Placement Presentation 2011

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A presentation given to a group of students at the University of Kent on Tuesday 18th October. It includes my reasons for why an internship is beneficial and useful methods of

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Placement Presentation 2011

  1. 1. SUMMARY1. Preparations - Designing a portfolio - Cover letter/ resume2. Searching for your perfect internship1. The interview stage2. Utilizing your internship3. My recommendations to you
  2. 2. Create and define your online presence. Start registering with online communitiesthat interest you to demonstrate initiative to your potential employer.
  3. 3. Your resume should remain the same for each internship you apply to. Have itchecked by Ania or the careers team first.Design a cover letter template that you can use and adapt differently to eachapplication.For each application, the job spec and requirements will be different. Therefore, youneed to ensure you have mentioned how fantastic you are at those required skillswithin your amended cover letter.
  4. 4. THE INTERVIEW1. Research the company.2. Dress to impress.3. Make a good first impression.4. Internship interviews are generally quite relaxed and informal.5. If possible, carry out some research on the individuals who you think might be interviewing you. Get to know them.
  5. 5. MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR INTERNSHIP1. A chance to learn more about yourself.2. Make new friends and business contacts.3. Use industry standard equipment and software.4. Prepare early for your final year project’s.5. And finally… it provides a taster of what life in that industry is really like.
  6. 6. RECOMMENDATIONS1. Start searching and applying as soon as possible. Deadlines for most businesses will be the end of this year.2. Keep a log book of all the applications you submit.3. Keep your choices open, don’t pin your hopes down on one position.4. Consider the distance it could take to commute if you got the job.5. Have fun! It’s a brilliant opportunity.
  7. 7. Thank you James Dolanjd285@kent.ac.uk jamesmpdolan

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