Presentation on theme: "How can I find work experience and internships? Susanna Davis, Careers Adviser."— Presentation transcript:
How can I find work experience and internships? Susanna Davis, Careers Adviser
The session will cover.. What counts as work experience? What are the benefits of doing work experience? Internships How to find opportunities Arranging your own work experience Different application methods
What counts as work experience? Sandwich/industrial placements Work placements Internships – summer, vacation Voluntary work Work shadowing/ work tasters Vacation schemes/ vacation placements Student societies – a role
The benefits of work experience Confirming your career choices Establishing a network of contacts Good for your CV Up-to-date work reference Gaining an insight into the world of work Developing skills Applying theory to practice Stepping stone to graduate job
Internships One week to 12 months Often structured opportunities in large companies - business, finance, pharmaceuticals, retail, law, engineering, IT Deadlines Jan –March Opportunities for first years Other sectors may require speculative approaches – international development, media, environment.
Examples of Internships (46) Business internships – AON (Insurance) Marketing assistant – Aspen Pumps Corporate team internship – UNICEF Law internships HR internship - P&G PR internship – The British Library Software Engineering Internship – MBDA Education internship – Hastings Pier Trust And many more – some exclusively for Sussex students
Other work experience Part time & vacation work Voluntary work Work shadowing Work experience – speculative approaches Student societies
How to find opportunities In addition to our website, general websites include:
Additional resources – engineering, science, technology – internships in politics UN internships - rolling programme of work experience global organisations (development)
International work experience Do you research into: The country The application method
Arranging your own work experience Contacts- friends, family, academics, personal tutor, previous employers. Alumni network: Employer database – Industry websites/journals/reports Linkedin
Making Contact Allows you to have control over the information you give the employer Targeted CV and covering letter Phone call An initial phone call – find out if they offer work experience and who you should contact. Research the organisation before phoning.
Different application methods for work experience & internships Targeted CV and covering letter Application form Interviews/ telephone interviews Important to research the role and the sector Market yourself for that role
The Careers and Employability Centre Workshops – daily events, weekly programme 1-to-1 with a Careers Adviser Study Skills Adviser Vacancies – part time, work experience, internships, graduate jobs