I know it seems silly to be talking about summer now – given that it’s winter, we’ve not finished for Christmas yet, and it’s cold here in Manchester. However, summer isn’t really as far away as you think (it’s only about 25 weeks until the end of second semester!). So while you may be thinking of a few weeks in the sun or spending some time relaxing after the end of the academic year, you may want to think again!
Given the current economic situation, gaining some work experience or having a job over summer may be a real benefit to you. Not only financially but in terms of skills and experience to help you when you are applying for graduate jobs in the future. The Careers Service is still being sent internships and summer vacation jobs, so don’t forget to look at the vacancies section of our website.
Quite a few of them have closing dates over the Christmas vacation and exam period, so you may want to spend some of your time in between watching the Doctor Who Christmas special and celebrating with family and friends to complete a few applications! Others may have longer closing dates or may only be advertised after Christmas, so don’t worry if you don’t have time to start applications now… as long as you start to think about it before summer actually begins.
Here are a few examples of vacancies available on our website at the moment which may interest you. If you don’t see anything you like here, check the website or start to think about what you’d like to do:
- Internship with UK publisher – The organisation are offering internships in a number of areas including web development, marketing and editing. Closing date: 31st December 2008.
- Technology summer internship – The organisation are offering 10 week summer placements to students in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Maths or Physics. Closing date: 31st December 2008.
- Manufacturing summer internship in UK – The organisation are looking for Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers. Closing date: 1st January 2009.
- Summer internship with large financial organistion – The organisation are looking for students in their penultimate year. Roles are offered in a number of different areas of the business. Closing date: 4th January 2009.
With the weeks counting down, I’m off to plan my summer holiday! Enjoy your Christmas break!