So it’s the morning after the night before and a number of us arrive at 9am as expected for a meeting in the main room, however we are surprised to see a note stating that the meeting is moved till 10am. We head over toward our office space to see a number of other teams are already there alongside Simon, so no idea why the time changes, but that is business I guess. You have to be fluid and adaptable.
The meeting was called primarily to introduce us all to UKTI – UK Trade and Investment who are helping to subsidise a trip to San Francisco for all the teams. It will be a tech mission perhaps introducing us to potential investors or partners and all part financed by Her Majesties treasures, or UK’s people’s tax if your prefer.
It all sounds pretty cool and it’s interesting to know that financing is available to British companies for multiple reasons, if they wish to spread they business abroad. A valuable resource which I would never have known existed.
Surprisingly there is a vast difference between the helpfulness of careers centres from various universities and it has very little correlation to the universities general rating. A number of universes are really excited to hear of placements and proactively help you post details of the vacancy along side sending it out directly to the graduates. Many also has schemes to encourage us to take their grads but subsidising wages. Fantastic responses that were not only encouraging but also motivating.
However, on the other side of the scale we have universities who’s careers departments never seem to pick up the phone, or when they do, they are really not interested in proactively helping their unemployed grads to get jobs. Some even told me they have no idea which grads are currently employed or not. Odd, given that many other universities seem to know exactly who is unemployed and thus who to target with job offers.
The rest of the afternoon we spent working on improving our slide deck and finishing off some analysis of market segments we will target.
Highs: Being able to do some real work and feeling the vibe of a buzzing office full of energetic entrepreneurs.
Lows: The public transport journey, waiting 30 minutes for a bus that is supposed to run every 7 minute is frustrating. I may have to invest in a cheap car just to save me a lot of time.
Lessons learned: Things change, you just got to learn to adapt and make the best of it.