Graduate in Focus: Dimi Olagoke

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Full name: Dimimuoluwa (Dimi) Olagoke

Degree title:
BSc Computing for Business

Year of graduation:

Name of the organisation where you work: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Job title: Priority Accounts Coordinator

What does a typical day in your job look like?

A typical day in the office involves working to support the development and implementation of the firm’s market strategy, ensuring that all the key milestones and deliverables are delivered to a high standard.

I develop a pipeline of content which is utilised across the firm bringing various insights into the yearly cycle; collaborating with the wider Sales and marketing team to build revenue growth.

What has been the highlight of your job so far?

The amount of people I have worked with in a short period of time has been incredible. Working with different people has broadened my knowledge of the firm, as well as built my network.

What skills have you developed in your role?

I have been able to develop a lot of skills being at PwC, including both technical and interpersonal skills. For example, I’ve been able to improve my knowledge of Salesforce software which means I can add more value to the business. Also, I have been able to develop my ability to work in a team – my team and I recently won an internal award for working together.

How has your current role shaped your career plans?

My current role has broadened my understanding of business development and it is an area which I believe I can excel in.

How did you secure your role?

I applied for the role online – I also received help from Aston’s Careers and Placements team with my CV, as well as best practices for interviews which were very helpful.

Did you secure your role while you were still a student?

I secured the role after graduating in July 2018. I began applying for jobs prior to graduating and I was employed before getting my current role.

Did you do a placement or gain any other work experience before securing your graduate role?

Whilst at Aston University, I participated in the Peer Mentoring scheme. This helped me to improve my communication skills. I was also able to develop my leadership and management qualities, as well as build my confidence and motivation in order to set a good example for my mentee. At the end of the year, I was lucky enough to be nominated for Mentee of the Year at Aston University.

What advice would you offer to final year students or other recent graduates looking for a role?

Always remember that as an individual, you are unique. Your background is unique to you and your experiences in life are yours to learn from. Employers are looking for you to be you. It is important to show who you are and what you have to offer – your degree is a fantastic asset to have, but what makes you stand out is you.

It is also important to know that rejections are part of the process. I had a lot of rejections during my final year but, just like the motto of Aston University, “forward” is the only way to go.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Feel free to add me on LinkedIn for any questions. The name is Dimi Olagoke.