"Bright Futures, for me, filled that huge and vast gap that linked me to employers and my dream career. Having studied Zoology at university, and come to the realisation that a degree might not get me the future I wanted (not that I knew what that was yet), I decided that I must do everything I can to stand out. I made the very most of my time at university, taking up new sports, becoming President of the Dance Society, setting up my own community project, working for the Students Union, the Athletic Union, the University itself in a multitude of different avenues as well as raising thousands of pounds for charity. Not to mention taking up a part time HNC in Business Studies on top of my degree in attempt to broaden my academic knowledge.
But despite being crazy enough to take on all these activities, there was something significantly missing. I still had no idea what opportunities I would be capable of doing in the real world, I didn’t know which companies would take someone with a Zoology degree, and I had no idea who the likes of KPMG, Deloitte and Accenture were never mind what the difference was between them, or what on earth ‘SME’ stood for!
I desperately needed to find out how to actually secure a real job, what I was even interested in doing and who in fact would take on someone like me. That’s when I received an email about becoming part of the new Bright Futures Committee and establishing the society at Swansea University. I was about to go into my final year. I needed to pick up my game on the degree front (ultimately what I was there for) so taking on a big role in another society was a risk, but I knew I had to do it.
The society opened my eyes to all these things and more, giving me the confidence to network and present to large groups of people and be secure in the knowledge that I had the capacity to secure a great graduate job, not to mention my ability to thrive under pressure!
Bright Futures also highlighted my inherent desire to help other people identify their true talents and progress in their lives and their future; this is why I continued to support Bright Futures both nationally and locally after I graduated. I wanted to know more and help others in the same position. I soon proved my dedication and developed a greater relationship with the national team. Soon enough I was offered the role of Regional Manager, directly supporting all societies in the South of the UK.
Not only did it open my eyes to the vast amount of opportunities out there and the skills required to get them, it gave me my first graduate job. A job that enables me to help hundreds of students in my committees alone to stand out in the competitive job market, a job that allows me to continuously develop as an individual and make a real difference to the way the company works, a job where I get to meet so many different people from very different backgrounds, a job that I am inspired by and love to do on a daily basis."