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My placement year at Digital Gurus

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Michelle Darcy just finished her placement year at Digital Gurus! Read about her experience of working at our Manchester office as a Delivery Consultant.

After deciding to take a year out of university to gain some actual work experience I started looking into different industries I could do my placement year in. Thankfully, doing a course like Psychology at university keeps my career options quite open.

I had the choice of various roles but in the end, the fact that I would be fully trained up like any other employee at DG really intrigued me. I knew this was a job where I could actually make a difference and help some people get new jobs along the way. This combined with the values at DG (integrity, honesty, support, reliability, fun) really made me excited to start working here.

The start… was hard. I wasn’t confident on the phone yet. It took me some time to fully understand the world of development (though having two software engineers as parents gave me a head start thankfully) and the general recruitment process was a mystery to me. As with anything though, after some time you get into the groove. Now I have really got to grips with what we do and how to best do it – I reckon I could even outsmart my parents on some tech knowledge!

I’ll always remember the thrill of my first placement – a career-changing maths teacher turned developer securing her first full-time dev role. It was amazing to be part of that journey with her. It’s a great feeling knowing you assisted in changing an important aspect of someone’s life. The confidence of that kept me going and helped me keep doing everything I could to get more candidates great jobs throughout the year.

I will admit sometimes it was hard to stay motivated when the job wasn’t going well – working with people certainly keeps things interesting – candidates withdrawing from interviews at the last minute, changing requirements etc.  Luckily I had an amazing team that pick you up when you’re down. Digital Gurus have a unique and incredible team ethic and I think this is really what makes them stand out against other agencies. There’s such a variety of people working here too, so if you want to go to the gym at lunch or find new exotic restaurants there’s always someone to go with.

Leaving Digital Gurus is bittersweet, I’m excited for what’s to come – a summer full of travels to three different continents and a year back at university where I can sleep in on weekdays again! At the same time I am genuinely sad not to be working with this team anymore.

I loved being able to meet people through this job, finding out about their life and how a new role could improve this for them. But for now it’s bye to this section of my life.

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank everyone at DG for making me feel at home and in particular Toni Phoenix for being an inspiration to us all!

I’d also like to shout out my amazing team –  Cara DodsonKaty DunnCara Dineen and Thea Lee!

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