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    Okay guys, my patience is wearing thin, even though, I guess in the grand scheme of things, I've only really just started applying to big firms. I've been rejected from many now (in the double digits).
    Background: Graduate from Uni. of Warwick with a History degree. On course for a 2.1. AAB at A levels and 4A*s, 3As, B at GCSE. So not a bad academic background.
    Work experience: 2 years at a property firm handling calls/customer service, two summers at Buckingham Palace as a warden, Hampton Court Palace temp work, Ideal Home Show temp work, Warwick Castle temp work and right now Brand Manager for The Economist and Guardian. So some pretty cool jobs there.
    Been involved in various positions of responsibility and authority - shall not bore you here. But just believe that I have.
    Anyway, I've applied for retail management jobs, sales jobs, marketing jobs, all to NO avail. I think I am struggling with the numerical tests.
    I'm interested in sales/marketing and retail mainly. I'm a people person and enjoy helping others. Anything where I can work in a team and communicate alot. Where do I go from here?
    I can't really afford to do a Masters or GDL (even though just applied to Birmingham Uni, Birmingham College of Law and BPP school of Law). Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? I feel like I'm running out of time!
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    You've probably heard this several times but I think you've been rather unlucky, as on paper, you seem like a decent applicant for any position.

    Have you tried getting some feedback on the rejections?

    Do you mind me asking where you applied? Obviously some companies are more competitive than others.

    Good luck, something will come along, I've know great applicants who didn't land the dream job for a while.
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    Have you tried approaching small firms as well? Much easier to get into. Get a couple of years experience and try again for the big ones, if you haven't got in directly.

    I work in marketing, and I wouldn't usually take someone on unless they had specific marketing / PR / related background / experience. Try getting a marketing/retail-specific placement somewhere - again, small firms are perhaps a better bet. What exactly does your Brand Manager job involve?

    Good luck - you have a much stronger background than I did when I left university, and I'm doing pretty well! (If only I actually enjoyed marketing ...)
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    (Original post by Theo1977)
    Have you tried approaching small firms as well? Much easier to get into. Get a couple of years experience and try again for the big ones, if you haven't got in directly.

    I work in marketing, and I wouldn't usually take someone on unless they had specific marketing / PR / related background / experience. Try getting a marketing/retail-specific placement somewhere - again, small firms are perhaps a better bet. What exactly does your Brand Manager job involve?

    Good luck - you have a much stronger background than I did when I left university, and I'm doing pretty well! (If only I actually enjoyed marketing ...)
    I think he is referring to large corporate organisations offering grad programmes.
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    (Original post by SilkySmooth)
    I think he is referring to large corporate organisations offering grad programmes.
    Yes, I think so too, but I think an awful lot of people get hung up on those when there are often easier routes into a lot of professions. If it's a grad programme the OP is after, that's fine. If it's a career in sales / marketing / retail, grad programmes are NOT the only route in, but you're more likely to need experience to pursue them!
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    If you are failing the numeracy tests just do a bit of practice on those. They are quite simple if you know the basics.
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    Thanks for your support, encouragement and suggestions.

    So far I've applied to:

    Royal Mail, Sky, Kraft, Nestle, Mars, P&G, Aldi, John Lewis, Sainsburys, Asda. Can't remember the others. I have applied to ALOT.

    So far: Kraft, Nestle, P&G, Sky and a few others haven't got back to me yet. I haven't had ANY response from some. So some may be automatic rejections.

    As regards the poster concerning marketing. I am a Brand Manager for The Economist and The Guardian on campus. Not quite as high-flying as it sounds, but I still organize promotional activity, campaigns, advertising, check stock levels etc. I am interested in marketing but have no expertise in it.

    Right now I am trying for legal vacation schemes as I've always been interested in Law. I think it is better suited to me, no numerical tests. And yes I should practise but lost faith when my A grade A Level housemate struggled with one. So hmm!
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    (Original post by G.A.K)
    Thanks for your support, encouragement and suggestions.

    So far I've applied to:

    Royal Mail, Sky, Kraft, Nestle, Mars, P&G, Aldi, John Lewis, Sainsburys, Asda. Can't remember the others. I have applied to ALOT.

    So far: Kraft, Nestle, P&G, Sky and a few others haven't got back to me yet. I haven't had ANY response from some. So some may be automatic rejections.

    As regards the poster concerning marketing. I am a Brand Manager for The Economist and The Guardian on campus. Not quite as high-flying as it sounds, but I still organize promotional activity, campaigns, advertising, check stock levels etc. I am interested in marketing but have no expertise in it.

    Right now I am trying for legal vacation schemes as I've always been interested in Law. I think it is better suited to me, no numerical tests. And yes I should practise but lost faith when my A grade A Level housemate struggled with one. So hmm!
    Actually I'm fairly sure some firms do have them, however I'm sure it's fairly basic maths, if in doubt you can always brush up beforehand.
 
 
 
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