Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
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Top Tips for Finding Work Experience Presentation by Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
This session… Who is it aimed at? • Thinking about work experience, want to know more • Know you want to do work experience – where, how? What will be covered? • Benefits & types of work experience • Different routes to work experience • Top Tips on getting/securing work experience • Careers Network support • What Next?
Benefits of Work Experience • Pathway into employment • Experience recruitment processes • Gain ‘real life’ examples • Apply theory into practise • Opportunity to develop network • Professional reference • Confidence and assertiveness • Employability skills • Earn while you learn • Try before you buy • Develop your CV
Different routes to source work experience – Careers Network Careers Connect General guides www.birmingham.ac.uk/internships Careers Bespoke programmes Network Featured Internships College guides https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/ College workshops & careers careers fairs Internship officer for help & support Promoting ALL on social media, e-cards…
Careers Connect Online vacancy portal is used by all Internship Officers to upload and advertise employment opportunities. This includes both bespoke opportunities (only available to University of Birmingham students) and ‘public domain’ positions (opportunities available on other websites). It is a central point for students to find the latest available vacancies
Searching for work experience opportunities From the navigation bar, select Opportunities My Opportunities – matched against your pre-set preferences (profile) Search & Apply – search the system and apply to opportunities Search Organisations – search for opportunities from a particular organisation
General Guides & Resources www.birmingham.ac.uk//internships
Bespoke Programmes www.birmingham.ac.uk/internships Opportunities > Exclusive Internships
Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme (BUIP) Open to undergraduate students from the University of Birmingham in their first, second or penultimate year of study Paid Internship, 4-8 weeks over summer vacation period Internships for Summer 2018 Department Timetabling Project Support CLAD User Testing & Online Development Careers Network International Employer Liaison Careers Network Widening Participation Research & Marketing Intern Careers Network Deadline: Birmingham Sunday 4th International March Data Analyst Academy (BIA) 2018 Welcome Assistant (Dubai) Student Services Student Insight Officer Library Quality Assurance Intern Business School Project Implementation Officer CoSS
Enterprising Internships Paid summer internships with local social enterprises, exclusive to students at the University of Birmingham! All internships are for a duration of 20 days with a bursary of £1000 Internships available include: • Marketing Executive Internship • Psychological Research Assistant Internship Deadline: • Community Development Internship Sunday 4th March • Social Impact Analyst Internship 2018 • Sustainability Internship • Researcher and Data Analyst Internship • & many more! www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/internships/opportunities/enterprising.aspx
Start-up internships – coming soon! • Are you interested in developing enterprising skills? • Do you want to work in a small organisation and make a huge impact? • Or perhaps you have your own start-up aspirations and want to gain insight and contribute to another start-up? This Start-up internship programme provides students with the opportunity to help shape and deliver the strategic plans of some of the most innovative start-ups across the Midlands! The internships are to take place over the summer vacation period, however some opportunities are available to undertake currently. The Internships are paid and are open to all students at The University of Birmingham (undergraduates and postgraduates). If you want to receive an alert for when opportunities become available, register your interest via the following link: https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/as/employability/b- enterprising/programmes/start-up-internships.aspx
Global Challenge Internships Fully-funded overseas internships. Finance to cover flights, visas, accommodation and living costs Based with internationally renowned organizations 6-12 week opportunities during the summer vacation ALL undergraduate students
Global Challenge Internships 2018 The following opportunities are live and open for applications: British American Business Council, Chicago - New Program Development Intern Silk Road Rising, Chicago - Website Optimization Intern Museum Victoria, Melbourne - Museum Project Intern English Frankfurt Theatre - Stage Management Intern Deadline for applications for the above: 11th February 2018 More coming soon including: British Consulate – Melbourne U21 Educador And…IT, Legal and Business University of Birmingham – Delhi Office development… http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/globalchallenge
Internship Programme! Want to make a global impact without leaving the country? Take part in our exciting new range of Virtual Internships! Just like a 'normal' internship Project work/tasks from an employer to complete over a period of time. Working with a national or international employer, Complete the work remotely or virtually. Deadline: You will have regular catch-ups and support from the employer THIS FRIDAY Virtual Internship Now Open! 9th Feb Literary Liaison Virtual Internship with Silk Road Rising, Chicago 16 week virtual internship, 8-10 hours a week between Feb- May/June More virtual internships coming soon! “The virtual internship …is a fantastic opportunity to develop a wide array of transferrable skills - such as team working, project management, and communication skills – and gain an in-depth insight into international as well as virtual working. There really is no other internship programme like it in the UK…” Jenny Knowles, Virtual Intern www.birmingham.ac.uk/virtualinternships
Santander University Internships These pay £300 per week and provide the successful candidates with amazing opportunities to gain invaluable experience in a wide range of industry settings. If you would like to kick-start your career and build valuable experience fast, this is a great way to do it. (even get a permanent job!) UPDATED SOON WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES!
