How much do you know about the career path you wish to follow post studies?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Third Year, BSc Accounting and Finance student, Joe Knowles, recently wrote an excellent blog considering the value of year-long internships to summer internships. However, in order to stand out in your year-long placement applications, amongst fierce competition from other undergraduates, you might wish to consider a summer internship.
Placement Application Challenges
Applying for a placement year can be challenging in many ways. How much do you know about the industry you will be applying to? Have you applied for jobs before, experienced assessment centres and interviews? One way to prepare yourself for your placement year job search is to undertake a trial run by applying for a summer internship.
Summer Internship Benefits
By taking part in an internship you will develop employability skills, explore a career path and gain insight into a business and its culture: as well as gaining confidence. In addition, your employment experience will enable you to accumulate evidence of your abilities to demonstrate various competencies in your placement applications, talk about at interview and best of all you can stand out from the crowd by fulfilling the criteria ‘previous experience desirable’.
Where to look for a internships……
Many companies offer students summer internships which they advertise on their websites. The length of an internship is usually between 10 and 13 weeks, starting June/July time. Application timescales vary from company to company as do their application procedures. Whilst many companies only recruit penultimate year students for summer internships – which is a way for companies to test drive talent and find future employees, there are some who will accept applications from first year undergraduate students.
Alternatively, send out speculative applications to companies or search Southampton University’s Excel Internship programme by visiting: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/careers/students/work-experience/excel.page