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You may not land your dream job but there’s value in the journey, not just the destination

02 March 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Day two of Careers week and we are delighted to share this fabulous video, which you can watch  HERE by Sam Wilmington, a former student who, after a number of setbacks, has forged a fantastic career in the Civil Service, through their graduate scheme. Sam offers some great advice and finishes by saying that he cannot promise that you will land your dream job but he can tell you there’s value in the journey, not just the destination. This is from someone who struggled to find a job after graduating. After 10 months of searching for graduate schemes, he worked part time as a bar tender at a restaurant and this is where he was given the greatest piece of advice he has ever received. The owner and head chef said: “If you are going to do something, commit to it. No half measures. Whether it is taking a glass of wine to a table or closing a half-million-pound contract, when you say you are going to do something you give everything you have to making it happen.”

Sam says if you find yourself in a position where you don’t know what’s next but know you have something to offer then:
1. Don’t panic
2. Try anything, every role has its pros and cons and you’ll only discover what resonates with you by giving it a fair go
3. Don’t ever give up, don’t settle for less than you are worth, if you know you can do more, do more.

Sam still keeps in touch with many of his friends from Richmond School and Sixth Form College, who have gone on to follow some interesting careers. One is an editor of regional newspaper, one is a lead sound engineer for Apple Radio, one is a chief medic of an offshore oil platform and one is an assistant Headteacher at Richmond School, you may know recognise the name our very own Miss Dunwoodie!
You can find out more about the Faststream, the Civil Service graduate scheme at – it is considered the number one development programme in the UK.

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