We have just closed the Talent Bank intake for January and for those who have made it through to short-listing and have been invited to come for an Assessment Day, you may be wondering how Talent Bank works and can help you in securing a part-time job. Today we catch up with one of our ex-Talent Bank students Thayan Raveendran, who graduated with a First Class honours degree in Computer Science last year and is currently working as a Software Developer at Thomson Reuters.

Thayan, well done for securing a graduate job! How did you get there?

The Talent Bank provided an easy alternative when it came to applying for jobs. I managed to land a part-time job at Empowered Systems Ltd through the help of Talent Bank. The experiences I gained there later led to a graduate job at Thomson Reuters as soon as I finished university.’

Some students may ask… ‘what did you actually do in your part-time work?’

‘Well, as a Junior Software Developer I worked under the supervision of the lead developers, mostly working on the front end part of the platform. I later went to work on some web automated testing, using software such as Selenium. This bolstered my knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java and Selenium. Furthermore I developed a deeper understanding of the architecture behind such robust software as Connect, which is what I now work on at Thomson Reuters.’

That’s a lot of technical skills you gained there Thayan! What did you learn about yourself from your experience?

‘By working part-time during semester periods, and full time during holidays I feel I gained a little bit of perspective in terms of how much work I could handle. By putting myself in a professional environment for much of the year I found that studying for university and completing coursework to a good standard came easy. This could be attributed to both being used to working longer hours, as well as learning a lot about programming on the job.’

Sounds great! Would you recommend the Talent Bank to other students?

‘I would recommend it to anyone who feels they can handle the workload that comes with having to study and work at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have employers who understood my studies took precedence over my work. Being able to walk into a graduate job as soon as my exams finished took a huge strain off my final year, as I was not concerned about having to look for a job in the summer.’

[NB: Rest assured readers! All employers that work with Talent Bank will be flexible with students’ contracts. Phew..]

Finally… Do you have any word of caution?

‘Although Talent Bank gives you the chance to get these jobs, you must be willing to put in the hard work during your studies, since juggling both university and part-time work can be a challenge. If you are confident in your ability to juggle both university and part-time work, and as long as you are willing to give up some of your spare time and make the most of the opportunities you are given then Talent Bank will give you an amazing first step in your career. It is definitely worth it!’

We couldn’t say it better ourselves! To prospective Talent Bank students, we wish you all the best in your Assessment Day, and those who are working hard with your Talent Bank job, we hope Thayan’s story has inspired you to keep up the good work!

For more information about Talent Bank please see https://www.westminster.ac.uk/talent-bank. If you are an employer, and you are interested in hiring a Talent Bank student, please see https://engage.westminster.ac.uk/Employers/Talent_Bank_recruitment_agency.chpx.

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