham and I have successfully gained an interview in Leeds – developing skills in leadership, project management, marketing and advertisement, all of which will benefit my future career.

So as well as relaxing in the park and my back garden, researching into the history of the Cadbury family and the Bournville Trust, I am staying busy with job applications and planning for the future – wherever that may take me.

About the Author

Samantha F Samantha F

My name is Samantha and I am a 2nd year BA History student at the University of Derby. I have a passion for writing which I hope to develop through various projects and I aspire to become a Public Relations Officer or writer once I have graduated. In my free time I volunteer as my year's Programme Rep as well as the Social Secretary for the History Society, and I have participated in many other roles such as RAG Promotions and Publicity Officer, Marketing and PR Assistant at a college and maintaining my blog, which you can find on my site.

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