Nothing wrong with changing your mind – Egle Bernotaite

02 Aug Nothing wrong with changing your mind – Egle Bernotaite

Course studied: Finance and Accounting
Year of graduation: 2015


When I left Brunel, my plan was…
Unlike many of my peers, I didn’t have a clear career path in mind. I enjoyed studying finance, however I also had the strong belief that the finance industry wasn’t one I would like to get into. This meant that I started applying for jobs without any direction, which led to my first “Graduate” job as a Sales Rep for a conference company. Needless to say, this was an awful decision on my part, as the role didn’t give me any particular skills or job satisfaction. I then had to re-think my life choices, and start applying for jobs again, more than 6 months after my graduation.

At the moment…
I am currently working at Ford Motor Company in the IT department as a Java developer. Following my sales job, I knew I needed to consider carefully what career I wanted to follow. I decided that IT is an industry that I’ve always wanted to explore, even though my background wasn’t related to it. The grad scheme at Ford has allowed me to develop the necessary technical and business skills to set me well on track on becoming a competent developer, and well rounded professional.

How my career goals have changed…
Since starting university, I have certainly changed my mind about what I want to do, which is well demonstrated by me getting a job in IT with a Finance degree.

How I have developed professionally since graduating…
I have gained knowledge about the business model of both Ford Credit and Ford Motor Companies and how a business of this magnitude operates. I have also gained transferable technical skills in terms of Java development and enterprise architecture as well.

How I have developed personally…
I have learned that I much prefer jobs where I am fairly independent of other teams and can manage my time myself. I now understand the value of picking up the phone over writing an email, and that I enjoy roles where I get to interact with other people, whether it be in terms of learning from them, or liaising with them to deliver a solution.

My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…
If you know clearly what you would like to do, do not wait for opportunities to drop from the sky – go after those jobs that will help you achieve your aspirations.
Equivalently, there is nothing wrong with changing your mind about what you would like to do. Often jobs for new graduates have flexibility for what type of degree they require, as they are looking for the work ethic and skills you develop during your degree, rather than subject knowledge.
Finally, do not be afraid to not go into the corporate world; travelling, earning money from your hobbies, or working simple jobs to fund what you enjoy doing are perfectly valid things to do also.