Sociology at Leicester


KimCourse: BA Sociology
Year of Graduation: 2012

What does your current career involve?

I am a Recruitment Consultant for the recruitment company Maloy & Flynn . My job involves assisting with the management of the firm's main house accounts, liaising with the clients who have vacancies within their companies and finding out their needs so that I can start recruiting and finding suitable candidates for these positions. I am also responsible for securing new business for the firm.

How did you obtain this role?

I applied for this position which had been advertised on Reed, a recruitment website. My employment from an internship with Unitemps (Internal Recruitment office within the University of Leicester) provided me with enough experience to be considered by the company.

What were your motivations for enrolling on a course at the University of Leicester?

I enrolled with the University of Leicester as the BA Sociology degree offered was exactly what I was looking for with regards to the modules/topics covered. The fact that Leicester is a highly reputable university was also a motivator. After coming for an open day I just felt the University of Leicester was the right place for me.

How did the BA Sociology and your experience at Leicester aid your personal and professional development?

Throughout my course and time at the university, I was able to gain a lot of support and advice, both academically and personally, from members of staff within the Department of Sociology. They helped me become confident in my own skills and understandings. Meeting with lecturers and academics allows you to gain skills in communicating with professionals which aided my professional development as I was able to present a professional attitude.

Doing a degree has also aided me within my career as it shows employers that I am hard working, able to balance and prioritise my workload and able to work to deadlines which are all desirable skills within any workplace.

Coming to the University of Leicester and studying sociology has definitely helped me get to the position I am in now. My degree discipline has allowed me consider a vast number of employment options and not constrained me to one profession. It has also often shown employers that I am interested in working in a career where I am able to have constant interactions with new people.

What ambitions do you have for the future in your career?

I hope to become an established Senior Recruitment Consultant but mainly to continue on the path I’m on now of working hard and achieving the best possible outcome from my job.

Do you have any advice for anyone reading this who would like to enter a similar work role to you?

Make sure that alongside gaining excellent results in your degree you gain some skills outside of academics. Join societies and become an active member within this, try and gain volunteer work within firms/companies that you have an interest in or take on some part time work to show employers that you have desirable skills and qualities both within education and out.

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