Top Reasons to do Internships

Are you one of those people who think internships or work experience placements are a waste of time? Well think again. With the job market becoming more and more competitive, it is vital that students gain a set of skills that are highly sought after by employers. University helps you nurture essential skills making it the perfect time to start gaining experience. I remember when I first started University, I would put off getting work experience as I just wanted to focus on my studies. However, it soon became clear that if I really wanted to succeed in my degree,…

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Work Experience: Why do we need it?

20 years ago, it would’ve been a case of making a few phone-calls and getting your Mum or teacher to put in a good word for you. But now, work experience is a whole other ball game. As more and more people are graduating, opportunities for jobs straight out of university are becoming harder to come by. In steps the dreaded: work experience. So why do we need it now? Well, look at it from the employers’ perspective. They want someone who can prove that they are worthwhile to the company. Sifting through over 50 applications for one job role…

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Applying for Placement years- is it worth it?

For those who do sandwich courses, starting your second year isn’t just about meeting deadlines or endless revision; a more daunting task is at hand – Do you apply for a one-year placement? The advantages of doing a placement are pretty obvious, it seems that previous students seem to have much stronger portfolios, and often come out with a higher degree. For those of you who have to work on a portfolio, work experience is absolutely vital, and by doing a year placement portfolio pieces will be much easier to get your hands on, without having to worry about this in your…

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Work Experience: What’s in it for me?

Vocational courses such as Public Relations and Journalism often require students to go out and get hands on experience through regular work experience. What are the benefits of such work experience though? A detailed portfolio When that dreaded time comes of looking for a placement year or graduate scheme, you have evidence of what you are capable of. This will make you stand out against students that haven’t done any work experience as it shows you are willing and capable. It can impress potential employers, especially when you have had work experience with credible and well reputed companies but it…

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Getting the Perfect Work Experience – Our Top Tips

Work experience is something that is extremely important for students – it adds to your CV and shows potential employers you are capable of working while also helping you build and improve your skills. So, how do you get work experience? The answer is simple – be proactive. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Hopefully this walk through will help you out. You can use it as a checklist if you like. Where you want to work: If you have an idea of what you’d like to do as a career then it’s important you get experience in that…

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