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1 How can I find work experience and internships? Susanna Davis, Careers Adviser

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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.

6 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

7 Other work experience Part time & vacation work Voluntary work Work shadowing Work experience – speculative approaches Student societies

8 How to find opportunities In addition to our website, general websites include:

9 Additional resources – engineering, science, technology – internships in politics UN internships - rolling programme of work experience global organisations (development)

10 International work experience Do you research into: The country The application method

11 Arranging your own work experience Contacts- friends, family, academics, personal tutor, previous employers. Alumni network: Employer database – Industry websites/journals/reports Linkedin

12 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.

13 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

14 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

15 Tel: Location:Ground Floor, The Library


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