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Looking for Internships and Work Experience

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Careers adviser presentation, 2015

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Looking for Internships and Work Experience

  1. 1. Looking for Internships and Work experience
  2. 2. What will we cover? • What is it? • Why do it? • The schemes • Doing it yourself • Making contact • How can we help?
  3. 3. Different types of work experience • Internships / vacation schemes: vacations, several weeks, performing real work, usually for penultimate year students • Insight: shorter opportunities for first-year students • Placements: usually a year long • Work shadowing: several days, no substantive work • Volunteering: unpaid, can be ongoing part-time, usually for a not-for-profit organisation
  4. 4. Why should you do it? • Investigate possible career path • Establish contacts • Relevant work experience on your CV • Gain up to date work reference • Get a realistic view of what is involved • Develop skills • Apply skills and knowledge • Get a job!
  5. 5. The Employers’ View “Internships are a fantastic way for individuals to gain an understanding of how an organisation works and get experience within a sector” Youth Charity “Today’s interns are tomorrow’s arts sector workforce…we recognise that internships are a valuable learning and development opportunity for those aspiring to a career in the arts sector” Director, Tate
  6. 6. Should I be paid? • YES (but there are some exemptions for voluntary workers in charitable and not for profit organisations) • We have detailed guidelines on our website about unpaid internships, the law and our position: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/gettingexperience/unpaidinternships • Health & Safety
  7. 7. The schemes • Different sectors, different schemes • Large corporations’ structured internships • Deadlines often Jan/ March time • Often for penultimate year students, some for 1st years • Some sectors may not offer structured schemes
  8. 8. How to find opportunities General websites • www.ratemyplacement.co.uk • www.prospects.ac.uk/workexperience • www.targetjobs.co.uk • www.topinternships.com Our jobs database: • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/ Our Getting Experience section: • www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/gettingexperience
  9. 9. Some examples • HR Summer Internship – BP • Summer Internship Programme – Wellcome Trust • Engineering/HR/IT/Marketing/Procurement/Supply Chain/Finance Internships – GSK • Programmer Internship – BossAlien • Numerous internships - EY/Deloitte/PwC/KPMGss
  10. 10. Sector Specific Information- check out our Sector Guides www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
  11. 11. Examples of specialist resources www.gradcracker.com/ - Engineering www.w4mp.org/ - Politics, charities & policy undesadspd.org/Youth/UNOpportunities/Internships.aspx - UN Internships www.lawcareers.net - Legal vacation schemes www.bbc.co.uk/careers/work-experience www.pathfindersrecruitment.com - Marketing, advertising ,PR http://www.idealist.org/ - worldwide not-for-profits
  12. 12. Arranging your own Internship • Set your aims • Research • Think about what you could offer • Check out the NCWE guidelines www.work-experience.org
  13. 13. Creative Approaches- finding contacts • Social contacts • Academics • Previous work experience • Sussex Alumni Careers Network • LinkedIn – look at Alumni Tool • Names in journals, magazines, reports, the press • Yellow Pages (www.yell.com ) • Specialist directories and lists of companies
  14. 14. www.sussex.ac.uk/careers careers@sussex.ac.uk 01273 678429 @SussxUniCareers facebook.com/SussexCareers

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