Being a student or a graduate ultimately means that a person has a direction in their life, but is this always true for everyone? Luis De Almeida Santos shares his words of wisdom with The Grad and is fully committed to becoming the best version of himself… ”It will always take a fair amount of determination and strong will to take it to the next level.” Luis highlights that hard work and willpower are two essential elements for growth and with the right combination and attitude, there are unlimited possibilities. As a content writer, he has a lot to share…
1. What is your full name, the company you work for and your position within the company?
My name is Luis De Almeida Santos. I am a freelance content writer, for two distinct companies: Globuzzer and Blasting News UK. Predominantly, though, my full-time profession is that of a self-employed Foreign Exchange, Commodities and Stock Trader.
2. In what ways does the company you work for accommodate for graduates?
Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that more and more companies are only able to accommodate non-paid internship positions. For a graduate looking for work exposure it might come as a good starting push, but ultimately it will always take a fair amount of determination and strong will to take it to the next level.
3. What is the current market like for internships, long-term careers and other opportunities? Please describe.
I really think that every nation has its own market, even though we are more and more approaching a full, globalized scope of things. Interns should expect the term Gig-Economy to become a reality. It is in that sense that graduating really will stand out, more than ever. We are facing, challenging and witnessing a possible monetary system change, that will take place gradually and Globally. I am a strong believer that an internship should not be unpaid and if there is nothing tangible on the offer, it leaves the intern with empty promises and no fruits.
4. Do you have any advice you can give to the current graduate market in your field?
My field is Economy, on a Global scale. However, trading Economy does not make me an economist. I am a researcher, first and foremost. My advice to any individual, graduate or not, would be to pay real attention to what the ‘Markets’ say, for they are always right. One might have the best apples in town, but if everyone buys the lesser good apples, what the market is telling us is the direction of business trends. And it applies to every walk of life. If one thinks that by graduating on a certain field might open doors to a certain prospect of life and profession, it is nevertheless important to realise – as soon as possible – that by choosing it, one is saying no to all of the others, for Time is the essence. And that little time we are given on Earth is indeed very precious. To the point where some actions may lead to a no-return point in life.
5. Do you have any tips for students studying in your area of expertise?
The only tip I can give is to never stop learning. To never take anything for granted, and to question more. Sounds cliché and there’s a reason for it.
6. Any final words/inspirations for students and graduates in relation to the world of work?
Even the tiniest little thing is interconnected on a global scale, and economically. What we eat, what we wear, it was made, produced, assembled, shipped, constructed, approved by someone, on some part of the Globe. Politics, Economy and Philosophy are integrated into the mindset of Man and they walk hand in hand. For a student, my best advice is to choose wisely and conclude what they chose. A mirror is the best psychiatrist sometimes and we can find all the answers through it. My personal tip? Chose something that fits you like a glove…