Are you looking for a placement or internship for next year? This post outlines a few key points to be aware of and is equally relevant for those of you looking for any type of work experience.
By far the most common questions I’ve had from students in the first few weeks of this term have been about placements and internships. This is fantastic to see – work experience is so valuable – but a lot of the students I’ve seen have been really stressed out about this. As such, I thought a quick post on the things you need to know if you’re looking for placements or internships for next year might help. Continue reading
Whether you’re getting some shorter-term experience over the summer, or embarking on a year-long placement, here are some must-dos to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
1. Think about your objectives
OK, so your main objective may just have been to get some work experience, but now that you have it, you want to make the most of it. Thinking about what you want from the experience will help you enjoy it and make it worthwhile for you (as well as for the host organisation). For example: Continue reading
Saad Ali is a final year student doing an integrated masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering. He is also currently working part-time at Slipstream Engineering Design and has completed a number of placements throughout his time at Leeds. In this article, he shares his experience of applying to placements and advice on how to make the best of your time at university.
Not spending enough time on applications
After sending numerous applications without any success, one day sat in a career’s lecture, I realised that I probably spend more time deciding what to watch on Netflix than I do my applications. My first ‘proper’ application took me 40 hours to write, it was a form with two questions for internship at Toyota Boshoku in Japan.
Visit to Kinkakuji Castle with a fellow intern during my placement in Japan
I went over it several times, and got help from my Faculty Employability team and the Careers Centre, to ensure each sentence was as concise as it could be whilst delivering my knowledge of the company and industry, and demonstrating how my skills aligned with the job role. It eventually secured me my immensely rewarding and ‘life-changing’ summer placement! Continue reading
Is getting some work experience on your agenda for this summer? It should be, as employers are increasingly citing this as one of the most important things they look for in graduate recruits. This needn’t be a chore nor does it have to take up much of your summer, but using a variety of different approaches will really pay off. Read on for our quick and simple tips on how to go about it.
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this applies when looking for work experience too (or jobs for that matter). You may have been searching for and applying to advertised opportunities already. This is definitely worthwhile, but in addition to applying for advertised roles it is also good to mix it up and use a variety of approaches in your search. So what else can you do? Continue reading
Laura Riggall recently completed an industrial placement year with GSK. In this post she outlines how the placement helped her to develop many key employability skills and experiences.
Having recently completed an industrial placement year, I can honestly say it was a fantastic year for personal and professional development. I was based on a laboratory placement at GlaxoSmithKline within the Investigative Preclinical Toxicology (IPT) department in Safety Assessment, at GSK’s Ware R&D site in Hertfordshire, and in this post I hope to highlight to you the benefits of completing a placement year based on my own experiences Continue reading
Alex Edward, studying Geological Sciences, has recently started an industrial placement at Sirius Geotechnical and Environmental in Leeds. He will be writing a number of posts for this blog during the course of his placement. In this first post he gives his advice, based on his experience of looking for placements last year, to other students seeking placements.
For the vast majority of my 2nd year, my main focus wasn’t on my university studies. It wasn’t on going out every night. It wasn’t on one of the various societies I was a member of. It was on trying to secure myself a placement for a year in industry (although the first and third points did help with the latter). I was mainly motivated by the fact that I know that work experience, not necessarily degree qualifications, are key to getting a good graduate position.
I am by no means suggesting don’t bother working hard at uni: Most places require you to have a good degree, especially in a technical field, but getting experience in your desired field before you graduate I think Continue reading
Are you starting to think about your options for a placement next year? In this post, Leeds student Erin Lovett, who is coming to the ended of a placement year with Engage Comms Ltd., outlines the benefits she’s gained from working for a smaller company. The post was originally published on LinkedIn
It’s no secret that work experience makes graduates entering the job market more employable. The time spent learning about the industry and essentially ‘practising’ for a role can be invaluable, and it’s great that schools and universities are throwing their weight behind this and giving students more opportunities to undertake work placements. However, within universities I think there’s a myth being perpetuated: the bigger the company you can get work experience with, the better. It probably has a lot to do with the potential for progression and travel, which of course might well be deal-breakers later on in your career – but are they really relevant when you’re looking for work experience? Continue reading
Have you gained work experience this summer? Want to share what you’ve been doing to help inspire your fellow students?
We know that Leeds students undertake all sorts of varied and interesting experiences and would love to see what you’ve been up to. Whether on a placement, internship, part-time job, volunteering or any other form of work experience, we want to hear from you!
We’re looking for photos of you at work, and are particularly interested in photos demonstrating the skills you’re developing or why your placement is unique and/or interesting. Tweet us your pictures @LeedsUniCareers using #ShowYourExperience and #LeedsIntern and we’ll include the best ones in an album on Facebook. If you’re not on Twitter you can send them as a private message on Facebook.
If you need some inspiration, here’s some photos from students who were on year-long placements in 2013/14
We are looking for submissions between 20th August and the 3rd September, after which we will compile the best ones into a Storify. Feel free to submit photos taken at any point during your experience. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to hearing from you!
Terms: By submitting a photo you are accepting that the University of Leeds is able to use your photograph, graphic, artwork or written evidence to promote work placement and work experience activity, either on printed or digital materials or in presentations, workshops or through social media.
Looking to break into the third sector or cultural industries? In this blog post University of Leeds student Nick Watts explains how he did just that with his industrial placement year.
I’m Nick and I’m doing an industrial placement at DARE (a collaboration between Opera North and University of Leeds) as the coordinator for the UK’s first Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme. Before that I had completed my second year BA Music and Philosophy (Ind). Continue reading
Meet Rebecca Evans, our Work Placement Manager. Here she gives us an insight into her role at the Careers Centre.
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I am the Work Placement Manager. The purpose of my team is to promote and support work placement and work experience activity across the university. A key part of our work is to deliver the Leeds Internship Programme Continue reading