At the start of my second year of University it was time to find a work placement for the following year. My tutor kept telling us how employers are increasingly looking for experienced graduates as well as those with academic achievements and that the right work placement will increase our chances of securing a good job. After hearing this, I told myself, “I’ll definitely find a good company and job for my placement year!”
After failing to secure one of the jobs listed on our University website I remembered that my tutor had said we could find our own placement, as long as it was related to our course. Whilst I was updating my profile on LinkedIn, I discovered that I could apply for jobs on the site, so I searched for IT Security positions. The first one I found was at Corsaire, for a Junior Security Consultant. I enjoyed reading the job description, it was the ideal job for me. Then I noticed it was not specifically asking for a graduate but I thought I’d give it a go.
I sent my CV and covering letter asking if I could do the job as a placement for University. After a couple of days, I received an email inviting me for a telephone interview which I gladly accepted and managed to pass. I was then invited for a face–to-face interview with the Managing Director, followed by another face-to-face interview with the Operations Manager and a Security Consultant. After a few days, I received a call from the Operations Manager offering me a job as their first ever Technical Intern!
Through my placement year with Corsaire, I was looking to accomplish three things:
- To put everything I have learnt so far at University into practice
- To expand my knowledge and skills in security and other areas of IT
- To use the experience I will gain as a gateway to future opportunities
What it was like
Everything I have experienced within Corsaire has exceeded my expectations. Taking into consideration that this is the first time they have had a student intern in their company, I have received great supervision and training from my supervisor as well as colleagues; I have been given regular feedback about my performance, as well as the chance to experience a range of learning opportunities and to demonstrate my skills and knowledge. Working in a team has allowed me to ask questions and mix with likeminded people who work within my chosen industry. It has also given me first-hand experience of what the job entails and what has been developing in the industry. Corsaire has provided me with all the necessary skills to successfully complete any task allocated to me.
What the people are like
Everyone at Corsaire is very friendly and they have all treated me as their professional equal despite me being a student. Whenever I am in the office, it feels like I am just home with family because they treat me like family even those people with the higher positions within the company.
Entering the professional world of work can certainly be daunting for anyone, regardless of your age, experience or knowledge but for me, it has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. My placement has been superbly aligned to my course and has made me more focused on what I want to achieve with my degree. I feel very honoured and lucky to have been able to work with Corsaire and if I was given the chance to go back in time, I would definitely still apply to this company.
Now that I have finished my placement at Corsaire, there are a lot of things I am going to miss, like learning new things from my supervisor and other workmates, hanging out with everyone after work, listening to our Project Coordinator’s bagpipe music that everyone loves (NOT!) and of course most of all I’ll miss the bacon and sausages that our Managing Director cooks every morning.