Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network

 
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
Top Tips for Finding
Work Experience
Presentation by
Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu
Internships Officers, Careers Network
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - 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?
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
Types of work experience
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
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
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
How & where do you find work experience?

                           Careers
                           Network

  Work Experience

      ?
                           External
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
Routes through
Careers Network
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
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…
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
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
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
Accessing Careers Connect
Through the Internships homepage www.birmingham.ac.uk/internships
Top Tips for Finding Work Experience - Kam Manku, Helen Hobson & Amrit Sandhu Internships Officers, Careers Network
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!
Featured Internships
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)
External Routes
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…
Wednesday newsletters
Linked In
Facebook – college pages
Twitter

Careers Network (general)
@careersbham

College twitter feeds:
CoSS       @CoSS_Careers
CAL        @CALCareers
EPS        @EPSCareers
MDS        @MDSCareers
LES        @LESCareers
Speculative
Applications
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!

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