Published on March 4, 2014
Where to look for a placement Tahira Majothi Careers consultant www.careers.salford.ac.uk 0161 295 5088
Aims Better understand the value of placements How placements can enhance your overall employability Where to look for placements Help from the Careers and Employability Service
What are internships and work placements? http://www.careerplayer.com/tips-and-advice/general-advice/internships/
Why consider a placement? Career options are not always as clear as a magic sorting hat! How will you know which opportunity is right for you? You will face challenges with the application process and in the role itself These challenges will allow you to grow and develop employability skills
The Bigger picture… The Office for National Statistics report on graduate recruitment shows the vast increase in the size of the graduate population. An increase of more than 430,000 graduates in the past 10 years from 1,063,000 in 2001 to 1,501,000 in 2011, which means a much more competitive jobs market for graduates than in the past. Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/why-internships-and-placements-are-a-popular-route-to-employment-7579681.html
The latest High Fliers Research into the Graduate Market 2012 reveals that a third of this year's entry-level positions will be filled by graduates who have already worked for the organisation during an internship or placement.
This is borne out by evidence from companies such as Centrica whose 10-week summer internship scheme for predominantly penultimate year students has grown from 11 places in 2006 to 75 in 2010. Last year, Centrica filled 38% of their graduate intake from this internship pool.
Graduates Today face… A competitive jobs market Job roles which may require a degree or higher level qualification Higher UCAS tariff points Evidence of personal and professional development i.e. extra curricular activities Demonstrable work experience Greater emphasis on “personal branding or “brand you” i.e. self awareness of what you have to offer an employer in terms of : + + + + (knowledge, experience and skills)
How will you stand out from the crowd?
Benefits of work experience http://www.slideshare.net/uolssds/finding-an-industrial-placement-2012
An employer’s perspective “Placements can be invaluable to a student, for many it will be their first time in a work place, putting their academic skills into practice. …a year placement helps to galvanize their learning and professional skills which will put them in good stead for their final year.” John Smith, Director, Cityzen and Architectural Technologist
The small print Placements may vary in length (3, 6 or 12 months) They may contribute to your final degree award Recruitment practices may differ (CVs, apps, telephone or group interviews, assessment centres, 1-2-1 interviews) You are likely to receive a salary, this may vary depending on role responsibilities, size of the company and location Visit the Careers and Employability website for advice http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/placements
Searching for placements Who’s in your ‘social’ network? Contacts from extra curricular activities or voluntary work Professional associations Freelance contacts
CV format for placements Details Profile (optional but keep it brief) Education * Relevant Work Experience * Work Experience Skills / Achievements* Hobbies / Interests References * = the order of sections will depend on the type of CV format you choose to use e.g. skills-based, chronological, functional etc. MATCH! MATCH! MATCH! MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!
Help from the Careers and Employability Service 1-2-1 appointments with Careers consultants CV or application checks and Mock interviews Advice on psychometric tests and assessment centres Opportunities to meet employers Work experience opportunities via Advantage Help with time management and presentation skills via Study Skills support Develop enterprise, problem-solving and leadership skills with Enterprise activities http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/
Useful websites Placements and Work Experience Guide: http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/careerguides http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/page/occupationsindex - occupational guides with links to employers The Prospects website www.prospects.ac.uk/links/WorkExp includes the National Work Experience Bank of student work experience opportunities from full sandwich years to vacation work and work shadowing. The Year In Industry www.yini.org.uk work placement scheme from the Royal Academy of Engineering but also offers placements in business, including personnel, marketing, business planning and other non-technical fields. The STEP programme www.step.org.uk places students in small and medium-sized companies and community organisations. Typical projects include preparing a marketing plan, market research, feasibility and risk assessment and e-commerce. Fledglings www.fledglings.net UK student resource for Industrial Placements and graduate careers Rate My Placement www.ratemyplacement.co.uk allows you to view ratings of placements made by students who have had placements in particular organisations. You can also add your own ratings. iHipo.com www.iHipo.com combination of social network and jobsite. Offers Young Professionals and Students hundreds of international job and internship offers from prestigious employers. Student Employment Services www.studentemploymentservices.co.uk have a number of placements for students. ASET www.asetonline.org A Good Practice guide for Placement and other Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Higher Education. Student Job www.studentjob.co.uk helps students find the job they are looking whether that is during study, as a placement/internship, temporary - during a gap year or in summer. The Student Ladder www.studentladder.co.uk summer internships for penultimate year students, work placements for first year students in Easter or summer of their first year, 12 month industrial placements.
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