Welcome to the first ever post on the Josephine Butler College alumni blog. This space will hopefully be an interactive and interesting tool for use by the Butler College alumni community. I will post interviews with alumni and current students, updates on what is going on in the College and alumni communities, reviews of alumni events and initiatives, as well as inviting the alumni of the College to interact.
This first post is an interview with Kyle McManus (3rd year Historian at Butler) about the Butler Angels scheme, which has helped him enormously in his job applications. If you don’t know what the Angels are, they are alumni, parents, staff and friends of the College, who have volunteered themselves to assist current students in their job searches and postgraduate applications, all through the power of the Internet. If you would like to become an Angel, it is easy to do so at www.dur.ac.uk/butler.angels. If you are a current student reading this, check it out and use it! Now I’ll let Kyle do the talking…
What do you think of the Butler Angels scheme?
I think the Angels scheme is a brilliant idea. Not only does it provide current students an amazing opportunity to network and gain advice but it also extends the Butler community outside of the Durham Bubble.
How did the Angels help you?
Through the Angels scheme, not only was I able to learn about companies from the horse’s mouth but I was also able to gain fantastic information about the companies’ application process (ie, what competencies they are looking for, the kind of questions they will ask, etc.) and current business and internal news only accessible to current employees. This is unbelievably useful, as in most interviews you will be assessed on knowledge of the company you have applied for. It was through the Angels scheme that I was able to gain inside information and news about the company that looked impressive in the eyes of the assessor. I was able to apply information I had learned to demonstrate that I had not only done my research but I had the ability to successfully network (a competency highly admired by employers).
How easy did you find it to contact an Angel?
It is very easy. Everyone who signs up for the Angels scheme is eager to help, and all it took was one email and I had the information I needed.
Would you recommend the Angels scheme to other students?
When I first used the Angels scheme I genuinely didn’t expect to receive as much help as I was given and I still cannot believe how useful the scheme has been. Not only would I recommend the scheme to other students, but I would point out that due to the huge amount of competition there is in the job market, you would be a fool not to take advantage of such an amazing scheme.
Do you have anything else to add?
I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the Angels scheme, and I would encourage all Butler finalists and graduates to sign up! Not only is it a good way to keep up to date with the College, but it is also an excellent opportunity to assist fellow Butlerites who might need that helping hand.