Posted: Friday, 27th April 2012
Mairi MacFarlane is working in careers
MMU’s Graduate Intern Scheme is going from strength to strength with up to twenty more due to start positions over the next month.
This second intake of interns will work in a variety of faculties and departments and work on research, design or marketing projects.
ManMetLife spoke to one graduate who is finding her internship so rewarding she decided to stay on and complete her contract despite being offered a permanent graduate job elsewhere.
PCGE graduate Mairi MacFarlane had been working in careers and employability as an events co-ordinator for two months when she was offered a drama teaching position.
Learnt so much
However she felt that she had learnt so much from the internship that she didn’t want to leave so she has found a way to combine the two.
Mairi said: “Although I did a PGCE, the skills I have learnt are really transferable and I feel like there is so much more I could learn from doing this job.
“I’ve really enjoyed the variety, the freedom and the independence and feel respected and trusted as an employee.
“I would definitely recommend the scheme to other graduates, you get a lot of support and great training. The interns have formed a bit of a network, it’s been a very useful experience and I will definitely be able to apply the skills I have developed in my future career.”
Decided to stay
Mairi has agreed with Careers and Employability to work two days a week until November rather than full-time until June so that she can complete her internship.
Careers and employability adviser David Nelson said: “We are really pleased that Mairi made the decision to stay, she is good at using her own initiative and contributes very effectively to the team.
“The scheme has worked out very well for us, and I’m sure the next intake will be just as successful.”