DMU Works gives architecture student career blueprint

De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) award-winning career support team helped architecture graduate Shyam Patel secure employment with the company that redesigned its university campus.

Shyam first discovered GSS Architecture when they began development work at his University of Leicester. Now, a decade later, the 23-year-old is now joining the organization as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant after receiving guidance from the university’s DMU Works team.

A graduate of DMU, ​​he contacted the team for advice on CVs and cover letters, making two one-on-one meetings with Dimple Chavda, ADH’s employability manager. By working with Dimple, Shyam was able to express himself more creatively when applying for jobs.

He said, “Working with Dimple and the team at DMUworks has really boosted my confidence when approaching potential employers.

“With their help, I was able to create a cohesive set of CV and portfolio documents, with the prospect of even potentially moving them to my own website to make everything more accessible to employers.

“I also learned not to worry about the lack of experience because companies understand our level of knowledge at this stage and are keen to teach and coach us to our full potential.”

Students using the support offered can access guaranteed work experience, unlimited access to digital tools including LinkedIn Learning courses, self-assessments, and post-graduation lifelong career coaching. of their degree.

The DMU Works team offers one-on-one 30-minute appointments for all students and graduates, offering advice on CVs, cover letters, applications, psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centers and l general career orientation.

Dimple said: “It was a pleasure helping Shyam secure a position with an architectural firm. I advised on how he could polish his resume and further showcase his strengths and abilities.

“We also discussed how LinkedIn and speculative apps are generally common methods for finding and applying for opportunities, as well as for networking. I shared some resources with him, including employment documents for design and architecture, as well as using the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) website for information.

“All credit goes to Shyam, he worked hard to achieve this and in return got the part.”

For Shyam, the chance to work with GSS Architecture is the first step to his dream career. Fascinated by the relationship between people and spaces from an early age, he enrolled in DMU’s BA in Architecture after completing a degree in Art and Design at university.

Before getting his job at GSS Architecture, Shyam worked for both Leicestershire Police and Sainsbury’s. The roles gave him real-world work experience in large organizations and it helped him enjoy his new job as an architect.

He said: “The working environment was extremely beneficial in understanding the level of detail and knowledge required for a successful career in architecture. It’s a constant challenge and there are always new and existing projects to work with. »

Posted on Wednesday August 3rd 2022

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