Of course, this still left Anthony in an uncertain position –while he had decided the traditional academic pathway
wasn’t for him, he still didn’t know what he wanted to do instead.
This is where the ‘Explore’ element of Prosper came into its own. Using the career cluster resources, including Q+A sessions with employers, Anthony was able to start narrowing down what initially felt like an overwhelming plethora of options. Thinking about what he enjoyed in his current role, and what he didn’t – and with a clearer
sense of his own strengths and skillset – he was soon enough in a position to start making applications.
“I learned to be much more mindful of my long-term goals, and to make appropriate time and space for pursuing my own professional development. I started to be much more selective when pursuing new opportunities, with a particular eye for transferable skills. I became more mindful of both my own priorities as well as those of the employers I was considering.”
His first few applications failed to result in an interview. Far from getting disheartened or giving up, Anthony again engaged with Prosper – this time the ‘Act’ element – to find out where, if anywhere, he was going wrong
and to improve his chances going forward. He attended CV and applications workshops, and went over previous applications with his career coach.
“I realised my first few applications were too subtle in demonstrating how I matched the job criteria – my advice to others would be to be a bit shameless in giving examples! Make it easy for the person to tick the boxes. Prosper support here was really invaluable in getting to grips with this quite practical – but crucial – aspect of it all.”
Feeling more confident, Anthony put what he’d learned from networking sessions into practice and reached out to enquire about future roles at an organisation he wanted to work for – asking if he’d be a good fit based on his experience. He was encouraged to apply. He got an interview. Then he got the job.