College guides on canvas
Careers events https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/careers
Company Treks A one-off unique event held on the employer site A small group of student attendees offered an audience with employers and their teams Informal setting Take the opportunity to see first hand a employers office, meet the team and learn how they secured their roles. Treks Confirmed for Get up-close with management teams Feb/March including Ask your ‘vital’ questions to help with EY and Freeth’s your applications Solicitors www.intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/b-enterprising (under the events section)
Different routes to source work experience – External Official schemes/company websites Careers General Connect Job boards Sector specific External General Fairs/shows Intranet? Sector specific Speculative applications/hidden jobs
Company websites… “From internships to insight days, no matter what year of study or where you are in the world, we offer different opportunities for you to explore BP.”
Job boards • Target jobs • Rate my placement • Prospects • Indeed • Milkround • Inspiring Interns • Internship mapper Google for more, but the above are pretty good!
Rate My Placement
Fairs & Shows Just search on Google for general and sector specific ones…most are free, some may have charges…
Facebook – college pages
Twitter Careers Network (general) @careersbham College twitter feeds: CoSS @CoSS_Careers CAL @CALCareers EPS @EPSCareers MDS @MDSCareers LES @LESCareers
Finding Employers Utilise Your Online resources Attend Events Network Directories Friends & family Careers fairs Yell / Thomson Local Colleagues Networking events Social Media Tutors Trade events Employer Websites Career professionals
Approaching an employer Consider booking a CV check with a CN Advisor through Careers Connect
Top tips on speculative approach Speculative applications: Be flexible Careers fairs - get a business card or name (connect with them on Linked In after!) Fairs/spec aps: Don’t just take no for answer – if they cant help, can they recommend else? Try and get a name or their advice! Develop your professional network – is all about who you know! (Linked In Uob alumni/mentoring schemes) Spec apps: chase up – be politely pushy chasing for progress!
Top tips continued… Speculative apps – Do your research - know that company and their work - spotted a gap for a project, how can you help them? Use similar opportunities as guides – seen a grad role or something your not eligible for or recent expired opportunity – there will be a names contact, cheekily ask if they can offer YOU something! Be open to different areas/departments Spec aps/formal schemes – get your application/CV checked by Careers Network Don’t let finance be a barrier (for UK and overseas) – bursaries Be positive and enthusiastic/thankful for that persons time
Careers Network Support
Work Experience Bursaries Can be used to fund unpaid/low paid work experience and internships over the summer to cover costs such as accommodation, flights/other travel, utilities and even fees for international volunteering placements There are four bursaries available: • UK Professional – Up to £800 • Research – Up to £500 • International – Up to £800 • Gateway – Up to £2000 If you are eligible, you can apply to more than one bursary Gateway is for anytime of the year, not just summer Can also use to fund Careers conferences/events! http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/generic/internships/funding/index.aspx Alternative funding: PG Bursaries Student Development Scholarships
Gain insight from a mentor OPENS IN MARCH 2018 OPENS IN SEPTEMBER 2018 Leading in your From university Exploring your Coming out career to working life career journey at work Penultimate Final year UGs All UGs ALL students year UGs and PGTs www.birmingham.ac.uk/careersmentoring
Your Internship Officer! Book an appointment via Careers Connect! Support with any queries to do with finding work experience including work experience bursaries
What next? Get onto Careers Connect Apply to some of the bespoke schemes Research the links/guides Read the WOW newsletter! Makes some speculative applications! Sign up social media alerts Get your application/CV and cover letter checked – make an appointment (for spec apps and official schemes) See your internship officer Come along to other workshops this week…
Thank you! Any Questions?
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