Lucy Gibbs - BSc (Hons) Psychology graduate

Current Employer: Sponge UK

Current Job Title: Solutions Executive

Current Location: Plymouth

“If you want to start thinking about your career, I would really advise that you use the services which the University provides. Jobshop were really helpful at getting me to search in the right places, getting my LinkedIn page in order, and helping me with my CV.” 

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

The interesting thing about my career path is that it began before I actually graduated. I finished my exams in May, but I had been applying for jobs since March with the help of Jobshop, the University recruitment service, which meant that I was offered my job in June before my graduation ceremony. If you want to hit the ground running with your career when you finish university, it pays to start looking early.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

I really enjoyed my time in Plymouth and so I was really keen to find a job where I could keep living in the South West. This narrowed down my options when looking for jobs and meant that I had to be on the ball when keeping my eyes peeled for potential opportunities.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

I now work for Sponge UK who deal with clients from all over the globe, and since we are based in Plymouth this means a lot of travel is involved. I have had many trips to London in the few months I’ve worked here, which is an exciting part of the role.

What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

I am really pleased with my time at University. I had amazing support from my tutor and dissertation advisor, which meant that I could ask for help whenever I needed it. I think the only thing I would do differently is join more clubs and societies while they were available to me because you miss them when they are gone.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

I fell in love with the city from the moment I moved in. Everything I needed was within walking distance and I could go to the beach, study, go shopping or go for a walk on the Moors all in the same county. But I also enjoyed studying in an up-and-coming university which really supported their students in all aspects of life.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

If you want to start thinking about your career, I would really advise that you use the services which the University provides. Jobshop were really helpful at getting me to search in the right places, getting my LinkedIn page in order, and helping me with my CV.

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