This presentation seeks to help you find an industrial placement. It includes information on:The graduate labour market and what recruiters look forThe ‘With Industry year’ and other options for gaining experienceHow to look for work placements Help available from the Careers Service
Both MEng and BEng students are eligible to join this programme. Students are placed with a company for one year between their second and third years at the University. While on placement, they undertake training and practical experience agreed between the department and the employer. This may include responsibility for a specific project. They are in regular contact with their industrial placement tutor during the placement year and can also expect to receive supervision and support from colleagues within the workplace. On graduation, upon completion of an industrial placement folder that documents the placement, they are awarded a ‘Certificate of Industrial Studies’ that counts towards their Chartered Engineering registration.
Work experience improves your employability because you learn about the business world, you develop and demonstrate your skills in the business context and gain experience that will give you an advantage when applying for graduate jobs.Research has shown that the skills you develop through work experience also help you to perform well in your academic studies and indeed to even improve your expected grades.Work experience develops your career thinking, you get to try out a role or roles and specific tasks and to reflect on how well these suit you. You can then use this information to decide how you want your career to develop in the future.
The graduate labour market is competitive and gaining related work experience will help you stand out. There are 400, 000 new graduates each year. Many employers ask for at least a 2:1 for entry to their graduate schemes although there are many small to medium sized enterprises who are more flexible. A recent survey of the engineering sector reported shortages of well qualified graduates for IT and Engineering.
In the 1970s a degree was sufficient to secure you a good job. However Graduate recruiters now look for more than just a good degree. In addition to your academic qualifications they will be looking for specific competencies including skills like teamwork, leadership, problem solving and organisation skills. Getting involved in experiences outside your degree will enable you to develop these skills and provide evidence of them in the recruitment and selection process where you will need to describe specific situations where you demonstrated them in practice. .
Industrial and work placements are highly valued by graduate recruiters and by students. Successful industrial placements can lead to job offers. They are competitive to get into and many employers use the same selection process as for their graduate schemes. It is important that you start your search for a placement early on in your 2nd year. Engaging in other extra – curricular activities during your first and second year will help to make your application for work experience stand out. You also need to submit a strong application which evidences the skills employers look for. The Careers Service provides support with all aspects of the recruitment and selection process including providing feedback on draft applications, CVs and covering letters. We also support you with preparing for interviews and assessment centres.
These are just a few examples of some of the large graduate recruiters who offer work placements. Large graduate recruiters provide detailed information on work placement and graduate opportunities on their website. This will include information on the application process. Applications are often made online via their website. There isn’t space here to include details of all the companies that offer engineering work placements. To find out more about employers who may offer opportunities in the areas you are interested in refer to the websites on the next slide.If you are unsure which area of engineering you want to go into use the Prospects website to research different areas within engineering www.prospects.ac.uk (Job Sectors Tab)If you think you would prefer to do a industrial placement in a different field many companies also offer placements in business , finance and other areas. Further information on the full range of placements available can be found by referring to the websites on the next slide.
There are a wide range of other graduate recruitment websites with details of work placements including placements with small and medium sized enterprises. This includes the Careers Service own site for graduate jobs and work placements – MyCareers. Gradcracker is the UK's careers website for science, engineering and technology students and is a useful resource for information on engineering graduate recruiters, their placement and graduate programmes.
Face book Many of the large employers use Facebook. Some post details of their events, vacancies and discussions on the frontpage of their Facebook site. Others require you to connect to them and you enter into a much more reciprocal relationship. Whilst this brings additional benefits there are also risks. Graduate recruiters will be able to access information about you online. Make sure you manage your digital footprint to ensure that you convey a professional online image at all times. Alternatively you may decide to keep your social and professional networking separate.LinkedIn LinkedIn is a professional network. Most large companies have a profile on LinkedIn, with statistics about the Company and also a jobs boards so it can be a great way to find and target potential employers. The profile that you create on LinkedIn is like a digital CV: containing a personal profile, work experience and interestsTwitterTwitter is a personal learning network and is useful for accessing information and expertise outside your realm of experience. It can be a powerful way to get questions answered or develop ideas if you choose to engage in the environment. You can follow people without entering into a reciprocal relationship e.g. the Chief Executive of an organisation like Microsoft. It can be a useful tool to help you research organisations and get beyond the official website.
Not all opportunities are found through the usual channels.Careers fairs & other events provide opportunities to network with employers on campus and to make that first all important contact. Make sure you research the employer so you can ask insightful questions and demonstrate your enthusiasm for what they do.Make use of any existing contacts you have with organisations where you would like to do a work placement or start developing them. Extra-curricular activities like student enterprise and the Leicester Award also provide valuable opportunities to network with graduate recruiters.Consider approaching employers direct to enquire about opportunities. This could involve targeting SMEs who don’t always advertise their vacancies or companies who are expanding or have won new contracts. For speculative approaches develop a CV & covering letter targeted towards the employer/job role .If you have contacts outside the UK there may be an opportunity to do a work placement in another country, talk to your tutor. Whilst doing an industrial placement in the UK might be your first choice working internationally is also valuable and brings its own unique challenges.
To find out more about opportunities to network with employers go the Careers Service website (events). Make sure before attending an event that you research any employers you are interested in talking to so you can create a great first impression. For help with preparation and questions you might want to ask book an appointment to see an adviser.
