30 October 2012 02:37 PM

Application time: Internships and work experience

Graduate employers are looking for more than just a good degree, and at this time of year it's coming up to internship application time, with most schemes closing around Christmas or January. To be successful in the graduate job market you need to demonstrate that that as well as academic ability you have employability skills which will enable you to be an effective employee from day one. Work experience will enhance your practical workplace skills, while testing out a few different working cultures will help you to decide where you fit in.

  • Part-time jobs or vacation work - any work experience, however irrelevent you think it is, can used to demonstrate valuable skills on your CV.
  • Traditional internships - these are paid, structured placements, often taken over the summer. Many industries offer placements, with law internships, marketing internships and investment banking internships being some of the most popular. They offer you a real taste of life at a large company.

  • Work placement - some degrees, particularly those with a vocational element such as engineering, offer a year-long placement as part of the course.
  • Voluntary work and gap years - Whether you're working with kids in Peru or helping serve tea at the old peoples' home down the road, volunteering is great work experience. Not only does it help you build up workplace skills, it also shows that you're capable of taking the initiative, and that you've a nice person!
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10 September 2012 09:48 AM

Top Tips For Developing The Skills You Need For A Graduate Job

  • Network, network, network! Family, friends, contacts you meet by chance – it all counts!

  • Go to university careers fairs and employer presentations – not only can you pick up lots of helpful info on the industries you’re keen on, you will also have the chance to make a lasting impression with recruiters.


A final tip - believe in your own abilities and focus on presenting yourself as confident...but not arrogant. No one wants to spend all day working with someone who's full of themselves!

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14 June 2010 09:05 AM

Internships. Internships. Internships!

If there's one thing we hear from employers it's the importance of internships - "a must for all top students" they say...

So what's the best way to land an Internship?
 
And how do you squeeze the most out of them?
 
We wanted to find out - here's a video of what we learnt. It includes advice from employers and experts on everything you could ever want to know about landing your dream Internship.  

Click the image below to watch the video on CareerPlayer... 


12 April 2010 09:45 AM

Internships...are they worth it?

Wondering whether you should bother sorting out some work experience?

Think your summer could be better spent hanging out with mates?

Well. We asked some graduate employers what they thought...

 

OK. So that's pretty definitive! Skates. Get. Quickly. On...


05 February 2010 10:52 AM

Graduate Internship Awards

Our friends at RateMyPlacement have just held the inaugural National Placement and Internship Awards celebrating the best employer and student contributions to work experience.

Being a nosey bunch, we were thrilled to be asked along to film the proceedings and find out what they're all about.

Check out our promo film of the day below...


27 October 2009 08:45 AM

Donate Yourself To Charity...

Want to work in the Third Sector?

Need some hands on Work Experience?

Feel Passionately about a cause?

Then the World of Difference scheme from the Vodafone Foundation is definitely worth a look. They're offering 500 paid placements for people to work at a charity of their choice. It's a great way to help benefit others with your knowledge and time but also a fantastic opportunity to help develop real world skills that could boost the CV and help in your job hunt. Especially if you're interested in the Third Sector - bring on the networking.

To apply you need to complete an online application form at vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference by the 3rd of November 2009. Successful applicants also get a new mobile phone with pre-paid credit which is a pretty handy bonus.

For more information visit the World of Difference website.

Check out their Charity Match tool.

Or take a look at the lucky winners below who scooped the 12 Month International placements.

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