Today’s talk Working as an Intern in the School of English Work experience During you degree Post-graduation Finding a job Applications Q & A
Working as an Intern in the School of English How I got the job TULIP (The University of Leicester Internship Programme My project Has it been beneficial? What next?
Work Experience During University What you can do? Why you should do it Post-graduation The purpose of w/e What you’ll gain
Finding a job Deciding what you want to do What are you interests What are your aspirations Do you have a 5-year plan? Where to look Useful websites http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/studentr esources/careers/websites http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/studentr esources/careers/websites
Applications Know the employer Look at their website What are the company’s values/ambitions Phrases/mottos Contact them
Personalise your application Address the employer directly Find out who will be reading your application and address it to them Person specifications Use actual evidence to prove your point Don’t make sweeping statements Don’t exaggerate – it may come back to haunt you! Why you suit the company/why the company suits you Applications are a 2-way process Take the time to tailor your applications Employers will be able to spot a generic application
Types of applications CV Max. 2 pages Error free Concise and relevant Cover letter 3-4 short paragraphs Max. 1 page Personal statement Online applications Draft your answers before submitting Competency tests Practise beforehand if you’re not confident of passing http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/ http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/ You are selling yourself to employers