Applying for work experience – don’t delay…

It’s that time of year now the clocks have gone back that it’s darker earlier, you’re really busy with lectures, seminars, life in general … and then things like application deadlines start to get in the way as well!  You might have noticed deadlines for graduate schemes are coming up soon but did you know that some work experience opportunities will close shortly as well?   If not, here’s a few things to think about so you don’t miss out…

If you missed the Engineering, Science and Technology Fair or the Finance, Business and Management Fair last week, don’t worry – you can still find details of the organisations that attended the fair on our website.  All the organisations have a company listing which includes information about the graduate and work experience opportunities they offer.  Some may offer industrial placements, summer or vacation schemes or even short insight courses.  Check out the website so you don’t miss any application deadlines.

A big caveat to add here is that if you are interested in an industrial placement and you’re on a course that includes industrial experience – ALWAYS make sure to check with placement tutors in your School that the opportunity you want to apply for is suitable.  Some courses will have specific requirements that placements have to meet, so make sure the one you want to apply to is suitable before you invest the time and effort into the application form.

If you’re thinking about a career in Law, there’s the Law Fair this Thursday 29th October at Manchester Central.  There’ll be lots of different law firms and organisations from the sector there happy to talk to you about graduate jobs and getting relevant experience. From my limited understanding of the sector, law is one of those areas where some experience is vital.  It not only helps you to decide which type of firm you want to apply to but it also helps your application, by showing that you’ve done some research and know what is involved.  Get along to the fair to find out about opportunities for vacation placements, insight days,  and open days at firms.

In my work, I speak to a lot of different organisations and at the moment a common thing I’m hearing is about work experience and how employers value it when looking at potential recruits.  If you can get onto a summer or industrial placement scheme, that’s great and it may even help to get a foot in the door of the graduate scheme of the organisation.  If you can’t get anything directly relevant to your chosen career (or if you don’t know what you want to do) any work experience that you can get will be useful.  It all helps to build your skills and gives you experiences which you may not get from your degree.

So don’t put off your search – have a look at the vacancies on our site and get started on your applications! Good luck!


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