Securing an industrial placement is competitive. It is important to start looking early and to keep on looking right up until the start of your second year, some students do secure placements rather late in the process. Be persistent!If you are unsuccessful do remember there are other options which will enable you to gain the experience you need and to develop the skills employers look for. Many employers also offer vacation placements particularly during the summer vacation when it is possible to do an 8 or 12 week summer placement. You will find information on vacation placements in the same places as for industrial placements. IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) has over 60 years experience of providing summer work placements for STEM students overseas.Employers value a range of experiences and appreciate that activities like part-time work, student societies and volunteering provide valuable opportunities to work on important projects and develop skills like team work and project management.The Leicester Award and Student Enterprise also focus on enabling students to develop their employability skills through project management and work experience .
Make developing your skills a priority, get involved with extra-curricular activities that will help you stand out.Get help from the Careers Service to ensure you know how to succeed in the recruitment and selection process, ensure you know how to produce a professional looking application, CV and covering letter. Let us help you prepare for interviews and assessment centres.Good Luck!
Finding an Industrial PlacementValerie Matthews-LaneCareers Service www.le.ac.uk/careers
‘With Industry’ year• MEng and BEng students are eligible for this option• Placed with a company for a year between second and third years• Undertake training and practical experience agreed between the department and the employer• Regular contact with tutor during year• Awarded ‘Certificate of Industrial Studies’ www.le.ac.uk/careers
Benefits of work experience• Improves your • Develops personal & technical skills employability • Evidence of skills demonstrated in context • Increased commercial awareness • Helps you stand out from the crowd• Improved academic • Gain [relevant] experience motivation & • Appreciate relevance of academic studies, better time management, increased self confidence; performance • Post graduation: know what to expect, able to settle into work & make an impact more quickly • Explore specific sectors/job roles & consider• Develops your career whether this might suit you thinking • Fast track to graduate recruitment/scheme www.le.ac.uk/careers
Graduate labour market 73 400,000 Average number of applicants per New graduates each year Hesa vacancy AGR Summer Review 2012 60% 13, 940Graduates receive a 2:1 or better 13, 940 Eng. graduates 2010/11 achieved aHesa 2010-11 2:1 or better (total cohort of 22, 905) Hesa 2012 £18-25k Note! Average graduate salary AGR Shortage of well qualified graduates for Engineering/IT AGCAS 2012 & Royal Academy of Engineering 2010 www.le.ac.uk/careers
How to be an employable graduate Degree = employment Degree + extracurricular = employment UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + good university extracurricular + 90s work experience = employment Higher UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + top university extracurricular Now + work experience of measurable value + own personal brand = employment www.le.ac.uk/careers
Assessment Register Online Telephone Testing Centre & online application Interviews Interviews The recruitment & selection process• Large organisations tend to be multi-stage, SMEs usually 2 stage (application form & interviews)• Large organisations, vacancies usually highly visible, early deadlines, competitive, need a strong application & ability to evidence the skills employers look for (e.g. via curricular & extra-curricular activities)• Smaller organisations, vacancies less visible, may advertise via other recruitment sites e.g. careers.le.ac.uk/mycareers www.le.ac.uk/careers
Where to look: employers websitesExamples of employers who offer industrial placements• Airbus • EADS Astrium• Arreva • EON• Augusta Westland • Lloyd’s Register• Atkins • Network Rail• Babcock • NPower• BAE Systems • QinetiQ• Centrica • Siemens• Cummins • Vauxhall• Doosan Babcock www.le.ac.uk/careers
Other websites• Careers.le.ac.uk/mycareers • TARGETjobs• Gradcracker • e4s• Year in Industry • Inside Careers• STEP • Rate My Placement• Prospects • All About Careers www.le.ac.uk/careers
Using Social Media• To research employers & develop awareness of what’s going on within the sector (commercial awareness)• To find out about events & vacancies• Engage with employers www.le.ac.uk/careers
The Hidden Job Market• Networking e.g. careers fairs• Use personal & professional contacts• Speculative applications• Identify firms via business listings & directories e.g. www.yell.com, Leicester Chamber of Commerce, Professional organisations – Royal Aeronautical Society, Employer’s organisations e.g. Midlands Aerospace• Student enterprise/volunteering/Leicester Award www.le.ac.uk/careers
Opportunities to network with employers• Careers Fairs• Other employer networking events and skills workshops• Departmental events and contact with employers e.g. through the second year Engineering Design Project• External and national events, competitions• For information on events including those organised by the Careers Service www.le.ac.uk/careers/career/events www.le.ac.uk/careers
Gain Work Experience• Vacation Placements• Voluntary work• Part-time work• Work shadowing• Leicester Award• Student Enterprise• Project work (2nd & 3rd year) www.le.ac.uk/careers
The Career Development Service• 1:1 Guidance inc. support with • Work Placements/grad vacancies: identifying & approaching MyCareers employers • Website www.le.ac.uk/careers• Feedback on draft CVs, CLs & Applications • Book appointment by telephone (0116 252 2004) or at the Careers• Workshops e.g. Applications, CVs Help Desk in the Student Union & Interviews 10.00 – 4.00pm Monday-Friday. www.le.ac.uk/careers
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