Dipti is studying MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis here at Aston. She also recently secured a postgraduate placement with the Terex Corporation retained by ASG. Congratulations, Dipti! We asked her to tell us a bit more about the role and how she remained motivated during the search.
What role have you secured and with which organisation?
Capacity Planning Tool Development Placement with Terex Corporation (retained by The Advanced Services Group at Aston University).
How did you find this placement?
I found it through Iwan (Careers Consultant) by getting in touch with Alumni on LinkedIn who suggested me to connect with Professors and build good networks. I was finally offered a role from the Advanced Service Group at Aston to work with one of the businesses they are working with.
How long did it take you to find your placement?
It took me around 5 months with 200+ applications at various platforms. I have applied through different platforms like Aston Futures, Targetjobs, Totaljobs and many more. I was more active on LinkedIn, to be honest, this helped me with two more job offers later.
How did you stay motivated throughout the search?
Being an international student, I felt so disheartened after getting no or negative responses from recruiters. I took advice from Iwan on improving my applications. My family and friends kept me motivated throughout the process and also pouring water every day with rays of sun help a plant to grow, this thought propelled me to never give up. Being an international student, I felt so disheartened after getting a “no” or negative responses from recruiters. I took advice from Iwan on improving my applications. My family and friends kept me motivated throughout the process and also pouring water every day with rays of sun help a plant to grow, this thought propelled me to never give up.
What about this organisation or role stood out to you?
My interests and experiences aligned with the role and the responsibilities of the company stood out to me. My career goal is to be a Business or Data Analyst in a software company where I could use my technical skills as well as the business background to get the best out of me. The current placement will help me to learn to develop and build a tool for the company which will capture the global machine and engineer/technician population on a map – basically it is a mapping solution for the company.
What was it like doing a virtual assessment/interview?
This was an entirely different ball game. For me, it was really important to treat this virtual interview process the same as if I was there in person. Regardless of being separated by a screen, I tried not to let it affect my confidence and performance. At one point, I felt nervous and was stuck for words, but somehow the recruiters did help me to feel more at ease in the virtual interview environment.
Will you be working remotely?
Yes, I have been working remotely for over 10 weeks now. I am engaging with different online video calling platforms as well as by email.
What are you most looking forward to about your placement?
The skillset and new learning! I am specifically looking forward to gaining more analytical skills that can help me to step up more towards my goal. Even after suffering from this crisis [Covid-19], the company tried to take me through the onboarding process and connecting to different people to have team-working experiences.
Do you have any tips for other students currently looking for work experience or placements?
- Get your CV and cover letter reviewed by the Careers+Placements team (Trust me I did that and it helped me so much)
- Always align your CV and cover letter to the role you apply for, this will help to gain the recruiter’s interest in your application.
- Look into the company’s profile before you get into the interview process.
- A good LinkedIn profile with a professional picture can help you build connections and specifically get in touch with Alumni for their advice as you never know if they have something to offer.